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Benetech Showcases Leading Edge Literacy Initiatives at 32nd Annual CSUN Conference

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, DIAGRAM, Global Literacy on February 23, 2017 at 1:35pm

Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place at the 32nd Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference from February 27-March 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Benetech team is excited to have a significant presence at the conference and showcase the latest developments in three key initiatives dedicated to making literacy accessible to all.

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Benetech and Lighthouse Guild Announce New Program Offering Free Ebooks to Students Who Are Visually Impaired

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy on February 1, 2017 at 4:35am

The new Spotlight Gateway program is able to provide Bookshare for free to qualifying students via an existing award from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. What do people miss most when they lose their vision? They miss seeing their families, and they miss having unlimited access to information of all kinds, […]

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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on January 12, 2017 at 1:18pm

On November 29, 2016, Bookshare hit a momentous milestone when it passed the mark of 500,000 titles in its collection. That means that people unable to read standard print now have access to 500,000 ebooks in various formats to suit their individual needs.

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Bringing Literacy to Suraj and His Classmates in India

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on October 11, 2016 at 2:42pm

Meet Suraj. He is eight years old and in the third standard at the School for Blind Boys in Bhosari, a suburb of Pune, in the Maharashtra state of India. He is passionate about playing cricket and chess and wants to have an elephant for a pet. His father, Hanumanta Jadav, is a farmer in […]

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Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Press Releases on September 20, 2016 at 1:47pm

Benetech’s Bookshare technology makes reading possible for over 425,000 individuals unable to read standard print Empowers students and adults to succeed in school, work and social inclusion PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2016 — Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible […]

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10 Million Book Downloads Today Provides a 10x Model for Tomorrow

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on September 20, 2016 at 9:00am

Many years ago I had the wild idea to start a deliberately nonprofit technology company in the heart of Silicon Valley. I knew that technology, when applied for social good, promised to usher in positive and sustainable change. Today’s 10 million download milestone is a celebration of our ability to deliver on that promise. Ten […]

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George Kerscher Joins Benetech as Senior Advisor for Global Literacy

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Press Releases on August 16, 2016 at 6:00am

Palo Alto, California, August 16, 2016 — Benetech announced today that Dr. George Kerscher has joined the organization as Senior Advisor to the Benetech Global Literacy program. Dr. Kerscher brings a wealth of experience and long-time leadership in the accessible information field. He began his accessibility technology innovation in the 1980s and coined the term […]

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Pennsylvania Libraries Partner with Benetech/Bookshare to Expand Accessible Reading Opportunities for Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on July 31, 2016 at 7:50pm

Palo Alto, California, August 1, 2016— In a mission to expand more meaningful and accessible reading experiences for Pennsylvania residents who cannot read standard print, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia have entered into a partnership agreement with Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that manages Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible […]

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Inspiration and Technology Expand Collection of Accessible Books in India

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on July 14, 2016 at 2:16pm

“Doing a good service is like throwing a rock into a pond, the ripples just go on and on.” Nirmal Verma and Vijeta Kapur are on a mission to turn a book famine in India into a feast. This husband and wife team lead a life completely dedicated to the education of students and adults who are visually challenged.

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Benetech Partners with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on June 28, 2016 at 10:00am

GLASS offers over 425,000 accessible ebooks in its pursuit of total accessibility Palo Alto, California, June 28, 2016—Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low […]

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