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Teacher’s Passion Inspires Students at Jagriti School for Blind Girls in India

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on March 16, 2017 at 4:53pm

 Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale helps students succeed at reading and life Most of us can recall a favorite teacher who inspired us to study hard, overcome challenges, and do our best. One teacher who exemplifies this attitude is Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale, a teacher of the visually impaired at Jagriti School for Blind Girls in Alandi Devachi […]

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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Announcements, Global Literacy, Bookshare International 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, Global Literacy, Bookshare International 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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10 Million Book Downloads Today Provides a 10x Model for Tomorrow

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International 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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Inspiration and Technology Expand Collection of Accessible Books in India

By posted in Benetech, Announcements, Global Literacy, Bookshare International 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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Once Upon A Time: The Tale of Hanumanta, the Story Uncle

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on May 4, 2016 at 4:39pm

By guest author Clotilde Vasconi, Business Development Officer One year ago, Benetech embarked on a groundbreaking project in the Indian city of Pune, Maharashtra, thanks to a grant from All Children Reading (ACR). Over the past 12 months, we have implemented a pilot program that leverages Bookshare, our library of accessible ebooks for people who […]

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Benetech Receives Google Impact Challenge Award to Expand Bookshare’s Global Reach

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Bookshare International on April 12, 2016 at 5:00am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT US Palo Alto, California, April 12, 2016— Benetech is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Google.org as one of twenty-nine nonprofits to receive funding to increase access to opportunity and independence for hundreds of millions living with disabilities around the world. Launched in May of 2015, the […]

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Advancing Literacy Outcomes for Children with Disabilities in India: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

By posted in Global Literacy, Bookshare International on December 3, 2015 at 8:05am

Benetech is proud to join the international community and our partners in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities to promote awareness and mobilize support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. This year’s theme, “Inclusion Matters,” focuses on access and empowerment for people with disabilities. As a nonprofit whose […]

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Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

By posted in Global Literacy, Bookshare International on November 30, 2015 at 10:01am

Access to information and knowledge is a basic human right and a necessary first step towards personal, economic, and social development. Yet around the world, over 100 million individuals are denied this basic right. They include people who are blind, visually impaired, have dyslexia, or have a physical disability that prevents them from reading regular […]

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Benetech Wins All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Grant to Improve Literacy for Primary School Students with Disabilities in India

By posted in Bookshare International on February 5, 2015 at 3:47pm

We are delighted to share that USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government awarded Benetech a 2015 grant to improve literacy for primary school students who are blind in India. The new grant, under the three partners’ All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development literacy innovations competition, funds our proposed winning project to provide Indian students who are blind with mother tongue instruction and reading materials through Bookshare, our digital library of accessible books.

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