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Benetech and United Ways of California Partner to Strengthen California’s Social Safety Net

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 28, 2017 at 9:00am

“We are excited to work with Benetech as a partner in efforts to transform the safety net here in California by expanding the reach and impact of health and human services data, and potentially increase our efficiency, enhance our sustainability, and expand the impact of our operations,” said Peter Manzo, president and CEO, United Ways of California. “Benetech has a long history of successful technology development for social good in California and around the world.”

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Benetech Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program to Ensure Content Serves All Students Equally

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 22, 2017 at 6:00am

Global Certified Accessible ensures students unable to read standard print due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability have equal access to the same content as their peers. The program has a global footprint in order to serve students around the world. Benetech developed the certification standards and serves as the lead certification provider for North America. Dedicon provides certification for mainland Europe, Royal National Institute of Blind People for the United Kingdom, and Vision Australia for Australasia.

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Benetech Empowers Social Services Agencies to Better Serve Constituents Through Shared Data Platforms

By posted in Press Releases, Announcements on May 18, 2017 at 9:00am

“There are millions of people in the United States who struggle to access the services that can help them most,” said Anh Bui, vice president, Benetech. “Data about those services is locked in fragmented and redundant silos across thousands of human services organizations and referral providers. These costly and ineffective data silos make it difficult for service providers to connect clients with the services they need. Benetech’s new data platform approach is designed to break down these data silos.”

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Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane Join Benetech Board of Directors

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on October 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane to its Board of Directors. Lo and McFarlane join amid rapid expansion of Benetech’s Global Literacy and Human Rights Programs in addition to increased investments in Benetech Labs to identify and scale the next big social impact technology.

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Benetech Appoints Keith Hiatt to Vice President of Human Rights Program

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Press Releases, Martus on September 29, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of human rights technology and policy pioneer Keith Hiatt to the position of Vice President of Benetech’s Human Rights Program. Hiatt will lead Benetech’s efforts to empower human rights defenders aroundKeith Hiatt Headshot the world by providing technology solutions and capacity building.

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Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy 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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George Kerscher Joins Benetech as Senior Advisor for Global Literacy

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy 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 Bookshare, Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy 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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Benetech Partners with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy 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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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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