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Ebook Procurement Must Serve All Students

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy on May 24, 2017 at 9:27am

Digital content is on the rise in classrooms across the country. Much of this content comes in the form of ebooks. Unfortunately, not all ebooks are accessible to students unable to read standard print due to low vision, blindness, or dyslexia. Procurement staff—either at the state or school-district level—must know what to look for in order to identify and procure content that works for all students.

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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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The Impact: Software for Social Good

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on May 8, 2017 at 11:16am

Welcome to The Impact, our blog series that spotlights thought leaders pioneering the software for social good ecosystem. At Benetech, we know that the social sector must embrace the power of software and data to realize positive, lasting impact at scale. 

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Benetech’s Communities are the Engines that Power Our Work

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Human Rights Program, Global Literacy, Benetech Labs, DIAGRAM, Code Alliance on April 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and contribute in a myriad of ways. At Benetech, we rely on an army of volunteers, advisors, mentors, ambassadors, experts, working groups, and community leaders to help us achieve our mission, which is to empower communities by creating scalable technology solutions. Without their collective expertise and skills, the reach and impact of our work would not be as great. Thank you to all of the volunteers and community members who advance our software for social good mission.

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Is Your Human Rights Software Inclusive?

By posted in Human Rights Program on April 18, 2017 at 3:09pm

When you have reliable, constant access to running water, it can be difficult to conceive of the daily lives of those who do not. The same is true of access to electricity, the internet, adequate bandwidth, and this year’s smartphone or laptop. And yet, billions of people who Silicon Valley should serve live in technology ecosystems very different from those inhabited by software designers.

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A Reasonably Secure Future

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Martus on March 28, 2017 at 9:41am

For the last five years, I’ve traveled around the world training human rights defenders to use technology to more securely collect, store, and share sensitive data. The individuals and groups I work with face serious and complex digital threats that are difficult to detect. Some are aware of such threats and have taken precautions, while others are just gaining awareness and starting their search for solutions. To get a sense of where a specific audience fits on this spectrum, I often introduce the digital threat conversation by asking the room: “Show of hands: who here has a sticker covering their webcam?”

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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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Dedicated to Helping Others Succeed

By posted in Benetech on March 13, 2017 at 9:35am

Betsy Beaumon is a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence award program that shines the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders, and philanthropists who are a force in the region.

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It’s Time for a Software for Social Good Revolution

By posted in Benetech on March 8, 2017 at 11:52am

Is your nonprofit ready to unleash the power of Software for Social Good?

Benetech’s Founder & CEO, Jim Fruchterman, recently spoke at Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Conference: From Possibilities to Responsibilities.

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

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy, DIAGRAM 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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