Partnering with Fable to Provide Bookshare for their Community Members with Reading BarriersBy Julianna Wright, posted on January 22, 2021
Access to information is critical for professionals looking to learn new skills and advance their careers. However, people with reading barriers and disabilities around the world often lack equal access to the books and materials needed to pursue an education and employment. For this reason, we are thrilled to share that web accessibility crowd testing company, Fable, is partnering with our Bookshare initiative to provide free access for their community members with reading barriers. Read all about this new partnership on their site and in their press release below.
Fable Partners with Benetech To Bring Accessible Ebooks To International Community of People with Disabilities
The first of its kind partnership will enable Fable’s community of people with disabilities to grow and develop their skills.
Today Fable announces a partnership with Benetech’s Bookshare initiative to provide Fable’s community of people with disabilities access to the world’s largest library of accessible ebooks. Through the partnership, Fable’s community will have unlimited access to a diverse library of 400,000 ebooks to support both personal and professional development.
“One of our core pillars at Fable is meaningful employment,” says Fable’s Community Manager Samuel Proulx, “and a key part of meaningful employment is the opportunity to upskill and develop professionally. Bookshare is the ideal program to give our community more resources for independent and self-paced professional growth.”
The first-of-its-kind partnership with a private enterprise is a milestone for Bookshare and a sign of Fable’s unique stature. “Fable’s community focus and inclusive approach to accessibility align strongly with our mission,” said Brad Turner, VP and GM Global Education and Literacy at Benetech. “We are proud to partner with Fable to empower their community to read and learn in ways that work for them, develop new skills, and advance their careers.”
Fable is a leading accessibility testing platform, powered by people with disabilities. Fable moves organizations from worrying about compliance, to building exceptional and accessible user experiences. The best digital teams work with Fable to make products more accessible for over 1 billion people who live with disabilities. Visit http://www.makeitfable.com.
Benetech is a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good. Benetech’s work transforms how people with disabilities read and learn, enables human rights defenders and civilians to pursue truth and justice, and connects people to the services they need to live and prosper. Benetech is constantly pursuing the next big social impact. Visit http://www.benetech.org.
Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, makes reading easier with the world’s largest ebook library for people with reading barriers. Members can access over 940,000 titles and read their way with specialized formats that enable users to customize their reading experience. Bookshare has delivered over 18 million ebooks, supported in 63 different languages to more than 850,000 members worldwide. Visit http://www.bookshare.org.