The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated earlier this year that about 3 million veterans, or 14 percent of the total veteran population, had a service-connected disability. For veterans with visual impairments, traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities, reading standard print is difficult, if not impossible. For them, Bookshare opens up a lifeline to reading. Today through Friday, November 22nd, you can give disabled veterans the gift of reading via Bookshare by joining Benetech’s Bookshare for Veterans crowdfunding campaign.
On the evening of March 28, 2006, an improvised explosive device (IED) hit Staff Sergeant Jay Wilkerson’s Humvee, which was part of a convoy heading from Habbaniyah, Iraq, back to Baghdad. It turned out that Jay suffered from hemianopsia, a loss of half of the visual field. For Jay and scores of other veterans with service-related disabilities, reading standard print can be difficult, if not impossible. For them, Bookshare—our Global Literacy initiative and the world’s largest accessible digital library for people with qualified print disabilities—opens a lifeline to reading. If you are looking for a way to make a real difference in honor of Veterans Day, please support our Bookshare for Veterans crowdfunding campaign and give veterans the gift of reading.
In this third installment of our blog series marking National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we’d like to share highlights from the Palo Alto White Cane Awareness Walk, in which we participated last Wednesday, October 16th. This annual event is held each October on or in proximity to White Cane Safety Day, a national observance celebrating the ability of people with impaired vision to lead independent lives. Last week, for the fourth consecutive year, Benetech and Bookshare proudly supported the White Cane Awareness Walk tradition in Palo Alto and we were delighted to join this celebration in partnership with the Palo Alto Lions Club, Vista Center and the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC), the event’s host.
We’re in week #3 of the Skoll Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurs Charity Challenge on CrowdRise and we just found out about this week’s Bonus Challenge. We really need your help because it’s all about speed. Starting now, if we’re one of the first 40 organizations to raise at least $1,000, we’ll automatically get a $1,000 match for our cause. To help us be one of the “first 40” to receive this week’s Bonus Challenge #3, all you need to do is go to our Challenge page on CrowdRise—Bookshare for Veterans—and give what you can.
Wondering how you can make a real difference in the life of a veteran? Join us in week 2 of our Bookshare for Veterans crowdfunding campaign on CrowdRise! We’re on a mission to improve the quality of life for US veterans with print disabilities by giving them the gift of reading through Bookshare. In addition to one of the grand Challenge prizes worth up to $50,000, we’re also trying to win the weekly Bonus Challenge cash prizes. If you aren’t already a Challenge team member, just go to our campaign page, click “Fundraise for this Campaign” and follow the steps to get started.