Our Impact

Our software for social good has a dramatic, positive impact on the lives of individuals around the world. We help communities and the organizations that serve them make better use of information and data. Ultimately this means driving greater social change.

15 Million+
Books delivered to people with disabilities transforming how they read and helping them succeed
700,000+
Titles of books in Bookshare’s collection, the largest online library of accessible books
600,000+
People empowered to read and access information in ways that work for them

Our Success Stories

Breaking through Disability Barriers

Brian's dyslexia prevented him from reading school books. Today, he’s on the dean’s list at Cornell University with help from Bookshare and assistive technology.
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Increasing Reading Comprehension

Kevin sustained an organic brain injury that forced him to have to relearn everything from walking to reading. With talking ebooks and assistive technology, he has become a voracious reader.
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Journey from Dependence to University Graduate to Professional Employment

As a boy growing up in southeastern India, Moses relied on others to read to him due to a visual impairment. After graduating in 2009, he discovered Bookshare and acquired skills and knowledge to gain employment.
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Student with Dyslexia Discovers a Love of Reading

Emery is a sixth grade student from Garland, Texas. With the support of her family and dyslexia resources like Bookshare, Emery’s reading and school experience improved significantly.
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Musician Shares Passion for Music, Humanity and Reading

Robert Lewis grew up in the heart of Baltimore’s inner city which was a rough neighborhood for a black child who was blind. Bookshare helps him read anything he wants independently.
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Author is a Champion for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Books

Katherine Schneider, Ph.D., is a retired clinical psychologist and author who lives in Eau Claire with her Seeing Eye dog, Luna. With help from Bookshare, she received her bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
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Assistive Technology Improves Reading Skills for Blind Student in India

Suraj is eight years old and attends the School for Blind Boys in Bhosari in India. Through Bookshare, his use of braille improved significantly, his reading speed has increased, and he loves the stories that are available.
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Audiobooks Help Reader with Learning Disability and ADHD Accomplish Amazing Things

Due to learning disabilities and ADHD, Justin thought he would never be able to learn, so he stopped caring about school. He is a self-professed late bloomer and says that audiobooks have changed his life.
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Blind Man Finds Independence and Normalcy Through Reading

John Artacho lives in the Philippines and has always loved reading and learning. Reading the books he loves gives him a feeling of normalcy and helps him get through episodes of depression.
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Dyslexia Doesn’t Slow Down Florida Student

Ryan is in eighth grade at Swift Creek Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. Bookshare allowed him to leverage his strengths and perform up to his potential.
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50+
Countries where human rights defenders can more safely document violations and use that data to achieve justice
245,000+
Securely documented cases of human rights abuses
4,500+
Human rights defenders who have safely submitted abuse cases using our software

Our Success Stories

Documenting Human Rights Violations

Sexual minorities in Sub-Saharan Africa face social, media, and even state-sanctioned persecution. Benetech assisted human rights defenders in Uganda by providing secure, data-collection software and capacity building to capture the stories of injustice and abuse.
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Saving Guatemala's History

The Human Rights Office in Guatemala sought justice for activists disappeared by the National Police during the 1980’s. Evidence saved in Martus helped convict two former members of the National Police force and built cases against the former chief of police and the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
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74%
Data duplication found in 11 local Bay Area and Sacramento partner data sets
1.7 Million
Projected people in the Bay Area with better access to human services
6 Pilot Partners
Currently using Benetech Service Net to share and maintain their records on local social and human services

Our Success Stories

Weaving a Stronger Social Safety Net

Across the United States, 47 million people live in poverty, 56.7 million people have a disability, and 10 million people annually are subject to domestic violence. These individuals could greatly benefit from existing social services. Unfortunately, the social safety net is hard to see, difficult to navigate, and easy to fall through.
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170+
Countries benefitted from enhanced environmental conservation data and project management.

Our Success Stories

Helping Conservation Teams Meet Goals

Miradi is the leading platform for adaptive, results-based project management for the conservation community and is utilized in more than 170 countries by users ranging from large conservation organizations to local groups, researchers, nonprofits, for-profits, and governmental organizations.
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