Social Inclusion

We believe that access to information is a universal human right. Even so, over 90 percent of books and publications are inaccessible to people with disabilities. As part of our Social Inclusion work, we strive to make information easily accessible so that everyone can learn, work, socialize, and pursue their dreams.

Millions of people around the world face exclusion because of disabilities. Students with dyslexia struggle in school because they cannot read traditional books. Blind adults cannot access printed career development materials, build new skills, or gain meaningful employment. Older adults with macular degeneration can no longer enjoy their local newspaper or beloved New York Times bestsellers.

We are changing this. Through innovative education software and services, we are transforming how people with disabilities access information and publishing industry creates content so that it is accessible to all.

“Accessible ebooks help increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn how to become professors, musicians, and even a radio host like me – or any career you can imagine.” —Robert Lewis, Executive Director, Maryland’s Radio Reading Network

Social Inclusion

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Bookshare is the world’s largest library of ebooks for people that read differently. The collection has nearly a million titles and empowers hundreds of thousands of people who cannot read traditional books due to disabilities like blindness, low vision, and dyslexia. Readers can listen to books, see and hear words as they are highlighted, read in braille or large font, and customize their reading experience in ways that work for them.
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Content Services

Benetech offers a wide range of content services designed to make content accessible both within and outside the academic setting.
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Education Equity

Transform how information and education are made accessible to everyone through innovative solutions and industry initiatives. 
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See the impact we've had addressing critical issues in the education system.
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Training Resources

Benetech cares deeply about educational equity. One way to influence that is to provide teachers with high quality training that is practical and action oriented. This provides support to students through teachers who are striving to provide appropriate and effective accommodations to their students to help them reach their goals. Another way to influence this is to provide professional development to librarians and other community organizations that are an avenue to information to the public.
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The support you provide helps us to make education more equitable for communities around the world.