Friday, June 12, 2009

Bookshare : Books for People with Disabilities

We had blogged about Readable.in : an online library for the visually impaired. Bookshare is another site that is making books more accessible for people with disabilities.

Via Bookshare
People with print disabilities deserve to enjoy reading as much as all other readers. Yet, currently fewer than five percent of the books needed by people with print disabilities are available in accessible formats such as digital text or digital Braille.

People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the quantity and timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats. Further, Bookshare’s vision encompasses new technological developments as well as new applications of widely available technologies to stretch the power of technology for increased access to content.

Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities.
You can visit the site here.

We are also trying out some book formats to reach children who are visually challenged. You can read about it, view the pilot version and can give us feedback about the project here.

UPDATE: We also found two of our books on Bookshare.

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3 comments:

  1. Hi Maya,
    Happy to let you know that I saw the 'Happy Maths' series from Pratham Books on Bookshaer.org too!That adds up to 6 books from Pratham Books on Bookshare.

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  2. Also, Mala's books are here:

    http://www.bookshare.org/search?keyword=mala+kumar&search=Search

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  3. Thanks Anonymous! I'd love to hear comments that people have on our books after reading them, especially in this format.

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