I went to an Assistive Technology conference today (Nov. 2011) can’t wait to share! One of the things I learned about today is Bookshare.
Author’s note: This post is originally from November of 2011, but it had some broken links and outdated information. So, I dug it out, cleaned it off and it’s as good as new! It’s a great program that all families should know about–it’s a book sharing program for families with disabilities, who are blind and so on. It makes books accessible to everyone.
I’m really excited about books lately because my younger child is starting to read. My older son with disabilities–he cannot read, but he is showing more and more interest in books, and preferences in which books I read to him. This is definitely a higher level of thought process for him, so I’m excited to pursue it. The other night he got really upset–I had just finished reading 4 books that my younger son picked out. Then K got really upset, and he kept handing me one of his books. Once I sat him down and started reading it to him, he was fine and happy. He has never shown that much interest in books before, so we’re excited!
Here are all the details on Books without Barriers.
- Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
- Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. People with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
- A searchable online library. Bookshare offers approximately 127,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
- Readers of all ages.Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.