Silicon Valley’s Benetech wins “Bookshare and Innovation for Education” grant

Benetech, the Silicon Valley nonprofit that uses technology for social change, has won a five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to continue its groundbreaking work ensuring that educational materials are accessible to students with print disabilities through its Bookshare initiative.

The award, named “Bookshare and Innovation for Education” (BI4E), allows Benetech to meet the challenges of the changing educational landscape by also creating free open source tools for content providers and working with those providers to make educational materials accessible from the start.

“While more content today is ‘born digital,’ it also needs to be ‘born accessible.’ As a nonprofit that uses the technology tools pioneered in Silicon Valley, we are committed to continue revolutionizing the field of accessibility at a fraction of the cost of current approaches, delivering the next generation of innovation,” said Betsy Beaumon, Vice President and General Manager of the Literacy Program at Benetech.

Check out the full press release here.