Tech Company Wins Ed. Dept Award to Create Accessible Books

Education Week
Over the past 10 years, the software company Benetech has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to create accessible books for students with print disabilities through its Bookshare initiative. As the company embarks on its third five-year funding cycle with the Education Department after converting hundreds of thousands of texts, Benetech faces a new challenge: converting the graphic-rich books that are popular today into formats that can be used for students who have blindness or low vision, a physical disability, or dyslexia, said Brad Turner, the company's vice president of global literacy. To support that work, the Palo Alto, Calif. company has created the DIAGRAM Center, a source for publishers looking for ways to make their books accessible to students with different learning needs.

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