Lots of great things happening with Bookshare.org. I just got back from Geneva, where I took advantage of being invited to the UBS Philanthropy Forum (very cool conference, maybe more later!) to discuss international Bookshare.org. I was able to meet with two key people from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as well as the head of the International Publisher's Association, Jens Bammel. These were substantive and informative conversations, and are crucial parts of taking the rapport with the publishing industry that we've developed inside the U.S. to the rest of the world.
WIPO has just published an important paper on the area of access for people with disabilities, and Bookshare.org is extensively profiled as an important model.
And, of course, our team receives a constant stream of great feedback from people with disabilities, their teachers and families. I wanted to share something I was just copied on from a mother of a Bookshare.org user:
"Bookshare has made a world of difference for my son, an 8th grader. The availability of books through your organization has made reading for him almost as easy as it is for his counterparts. It has also changed my life as his mom, because I spend far fewer hours scanning and correcting the recognition of the texts he reads. Thank you very, very much."