Monday, September 22, 2008

More users for Bookshare.org

It's typical to think of Bookshare.org as being for blind people. But, we keep mentioning that there are more people with print disabilities than people with visual impairments. People with physical disabilities such as those from cerebral palsy often get significant benefits for access to alternative text.

We recently had a big article in SpeakUP, the journal of the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. These folks create specialized systems to provide speech to people who cannot speak (or can't speak clearly) without technical assistance. Many users of augmentative communication devices also have a hard time using printed books. We're starting to work with the makers of these devices to add support for Bookshare.org books, since they typically have text-to-speech capabilities built into them already.

We're glad that SpeakUP is spreading the word about Bookshare.org to a new community of people who can really take advantage of accessible books.

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