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Benetech Awarded $42.5M Grant from ED to Expand Library of Accessible Books

Nov 6, 2017

BENETECH, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit that “build[s] software for social good,” according to its website, has received a five-year, $42.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. That check will go to support Bookshare, an online library of digital books that are accessible to learners with print reading disabilities such as dyslexia and blindness. More than 500,000 students currently use Bookshare, claims the nonprofit, in districts including Los Angeles Unified School District.

This is ED’s third grant to Bookshare, and the funding helps keep the digital library free for U.S. students, educators and school districts. (Others can pay $50 a year or $6 to $10 per digital book.) Benetech aims to use the funding to reach another 200,000 students.

TechCrunch has an exhaustive look at Benetech founder Jim Fruchterman and the origins of Bookshare in a four-thousand word profile.

Edtech Business

Benetech Awarded $42.5M Grant from ED to Expand Library of Accessible Books

Nov 6, 2017

BENETECH, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based nonprofit that “build[s] software for social good,” according to its website, has received a five-year, $42.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. That check will go to support Bookshare, an online library of digital books that are accessible to learners with print reading disabilities such as dyslexia and blindness. More than 500,000 students currently use Bookshare, claims the nonprofit, in districts including Los Angeles Unified School District.

This is ED’s third grant to Bookshare, and the funding helps keep the digital library free for U.S. students, educators and school districts. (Others can pay $50 a year or $6 to $10 per digital book.) Benetech aims to use the funding to reach another 200,000 students.

TechCrunch has an exhaustive look at Benetech founder Jim Fruchterman and the origins of Bookshare in a four-thousand word profile.

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