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Benetech

Benetech is scaling access to their library and content conversion process to make more books accessible to the visually impaired.

Problem

Most publishers do not produce books that are accessible for the visually impaired, people with learning disabilities, or other print disabilities. And in many developing countries, there are no organizations or systems in place to fill that gap by converting content into an accessible format.

Project

Using an $800,000 grant from Google.org, Benetech is going to scale access to their online, accessible library, and work with publishers to automate more aspects of content conversion. Through strategic partnerships with local service providers, Benetech is also expanding its library to include local language books accessible via country-specific websites.

Impact

Benetech aims to add over 80,000 books to their library, including local-language content based on country demand, while expanding their bookshare program to over 27,000 schools and libraries globally.