Adding more accessible textbooks and supplemental reading material for K-12 students with visual and learning disabilities to the Bookshare.org online collection.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Fewer than 5% of books are produced in formats that are accessible to people who have visual or learning disabilities. To read other books, more than three million US residents, including one million students, are forced to laboriously scan them into computers. In particular, K-12 students need accessible textbooks and outside reading material. Schools are legally required to offer textbooks in these formats, but access is often inadequate and little supplemental reading is made available.
How will this project solve this problem?
To purchase and scan 100 books that have been requested by teachers and parents. Ten of these will be textbooks that will be proofread for perfect text accuracy. All 100 will be shared nationwide through the Bookshare.org online collection.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will help to develop a core collection of K-12 books to serve students with disabilities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,420
Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,420 as of Feb 26, 2004. The original project funding goal was $5,060.