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Accessible Books for Students with Disabilities

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Accessible Books for Students with Disabilities


Adding more accessible textbooks and supplemental reading material for K-12 students with visual and learning disabilities to the online collection.

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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.


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 online collection.

Long-Term Impact

This project will help to develop a core collection of K-12 books to serve students with disabilities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information


Location: Palo Alto, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
James Fruchterman
Project Leader:
James Fruchterman
President and CEO
Palo Alto, California United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $2,420 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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