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Born Accessible and the New Golden Age of Inclusive Education

2015 March 9
by Noa Ronkin
Betsy Beaumon speaking

Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon’s Keynote at the 52nd Annual Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference. First published on the Benetech website on February 25, 2015.

 Rapid advances in technology are remaking the content landscape and have made it possible to get more content, in more ways, to more people. Will the digital revolution usher in a golden age of access to books and information for people who cannot use standard print, such as those affected by dyslexia and other learning disabilities?

Logo of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Benetech President Betsy Beaumon posed this challenge in her keynote address at the opening of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Beaumon, an authority on digital accessible materials in education, has spearheaded the movement to see to it that “born digital” books and curricula are “born accessible” to all, that is, made accessible from the outset, as an integral part of the publishing process. In her keynote, she highlighted the convergence of accessible digital materials, mobile devices, and promising new education technology tools that are cloud-connected. These advances can empower students and teachers through personalized interfaces, multi-modal access formats, and better, timelier data on student learning progress.

3-d image of a skull

Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center is exploring 3D printing technology, among others, as a way to increase access to curriculum and learning.


Beaumon described Benetech’s multi-pronged approach to making this vision a reality. Through its Bookshare online library, Benetech makes the text of ebooks accessible and delivers it to hundreds of thousands of members around the world. Through its DIAGRAM Center and Born Accessible initiatives, Benetech’s work also encompasses research, standards, guidelines, and the development of technology tools to make it easier to create, discover, use, and interact with accessible content, including images, graphics, and math. The challenge of making new digital content born accessible, and accessible all the way to the end user, requires partnerships and technological innovation. Indeed, much of Benetech’s work is done in partnership with corporate, technology, university, publisher, and nonprofit communities.

Accessible content that is universally designed, noted Beaumon, is good content: it works better for everyone and meets the needs of learners with disabilities, advancing inclusive education and equality of opportunity. She concluded with a call to action to educators, administrators, and parents: now is the time to make inclusion a reality, and all of us working together can make it happen.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a nonprofit organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities. Held in Chicago last week, the 52nd Annual Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference brought together leading experts in education, assistive technology, and public policy, attracting a diverse audience of educators, administrators, support professionals, and parents and adults with learning disabilities from around the country and abroad. They discussed issues and best practices in areas ranging from professional preparation and evaluation to advances in research, assessment for learning disabilities, and the transition from school to work or college.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go With Bookshare!

2015 March 2

Book cover of Oh the places you'll go by Dr. Seuss“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 and 34% guaranteed!)” – Dr. Seuss

This positive message is one of the best known lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” This uplifting book is an all-time favorite of both children and adults and is the featured title for this year’s Read Across America Day.

We celebrate this national event by encouraging all Bookshare members and book lovers everywhere to read this wonderful story.

Read it yourself. Read it with a friend. Read it with your child. Read it to the end. The story reminds us of life’s challenges during times of transition and provides helpful affirmations to help us move forward. Bookshare members often make positive changes and successful transitions. Here are some of their stories!

Mrs. Lola Alvarez with her son, Jose.

Jose Looks Forward to Middle School

Nine-year-old, Jose, struggled to read basic books in kindergarten. He was frustrated and sad. In second grade, Jose was diagnosed with dyslexia. A therapist gave him an accessible ebook from Bookshare that he read on the family iPad. His mom, Lola, says, “Jose is ten times happier! He is a different child and learner. He is better equipped to perform well on reading tests. We believe that he will make a much easier transition to middle school where reading assignments become even more challenging.”

When we think of transition, we often think of high school, college or work, but what about transitioning from elementary to middle school and onto high school? How can we help students with print disabilities succeed through all their transitions?


Susanna Felts, Librarian for Corpus Christie, TX with students.

Ms. Felts Recommends Starting Early

Early intervention can help students transition successfully. When asked at what age students should start with resources like Bookshare, Susanna Felts, an elementary school librarian in Corpus Christi, TX says, as early as possible.

“By third grade, if students are struggling, we must initiate a process to assess their needs and accommodate their reading ability,” says Ms. Felts. “Starting the process early helps more students keep pace before they fall behind. We don’t want to wait until students are in fifth grade or older to make that determination.”

Emily reading on her iPad.

Emily Demonstrates Transition Success

What does transition success look like? Meet Emily!

She has juvenile macular degeneration and has used technology and Bookshare to help her make successful transitions throughout her life. Emily became an A+ student early on, and when she transitioned to high school, she took many advanced placement classes. Emily is also tech savvy and reads accessible ebooks on all types of reading devices. With her great courage, wonderful teachers, and resources like Bookshare, she is well on her way to make successful transitions to college, career and beyond.

Tell Us About The Places You Will Go!

Thanks for making the Read Across America a successful national event. Let’s keep the discussion going. Tell us why you think accessible books will ease your transition and learning success.

Oh…and happy birthday to Dr. Seuss!

P.S. Next month we’ll talk about the benefits of digital accessible books and technologies to transition more easily to high school, college and careers. Visit to learn more and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.


Bookshare Member and Accessible ebooks Shine at TCEA and SXSWedu

2015 February 27

tcea logo“Learn Anywhere” was the theme of this year’s Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference, held February 3–6 in Austin. TCEA is one of the largest regional EdTech (educational technology) events in the U.S., and Benetech’s Accessible Books for Texas (ABT) team was on hand to demonstrate tools that help Bookshare members read accessible ebooks anytime, anywhere.

Austin eighth grader Ben Cooper shows Texas Education Agency staff how he reads accessible ebooks from Bookshare quickly and easily on his iPad.

Hundreds of Texas educators, administrators, school librarians, and school IT professionals stopped by the Bookshare/ABT booth to learn how their students with print disabilities can succeed at reading with accessible ebooks from Bookshare. They also learned about the wide variety of reading tools to support people with learning differences. In addition, many attended two dynamic conference sessions presented by the ABT team about “Anytime, Anywhere Learning for Readers with Print Disabilities.”

TCEA was also the ideal venue to connect with Austin eighth grader Ben Cooper, an avid Bookshare user and passionate dyslexia advocate. Ben visited the conference to talk with Texas Education Agency staff about the challenges he faces as a student with a learning disability and how Bookshare helps him succeed in school.

Student talks on video about the ebooks he reads for school.

In a recent Benetech video titled “As They See It: Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities,” Ben and other Texas students with learning disabilities share their excitement about ebooks, Bookshare, and assistive technologies that open doors to confidence, independence, and achievement. He also delivers a heartfelt and compelling message to students: “If you are struggling with reading, you might want to…get checked for a learning disability. Check it out now before you get pummeled with reading.”

sxswedu logoAt the upcoming SXSWedu Conference, Ben will bring his powerful message to more people.


  •  On March 9 at 3:00 p.m., hear Ben give a 10-minute talk on “Disability Rights” as part of the Student Voice Summit at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Austin.


  • On March 10 at 6:00 p.m., during the SXSWedu Education Expo in the Austin Convention Center, hear Ben and several other presenters encourage attendees to “Think Big!” when it comes to dyslexia.


  •  On March 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hilton Downtown Austin, Ben will participate in discussions on “Dyslexia: Changing How We Think about Potential.”


ABT logoThe ABT team will attend Ben’s presentations and staff a Bookshare table during the Education Expo, March 10 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Throughout the conference, the ABT team will also demonstrate Bookshare in the “Experience Dyslexia” section of the hands-on playground area.


Ben Cooper ready to discuss the benefits of accessible books and reading technologies.

The Bookshare and ABT teams are excited to be represented by such a vibrant young man as Ben Cooper. As a result of his advocacy, we look forward to seeing more students with qualifying print disabilities sign up for Bookshare membership and benefit from its many resources


Full Steam Ahead at CSUN 2015!

2015 February 20



The 2015 CSUN Conference is less than a month away, and we’re excited to be there to share all the great news and developments from Benetech and Bookshare, including product updates, accessible math, 3D printing, accessible images, publishing and more!

Join us for these can’t-miss events!

Thanks for your RSVP and marking these CSUN 2015 events on your conference calendar. Please encourage others to attend.

Benetech Wins All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Grant to Improve Literacy for Primary School Students with Disabilities in India

2015 February 18

Young boy who is blind reading with a portable device.

This article was originally posted on Benetech’s blog on February 5, 2015.

We are delighted to share that USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government awarded Benetech a 2015 grant to improve literacy for primary school students who are blind in India. The new grant, under the three partners’ All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development literacy innovations competition, funds our proposed winning project to provide Indian students who are blind with mother tongue instruction and reading materials through Bookshare, our digital library of accessible books. This supports Benetech’s commitment to extend the benefits of Bookshare across borders to empower individuals with disabilities around the world, especially in developing countries, to live fuller lives.

USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government established the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development partnership in 2011 to improve reading for children in early grades through cost-effective innovations. Benetech is one of fourteen new grantees selected through a highly competitive process that elicited over two hundred proposals from fifty countries.

This project will allow us to tackle a pressing problem: in the developing world, students who are blind or have other print disabilities face formidable barriers as they pursue their education in the midst of a widespread book famine. In countries with several regional languages, such as India, even when a child with a print disability does receive an accessible text, it is the bare minimum to participate in class, with little or no reading materials to strengthen their learning outside the classroom, and few opportunities to complement their braille learning with other modes, such as audio. Preliminary data from teachers at our partner schools for the blind in India shows very low levels of early grade reading skills, ranging between 10-15%.

With support of the All Children Reading grant, we will address this challenge by developing and launching a pilot project to provide accessible educational content for primary school students who are blind in the Maharashtra region of India, where we will be able to capitalize on multiple existing Bookshare partnerships. Our two-year project will pair targeted literacy pedagogy focusing on braille reading with human-narrated audio content in Marathi, which is the language that is primarily spoken at home and in the community in Maharashtra. While Bookshare has revolutionized the availability and reach of accessible materials through digital text production and delivery, we are undertaking this human-audio effort to support languages where digital text-to-speech is of poor quality or not available.

We will pilot this new capability with at least one hundred students spread across three schools for the blind in Maharashtra, offering age-appropriate, high-interest books in their mother tongue in both human-narrated audio and hard-copy braille. This will allow the students to benefit from a multimodal approach to learning early reading skills, while ensuring that they receive a strong foundation in braille literacy and an early familiarity with assistive technology for educational purposes.

We will support this work by providing training on assistive technology and on Bookshare services to teachers, administrators, and parents in our target region. Our goal is to have 30-35% of our target students reading at grade level at the project’s end. In order to measure the benefits of our project and improvement in the students’ reading scores, we will implement a rigorous evaluation plan. This evaluation will inform our future development plans as we seek to replicate our pilot project on a larger scale.

Benetech has been working to provide accessible books in India since 2008. During that time, we have built a powerful coalition of partners located in India and the United States, and a solid ecosystem serving over 2,200 Indian Bookshare members with a collection of more than 180,000 English, Hindi, and Tamil accessible books. Bookshare’s work in India—the first country to have ratified the “Marrakesh Treaty” easing access to books for people with print disabilities—models how we can transform the lives of millions of individuals with disabilities through rapid growth of accessible content around the world.

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Kristina Pappas

Kristina Pappas, International Program Manager, Benetech Global Literacy

Kristina Pappas is the International Program Manager for Benetech’s Global Literacy initiative.  She has an extensive background in book publishing and international business. Under her direction, Bookshare International has grown to encompass members in nearly 50 countries, books in more than 13 languages, and partnerships with organizations serving people with print disabilities around the world. Kristina received a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.

NEW Bookshare Academy! Essential Training Resource Has The Answers!

2015 February 11

Educators learning together seated at a table.

Are you looking for video tutorials or webinars to help you use Bookshare better? Do you need materials to train your school staff, parents or volunteers? Do you want to learn and earn continuing education credits? Bookshare Academy has the answers and resources for you!

The Bookshare Academy is our new learning and training platform. It’s packed with information and learning opportunities for Bookshare members, teachers, parents, community service providers and trainers. What can you find in the Academy?

  • Online learning – take online courses about Bookshare through our partner, Perkins eLearning, and earn continuing education credits.
  • Video tutorials and member videos – learn at your own pace with short, instructive Learn-It-Now video tutorials and watch and share inspiring member videos with others.
  • Webinars – view and sign up for upcoming webinars, watch pre-recorded webinars, or request a webinar for your school or district (must have at least 20 participants).
  • Tools for Trainers – find training tools such as demo accounts, power point slides and handouts, a great resource for busy AT specialists, Bookshare mentor teachers, and parent ambassadors!
  • Flyers and user guides – find, print, and share Bookshare brochures and user guides to advocate and train others on Bookshare benefits.
  • Other resources – explore additional information about accessible educational materials, assistive technology, literacy, and services to support people with print disabilities.

In addition to the Academy, watch for new training tips, events and support information in our monthly blog post series. Stay tuned and visit the Bookshare Academy today!

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Kristina King Cohen, Senior Education Program Manager

Kristina King Cohen is a Senior Education Program Manager with Benetech Global Literacy Programs.  Kristina brings over fifteen years experience working in public education and human and health services. She has a proven track record in building successful and sustainable enrichment programs specifically focused on K-12 public schools. Kristina holds a Masters in International Relations from San Francisco State University where she focused her research on global access to education. Her main focus is to educate communities about the various resources Bookshare brings to schools across the country.


Bookshare and Benetech Take Center Stage at LDA 2015!

2015 February 7
by Bookshare Team Member


LDA logo for the 2015 Conference. A photo of the city of Chicago with hotels and and the water line

We are very excited about the upcoming Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 2015 Conference in Chicago. Why?

Because we get to meet you, our members and supporters! Make sure that you attend these must-see events:

We look forward to seeing you at LDA 2015!


Student Transforms from Reluctant Reader to Top Accelerated Reader with Accessible Books!

2015 February 4

ABT logo new URL

This post was originally featured on the Accessible Books for Texas (ABT) website.  It features Reagan Reeves, a bright student with dyslexia, who not only used Bookshare to stay on track with his reading goals, but far exceeded them to become a top Accelerated Reader.

Michelle Reeves and her son, Reagan

This Texas eighth grader proudly says to his mom with a big smile, “I’ve downloaded and read over 200 digital books!”  His mom, Michelle, smiles too! Inside she is beaming because, finally, her son has embraced an educational resource that supports his reading challenges.  Reagan listens to accessible ebooks read aloud on portable technology devices. Last year, he received an award for having accumulated the most Accelerated Reader points in his class.

“This is a big deal!” says Michelle. She knows firsthand how difficult it is for her son to read standard print because both she and Reagan are dyslexic. “In his early years, Reagan did not like to read at all. Now, he downloads digital books on his iPhone by himself and uses an iPad Mini to read with an app called Read2Go. He even reads for pleasure outside of school. This is a common practice for children, but not for my son, until recently.”

A year and a half ago, Michelle signed up her son for Bookshare, an online library of accessible ebooks that is free to U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and reading disabilities. The resource and technology helped Reagan become more confident and tech savvy.

“He feels cool now that his teachers allow him to read school assignments on his phone,” said Michelle, who is a Bilingual/ESL and Dyslexia Specialist for the Region 8 Educational Service Center in Texas. She often trains teachers and parents in reading resources to support students with dyslexia. “Every opportunity I get, I share Reagan’s story and tell them about Bookshare and accessibility. I say, get your kids Individual Bookshare Memberships and give them a library in their pocket!”

Book Cover of Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Reagan downloads and reads many popular book series from Bookshare. His favorites are: Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Divergent, and Harry Potter. He likes to listen to the text read aloud, often called text-to-speech or TTS. Michelle says, “TTS helps him to read longer, because he quickly tires from looking at standard print.

“His teachers tell me that he’s always reading, even when he shouldn’t be,” she chuckles. “My son has fallen in love with reading! Last year, he read on a fourth-grade level. Today, he reads on an 11th grade level. This transformation speaks volumes for identifying the right resources to help children who are dyslexic be successful.”

Visit Accessible Books for Texas to learn more about local professional development and training for Texas educators and families.  Sign up today for an Individual Membership to Bookshare and to learn more about opening a new world to reading.

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Christine Jones, Sr. Education Program Manager


Christine Jones is a Senior Education Program Manager for Bookshare and Accessible Books for Texas.  She has more than two decades of experience in technology marketing, education, and nonprofit program management.  Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Celebrate and Learn About Black History with These Awesome Titles!

2015 January 31
by Bookshare Team Member
Photo collage of historic black individuals in American History

Photo collage of historic black individuals in American History

February is Black History Month, when we celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor the generations of people who struggled to achieve equality in American society. Did you know that black history is also celebrated in other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom? In this blog, we have collected a number of worthy titles, many written by black authors*, that you can use in your classroom, read with your child, or read on your own.

Photo of young black boy with image of a quarter.

Book Cover of Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Titles for Younger Readers by Grades

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

True story of an ingenious man who mailed himself to freedom. (grades K–2)

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

Inspiring tale of a nineteenth century man who rose from slavery to fame as an artist. (grades 1–3)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey*

Ruth’s family travels from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandmother with a very special guidebook. (grades 2–5)

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge

Focuses on the children who marched in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (grades 4–8)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor*

An African American family fights to stay together in the face of racism and poverty in the 1930s. (grades 5–8)

Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen by Casey King

A fourth-grade class interviews parents, grandparents, and friends to learn exciting true stories of the Civil Rights Movement. (grades 5–9)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose

An impassioned African American woman refuses to give up her seat on a bus. Rosa Parks? No—teenager Claudette Colvin. (grades 6–8)

 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson*

Memoir of a poet growing up in the 1960s and 70s, learning her own history and telling her own story. (grades 6–8)

Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair*

Coming-of-age novel about a young girl discovering herself and the world during the tumultuous Civil Rights era. (grades 9–12)

The People Could Fly: American Black Folk Tales by Virginia Hamilton*

We have two versions of this celebrated collection of classic legends and folktales shared by African Americans across time. One is a richly illustrated picture book for grades K–2; one is the longer original text for older readers, grades 4–8.

Book Cover of Freedom's Daughters by Lynne Olson has a young black woman holding up her hands.  The unsung heriosm of the civil rights movement from 1830 to 1970.

Book Cover of Freedom’s Daughters by Lynne Olson

Titles for Adults

Freedom’s Daughters by Lynne Olson

Portraits of the dynamic women who played crucial roles in the success of the Civil Rights Movement.

Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack

Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the transition from slavery to freedom experienced by four million African Americans.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson*

Epic history of the decades-long migration of black citizens to northern and western cities in quest of a better life.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston*

Classic novel of an independent and indomitable African American woman meeting life head on.

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates*

Memoir of two African American brothers and their passionate father seeking to raise his children to adulthood under inner city pressures.

The Peculiar Institution by Kenneth M. Stampp

A remarkable, pioneering examination of the disastrous impact of slavery across society in the American South.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones*

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, this complex novel follows the career of a former slave and farmer.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander*

Do we live in a “colorblind” society—or are there new and devastating ways that racial biases are impacting African American lives?

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines*

In the tradition of To Kill A Mockingbird, a wrenching story of death and identity exploring the tragic aftermath of a murder.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable*

Complex and multifaceted, Malcolm X rewrote his own story again and again, until his assassination at 39.

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Benetech Names New President, COO to Massively Grow Social Impact

2015 January 28
by Bookshare Team Member

PrintBenetech, the parent organization of Bookshare just announced the appointments of Betsy Beaumon as president and Mark Roberts as chief operating officer. Founder Jim Fruchterman continues as Benetech’s chief executive officer, evangelizing Benetech and advancing the technology-for-good field. The goal of the senior appointments is to increase Benetech’s social impact at scale and its capacity to create new social enterprises that use technology to deliver social good.

Through its recently launched technological innovation arm, Benetech Labs, Benetech has been increasingly focused on developing business models, partnerships, and technologies that deliver new solutions to unmet social needs while also implementing and scaling its existing social enterprises. “In their expanded new roles, Betsy and Mark set Benetech on a path to launch new enterprises, scale our existing ones, and grow our global impact by at least a factor of ten,” says Fruchterman. In a related development, Benetech also announced the promotion of Anh Bui to vice president of Benetech Labs. Bui formerly served as director of product strategy in Benetech’s Global Literacy Program.

Over the past six years, Beaumon—an engineer, technology executive, and social entrepreneur—has spearheaded the Global Literacy Program as its general manager, leading it through a tremendous expansion in both size and breadth of impact. She has grown Bookshare, Benetech’s accessible online library, tenfold, delivering over seven million books and transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities across the United States and internationally. Beaumon has spearheaded the movement to see that all new digital books and courses are “born accessible” to all, and is driving that vision forward through research and development partnerships with corporate, technology, university, and nonprofit communities.

Betsy Beaumon pink

Betsy Beaumon, President

As President, Beaumon is now responsible for a newly formed group encompassing field leadership in Benetech’s Labs, Global Literacy, Human Rights, and Environment programs; strategy, partnership, and business planning for all of Benetech’s new and existing initiatives and products; as well as funder development, marketing, and communications. “We believe in the power of engagement to address critical areas of unmet need, and our approach to creating transformative new social enterprises and scaling established ones for greater impact reflect that,” notes Beaumon. “I am tremendously energized to work with the entire Benetech team, as well as our user and partner communities, to achieve our ambitious goals.”

Mark Roberts, Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Mark Roberts, who joined Benetech in September 2014 as vice president of engineering, brings to his new role extensive experience as a senior executive with several high profile Silicon Valley companies. Roberts was senior vice president of engineering and operations at TiVo Inc., where he helped build the company’s business systems and infrastructure to launch, deliver, and scale highly successful products and services. He will leverage this experience in leading Benetech’s core new group encompassing engineering, product management, and operations, with a focus on implementation, innovation, and scale for Benetech’s operating social enterprises and products. “I am motivated to harness the power of technology as a force for good,” says Roberts. “At Benetech, we leverage the deep technical and operational skills of our team and the open source community to maximize results.”

Anh Bui, Vice President

Vice President Bui, who provides dedicated leadership for Benetech Labs, oversees its multipronged charge to prototype new social good technology applications, launch new products with the promise of great social impact, and ignite cross-sector collaboration on technology-for-good ventures. Bui’s promotion follows her successfully leading the Global Literacy Program’s work on new frontiers of education for students with disabilities, including accessible digital images, 3D printing, and accessible math.

The new appointments are key to Benetech’s next stage of growth as an unusually diverse and exciting organization. Women are a majority of Benetech’s senior leadership team and workforce. Benetech is now recruiting for a vice president of global literacy and a director of engineering, with a total of seven positions being opened shortly—roughly ten percent of its current team size. It is looking for talented individuals who are passionate about using technology to empower underprivileged communities.

About Benetech

Jim Fruchterman standing along a wall of photos.

Jim Fruchterman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Benetech is a Silicon Valley nonprofit technology company that provides software tools and services to address pressing social needs. Each of its program areas—Human Rights, Global Literacy, the Environment, and Benetech Labs—offers the greatest social impact on funds invested.

Social entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow Jim Fruchterman created Benetech in 2000 and leads the organization as its CEO.

For more information, please visit

Media inquiries:  Noa Ronkin, Communications Manager, Benetech