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Career Launch @ Perkins Prepares Trainees for Customer Service Careers

Innovative program at Perkins School for the Blind provides training and coaching to jumpstart careers for blind and visually impaired young adults. A recent panel of customer service professionals, including a representative from Bookshare, shared their advice with Perkins trainees.

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Louisiana Key Academy Unlocks Learning for Students with Dyslexia

Jordan Lefler is a Dyslexia Specialist at the Louisiana Key Academy in Baton Rouge, a tuition-free, public charter school dedicated exclusively to educating students with dyslexia. In this blog, Jordan shares tips and tricks for unlocking reading success.

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Interview with Mychal Winters, Outreach Coordinator for Memphis, Tennessee

I am pleased to introduce Mychal Winters, Benetech’s Memphis Outreach Coordinator. Mychal is a published author, literacy consultant, and educator in Memphis and Shelby County. Today, we are thrilled to welcome him to the Benetech and Bookshare team.

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Bookshare Community Answers Challenges of 2021 and Looks Ahead to 2022

2021 continued to throw us pandemic curveballs, but the Bookshare community rose to the challenge and made reading possible for even more people with reading barriers. As we jump into 2022, let’s take a brief look back at the stories and accomplishments from 2021 featuring dedicated teachers, impressive Bookshare members, the top ten most downloaded books, the Bookshare Book Club, and the new Bookshare Reader for smart speakers.

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Introducing Bookshare Reader (Beta) for Smart Speakers

Get ready for a new, exciting way to read with Bookshare Reader for smart speakers (beta). It’s as easy as using your voice. Now, you can read and enjoy your books on any Alexa-enabled device. Simply tell Alexa to open Bookshare Reader and read a book. With Bookshare Reader, you can enjoy the convenience of voice-enabled tools to enjoy the world’s largest ebook library for people with reading barriers.

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Season’s Readings from Bookshare

Welcome to the best time of year for snuggling up with a book! During the holiday season, it’s fun to revisit treasured classics and discover new favorites. We made a list (of books) and checked it twice to give you a sleigh full of ideas on what to read. So grab a blanket and a warm drink and settle in with heartwarming books featured in this blog.

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Member Spotlight: Academic Enjoys Instant Access to Scholarly Texts in Bookshare

Olga Borovaya has been doing research and teaching at Stanford and other universities since 1998, which is when she started losing her eyesight. An expert in Sephardic Studies and Ladino Culture, she was always looking for resources and devices that would make her work possible despite her visual impairment, but most of the time she relied on research assistants who would read to her in several languages and help her find books at the university libraries. Fortunately, she discovered Bookshare and now relies on it for immediate access to scholarly texts in accessible formats.

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