Yes, Bookshare is now 10 years old, and we invite you to join a virtual worldwide celebration!
For a decade, we’ve been bringing reading to life for people with print disabilities, and we’ve been bringing reading to the lives of many who were hungry for access to content, be it for school or reading pleasure. We’ve accomplished this by knocking down barriers to access, collaborating with great partners, and inventing new, easy-to-use technologies. We pioneered a new approach to libraries for individuals with print disabilities and we let Members decide what they wanted to add to the collection.
To remind ourselves how far we have come, we gathered stories from early Members about the “old” days and published them in Arkenstone and early Bookshare blogs, shared them at a recent ATIA party with attendees and long-time partners – Don Johnston, Kurzweil, Freedom Scientific, HumanWare, Plextalk, and Texthelp, and even produced a fun and entertaining Anniversary video.
And now we want to celebrate the progress with our Members, partners, educators, and friends around the world. However, since our work is not done, we want to use this occasion to generate more awareness and support for the work that lies ahead.
To involve as many as we can, we invite you all to join a worldwide virtual celebration! We plan to make the celebration last all year. Every month there will be a different theme, and with every theme, there will be suggestions of activities, of things you can do in your communities and schools to bring others into the mission and help the mission achieve even more breakthroughs in the next 10 years. For example, this month to celebrate you could:
- Tweet or post an anniversary greeting as a comment on this blog, Twitter or Facebook.
- Buy cupcakes in honor of Bookshare for your school principal and teachers.
- Print the Bookshare data sheet from our site and give it to your local librarian.
- Subscribe to this blog to follow the themes and activities every month.
- Visit our Contribute page and make a small donation to help us bring more accessible books to people with print disabilities.
Our joy in this anniversary comes from the joy we have brought to others. Let’s have fun and celebrate!