The Bookshare team from Benetech is excited to attend two of our favorite conventions — the 76th Annual National Federation of the Blind (NFB) National Convention in Orlando, Florida, from June 30 to July 5, and the 55th Annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 1 to July 9, 2016.
Benetech salutes these important organizations and their efforts to ensure equal opportunity for blind and visually impaired people. In support, the Benetech / Bookshare team will attend both conventions and looks forward to meeting attendees, rekindling relationships with long-time members and supporters, and establishing new ones.
We invite all attendees to meet our staff and learn about the latest Bookshare news and updates on Benetech’s broader efforts to make books and reading accessible for people with disabilities. Here’s a preview:
- The Bookshare collection now has over 425,000 titles to satisfy any member’s interest for academic, career, professional, or recreational reading.
- New partnerships with the New York Public Library and Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services will bring free Bookshare memberships to qualifying library patrons.
- The Bookshare Bingo summer reading event is in full swing and we encourage all attendees to take part.
- All English-language titles in Bookshare are available in Unified English Braille (UEB), making it the largest collection in the world!
At NFB, attendees can meet the Bookshare staff at booth #B23 on the exhibit floor to sign up for or renew memberships, ask questions, and learn more about Bookshare. We will also be giving a series of presentations to various NFB committees and attendees at divisional meetings.
At ACB, attendees are invited to meet the Bookshare staff during Bookshare Office Hours on July 5th from 7:15 am to 8:30 pm in the Lake Minnetonka room. Please stop by, meet our staff, sign up, renew your memberships, and get your questions answered.
Versatility of Braille
We also encourage you to read this insightful article on the versatility of braille, written by Allison Hilliker, our Bookshare Customer Support Specialist. Allison’s article was recently published in NFB’s Future Reflections magazine titled: “A New Perspective on Literacy for Students with Low Vision.”