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Category: Bookshare Success Stories

Bernie’s Story: It Takes a Village, Resourcefulness, and Cosmic Alignment

Despite losing his sight at age seven, Bernie Perella’s journey took him from a small town in Pennsylvania to Villanova University, a career at the National Security Agency, and a rewarding, active life without limits.

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Heard It Through the Tweetvine

We love Bookshare members – and the teachers, parents, and other caring individuals who support our members. We celebrate the success of every person who overcomes reading barriers with the help of the Bookshare library and assistive technology. Good news is always worth sharing, and we hope these tweets make you smile, inspire you to find your next book, or tell a friend about Bookshare.

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Technology is a Game Changer for Justin Smith

In this guest blog, Justin Smith, Bookshare member and disability rights advocate, discusses the critical role technology plays in his life. Justin has cerebral palsy, and Bookshare gives him the freedom and independence to experience the joy of reading. Justin comments on books that transport him and the ways technology assists him with reading, communication, and mobility.

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Expert Insights: Administrator Shares Secret Weapon for College Students with Disabilities

Chantonette Lyles urges college students with disabilities to be proactive and take the initiative to request the services and accommodations they need such as books in alternate formats from Bookshare.

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Vicki Numkena is a Reading Superhero for Native Students

Vicki Numkena, teacher of the visually impaired for Native students on the Navajo Reservation, uses audiobooks from Bookshare to “turn on” reluctant readers. Learn more about her reading tips, ready-made lists of books about superheroes, Fortnite, and Minecraft, and the top ten downloaded Bookshare books for 2020.

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