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Celebrate Love With These Valentine’s Day Reads

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a selection of books for adults and teens that explore love in its many forms, from steamy romances to heartwarming friendships. Romance Novels That Want to Be Your Valentine Looking for a love story to set your heart aflutter this Valentine’s Day? Check out the romantic reads from this new collection for adults and teens!  99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne – Darcy has been in love with her brother Jamie’s attractive, kind, and totally off limits best friend Tom for as long as…

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Catching up with Jessica Pinto: Bookshare Superstar and Disability Rights Advocate

That was then… When we first met Jessica Pinto in 2008, she was in eighth grade at Kennedy Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this video, Jessica explains how cerebral palsy made it extremely difficult for her to hold standard printed books and how Bookshare was a game changer for her because it let her read digital books independently. This is now… Fast forward ten years when I recently had the pleasure of learning about Jessica’s journey since 2008. How long have you been a Bookshare member? When I was in eighth grade, Megan Shanley, AT specialist for Albuquerque…

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New Year, New You: Help is On the Way

New Year’s resolutions – we love them, hate them, make them, and break them. Whatever self-help approach works for you, Bookshare has a special reading list of books for teens and adults to help define and prioritize the year ahead. Whether you want to accelerate or change your career path, get your personal finances in order, communicate more effectively, overcome the clutter in your house, adopt a healthier lifestyle, or break free from stress and anxiety, we’ve got some life-affirming resources to help you along the way. Here is a taste of some of the books on the New Year,…

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Bookshare Coming to FETC and ATIA Conferences

Now that we’ve turned the corner into 2018, the Bookshare team is excited to hit the road and participate in two upcoming conferences. If you plan to attend, be sure to find us and network, learn, and share. Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) January 23-26 in Orlando FETC brings together education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from pre-K through 12 — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies. Special…

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Back to School with Bookshare: Tips from the Teaching Trenches (Part 2)

Equal access means equal opportunity for students with disabilities Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their students be successful. The first blog featured Special Education Resource Teacher Diane Lurye and the ways she uses Bookshare to encourage reading independence. “Technology is the equalizer for students with disabilities,” says Deirdre Watkins, an Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments in the Dekalb County School District in Georgia. She serves sixteen students in pre-K through 12th grade across six…

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Veronica Lewis is a Champion of Self-Advocacy

Bookshare member successfully navigates college life and offers valuable advice for students with disabilities “A disability is something you have, not who you are.” As graduation nears for many high school students, thoughts turn to college and the importance of survival skills. Topping the list is the ability to advocate for yourself because the days of spoon-feeding and hand-holding are over. This advice is especially important for students with disabilities, and a student who embodies this sentiment completely is Veronica Lewis. “Self-advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, as well as learning, building a support network, problem solving,…

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Benetech Showcases Leading Edge Literacy Initiatives at 32nd Annual CSUN Conference

See what’s new with Bookshare, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place at the 32nd Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference from February 27-March 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The “CSUN Conference,” as it is known in the industry, is organized by California State University, Northridge’s Center on Disabilities. It provides a unique…

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Learn How to Read Easier with Bookshare at the 2017 ATIA Conference

Are you going to the 2017 ATIA Conference in Orlando (January 18-21)? The 2017 ATIA Conference is where the assistive technology community meets to network, learn and share, and Benetech is excited to be in on the action. We invite you to visit us in the Benetech/Bookshare booth (#419) and attend our presentations. Come see how to get easy access to over 500,000 ebooks in alternative formats for students who cannot read or process printed text. Here’s a preview of what you will learn: New Bookshare Features We’ve made Bookshare faster and easier with new features like Assign & Read,…

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