Commitment to Action

Accessible Books For The Blind In India

Commitment by

Benetech

In 2013, Benetech committed to expanding its Bookshare program to India, where it will provide accessible books and periodicals to 5,000 adults and students with print disabilities. India, which is home to one of every four blind people in the world, recently amended its copyright law so that accessible materials can be produced without publisher permission. As a result, the five to six million Indian citizens living with visual impairment will begin to have access to printed material and to the opportunities linked to increased literacy. Through this commitment, Benetech will add a minimum of 1,000 new locally-relevant titles to the Bookshare collection, provide 425 Google Nexus 7 tablets to Indian students, and hire two outreach coordinators to tour the country training the blind and their teachers to use Bookshare the variety of accessible formats it utilizes - ultimately creating new opportunities to engage and learn for those with print disabilities in India.

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Commitment

Accessible Books For The Blind In India

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

3 years

Region

Asia

Countries

India

Commitment by

Benetech

Partner(s)

DAISY Forum of India, Google Inc., Lavelle Fund for the Blind