TEA Funds Approved for the Accessible Books for Texas Program! Fifth Year – Fall 2014 Update
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) just approved funding for Benetech’s Accessible Books for Texas (ABT) program for the fifth year from September 2014 to August 31, 2015.
Through ABT, local Outreach Coordinators deliver customized, face-to-face AIM and Bookshare training to schools and districts throughout Texas. In addition, Benetech applies dedicated resources to Texas membership and support questions and Texas book requests. As a result, the number of Texas public K-12 schools using Bookshare, and the number of Texas students getting accessible eBooks through Bookshare, have grown at twice the pace of the national average.
ABT is an excellent example of a state-level partnership that augments the services that Benetech can provide nationally. Generous support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funds provide free Bookshare memberships for all qualified U.S. students and the schools that serve them.
OSEP funds also enable Benetech to provide free online training and responsive phone and email support to close to 295,000 Bookshare members around the country and to add thousands of school-related titles to the Bookshare library upon request and at no charge. With supplemental funding from states or other organizations, Benetech can support educators, parents, and students even more comprehensively. If you are interested in a customized partnership with Benetech, please contact me, Christine Jones for more information. Thank you.
This year, Bookshare’s collection topped over a quarter million titles, thanks to publishers such as Penguin Group, Random House, Scholastic and many more great partners.
NEW Spanish ABT Website Just Launched!
Did you know that Bookshare’s collection contains 5,000 books in Spanish, including translations of popular books by bestselling authors such as J. K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Isabel Allende, Gary Soto, John C. Maxwell, Joel Osteen, and T. D. Jakes?
Prospective members who prefer to read in Spanish can benefit from an Individual Membership Signup Form in Spanish. Available on the brochures page, this form provides a Spanish translation of the online signup form and should be used for reference only. For faster processing, prospective individual members should still sign up online.
Listen to Spanish Books in a High Quality Audio Voice
When you download them in audio format (either DAISY Audio or MP3), all Spanish Bookshare books are provided in a high-quality text-to-speech (TTS) Spanish voice which ensures a pleasant listening experience. Spanish books downloaded in DAISY Audio can be read in Read2Go, the Bookshare app for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone.
Check our updated support portal for more details. Bookshare members can also read Spanish books using reading software that has a Spanish TTS voice. The DAISY Consortium Reader and several commercially available reading software programs offer Spanish TTS voices.