The leading software company works as a social good nonprofit providing education and learning solutions for students across the USA. Using its Bookshare platform, it offers the largest online library of accessible books free of charge to all U.S. school districts.
Using this award, Benetech aims to reach more than 200,000 additional students who will get personalized access to more than 800,000 books available on Bookshare. During the five-year period, the company will provide more than 4 million downloads of ebooks to qualified students. Additionally, it will work in collaboration with publishers through Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible and Born Accessible platforms to ensure accessibility features are available in more than 50% of educational books by 2022, at the production stage. One of the goals of this project is to ensure all students have equal opportunity and a level playing field for access to the education curriculum. So far, the company has reached more than half a million students in both rural and urban districts across all the 50 states.
Staying True to Benetech’s Vision
The award by the U.S. Department of Education will enable Benetech to have a lasting impact on the education sector using proven software for social good. This way the company will be able to meet unmet social needs, offer prototypes to solve these problems, and scale the solutions for systemic change in the education sector.