The Bookshare community provides valuable resources for educators. You can provide your students with increased access to accessible textbooks, teacher recommended reading and children’s books. You can help your students with print disabilities explore a wide range of topics in a variety of reading levels. As educators, you have a very important role to play in helping your students keep up with their sighted peers. This page is full of information and resources to make your job easier.
- Discussion and Information Sharing
- Items of Interest
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Customer Support
- Membership Information
Discussion and Information Sharing
Bookshare has many avenues for sharing your ideas and insights:
- Send Bookshare your teacher recommended reading lists.
- Share your thoughts, ideas, comments and questions with the Bookshare staff.
- Get handouts and materials for giving trainings, talks or sharing Bookshare information with groups and organizations.
- Hear Member stories.
- Invite Bookshare to your school to conduct a training
- Sign up for the Bookshare newsletter
There are a number of resources for teachers of students with print disabilities. Keep checking this page for new links:
Accessible Materials in the Classroom
- Center for Applied Special Technology
- Center for Implementing Technology in Education
- National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)
New Ideas and Information
Publications about Disabilities
- Ability Magazine
- AFB AccessWorld
- Braille Monitor
- Closing the Gap
- Dialog Magazine
- Disability International
- Disability World
- DOTS for Braille Literacy
- eSchool News
- Exceptional Parent Magazine
- Howe's Now Newsletter
- International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS)
- Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
- New Mobility
- Ragged Edge
- Sports N' Spokes
- Technology & Learning
- The Braille Forum
- The Computer Monitor
- Closing the Gap: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
- Council for Exceptional Children: The voice and vision of special education
- National Association of Special Education Teachers
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education
- National Federation of the Blind
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Items of Interest
- View videos of Bookshare Members who use various assistive devices to read Bookshare books. The short profiles demonstrate how Members are using the technology. The longer stories describe how Bookshare has affected the lives of our members.
- Bookshare will be hosting a series of webinars in January 2009 focused on the many new features of the ‘new’ Bookshare library. Registration details will be coming soon.
- Bookshare will be attending a number of conferences around the country. Get the latest information on conference dates and locations.
By volunteering with Bookshare, you not only help add books to the library, you also become part of a very lively community. Bookshare Volunteers hold contests, sponsor books clubs, and run a discussion group. In addition, Volunteers with print disabilities can earn credits toward their membership fees. Learn more about volunteering.
Bookshare has a number of resources to help with any question:
- Downloading books:
- For more information, refer to the Online Learning Guide entitled "How do I search for and download books?"
- Requesting books:
- For more information, refer to the Online Learning Guide entitled "How do I get textbooks?"
- Educator Questions:
- Access Technology:
- Membership: Individual Membership FAQs
- General Questions: Help Overview
If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact Bookshare.
Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students. Read more about the OSEP award.
Schools and students outside the United States can also join Bookshare and pay the nominal subscription fee. This provides access to freely distributable titles (e.g. public domain or Creative Commons licensed) and books that publishers and authors have given permission to Bookshare to share internationally.
The Bookshare service is possible through an exemption in the U.S. copyright law (Chafee amendment) that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for those with print disabilities.
For more information, refer to the Online Learning Guide entitled "Who is eligible for Bookshare membership?"