As parents of student Members, you are an important part of the Bookshare® community. Bookshare is here to support you and your children in acquiring accessible reading materials so they can achieve their full learning potential. Whether you are new to Bookshare or have been involved for years, you’ll find information and resources to help with your children’s education.
- Information for Parents New to Bookshare
- Discussion and Information Sharing
- Items of Interest
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Customer Support
Information for Parents New to Bookshare
Are you new to Bookshare? Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to both U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities and to U.S. schools. As a result, your child can access the largest online library of accessible digital books at no cost. Your child has several options for signing up with Bookshare:
- Individual membership. This allows your child unlimited access to the Bookshare library. You and/or your child download books whenever you want, except textbooks, which need to be downloaded by your child’s school. Find out if your child qualifies, or sign up TODAY!
- Membership through your child’s school. Your child’s school can sign up as a Member of Bookshare. The school then registers your child as a qualified student, and a teacher or staff member downloads books, including textbooks, for your child. Contact your child’s school or teacher to find out if they have registered with Bookshare.
- Both. Your child can have both an individual membership AND be listed on his or her school membership. This option provides the greatest access and flexibility in downloading books.
Discussion and Information Sharing
Bookshare has many avenues for sharing your ideas and insights:
- Share your story.
- Tell Bookshare how best to help you.
- Connect your school with Bookshare.
- Get handouts and materials for giving trainings, talks or sharing Bookshare information with groups and organizations.
- Hear Member stories.
- Sign up for the Bookshare newsletter
There are a number of resources for parents of students with print disabilities. Keep checking this page for new links:
Information for Parents
- Assistive Technology News
- Closing the Gap: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
- Council for Exceptional Children: The voice and vision of special education
- GreatSchools: The Parent’s Guide to K-12 Success
- The Alliance for Technology Access: Connecting children & adults with disabilities to technology tools
- FamilyConnect: For parents of children with visual impairments
- National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
- National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
- Pacer Center: Champions for children with disabilities
National Resources and Networks
- American Council of the Blind
- Child Welfare League of America: Making children a national priority
- National Federation of the Blind
- Parental Information Resource Centers (PIRCS)
- U.S. Department of Education
- 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 Members lives.
- Webinar training for parents on registering, downloading, and reading books. Please check for the most current online trainings.
- Bookshare will be attending a number of conferences around the country. Get the latest information on conference dates and locations.
- United Cerebral Palsy article on how a college student is using Bookshare to overcome a disability.
By volunteering with Bookshare, you not only get to 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.
If you scan a book for your child’s use and want share the book file with others, or if you just want to help build the Bookshare library with other efforts, sign up as a Volunteer.
Bookshare has a number of resources to help with any question:
- Downloading books:
- Requesting books:
- Access Technology:
- Membership: Individual Membership FAQs
- General Questions: Help Overview