Blind Woman Uses Accessible Cookbooks from Bookshare to Cook on Rachael Ray Show


Who: Chrissy Steltz, a blind woman, who received the first-of-its-kind prosthetic face; Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of copyrighted, digital accessible books for people with print disabilities.

What: Chrissy Steltz loves to cook Rachael Ray recipes. Ms. Steltz will be cooking Rachael Ray recipes, live, on the show using a VoiceNote donated by HumanWare containing Rachael Ray’s cookbooks, including her latest, Look + Cook, downloaded from Bookshare.

Where: Rachael Ray Show, KingWorld Network

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, check local CBS programming schedules for air times

Visuals: Chrissy Steltz, blind woman who received prosthetic face, cooking Rachael Ray recipes; blind woman reading from HumanWare device; blind woman using digital accessible Rachael Ray cookbook from Bookshare


Media Contacts: 

Valerie Chernek



Nicolas Lagacé

450.463.1717 ext. 341


About Bookshare: Bookshare is the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as people without disabilities. In 2007, Bookshare received a five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U.S. students with a qualified print disability. The Bookshare library now has over 90,000 books and serves more than 100,000 members. Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, a Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit which creates sustainable technology to solve pressing social needs.

About HumanWare: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare offers a full range of low vision products including the SmartView Synergy desktop video magnifier, the SmartView Pocket and Versa handheld electronic magnifiers, and the myReader2, HumanWare's unique "auto-reader". HumanWare's other innovative products include the BrailleNote Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; the Victor Reader Stream, and other world leading digital audio book players; the ClassMate Reader, the only portable book player to offer synchronized text and audio for struggling readers, and the Breeze, an all-in-one talking GPS. For more information about these or other HumanWare products, visit our website at