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Dyslexia confirmed by a competent authority to be severe enough to interfere significantly with reading standard print material qualifies for Bookshare.
Bookshare is a nonprofit entity established with a principal purpose of helping people with disabilities. It would very much like to see more people with disabilities, including more students, benefit from our services. However, we are bound first, by copyright law and... more
A person who is temporarily disabled when it comes to reading print may utilize Bookshare services during the period of significant print disability. However, once an individual has regained the ability to read normally, he or she no longer qualifies for access to... more
By themselves, these other diagnoses do not qualify as a print disability under the laws and agreements that determine Bookshare eligibility.   Many people with one or more of these disabilities do not experience a significant limitation when it comes to reading print... more
The 98% of the population who can pick up a book and read it (or could if they learned to read). The copyright exemption exists to help the small number of people whose disabilities have a major impact on their ability to read. Other people who don’t qualify include: ... more
The full technical and legal details are available on the Library of Congress’ Chafee Amendment page and the supporting regulations (Section B.2.i.).  If you are certifying someone who has a physically-based disability (including dyslexia) that makes it difficult to... more
Students and adults with learning disabilities may qualify for Bookshare as long as a competent authority confirms that the learning disability significantly interferes with reading. Click here for examples of competent authorities.People with a significant learning... more
If you cannot pick up a book, turn pages, maintain visual focus on a book or do not have the physical stamina to work with printed material, you most likely qualify for Bookshare membership.
If you are legally blind, you qualify. In addition, if you don’t meet the legal blindness standard, a functional vision assessment that indicates a significant problem accessing text is also acceptable.