Making Reading Accessible and Affordable

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has awarded Bookshare $100,000 in supplemental funding to create the first accessible versions of open-content digital textbooks. The initial planned conversion of open-content textbooks, which are distributed free under licenses selected by the authors, involves math and science textbooks approved for California students. The texts will be offered in the accessible DAISY format, which enables multi-modal reading, or combining highlighted on-screen text with excellent computer-generated voice, and BRF, a digital Braille format intended for use with Braille displays or embossed Braille. For more information, visit