RNIB launches ‘RNIB Bookshare’ to provide accessible educational content to students with sight loss

RNIB-LogoNew service combines an Apple iPad and O2 connectivity to help motivate and include young people with sight loss at school and college

A new service launched by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) will make 250,000 educational resources available on an accessible iPad as well as other devices.

RNIB Bookshare is an online service which delivers accessible materials to schools and colleges in the UK. It provides curriculum materials for blind or partially sighted, dyslexic or otherwise print disabled students.

It aims to offer an independent learning experience while enabling learners to read the same books at the same time as their classmates.

Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy and Accessibility at RNIB, said: “We are very excited to launch RNIB Bookshare. We know that blind and partially sighted young people need access to books and textbooks at the same time as their peers. This can help with greater participation in lessons, research and homework.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with O2 and DHL in the UK and Benetech in the US to be able to deliver this fantastic service to students with sight loss.”

An RNIB Bookshare subscription includes a huge range of educational content provided by Benetech, a US not-for-profit organisation that empowers communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions.

To find out more, or register for RNIB Bookshare, please contact us at www.load2learn.org or 0300 303 8313.

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