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To qualify for Bookshare, people with these conditions, as well as people whose first language is not English, must have an accompanying qualifying condition that significantly interferes with their ability to read or process printed text. For example, a person who is... more
The 98% of the population who can pick up a book and read it. 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: People without disabilitiesPeople... more
Students with learning disabilities may qualify for UK education collection. Persons who are unable to effectively read print due to dyslexia or other cognitive learning disabilities such as autism or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) qualify to access the service.
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 UK education collection 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.
Probably! We very much enjoy having in-office volunteers, and have specific projects that can only be done at our office. However, we have limited in-office space at our Palo Alto, CA office.If you would like to volunteer at our office, please contact us and, if we... more
Once you have proofread your book, you must check it in for approval. A staff member or qualified volunteer will review it and either approve it or return it for more editing with notes about what to fix. Your book will typically reviewed within 7 business days of... more
For quality control, we ask that different people scan and proofread each book. Occasionally, we will make an exception for a highly-skilled, experienced volunteer. If you would like to be considered for this exception, please Request Help.
Yes! When you submit your newly scanned version, make sure to put the letters "BSO" in all capitals before the title of the book so that proofreaders know that you're improving an existing copy.Check out this page for more information about BSOs.
If you're having trouble uploading a scanned RTF (Rich Text Format) file, try skipping the step where you input the ISBN the first time. This does mean that you'll have to put in a bit more information manually, but it hopefully will solve the uploading problem. Do... more
Yes. UK education collection volunteers must use their own scanner and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. The scanner may have built-in OCR software, or the person scanning may have the OCR software as part of a computer program.
Please download and save the book to a location that you can easily find using your web browser. Locate and unzip the book by:Locate the saved book Zip archive.Press enter or double click to open the file.Start the Compressed Folder Wizard.Mouse users can click the... more
IntegratedRNIB Bookshare integrated applications or devices allow members to download our content directly through the application or on the device itself.Bookshare Web ReaderDolphin EasyReaderNon-integratedIf you are using applications or devices that are not RNIB... more
The Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) is one source of information about the transition process. They state that “the successful transition of students with disabilities to, through and beyond college is a team effort. AHEAD offers the following... more
It is the responsibility of the individual to disclose his or her disability to an employer and to request on-the-job accommodations. Having materials such as technical software manuals in accessible formats are appropriate workplace supports; UK education... more