Open Up the World of Reading

Bookshare® opens up the world of reading for people with print disabilities.

If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help!

Our books are “accessible,” which means you can read our books many different ways.

Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, people of all ages, as well as schools and many organizations around the globe can access the books they need for school, work, career advancment, skill development and the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.

How can you read Bookshare books?

  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser
  • And more!

Who Can Join

In order for you to become a Bookshare® member, an expert must confirm that you have a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents you from reading traditional print materials. Anyone in the world with a qualifying print disability may join Bookshare.

Low Vision/Blindness

Eye. Vision impairment. A person who is blind or has low vision and who is unable to read standard print qualifies for Bookshare as long as a competent authority confirms that the person is legally blind or has a significant problem accessing text.

Examples of Competent Authorities:

  • teacher of the visually impaired
  • special education teacher
  • family doctor
  • ophthalmologist
  • optometrist
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, or similar government body outside the U.S.

Physical Disabilities

Wheelchair. Physical disability. A person with a physical disability who is unable to read standard print qualifies for Bookshare as long as a competent authority confirms that the physical disability significantly interferes with reading.

Examples of Competent Authorities:

  • resource specialist,
  • special education teacher
  • physical therapist
  • family doctor or other medical professional

Learning Disabilities

Graduate cap. Learning Disability A person with a learning disability such as dyslexia qualifies for Bookshare as long as a competent authority confirms that the learning disability significantly interferes with reading.

Examples of Competent Authorities:

  • special education teacher
  • learning disability, dyslexia, or resource specialist
  • school psychologist
  • clinical psychologist with a background in learning disabilities
  • family doctor
  • psychiatrist
  • neurologist

Who Doesn’t Automatically Qualify?

People with disabilities such as:

  • autism
  • intellectual disabilities
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • hearing loss
  • dysgraphia
  • dyscalculia

and people whose first language is not English DO NOT QUALIFY ON THESE CRITERIA ALONE under the laws and agreements that determine Bookshare eligibility.   

However, it is quite possible that a person with one or more of these disabilities could still qualify for Bookshare because of an accompanying print disability. For example, a person who is both deaf and blind, or who has ADHD and significant dyslexia, could qualify.

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