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Experience Bookshare in Action!

| Proposal No: 912

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  • Lisa Wadors Verne, Program Manager: Education, Research and Partner, Benetech

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Learn how to sign up qualified students for Bookshare, and how to use the new reading tools. You will get started with setting up an organization account for your school/district and learn about student benefits and qualifications, accessible book formats and assistive software applications.


Booksare’s online library of digital books and technology offer students the resources they need in a timely and flexible manner. Bookshare is a valuable resource that individuals will use throughout their lives. This hands-on lab will walk educators through the process of setting up memberships for qualified students, of searching for and downloading books and trying out all of the different tools for reading Bookshare books. Books in digital formats will provide students the flexibility to let students read in an appropriate style, whether using software for multi-modal reading, assistive devices or Braille. Educators will also learn about the benefits and flexibility of accessible formats, such as DAISY, which is becoming a national standard, and Bookshare’s second format, BRF. They will clearly see how these accessible formats work with a wide range of assistive technologies to address the unique needs of their students and motivate them to achieve more reading and studying independence.


  1. 2. Learn how to navigate through Bookshare and perform the basic functions: search, request, and download digi
  2. 3. Participants will learn about the benefits and flexibility of accessible formats such as DAISY and BRF and
  3. 4. Learning about the Chafee amendment and how its enables copyrighted materials to be made available to stude

Speaker Bio(s)

Lisa Wadors Verne

Dr. Lisa Wadors Verne, is the Program Manager for Education focusing on for Benetech and its literacy services including Bookshare, Route 66 and Diagram. In this role she is the project lead for 3D Printing: New Educational Opportunities for Students with Print Disabilities funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the project lead for a private grant that supports parents of children with Learning Differences. She has doctorate in Special Education and Policy from a the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University, Joint Doctoral program with a focus on teachers’ beliefs about including children with special needs in typically developing classrooms. With over 10 years in Educational research and application Dr. Wadors Verne has particular expertise in special education policy and law, inclusion and family and school collaboration. Dr. Wadors Verne is currently interested in the use of technology in classrooms for meaningful inclusion.