Building an Ecosystem of FLOSS to Educate Students with Disabilities

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Benetech's Literacy program is revolutionizing access to educational materials for print disabled students (e.g. blind, dyslexic, quadraplegic). It is accomplishing this goal by leveraging and …

Benetech's Literacy program is revolutionizing access to educational materials for print disabled students (e.g. blind, dyslexic, quadraplegic). It is accomplishing this goal by leveraging and contributing to an end-to-end ecosystem of FLOSS technologies to make sure that as the educational content landscape rapidly evolves print-disabled students are as “plugged-in” as their peers.

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  • 1. Building an Ecosystem ofFLOSS to Educate Studentswith DisabilitiesOSCON 2012
  • 2. Technology is Transforming Education
  • 3. How Did I Get Here?
  • 4. MIT Loans Paid, 2 Startups and 24 Years Later… Come do social When can I good with me! start?
  • 5. What Does Benetech Do?create software for solve large, critical problemsMaximum Social Benefit in Areas of Need literacyINNOVATION SCALE human rights environment
  • 6. Technology Assists Students with Learning and Physical Print Disabilities Jessica, Steffon and Shane are three of 200,000+ members who can access Bookshare’s library of 150,000+ books, textbooks and periodicals with reading tools tailored to their special needshttp://youtube.com/watch?v=sUMmzi3nmig
  • 7. Open Source in Benetech’s Literacy ProgramBuild Upon Create & Contribute Poet
  • 8. Why: Economics
  • 9. Why: Economics
  • 10. Why: Innovation Needs Collaboration Benetech Crea8ve Commons DAISY Academia IDPF LRMIBenetech Organizational Truths●  We prefer open to proprietary●  We think we can do more togetherhttp://www.benetech.org/about/org_truths.shtml
  • 11. Why: Harvest Passion of the Community
  • 12. Why: Expanding our Impact Bookshare / Chafee Qualified Other Disabilities (e.g. ADHD, Austism) and English Language Learners
  • 13. Ecosystem of Open Source Solutions Authoring Adaptation Discovery Delivery •  Inkscape •  Poet •  Learning •  Readium •  Universal Registry •  GoRead Sub8tles •  LRMI (FBReader) •  Tobi •  Oleria •  Amis •  MathJax Need developers to build in or expand accessibility Examples: Moodle, Sygil, BookType (FLOSS Manuals), EdX
  • 14. Demo of the End to End Solution
  • 15. Your Chance to Get Involved●  Contribute to a Project –  http://SocialCoding4Good.org/volunteer –  http://benetech.github.com●  Take into account accessibility in your projects
  • 16. Q&A
  • 17. Gerardo Capielgerardo@benetech.org @gcapiel benetech.github.com