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Building an Ecosystem ofFLOSS to Educate Studentswith DisabilitiesOSCON 2012
Technology is Transforming Education
How Did I Get Here?
MIT Loans Paid, 2 Startups and 24 Years Later…             Come do social              When can I             good with me...
What Does Benetech Do?create software for       solve large, critical problemsMaximum Social Benefit     in Areas of Need  ...
Technology Assists Students with        Learning and Physical Print Disabilities                                          ...
Open Source in Benetech’s Literacy ProgramBuild Upon                 Create & Contribute                                  ...
Why: Economics
Why: Economics
Why: Innovation Needs Collaboration                              Benetech                  Crea8ve                 Commons...
Why: Harvest Passion of the Community
Why: Expanding our Impact                                      Bookshare / Chafee Qualified               Other Disabilitie...
Ecosystem of Open Source Solutions Authoring               Adaptation            Discovery            Delivery •  Inkscape...
Demo of the End to End Solution
Your Chance to Get Involved●    Contribute to a Project     –  http://SocialCoding4Good.org/volunteer     –  http://benete...
Q&A
Gerardo Capielgerardo@benetech.org      @gcapiel benetech.github.com
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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 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. 1. Building an Ecosystem ofFLOSS to Educate Studentswith DisabilitiesOSCON 2012
  2. 2. Technology is Transforming Education
  3. 3. How Did I Get Here?
  4. 4. MIT Loans Paid, 2 Startups and 24 Years Later… Come do social When can I good with me! start?
  5. 5. What Does Benetech Do?create software for solve large, critical problemsMaximum Social Benefit in Areas of Need literacyINNOVATION SCALE human rights environment
  6. 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. 7. Open Source in Benetech’s Literacy ProgramBuild Upon Create & Contribute Poet
  8. 8. Why: Economics
  9. 9. Why: Economics
  10. 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. 11. Why: Harvest Passion of the Community
  12. 12. Why: Expanding our Impact Bookshare / Chafee Qualified Other Disabilities (e.g. ADHD, Austism) and English Language Learners
  13. 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. 14. Demo of the End to End Solution
  15. 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. 16. Q&A
  17. 17. Gerardo Capielgerardo@benetech.org @gcapiel benetech.github.com
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