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Building an Ecosystem of
FLOSS to Educate Students
with Disabilities
OSCON 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!                start?
What Does Benetech Do?

create software for       solve large, critical problems
Maximum Social Benefit     in Areas of Need

                                   literacy

INNOVATION   SCALE
                              human rights



                                   environment
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 needs



http://youtube.com/watch?v=sUMmzi3nmig
Open Source in Benetech’s Literacy Program


Build Upon                 Create & Contribute
                                       Poet
Why: Economics
Why: Economics
Why: Innovation Needs Collaboration

                              Benetech'


                  Crea8ve'
                 Commons'                 DAISY'




                  Academia'               IDPF'


                               LRMI'

Benetech Organizational Truths
●  We prefer open to proprietary
●  We think we can do more together
http://www.benetech.org/about/org_truths.shtml
Why: Harvest Passion of the Community
Why: Expanding our Impact

                                      Bookshare / Chafee Qualified




               Other Disabilities (e.g. ADHD,
          Austism) and English Language Learners
Ecosystem of Open Source Solutions




 Authoring               Adaptation            Discovery            Delivery
 •  Inkscape'            •  Poet'              •  Learning'         •  Readium'
                         •  Universal'            Registry'         •  Go'Read'
                            Sub8tles'          •  LRMI'                (FBReader)'
                         •  Tobi'                                   •  Oleria'
                                                                    •  Amis'
                                                                    •  MathJax'



                   Need developers to build in or expand accessibility
                Examples: Moodle, Sygil, BookType (FLOSS Manuals), EdX
Demo of the End to End Solution
Your Chance to Get Involved

●    Contribute to a Project
     –  http://SocialCoding4Good.org/volunteer
     –  http://benetech.github.com




●    Take into account accessibility in your projects
Q&A
Gerardo Capiel
gerardo@benetech.org
      @gcapiel
 benetech.github.com

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Building an Ecosystem of FLOSS to Educate Students with Disabilities

  • 1. Building an Ecosystem of FLOSS to Educate Students with Disabilities OSCON 2012
  • 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 problems Maximum Social Benefit in Areas of Need literacy INNOVATION 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 needs http://youtube.com/watch?v=sUMmzi3nmig
  • 7. Open Source in Benetech’s Literacy Program Build Upon Create & Contribute Poet
  • 10. Why: Innovation Needs Collaboration Benetech' Crea8ve' Commons' DAISY' Academia' IDPF' LRMI' Benetech Organizational Truths ●  We prefer open to proprietary ●  We think we can do more together http://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' •  Go'Read' 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 Capiel gerardo@benetech.org @gcapiel benetech.github.com