Joining us on the podcast for this episode of Cult/Tech is Brad Turner, Vice President of Global Literacy for Benetech, and Deborah Backus of All Children Reading.
They talk about helping children with disabilities appreciate books and reading with a book distribution program that places books in Braille, audio, and mixed formats in the hands of children who need them.
“Access to information is a basic human right,” Jim Fruchterman, Founder and CEO of Benetech has said.
- “Literacy is the key that unlocks human potential and it’s the cornerstone of development” Deborah at 0:31
- “Our missions is to create and scale software to maximize positive lasting social change” Jim at 2:47
- “We put over 5000 titles per month in to the BookShare library” Jim at 6:48
- “The kids gets the player and it allows them to navigate the book using tactile features on the player” Deborah at 10:01
- “If it’s fun, if they’re interesting those children will want to continue to read” Jim at 12:00
- “We are actively and always sourcing regional content to make it interesting for audiences in other countries” Jim at 13:20
- “The goal here is to get as many children, as many people reading as possible” Jim at 15:07
- “We’ll be running another prize competition later this year that will be focussed specifically on the importance of sign language” Deborah at 16:15
The podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency. Lee Schneider is the interviewer.