Cult/Tech Podcast with Benetech and All Children Reading

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • “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.