In Washington DC, the latest budget appropriations bill in the House of Representatives proposed eliminating funding for Bookshare for 2017. As many of you know, Bookshare is a critical resource for dyslexic individuals and the blind – and loss of funding could have devastating consequences for the 400,000+ members across the US. Many students of all ages use Bookshare on a daily basis to give them access to digital books that they can convert to text to speech.
We were in touch with Bookshare CEO Jim Fructerman this morning and shared this notice below. Probably in November, we will be calling on all our US Dyslexic Advantage members to email or call your representatives in Congress to restore funding before the final bill is passed.bookshare-funding