Visit to Qatar

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after my first visit to the country of Qatar. The government of Qatar hosted the conference, and underwrote travel and accommodation. Another Schwab social entrepreneur, Richard Jefferson of Australia-based CAMBIA, spoke on behalf of greater transparency in patent databases as a crucial start in realizing greater access to the knowledge embedded in patents. I was glad when they agreed to host me: it turns out that Sunday in Qatar is the first day of the work week.

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Qatar Interview Series: Learn How Mada is Leading the Way in Global Web Accessibility Standards

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Welcome to the first of our ongoing interview series on organizations in Qatar that are doing great things in the online space. Qatar is deeply invested in the innovation of information technology, and eager to see its citizens adopt new tools and resources as they become available in the global arena. Our first interview focuses on the nonprofit organization Qatar Assistive Technology Center (more commonly known as Mada).

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Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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For example, all residents with the qualifying disabilities in Australia, Denmark and Qatar, to pick just three examples, now have free access to Bookshare thanks to our joint efforts with local and national disability groups in these countries. Bookshare now has hundreds of titles in Hindi, Tamil, and Spanish, and we recently announced a partnership with the government of Qatar to develop an Arabic language service.

ictQATAR Web Redesign Demonstrates Technology Leadership in the Gulf

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Several months of strategic planning, audience research, usability and accessibility testing, and of course, web development, culminated in the flagship website for the information technology sector in Qatar. Influence QatarAt a time when open source technology is exploding in the government sector, it is with great pleasure that we announce the official launch of the ictQATAR web redesign !

Bookshare International Now Serves Thirty Countries

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Benetech’s Bookshare library continues to expand its international service providing accessible books and publications to members in more than 30 countries. Bookshare International members now have access to more than 50,000 titles, including books in Spanish, German, French, Hindi, and Tamil, and a collection of textbooks in Afrikaans. This is the area’s very first library and we are told that the kids there very happy to have access to these books.

Bookshare without Borders: #3/3

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Creating the World’s Largest Collection of Accessible Arabic eBooks Access to knowledge is the critical first step on the path to economic, educational, and social development. With this three-part blog series on our expansion of the proven Bookshare model internationally, we’d like to give you a glimpse into the ways in which Benetech provides people with disabilities around the world equal access to knowledge.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

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Bookshare and our other Access to Literacy initiatives, including the DIAGRAM Center and Route 66 Literacy, all made big strides this year through the significant dedication of the community that makes it all happen. What began as a small online library, with a collection built in large part by its users, is now the primary national supplier of electronic accessible educational materials for students with print disabilities.