Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

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Accessible ebooks and Bookshare have helped sixth grader Kevin Leong overcome his reading challenges. The good news is that major changes in technology are reforming education. a11y accessibility Bookshare disabilities ebooks education equality Reading students tech4good UNICEF

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7 Tips for a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

Many nonprofit organizations are unaware of the impact content marketing can have on enhancing awareness, creating brand loyalty and generating revenue. Here are some tips on how to craft a successful content marketing strategy. Use different types of content.

eBook: Mastering The Art Of Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

David Grossman , president and founder of The Grossman Group , published in 2010 a helpful, free eBook titled: Mastering The Art of Messaging. Using the 18-page ebook , you''ll learn : what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it should not include).

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Fighting Accessibity Weaseling by Amazon et al, Victory!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last September, I wrote a Beneblog post: Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling , about Amazon and other ebook reader makers trying to dodge out on making their devices accessible. It''s always been highly ironic to me that the most natural buyers of ebooks, people with disabilities that make regular print useless, are constantly blocked in getting digital content that will talk to them, show up enlarged or in Braille!

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Content Strategy Lessons from Lego: Everything is Awesome, Especially your Content

SocialFish

This post originally appeared here on the Vanguard Technology blog. Content from the movie was repurposed into smaller chunks and distributed as unique sets (content). But in the content and web world we can just call it “Content Strategy.”.

The Gift of Reading, a Circle of Life

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It became a burden to his family and caregivers to constantly drop what they were doing to turn a page, so he began seeking out ebooks. It also demonstrates how each ebook that is added to the Bookshare collection is a brick in our members’ foundation of independence and inclusion.

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A Call for Millions: Ending the Global Book Famine for the Blind

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We have the technology. We have the ebooks. The Global Treaty for the Blind makes it legal to create ebooks for people with disabilities without having to pay a royalty or getting permission. Publishers already contribute most of their ebooks to us for free, but The Treaty allows for crowdsourcing books at scale through a Napster-inspired model (but legal!). The majority of donations stay local, sourcing content in local languages and creating jobs.

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Technological Protection Measures and the Blind

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Why Circumvention for the Purposes of Access is Crucial A Bookshare Briefing Paper Prepared for the Diplomatic Conference for Visually Impaired Persons The distributors of digital content often use technological protection measures (TPMs) to discourage the making of unauthorized copies. This has created the ironic situation where blind people, who because of their disability require access to digital copies, have been effectively locked out of purchasing ebooks for the last decade.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.

Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

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Guest post by Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech We are seeking visionary leaders to join Benetech in applying technology to advance the rights of disadvantaged people around the world. Technology is playing an ever larger role in increasing respect for human rights and delivering better services, and we have two rare opportunities to lead world-class tech-for-good programs.

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

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The Poet application developed by DIAGRAM helps level the playing field by making otherwise inaccessible graphic content available for students and other readers who cannot read traditional books. Poet supports image descriptions for electronic books created in the international DAISY standard for digital talking books and will be compatible with descriptions for ebooks in the EPUB3 format.

Five 2018 Political Campaign Trends that Nonprofits Should Use Too

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

As American video content consumption continues to rise, there is an increased focus on using video to tell emotionally impactful stories that draw viewers in and personalize the message.

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What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

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Technological Protection Measures. These are the digital locks that make it hard to copy digital content. print disabled Treaty for the Blind copyright law a11y VIPDC books Bookshare exceptions print disabilities accessibility book famine blind copyright dyslexia copyfight Marrakesh treaty ebooks WIPO The View from an Authorized Entity Many Bookshare users (and potential Bookshare users!)

Two Free E-Books for Nonprofits on Fundraising, Marketing, and Content Strategies

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E-Book #2: Feeding the Content Beast. The book has useful content curation tips, but what really reasonated was this one: Organize based on audience needs. Fill out the form here and download free your copy of ebook: [link].

Some Little Known Faith-Based Technology Resources

Tech Soup Blog

They’ve also told us about some great, but little-known online resources that explore faith-based IT like the pros and cons of the different church member management software packages and website content management systems for congregation websites. Church Technology Listservs.

Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

Tech Soup Blog

As we hurtle toward the end of 2013, it’s time for an update of nonprofit technology trends and news! If you’re a nonprofit news junkie, have a look at all our Nonprofit Technology News pieces from this past year. TechSoup Technologies for Good.

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Nonprofit Marketing Plan Must-Haves: Integration and Automation

Connection Cafe

From donor retention to nonprofit marketing to organizational leadership, every ebook is an invaluable resource. But like any strategy or tool, the technology alone won’t transform your supporter engagement program. Content. Develop Persona-Driven Content.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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Today, we are poised at a moment in time where we can transcend the limitations of past book technologies and bring the power of books to all humans. However, as a technology, printed books come with serious challenges for some communities (like blind people) that technology can unlock.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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How can we use technology in a new way to improve people’s lives that is an order of magnitude better? Can we help stimulate the creation of far more technology-for-good ventures? While it’s not a panacea, technology has been the engine of so many improvements in society.

The dark side of community management

SocialFish

Living at the intersection of those two world is bound to generate conflict, role confusion, and a strong need for a support community, as the ebook demonstrates. This is more evidence that becoming a social organization requires more than adopting new technology solutions.

Learn The Art Of Effective Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Using the 18-page ebook, youll learn : •what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it shouldn’t). •how to identify the right tone and content. Thanks David, for another useful ebook!

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DIAGRAM Center

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This is becoming crucially important as the problem of delivering access to text is increasingly solved by the move to ebook publishing and solutions like our Bookshare library. Of course, just as we're solving the text problem, more and more content is moving to richer, more visual forms like graphics, simulations and flash! But, it’s turned out to be one of the best surveys of assistive technology we’ve ever seen.

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10 Best Web Content Practices - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

From #batkid to #GivingTuesday, the Next Generation of American Giving to Content Marketing for Nonprofits , storytelling to social fundraising, retention rates to relationship building, the roundup below covers it all (and everything in between). Your supporters’ Facebook news feeds just got a quality content make-over, and grumpy cat is taking a backseat to high-performing posts. Content is taking the Marketing industry by storm, and nonprofit marketers are no exception.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 99: The Dynamic Duo – Increasing Impact by Uniting Development and Communications

Connection Cafe

Listen in to hear what Sam has to say about where to start to increase inter-departmental collaboration, how creating personas can help organizations operate more effectively, mirroring the donor’s journey with evergreen content, and the importance of technology to bring all the pieces together. Creating meaningful and lasting content. The role that technology plays and shifting organizational thinking around digital transformation. Connective Impact eBook.

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world has finally moved beyond just electronically creating books that are then distributed as ordinary print books to actually delivering digital ebooks. Pioneers like George Kerscher and the DAISY Consortium have worked tirelessly to ensure that the standard format for talking books for people with visual impairments has become the primary commercial ebook standard. That is, we want the ebooks that are purchased by the general public to be fully accessible.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

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There is no better place to engage with colleagues about new technologies, changing business models, fresh ideas, and shared standards. Next month, I will be heading to TOC a couple of days early in order to participate in a W3C Workshop on eBooks and the Open Web Platform, where I will be talking about Social DRM (Digital Rights Management). However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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We strongly support this position and believe the digital content revolution holds the best promise for the future of braille. At Benetech, we want to ensure that in this brave new world of digital content, braille is as available as any other ebook format to those who want it.

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Tried-and-True Methods for Reaching Older Donors: A Quick Guide

NonProfit Hub

With the rise of intuitive touch-based computing and streamlined user interfaces, technology is more accessible to different age groups than ever before. Featured Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Nonprofit Web Design

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. Digitally processing Arabic-language content is no easy task.

How to Build Meaningful Relationships on Social Media Using the 80/20 Rule

Connection Cafe

The 80/20 Rule states that 80% of our content must be “gifts” to our followers and 20% will be calls to action. This type of content fills your social fans’ buckets and help them feel more connected to you. Check out the latest npEXPERTs eBook !

The Top 9 Nonprofit Marketing Tips and Trends for the Future

Connection Cafe

But what do the advancements in technology really mean, and how can they be embraced to fuel your mission? Reach Gen-Z by getting content into smaller form factors. . Break up your content so that it is easier to digest and requires less time and attention.

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David Grossman On Mastering The Art Of Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

David Grossman , president and founder of The Grossman Group , published in 2010 a helpful, free eBook titled: Mastering The Art of Messaging. Using the 18-page ebook , you''ll learn : what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it shouldn’t).

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The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Blogging Advice, Better Websites, and Email Marketing Stats

Connection Cafe

Tech Impact compiled 20 Insightful Nonprofit Technology and Social Media Stats , validating the need for nonprofits to establish a social media presence and incorporate story in order to grow their supporter base. I can’t believe it.

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Tribute to My Mentor

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As the prototypical technology social enterprise, Benetech became one of the first organizations using technology to solve social problems rather than seeking to make maximum financial returns. What if we could scan once, proofread the resulting scan, and share that ebook with tens of thousands of eager readers? One of the first reactions was “no one has ever come to tell us of their plans to steal our content in advance before!”

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We provide accessible ebooks that can be spoken aloud, turned into Braille or large print. Ironically, many of these users might buy commercial ebooks, but the anti-piracy technology built into many ebook systems are not compatible with the technology these users employ to get the books in Braille or synthetic speech. The problem is that we provide technology that allows for security, privacy and circumvention.

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Developing a Web Experience for all Devices with Responsive Design

SocialFish

The following is an excerpt from Ray Van Hilst’s new eBook , 10 Things Members Want from Your Association Website. Users have less time to absorb the content and need to make their decisions quicker. Prioritize content and layout based on users’ needs.

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Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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These ebooks can quickly be turned into Braille, large print or be read aloud by a synthetic voice synthesizer. The second principle is sourcing locally relevant content. But, we have far more to do to ensure that all Bookshare users have access to the local content they need!

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The Struggle for Book Access (Blog Post #1)

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In it, we pointed out the irony that the first generation of ebook readers being inaccessible to blind people. This irony continues: it’s a terrible shame that Amazon (and other ebook device vendors) keeps putting out ebook products that are inaccessible to the blind! There have been occasions where new technology was introduced and the publishers made the money and the authors did not get a share.

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech was a proud endorser of these objections (under our legal organizational name of Beneficent Technology, Inc.). Our primary goal is to ensure that people with disabilities get equal access to the books and content they need for education, employment, leisure and social inclusion. She wants to see every piece of content that is born digital be born accessible.

The Most Exciting Thing to Happen to npENGAGE Since 2011

Connection Cafe

In this digital age of smart phones, search, and instant gratification, it’s important to us that our site, and the content on it, is fresh and relevant. You can now access Blackbaud’s most recent reports, eBooks, and guides directly from the Nonprofit Industry Reports tab.

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How False Conviction Could Help Science Centers Be More Human

Museum 2.0

It’s not every day that a science center releases an ebook about wrongful conviction in rape and murder cases. Now, NYSCI is experimenting in a new medium, with a very tough and adult content focus. This interview is not really about an ebook.

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Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Under our copyright exception, we simply buy a copy of the needed print book, scan it using optical character recognition, and create an accessible ebook. These ebooks can be instantly turned into the accessible format needed by the student with a disability, such as braille, enlarged print, or our most common format, audio through a computerized synthetic voice. With the advances in publishing and technology, it is now within reach to ensure equal access to books for all.