Get Students with Print Disabilities Reading with Chrome and Bookshare

Session Description                                                                                                     

In this 45 minute session, learn how you can help students with print disabilities get accessible eBooks and reading tools for school and summer reading. With a Chrome extension called Bookshare Web Reader, qualified students can access over 185,000 eBooks for FREE from an accessible online library called Bookshare and read books directly from your Chrome browser with feature like text-to-speech, word-level highlighting, and more. Learn how these features can help students with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and visual impairments.


  • Suggested audience:  Anyone
  • Prior experience or knowledge: Beginner to Advanced


  • Time: May 8 at 4pm Eastern3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific
  • Session hashtag: #chromebookshare
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Mario Oliveros
Sr. Manager, Bookshare

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Mario Oliveros is a Sr. Manager with Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people who are blind or have other print disabilities. In his role, he has worked with educators, parents, and communities partners around the country to help students with special needs get access to books and technologies they need. Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, a nonprofit with a pure focus on developing technology for the social good, and is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).


  • To watch the live stream of this session, visit Bookshare's Google+ Page at the appointed time and date (note times are Eastern).
  • The live stream will appear as a black box with the word "Hangouts" on it (as in the screenshot of slide 5 here). Double click the black box to start watching the video.
  • Open Bookshare's Google+ Page in two windows.  On one page you can watch the live stream and in the other you can type in your comments.
  • To ask the presenter questions during the Hangout, post them into the "comments" section below the live stream. Please note you need to refresh the page manually to see new comments.