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ACR GCD innovator Benetech advances as finalist for $10 million award to scale accessible reading platform

ACR GCD funding of Bookshare India project helps position edtech company for Macquarie Group award California-based inclusive edtech company Benetech is one of 12 finalists for a $10 million award that aims to address unmet social needs around the world. The prize, launched by the Australia-based banking and advisory firm Macquarie Group as part of its 50th anniversary, will award a total of $50 million to five of 12 organizations selected as finalists.

ACR GCD talks gaming, digital books in underserved languages, and scaling at CIES 2019

Joining more than 3,600 registrants from 125 countries gathered for the annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in San Francisco on April 15-19, ACR GCD shared presentations on our innovative solutions for gaming for literacy, digital books in underserved languages, and scaling edtech for literacy.  

Three innovators to field test solutions to improve literacy outcomes for deaf children in developing countries

Three innovations have risen to the top of a global competition to source technology solutions that increase access to local sign languages and advance language and literacy outcomes for deaf children in developing countries. Today, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is pleased to announce that eKitabu, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) and Manos Unidas will advance as finalists in our Sign On For Literacy prize competition.

How a global community of innovators can embrace inclusive EdTech design for children with disabilities

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development urges global education audience at mEducation Alliance Symposium to incorporate accessibility features at the onset of EdTech development. One sentiment echoed several times through the great hall of the United States Institute of Peace on November 8, 2018: Digital does not mean accessible for children with disabilities.  

Gallaudet University envisions a digital sign languages library for every deaf child

During International Week of the Deaf, the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet casts vision for its SignShare innovation, one of five winners of ACR GCD’s Sign On For Literacy prize. Melissa Malzkuhn started the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University in 2009, eager to explore how technology might enable deaf children around the world to discover the love of reading she’s coveted since her childhood.

eKitabu embraces Kenya’s deaf community in prize-winning EdTech innovation

During International Week of the Deaf, Sign On For Literacy prize finalist eKitabu shares how technology is opening literacy and learning opportunities for deaf children across Kenya.   When EdTech company eKitabu was founded in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2012, a seed was planted not only to increase access to books and educational resources for children across the country, but to expand that access to a group historically overlooked in education: children with disabilities.  

Q&A with Deborah Backus, new project director of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development

What interested you in the leadership role at All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)? I like working on complex problems and finding ways to bring people together to solve them. Because of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge’s unrivaled platform enabling anyone with a great idea to address the critical global challenge of child illiteracy—and our firm commitment to creativity, innovation and partnerships—I believe there is no better place to focus my work.