SIL LEAD, Inc.

Enhancing Bloom software with accessibility features to allow users to create “born accessible” reading materials in underserved languages.

SIL LEAD, Inc.
group of children sitting on grass holding books.

Enhancing Bloom software with accessibility features to allow users to create “born accessible” reading materials in underserved languages.


Project Name

Enhancing Bloom to Boost Accessible Books for All

Location Implemented

Global

Technology Used

Assistive Technology, Software/Apps

Competition Entered

Book Boost: Access for All Challenge

Reading Skill Targeted

Reading Environment

Status

Winner

Amount Award

$162,000

Collaborators/Partners

All Bloom users, and for the pilot project, Resources for the Blind in the Philippines.

The Challenge

Despite the importance of books in boosting foundational literacy skills, for the estimated 19 million children globally who are blind or have low vision, or the millions of children with other disabilities that impact their use of traditionally printed materials, the shortage of quality books in accessible formats is severe. Increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of creating accessible books in the title development phase ("born accessible") is critical to increasing the number of accessible books.

The Big Idea

SIL LEAD enhanced its widely used Bloom software with accessibility features, allowing Bloom users to create “born accessible” reading materials in underserved languages. Bloom support services were also enhanced, including an online dashboard system to track title use, training materials, and a Bloom library website that meets accessibility standards.

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Website

https://www.sil-lead.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Washington, DC

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