Help Keep Bookshare Funded!

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Bookshare funding remains in jeopardy as Congress continues to consider the budget for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. We urgently need your help to ensure that Bookshare federal funding is not eliminated. Act now to ask your representative and senators to support Bookshare.

As you may recall, the House of Representatives proposed a FY2017 funding bill that would, in effect, defund Bookshare. In recent months, we have worked with Bookshare supporters in specifically targeted states and districts to advocate for funding of the program that funds Bookshare, known as the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program. We need your help now to enlist the support of your members of Congress. Please ask your Members of the House of Representatives and Senate to preserve funding for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program.

Hearing from constituents is crucial for Members of Congress-it can often mean the difference between their support for a program or not. So, we need your help! Please use this link to send a letter to your senators and representative. We encourage you to customize these letters by including information about the impact Bookshare has had in your school or for your child.

This is a critical time for Bookshare, and your help is essential to ensure that the program will continue. Thank you for your support, and do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.


Jim Fruchterman



Editor's Note:  Hundreds of thousands of students with blindness, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and other print disabilities rely on Bookshare - a free service - to access over 500,000 ebooks in specialized formats for school and homework.  This is a key time (March 2017) for representatives to hear how Bookshare supports and impacts are students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Veronica, a successful college student, shares her personal experience as a Bookshare member in her letter to her local representative.  Read Veronica's Bookshare letter here.



Posted by Diane BraunerMar 24, 2017

Voices were heard! I received this letter from Senator Murphy Today. Thank you for contacting me about books and educational materials for students with visual and learning disabilities. I appreciate your correspondence and hope that you find this response helpful.

All students, no matter their learning ability, should have access to a full range of educational materials to enable their success in school and beyond. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I led my colleagues in a letter supporting full funding for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials program. Nationwide, this critical program provides over 400,000 K-12 students with visual and print disabilities, including many in underserved areas, with access to reading materials. At home in Connecticut, 8,400 K-12 students, 378 post-secondary students, and an additional 587 K-12 organizations and 29 post-secondary institutions benefit from this funding.

I am thankful that the Senate Appropriations Committee answered our request by passing a bill out of committee that fully funds the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials program in Fiscal Year 2017. Going forward, I will do everything in my power to protect funding for this program and advocate for full funding again is Fiscal Year 2018.

Thank you again for contacting me about this matter. I appreciate hearing from you and assure you that I will always do my best to represent the views of my constituents in the Senate. In the future, please do not hesitate to call me in my Connecticut office at (860) 549-8463 or in my Washington office at (202) 224-4041.

Every Best Wish,

Christopher S. Murphy

United States Senator

-Posted on behalf of Mabel

Editor's Note:  Please continue to contact your representatives!

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