|Welcome to Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation!
We are a grant maker providing support to organizations working to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals. We also publish large print reading material for people who have trouble reading standard sized print.
On this site you can learn about our grant making priorities and guidelines. You can order a subscription to Reader’s Digest Select Editions Large Type. You will also find resources and information to help you and your loved ones cope with vision loss. And you can learn how to support us in our efforts to bring a higher quality of life to blind and visually impaired individuals.
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation awarded Benetech a grant to expand the impact of Bookshare for students with blindness and visual impairments. The grant is focused on Northeastern states through a training program for teachers of students who are visually impaired (TVIs).
Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, is the world’s largest digital library of accessible ebooks for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, have a physical disability, or a learning disability that interferes with reading. Bookshare gets the right books to the right people in the right format at the same time as their peers. To date, Bookshare has delivered more than 10 million ebooks to nearly 500,000 members.
The Bookshare library is free for all U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities.
Benetech not only provides the largest online library for students with disabilities, but also works closely with the publishing industry to see that mainstream digital educational materials are fully accessible from the start – or Born Accessible. Benetech believes that any published book can be published accessibly. The best long-term solution to book accessibility is universal design, where the same ebook that works for the student without a disability also works for the student with a disability.
For more information, please visit Our Partners page.