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One important part of becoming a Scout is reading Scouting books and manuals. From hiking and camping to reading and citizenship, Scouting materials provide valuable lessons. Through a partnership with Bookshare®External Link, Scouts, unit leaders, and parents with qualified print disabilities can get accessible versions of important Scouting materials all in one place.

Bookshare is an online library of accessible e-books that allows readers with print disabilities to listen to books, see words and hear them read as they are highlighted on a screen, read in Braille, and much more! Bookshare has more than 100,000 books—including Scouting materials—that can be read on desktop computers, laptops, Apple iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, MP3 players, and other assistive technology.

Memberships are free for U.S. students with a qualifying disability; non-students and adult Scouters will get a waiver for their setup fee (use the promo code: SCOUT) and will only pay $50 annually. All members receive free reading software.

Using Bookshare:

  • Helps Scouts, unit leaders, and parents to read
  • Provides easy access to Scouting publications all in one place
  • Helps Scouts keep pace with their peers
  • Makes Scouting more accessible and meaningful

For more information on how to take advantage of this program, read the Bookshare brochure.

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