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Bookshare Student Forum: Advocating for your rights beyond the book
Please join us in an online conversation and Q&A, led by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech CEO, with star Bookshare members who are in various stages of their education and career.

Kathie, Ben and Luísa will share how they advocate for their rights in high school, college, and in the workplace. As you move through your own academic and employment experiences, where you require accessibility, you can learn from their experiences and how you can drive change for yourself and others.

This event will be focused on self-advocacy in the transition from high school to college and early career, however all are welcome to attend.

We encourage you to submit a question in advance using the "Questions and Comments" box or email events@benetech.org, and if we use your question in the live Q&A, we'll send you a Bookshare water bottle.

Bookshare empowers members to read and learn in ways that work best for them and create more opportunities in school and life.

Oct 22, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.
Author and retired Clinical Psychologist
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D., is an author and retired clinical psychologist living in Eau Claire, WI with her tenth Seeing Eye dog. She serves on several boards including the Eau Claire County Board. Katherine has published a memoir To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities, a children’s book Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold and two books for seniors, Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life, and Hope of the Crow: Tales of Occupying Aging (all available from Bookshare). She originated the Schneider Family Book Awards for children’s books with disability content through the American Library Association and an award for superior journalism about disability issues through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Kathie also started the Access Eau Claire fund to help non-profit organizations work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities. Her blog is at: http://kathiecomments.wordpress.com
Ben Cooper
College Student
Ben Cooper is a sophomore in college taking honors engineering classes. He is dyslexic and has spent considerable time advocating for the civil rights of students with disabilities to have access to text. His additional interests include business, finance and engineering. Ben and his family were featured in the Bookshare Blog (https://blog.bookshare.org/2013/10/journey-with-dyslexia/) and his mother Robbi is a member of the Bookshare Parent Ambassador group.
Luísa Monteiro-Oliveira
High School Student
Luísa Monteiro-Oliveira is a high school student and active Bookshare member. She has not decided what major she will pursue in college but has many passions. So far, in 2020, Luísa has read approximately 80 books, most of which were historical fiction, and she is hoping to read at least 60 more books on the subject of art history by the end of the year. She has participated in previous Bookshare student webinars.