2015 Conference Keynote Speaker | Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon

Betsy Beaumon is the VP and General Manager of the Global Literacy Program at Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit with a vision to serve humanity through technology. Her largest social enterprise service is Bookshare, an online accessible library serving over 300,000 users with print disabilities.  She also runs Route 66 Literacy, a service for adolescent and adult beginning readers, as well as the DIAGRAM Center, an R&D center focused on accessible images and math. Ms. Beaumon is an authority on digital accessible materials in education and coined the phrase “born accessible,” imagining a future in which all content, including mathematical formulas and other STEM graphics, are made accessible within the publishing process. In 2013 she testified on accessibility before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She holds a BSEE from Northwestern University and has co-founded two software companies. She is also a member of the international DAISY Consortium and an Advisory Board Member for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.

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