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Copibec expands DONA, its platform for downloading digital books for students with special needs

Submitted by veraliah on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:03

IFRRO’s RRO member in Quebec, Copibec, announced the expansion of DONA (Documents numériques accessibles/Accessible digital documents), a new platform for downloading digital books adapted to students with visual and other disabilities.Frédérique Couette ©Copibec Frédérique Couette ©Copibec 

The platform, developed with the financial support of Canadian Heritage, will allow teachers, parents and students to download books without a digital lock so that they can be used with reading assistance tools. The launch of this platform is scheduled for the start of 2021.

The popularity of the DONA service is exponential. We handle hundreds of requests for accessible e-books each year,” said Jean-Sébastien Vallée, director of the Education sector at Copibec. "It is becoming necessary to develop a web platform in order to automate requests and reduce processing times."

Thanks to the DONA platform, developed in partnership with the Montreal based company Scenarex, students will be able to use the materials and read the works of Quebec publishing houses in a format adapted to their needs.

"The objective of the DONA platform is to promote the inclusion of students with vision, motor or reading problems such as dyslexia," said Frédérique Couette, CEO of Copibec. “Thanks to DONA, these students will have access to the same school materials as their classmates. They will no longer be put at a disadvantage ”.

To read Copibec’s press release, please click here