Build a Better Book was pleased to host a virtual conference on September 13-14, 2021. The conference brought together new and current BBB partners from across the U.S. and the world, for sharing ideas and learning best practices around accessibility and universal design. Participants learned about tools and models for working in partnership with community members who are blind or visually impaired, teaching STEM and maker skills, and building empathy. 

Explore the videos on this page for inspiration and to get started with a Build a Better Book project at your library, school, or makerspace!

Day 1: Overview for new BBB Partners

  • Overview of the Build a Better Book Project - Stacey Forsyth & Kat Penzkover - Build a Better Book
  • Understanding Visual Impairments - Leslie Edmonds - Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Creating Tactile Materials - Ann Cunningham - Tactile artist, Colorado Center for the Blind
  • Braille Basics - Lucia Hasty - Rocky Mountain Braille Associates

Day 2: Sessions for new and current partners

  • Tailoring BBB to Fit Your Organization - Reyce Krause, Gila Stein, Gillian Cofnas - Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School
  • BBB and Student Teachers in the Classroom - John Somers - University of Indianapolis
  • Virtual and Hybrid Programs - Amanda Cornwell - Central Michigan University
  • Beyond Books - Board games & Science content - April Chamberlain and Rachel Brockman - Trussville City Schools
  • NaviLens: Navigation and Sound enhancements - Tim Fahlberg - Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • BBB in Multilingual Classrooms - Ben Walsh - University of Colorado
  • Finding Funding: Donor's Choose - Mindy Brodecki - Springfield Public Schools
  • Finding Funding: Grant-writing and Resources - Analiza Perez-Gomez - Laredo Public Library & Ian Matty - Mountain Lakes Public Library​
  • From Prototype to Product - Ian Matty - Mountain Lakes Public Library & Janet Hollingsworth - The Possible Project

Day 1 Session Videorecordings: