Congratulations Jim, MacArthur "genius"!
By Peter Korn on Sep 19, 2006
Jim Fruchterman has been a force in the accessibility and assistive technology field for nearly two decades. He started Arkenstone in 1989, a nonprofit company producing reading machines for the disabled community. After having sold that to Freedom Scientific, he founded another nonprofit - Benetech - that continues to work on technologies for people with disabilities (such as their Bookshare.org on-line library for people with print impairments), but has expanded into Human Rights issues, and Landmine Detection among other work.
Today Jim received today one of the MacArthur 'genius' awards - a "no strings attached" $500,000 "vote of confidence" in his work at Benetech. The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article about it. Also, the MacArthur Foundation has a writeup of Jim's work