Congratulations Jim, MacArthur "genius"!

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

Congratulations Jim!

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[Trackback] One of the 25 MacArthur Fellows announced yestserday was James Fruchterman, social entrepreneur and founder of Benetech, a nonprofit that creates new technology solutions that serve humanity and empower people to improve their lives. Benetech's innovat...

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