Qualifying students

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In order to distribute copyrighted material, Bookshare must follow all regulations set by U.S. copyright law, specifically the Chafee Amendment. All Bookshare members must have a Chafee-qualifying print disability. Bookshare is regulated by copyright law, not educational law, so students with or without IEP or 504 plans may or may not automatically qualify for membership.

Qualifying print disabilities as per the Chafee Amendment include: 

1. Blindness or low vision severe enough to prevent the reading of standard print books 
2. Physical disabilities that prevent an individual from reading standard print books or turning the pages of a book 
3. Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, severe enough that the individual cannot read traditional print 

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