BluuBeam Partners with EveryLibrary for National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017
BluuBeam Partners with EveryLibrary to Bring ‘National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017’ to Libraries
Libraries in 48 states are making it easier for over 34 million disabled Americans to register to vote; Accessible polling places and technology is key to voting
EveryLibrary is proud to announce that BluuBeam, a leading provider of IoT iBeacon solutions for libraries, as our 2017 partner in encouraging libraries across the United States to become National Disability Voter Registration Week sites. National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) is the only voter registration event in the county uniquely focused on enfranchising over 34 million Americans with disabilities to vote. Sponsored annually by the RevUp Campaign from the American Association of People with Disabilities (APPD) and celebrated this year from July 17 - 21, 2017, NDVRW encourages everyone who wants to vote to become registered, while educating communities about key policy issues affecting Americans with a disability.
"At BluuBeam we know that becoming registered to vote is a key part of participating in our democratic society," says Chris Zabaleta, BluuBeam’s CEO. "We want to support libraries everywhere by making it easy for millions of Americans to get registered and be involved in elections." As a company, BluuBeam is committed to developing technology that helps blind or low vision patrons interact with and navigate the library. Their current app works with speak over text and they continue working with a pilot libraries to continue R&D for accessibility functions. “We also know that ballot accessibility - including screen readers and accessible polling places - are critical for everyone who is registered to be able to participate," adds Zabaleta.
"We are excited that BluuBeam is signing on to support libraries across the country when they help people become voters," says John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first national political action committee for libraries and AAPD's library partner for NDVRW 2017. "The accessibility tools BluuBeam develops provide critical supports to day-to-day library programs, services, and facilities. Their commitment to helping libraries become barrier free is right in line with NDVRW's goals."
Over 120 libraries in 48 states are currently registered to support NDVRW 2017. Your library can sign up to support in National Disability Voter Registration Week via http://action.everylibrary.org/ndvrw. All participating libraries will receive a free AAPD / EveryLibrary toolkit on ways to participate in NDVRW 2017 activities in July. From promoting the goal encouraging people to become registered voters to supporting on-site registration services that week, the free guide is a valuable, actionable resource.
EveryLibrary is a 501c4 political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided donor supported pro-bono advising and consulting to 41 library campaigns helping to win over $100 million in stable tax funding. EveryLibrary’s public facing advocacy and activism page action.everylibrary.org has nearly 50,000 members of the public signed up and taking action to support libraries of all kinds. Learn more about EveryLibrary at everylibrary.org.
BluuBeam brings the Internet of Things (IoT) to libraries by providing a unique and interactive way to deliver information at specific locations. This makes the information relevant in both time and space. BluuBeam is the largest iBeacon service/software provider for cultural institutions. We offer a turnkey solution that will help effectively market your products, services & events by notifying patrons about things they’re interested in, right on their smartphone or tablet (opt in). Learn more at BluuBeam.com.