In May, 2013, Lions clubs International hosted a Reading and Literacy Summit to discuss the role of civil society in advancing global literacy and inclusive education.
The event brought together more than 30 organizations - representing a cross section of intergovernmental organizations, development agencies, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies, to engage in discussions related to capacity building within the education sector, promotion of early reading, considerations for people with disabilities, and the use of innovative, low-cost technologies. Among the participants were representatives from:
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Benetech Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Microsoft Perkins School for the Blind Reach Out and Read
Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Scholastic International Spectrios Institute for Low Vision/SightFirst The Hadley School for the Blind USAID U.S. Department of Education World Vision International