Accessibility Series: Accessible Reading Technologies

Accessibility Series: Accessible Reading Technologies

About this session:

People with print disabilities use a variety of mainstream and specialized technologies to read. Understanding these options is important because one size does not fit all, and choice of technology can help empower readers. This webinar will introduce participants to key accessible reading technologies used by library customers with print disabilities such as the various text to speech software options, screen magnification, braille displays, literacy support software, and accessible reading applications for mobile devices. Through screen captures and video, we'll show these tools in action. We will also provide resources for further information and discuss emerging formats and technologies to watch such as EPUB3, voice assistants and inexpensive braille displays.

Participants will:

1. Understand the names and key features of popular reading technologies used by people with print disabilities

2. Know which formats are suitable for use with each technology

3. Become aware of the technologies expected to become important to readers with print disabilities

4. Receive resources for further learning and reference

About the instructor:

Lindsay Tyler is Senior Manager of the Centre for Equitable Library Access, Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice.

Social Handle(s): @CELALibrary @BiblioCAEB

20/11/2018 1:00 PM - 20/11/2018 2:00 PM

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