Published on February 21, 2014
Inclusive Libraries How technology can make a difference for Visually impaired
Why do we use a Library? •Get knowledge • books, periodicals, reports etc •Find information • books, journals, encyclopedias •Enrich our imagination • books •Stay in touch with what is happening in the world • newspapers
Formats available in Library •Printed (paper) •Audio (CD) •Video (DVD) •Online (Computer, Tablet, Smartphone)
Where do we find libraries • In Schools • In colleges • In universities They can be public or private
Why inclusive libraries Visually impaired people have the same needs as well sighted people. They also have the same right to access • Knowledge • Education • Information
How to access the resources • Printed Material – Provide Magnification – Provide optical character recognition and speech • Online Content, Videos, CD’s, DVD’s, etc – Provide Screen Reading & Magnification – Alternative Input Devices • Digital Library – Develop Accessible Website
Making printed material accessible Magnification
Optelec ClearView Simple and effective • Magnify the text of a book or a newspaper up to 60 times • Access the text in your preferred high contrast color • No complicated buttons on the monitor, just one simple button for easy use • Optional speech solution
Making printed material accessible Optical character recognition and speech
ClearReader Sit back and listen to the book or journal •Capture the text •Wait 2-3 seconds and listen •Many voices and languages (no hindi) •Easy to use •Optional magnificion solution
Making online/digital content accessible Access to assistive technology
Access with braille and speech • Make the screen accessible with a screen reader magnifier • Dolphin SuperNova SuperNova provides output in • Speech • Magnification • Braille by using a Braille display
Braille displays Various solutions •EaslyLink 12 • Simple and ideal for access to mobile computing (tablet/smartphone) •ALVA USB 640 • Simple access to laptops and computers •ALVA 640 Comfort • Comfortably connects wirelessly to computers and mobile computing devices • Built in Notetaker
Other disabilties Much more is possible • Printing in alternative formats • Use adaptive keyboard, mouse or switches • Sign language Contact Barrier Break for more information
Thank you for your attention And a big thank you for the Barrier Break team
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