ALA Unit/Subunit: ASCLA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
As important as reading is to everyone, information and literacy can be a world-changer for your patrons with print disabilities (visual disability, physical disability, or reading disability - including some autism spectrum and developmental disabilities, patrons with Parkinson's, CP, MS, stroke survivors, people with Alzheimers, dyslexia, and more ). Learn what challenges in literacy, technology training, and information access face these communities, gain greater understanding of the different ways people with print disabilities might consume information, the many resources available to you, and how you can serve with confidence. Did you know that there's such a thing as a braille ebook? That blind patrons can navigate an iphone touch screen without it on and use an app to find out what color dress they're holding? Did you know there are over 70,000 free professionally read talkingbooks available to every print-disabled resident of the US regardless of citizenship status? And that volunteers are ripping the spines off of inaccessible school books and scanning them through a program that lets your computer read them aloud to you? That helping a baby feel different textures of and patterns is a part of early tactile literacy and essential for pre-braille learners? From early tactile literacy to talkingbooks and digital braille, to screenreaders, personal reading machines, and apps for independence: gain fascinating insights, hands-on exploration, and Q&A