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Working with Users of Perceptual Disabilities At a Distance

Working with Users of Perceptual Disabilities At a Distance

The goal of the presentation was to train library staff, who have various technical expertise no prior experience working with persons with disabilities, to provide assistance to users with "perceptual disabilities at a distance", that is virtually or remotely all in a maximum of 10 minutes.

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Cynthia "Arty" Ng

May 17, 2013

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  1. A Definition perceptual disability means a disability that prevents or

    inhibits a person from reading or hearing a [...] work in its original format, and includes such a disability resulting from (a) severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes, (b) the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or (c) an impairment relating to comprehension; - Copyright Act of Canada
  2. What Does That Mean? Covers multiple types of disabilities: •

    visual • auditory • physical/motor • touch • learning ◦ dyslexia ◦ dysphasia
  3. Assistive Technologies • Magnifier • Text to Speech ◦ TextAloud

    • Screen Readers ◦ JAWS • Audio (mp3) Player ◦ iTunes • DAISY players ◦ Amis • TTY (Teletypewriter), TDD (Telecommunications devices for the deaf)
  4. Browsing & Searching • you see what you see, not

    what they see • use the words you see • use simple language, avoid jargon • be clear and concise • mobile version might be easier
  5. Which Format? Electronic Text • Text (txt, doc) • PDF

    • eBook (epub, mobi) Audio • mp3 • DAISY Print • large print • tactile graphics • braille
  6. Services at Langara Student Disability Services http://www.langara.bc.ca/student-services/disability-services/ - academic accommodations

    - financial aid CILS http://www2.langara.bc.ca/cils/ - accessible formats of materials - reference services - (video) tutorials