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Your mission is to make your resources available to the entire community. You've built your ramp at the front steps and opened your doors to people with disabilities. But can people with disabilities access the electronic information resources you make available to other library users?" "The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates such access. Recent court decisions affirm that libraries must proactively and deliberately plan for accessibility of electronic resources. Adaptive Technology for the Internet: Making Electronic Resources Accessible to All will show you how with advice on such technologies as screen readers, Braille screens, voice recognition systems, hearing assistance devices, and HTML coding for accessibility.
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Mates asks, "Could Helen Keller use your library?" She explains that there are over 12 million visually impaired and 39 million learning impaired people in this country. The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that these individuals should have equal access to all library resources. Her audience is chiefly librarians and she explains user-friendly document design (for library home pages) and goes on to highlight large print, Braille, hearing, and different keyboard access through specific products. The last several chapters are devoted to staff training, announcing improved access, and creating plans and goals for your library. Accessible Web sites are included in the appendix, along with information on vendors, manufacturers, consultants, and exemplary special libraries. The text is supplemented with frequent and useful illustrations and photos. This book has a 1999 copyright, so some of the product information may be outdated. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 2000, ALA, 192p. bibliog. index., Fontinha
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838907528
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Could Helen Keller Use Your Library? 1
2 Click (W)Here(?)! - Basic Document Design 12
3 Large-Print Access to the Internet 22
4 Hearing the Internet 34
5 Touching the Internet with Braille 53
6 Adaptive Technology for Hearing Impairments 67
7 Surfing the Internet with a "Different" Board 75
8 Computers Reading and Speaking - "Stand-Alone" Systems 93
9 Funding Adaptive Technology 99
10 Making It All Work - Staff Training 105
11 Announcing Improved Access 116
12 Working in the Real World 122
App. A Websites Helpful for Information on Accessibility 137
App. B Selected Vendors, Manufacturers, and Consultants 150
App. C Special Libraries with Adaptive Technology Programs 164
Glossary 173
Bibliography and Reading Resources 177
Index 185
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