Was librarian David Faucheux the world’s first blind blogger?

By libertyc
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Was my friend David Faucheux—a library and information science graduate—the world’s first blind blogger? Any librarians or others know the answer? I set David up in May 2004 on a commercial [...]

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare

By libertyc
April 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has [...]

Elsevier Enables its e-Books to Read Aloud, Increasing Access for People With Print Disabilities

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, announced today that it has enabled the text-to-speech option on [...]

Speech therapy uses ereaders

By libertyc
November 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Reading devices help people with strokes, neurological disabilities In the picture are Chrissy Akers (left), a graduate student in speech pathology, and Tina Puglisi-Creegan, a clinical instructor, [...]

Access for print disabled, library exceptions named top WIPO priorities

By libertyc
November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) closed its latest copyright meeting with a two-year work plan to improve access to the print disabled and to identify potential library exceptions [...]

DAISY to Epub converter announced by Don Johnston Inc.

By libertyc
November 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Don Johnston Incorporated, a company that develops assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, just announced a new software conversion tool, DAISYtoEPUB, during [...]

UN-backed initiative to enable the blind to access published works

By libertyc
October 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

From the UN News Centre: In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through [...]

U.S. Department of Education Awards Grant to Help Bring eTextbook Savings to Students with Disabilities

By libertyc
October 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: CourseSmart, the world’s largest eTextbook provider, Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), and AccessText Network (ATN) announced that their collaboration in providing [...]

UK Publishers Association says turn on text-to-speech

By libertyc
October 7, 2010 // 2 Comments

From The Bookseller: The Publishers Association, The Society of Authors, The Association of Authors Agents and The Right to Read Alliance have released a joint ‘recommendation to [...]

Accessibility and ebooks – resources and an interview, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
October 6, 2010 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is [...]

Does Anybody Know: is there an iPad page turning and input device for a disabled child?

By libertyc
September 30, 2010 // 11 Comments

Received the following email from Rhoda. Can anyone help? As editor of Tele-Read, maybe you can help us with a technology request. My friend’s grandson is bright, loves to read, but doesn’t speak [...]

The iPhone is the greatest thing to happen to the blind, says Austin Seraphin

By libertyc
September 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

This is a post from Austin Seraphin’s Behind the Curtain blog from back in June. It’s well worth reading the whole thing: Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I [...]

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility

By libertyc
September 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

An important article from the Library Journal for anyone interested in people with disabilities. Here’s a snippet: If digital literacy is exploding, the visually disabled are taking the [...]

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