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

By David Rothman
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 audio service, which he dialed up to submit recordings, often augmented with text. For the next four [...]

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare

By Paul Biba
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 agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. [...]

Speech therapy uses ereaders

By Andrys Basten
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, who are helping Tom Calteux “relearn the reading process with the aid of a Kindle years after [...]

Access for print disabled, library exceptions named top WIPO priorities

By Paul Biba
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 in international treaty agreements. The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) [...]

DAISY to Epub converter announced by Don Johnston Inc.

By Paul Biba
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 the 2010 ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference in Schaumburg, IL. The [...]

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

By Paul Biba
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 publisher intermediaries who will create accessible formats of publications and share them with [...]

UK Publishers Association says turn on text-to-speech

By Paul Biba
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 publishers’ to encourage the use of the text-to-speak function on digital devices. The option is sometimes [...]

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

By a TeleRead Contributor
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 incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  [...]

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

By Paul Biba
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 shrapnel. I would wager that most librarians consider ourselves committed to accessibility and make [...]

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