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  • Shellie Zeigler Mississippi Library Commission Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped "The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of seeing people towards them." —Helen Keller: Speech for the American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC, 1925
  •   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0iwiXIRb_g   Please watch this 14min. documentary about visual impairment.   In this video, a few individuals are interviewed about their point of view on living with a visual impairment   Why do you think some people have so much trouble defining blindness?   Did you know or had you heard about some of the assistive devices available before you saw this video?   Were you surprised that two of the people interviewed said they wouldn’t change their visual impairment if they could?
  •   Visually Impaired: Someone is considered visually impaired when with correction (i.e. glasses) the person still has trouble reading or seeing   Blindness: Limited ability to see (even with aids); the absence of light perception
  •   Digital Talking Books   Digital Magazines   Cassette Books   Braille Books and Magazines   Descriptive Videos   Large Print Books   Downloadable Books www.loc.gov/nls/
  •   Blind   Visually Impaired   Physical Limitation-Cannot hold a printed work   Organic Reading Disability-i.e. Autism, Dyslexia   Deaf-Blind
  •   Physically Accessible   Access & Resources (Assistive Technology)   Service & Communication
  •   Physical Access to the Library Facilities   Parking   Entrance   Internal Circulation   Accessible Furniture   Toilet   Circulation & Information Desk   Signage   Emergency Evacuation
  •   This doesn’t work well.   This is much better.
  • This doesn’t work well at all for people with low vision or visual impairments. Its practically impossible to read the text. Don’t use a picture as a background for signage.
  •   Screen Magnifier   Screen Readers & Screen Magnification Software   Alternative Format
  •   Low Vision Monitors   Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV)   Handheld CCTV   Digital Magnifiers
  •   A screen reader is a software application that identifies and interprets what is being displayed on the screen   Examples: JAWS, Voiceover, Microsoft Narrator, Window Eyes   Big Difference in pricing and the consumer can adapt to personal taste
  •   (Often work in hand with Screen Readers)   Screen magnification software is software that interfaces with a computer's graphical output to present enlarged screen content. People who use this typically have some vision.   Examples: ZoomText, Virtual Magnifying Glass, Dolphin Lunar, Magic
  • -Large print book & magazines (larger then 12pt font) -Audio Books (CDs, MP3, ebooks, playaways) -Descriptive Videos -Electronic Journals -E-Books -Braille (if possible)
  •   Staff Training/Sensitization   Offer Special Service to Patrons with Disabilities   Provide Tour for those with Disabilities
  •   Speak in normal tone   Identify yourself when you are speaking   Speak directly to the person, not their sighted guide   When guiding a patron, offer elbow for assistance   Speak Clearly (But don’t feel like you have to yell)
  •   Ask if assistance is needed   Be specific with directions, includes descriptions. Don’t say things like, “Over there.”   Remember Service Animals are not pets. Don’t pet them!   Put the person before the disability
  •   State Universities: Research and Training Centers on Blindness and Low Vision   Local/State Council of the Blind   Federation of the Blind (National Level)   Local School for the Blind   State Library for the Blind
  •   Accessing information & navigating space will always be essential   Future: ◦  More choices coming from NLS for receipt /method of information ◦  New homes are more equipped for disabled (space wise) ◦  Website accessibility is on the rise. Websites are working better with screen readers. (More white spaces, less flashy lights) ◦  Cell phones apps are being created more and more to specifically assist the visually impaired. More availability of apps for portable devices ◦  More crossover between accessible and mainstream design www.disability.gov
  • Shellie Zeigler Mississippi Library Commission Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped szeigler@mlc.lib.ms.us 601-432-4123