FOSS Disability Tools (FOSS rīki cilvēkiem ar īpašām vajadzībām)

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FOSS Disability Tools (FOSS rīki cilvēkiem ar īpašām vajadzībām)

  1. 1. Using the Whiteboard tools put amark to show your location.(Do NOT press CLEAR!!) 1
  2. 2. EIFL FOSS Themed Weeks 2011 January: DISABILITY TOOLS Simon Ball EIFL FOSS Programme Manager
  3. 3. EIFL-FOSS: BackgroundEIFL enables access to knowledge for education,learning, research and sustainable communitydevelopment in developing and transitioncountries. www.eifl.netEIFL-FOSS supports the deployment of Free andOpen Source Software and supports pilots,training, and knowledge exchange, enablinglibraries to achieve significant cost savings.www.eifl.net/foss 3
  4. 4. EIFL-FOSS: Themed WeeksEIFL-FOSS Coordinators in each country.Responsible for: Undertaking pilots Sharing knowledge Supporting FOSS developmentFrom their suggestions, the Themed Weeks were born. Last full week of each month in 2011. Full topic list coming soon. 4
  5. 5. EIFL-FOSS: Disability ToolsThis Themed Week focuses on Disability Tools (also called Accessibility Tools).Todays session will: Introduce and demonstrate some of the most commonly used and easily installed tools Highlight an EIFL pilot (Yeukai Chimuka) Set in context with the wider Open Accessibility landscape (Steve Lee) 5
  6. 6. What library user needs are wesupporting with these tools?Although library users exhibit many disabilities, FOSS computer-based tools can help with those who come into the category of print impaired: Blind Visually Impaired Dyslexic Colour-blind 6
  7. 7. A poll:How much do you know about your librarys existing provision of FOSS disability tools? We offer some disability tools to users We offer disability tools but not all FOSS We do not offer any disability tools I dont know I dont work in a library 7
  8. 8. The simplest toolsThere are some very simple tools that can help users to: Locate their cursor (e.g. Sonar) Change screen resolution (e.g. Quick Res) Magnify the screen (e.g. Desktop Zoom ) Use a magnifying glass on the screen (e.g. Virtual Magnifying Glass) Change font/background colour (e.g. Rapid Set) 8
  9. 9. Reading support toolsThere are three types of software: Screen Readers (used mainly by blind / severely visually impaired users) e.g. NVDA Text-to-speech (used by visually impaired people with some vision, plus dyslexic etc) e.g. DSpeech, Balabolka DAISY reading tools e.g. AMIS, also FOSS DAISY generation tools e.g. Robobraille, CreateConvert 9
  10. 10. Even typing aids are free (& easy!)Dasher is a tool that enables a user to type andenter text using only a mouse, if they cannot use akeyboard. They can copy the text using the mouseand paste into any program or system.It works in a wide range of languages includingKirgiz, Nepali, Lithuanian, Armenian, Ethiopic,Hebrew, Swahili, Sesotho....A perfect example of FOSS making a big difference 10
  11. 11. So HOW do you provide access tothese tools?All of these tools can be installed onto (some, all)the Windows-based public access terminals inyour library. If you use other operating systemslook at:MacLinux (Most of the mentioned tools will work, butmay need tweaking) 11
  12. 12. Loan the tools out on data sticksAll of the tools mentioned so far are available in the AccessApps package. Free download onto your desktop You provide a 2GB data stick and copy across Plug the data stick into any PC and double click icon to start System tray shows blue A which brings up menu of all 60+ tools. 12
  13. 13. An EIFL-FOSS pilot studyAn EIFL-FOSS pilot study is just beginning at theUniversity of Zimbabwe. Yeukai Chimuka will tellus more... 13
  14. 14. A poll:How many of you think it would be a realistic possibility to offer some of these tools?- We already offer most of these to users- We could easily offer more of these tools- We could easily start to offer some of these tools- We could not easily start to offer these tools- I dont know / I do not work in a library 14
  15. 15. Other aspects of accessibilityWeb accessibility principles apply to library OPACinterfaces.Free checking tools are a partial solution, e.g.AChecker and The Wave but these only checkpages which have a URLUse the principles of Web2Access to checkWeb2.0 tools – also apply well to OPAC 15
  16. 16. Broader scale accessibilityIn addition to providing tools for disabled users,there are several other easy wins you canachieve:Make sure allWord documents are created using Heading StylesEnsure all PDFs allowReflow and have a logical reading orderEnable sound cards are active in public computers 16
  17. 17. Get more adventurousIf a significant proportionof your users haveSmartPhones, try using QRcodes:Free Code GeneratorFree Reader SoftwareExamples Of Library Usage 17
  18. 18. There is a Community out thereThe best way to stay on top of disability accessissues and ensure you have the right tools, for theright users, in the right places, is to engage withthe wider disability access community.Steve Lee will tell us more.... 18
  19. 19. So where do we go from here?You now have some information about tools to tryor to research.We need to create a community of interestedparties within the EIFL network.Here is a collaborative document we can use toshare information, ask questions, and postsuccesses (we may ask for a case study.. :-) 19
  20. 20. Next stepsWhat will you do next, as a direct result of thissession?Please type into the chat pane:ONE action you will take as a direct result of thissessionONE longer-term action you will takeONE comment about this session in general 20

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