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Assistive Technologies for Spanish Speakers with Disabilities:   The PRATP Information Center ALA Annual Conference, June ...
Origins of PRATP Information Center Puerto Rico Assistive  Technologies Program Library services for persons with disabili...
Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program <ul><li>The project began in 1993 as a federal law project. </li></ul><ul><li>Its...
Library services for persons  with disabilities unit, UPRRP Library System <ul><li>Provides services and meets the informa...
PRATP Information Center <ul><li>Mission: to increase levels of awareness, knowledge and use of assistive technology of pe...
Users <ul><li>Most of the Center’s users come from the student body and by referral from the Vocational Rehabilitation Age...
Resources <ul><li>Journals, books, catalogs, bulletins, newsletters, videos, directories of assistive technology providers...
Resources <ul><li>Documents and journal articles about AT available through the PRATP website ( www.pratp.upr.edu ). </li>...
Resources <ul><li>Virtual Libraries  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiflolibros: primera biblioteca digital para ciegos de habla hi...
Services <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Information resources lending </li></ul><ul><li>Referral to AT specialists </...
Specialized software <ul><li>Readers  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(JAWS; Outspoken) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Screen magnifiers  </...
Specialized software <ul><li>Screen magnifiers  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading (Open Book; Kurzweil 3000) </li></ul></ul><u...
Hardware and equipment <ul><li>The following hardware is also available at the Information Center: </li></ul>Four-channel ...
Hardware and equipment <ul><ul><li>Alternative computer keyboards (Wivick) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers (Reading Edg...
Other AT equipment 1. Braille ruler 2. Magnifier 3. Pointer 4. Ruler and stylus 5. Electronic talking dictionary 6. Sticke...
The PRATP Information Center is a pioneer project in Puerto Rico whose operating model has since been replicated and impro...
Links <ul><li>PRATP  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pratp.upr.edu </li></ul><ul><li>UPR-RP Library System </li></ul><ul><li>...
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  1. 1. Assistive Technologies for Spanish Speakers with Disabilities: The PRATP Information Center ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C. GSIST-UPR RP Student Delegation Yumarys Polanco Elizabeth Rivera Wilhem Echevarría Cindy Jiménez
  2. 2. Origins of PRATP Information Center Puerto Rico Assistive Technologies Program Library services for persons with disabilities unit, UPRRP Library System ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C. PRATP Information Center
  3. 3. Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program <ul><li>The project began in 1993 as a federal law project. </li></ul><ul><li>Its goal is to increase the access of people with disabilities to assistive technology in the public and private sector. </li></ul><ul><li>It offers professional and user training, consulting, evaluation, technical support, and information about AT. </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  4. 4. Library services for persons with disabilities unit, UPRRP Library System <ul><li>Provides services and meets the information needs of the population with disabilities at UPRRP. </li></ul><ul><li>Allied with the PRATP in 1996 to house the Information Center. </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  5. 5. PRATP Information Center <ul><li>Mission: to increase levels of awareness, knowledge and use of assistive technology of people with disabilities at the University and the general community. </li></ul><ul><li>Located within the José M. Lázaro (main library) in the Río Piedras Campus. </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  6. 6. Users <ul><li>Most of the Center’s users come from the student body and by referral from the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Visually impaired users make up the bulk of the patrons. </li></ul><ul><li>Users are required to register to receive services from both the library unit and the information center. </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  7. 7. Resources <ul><li>Journals, books, catalogs, bulletins, newsletters, videos, directories of assistive technology providers </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the UPRRP databases: EBSCO Host, Wilson Web, etc. ( http://biblioteca.uprrp.edu ). </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  8. 8. Resources <ul><li>Documents and journal articles about AT available through the PRATP website ( www.pratp.upr.edu ). </li></ul><ul><li>Access to audio book collections through virtual libraries. </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Virtual Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiflolibros: primera biblioteca digital para ciegos de habla hispana. (registration required) http:// www.tiflolibros.com.ar / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes . Sections : Sign language Library http:// www.cervantesvirtual.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elaleph.com (registration required) http:// www.elaleph.com </li></ul></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  10. 10. Services <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Information resources lending </li></ul><ul><li>Referral to AT specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction about available AT services </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance using the center’s resources </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  11. 11. Specialized software <ul><li>Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(JAWS; Outspoken) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Screen magnifiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Zoom Text; Magic) </li></ul></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  12. 12. Specialized software <ul><li>Screen magnifiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading (Open Book; Kurzweil 3000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braille translators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Mega Dots; Duxbury) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Dragon Naturally Speaking) </li></ul></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  13. 13. Hardware and equipment <ul><li>The following hardware is also available at the Information Center: </li></ul>Four-channel cassette recorder Talking calculator Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) Braille typewriter ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  14. 14. Hardware and equipment <ul><ul><li>Alternative computer keyboards (Wivick) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers (Reading Edge; Galileo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headphones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braille printer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent keyboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joystick mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text and image digital scanners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC’s </li></ul></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  15. 15. Other AT equipment 1. Braille ruler 2. Magnifier 3. Pointer 4. Ruler and stylus 5. Electronic talking dictionary 6. Sticker sets Braille and uppercase letters 7. Krammer abacus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  16. 16. The PRATP Information Center is a pioneer project in Puerto Rico whose operating model has since been replicated and improved upon by other libraries within the University of Puerto Rico system. ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
  17. 17. Links <ul><li>PRATP </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pratp.upr.edu </li></ul><ul><li>UPR-RP Library System </li></ul><ul><li>http://biblioteca.uprrp.edu </li></ul><ul><li>UPR-RP Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>http://egcti.upr.edu </li></ul><ul><li>CreativeInnova Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://creativeinnova.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Infogestión : administración de servicios de información </li></ul><ul><li>http://infogestion-administracion.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>ALA Annual Conference, June 23, 2007, Washington, D.C.
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