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Shellie Zeigler
Mississippi Library Commission
Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
"The chief handicap of the b...
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0iwiXIRb_g
  Please watch this 14min. documentary about visual
impairment.
  In this ...
  Visually Impaired: Someone is
considered visually impaired when
with correction (i.e. glasses) the
person still has tro...
  Digital Talking Books
  Digital Magazines
  Cassette Books
  Braille Books and Magazines
  Descriptive Videos
  La...
  Blind
  Visually Impaired
  Physical Limitation-Cannot hold a
printed work
  Organic Reading Disability-i.e. Autism,...
  Physically Accessible
  Access & Resources
(Assistive Technology)
  Service & Communication
  Physical Access to the Library
Facilities
  Parking
  Entrance
  Internal Circulation
  Accessible Furniture
  Toi...
  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 tex...
  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
  Examp...
  (Often work in hand with Screen Readers)
  Screen magnification software is software
that interfaces with a computer's...
-Large print book & magazines
(larger then 12pt font)
-Audio Books (CDs, MP3, ebooks,
playaways)
-Descriptive Videos
-Elec...
  Staff Training/Sensitization
  Offer Special Service to Patrons with
Disabilities
  Provide Tour for those with Disab...
  Speak in normal tone
  Identify yourself when you are
speaking
  Speak directly to the person, not their
sighted guid...
  Ask if assistance is needed
  Be specific with directions, includes
descriptions. Don’t say things like,
“Over there.”...
  State Universities: Research and
Training Centers on Blindness and
Low Vision
  Local/State Council of the Blind
  Fe...
  Accessing information & navigating space will always be
essential
  Future:
◦  More choices coming from NLS for receip...
Shellie Zeigler
Mississippi Library Commission
Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
szeigler@mlc.lib.ms.us
601-4...
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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2.   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?
  3. 3.   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
  4. 4.   Digital Talking Books   Digital Magazines   Cassette Books   Braille Books and Magazines   Descriptive Videos   Large Print Books   Downloadable Books www.loc.gov/nls/
  5. 5.   Blind   Visually Impaired   Physical Limitation-Cannot hold a printed work   Organic Reading Disability-i.e. Autism, Dyslexia   Deaf-Blind
  6. 6.   Physically Accessible   Access & Resources (Assistive Technology)   Service & Communication
  7. 7.   Physical Access to the Library Facilities   Parking   Entrance   Internal Circulation   Accessible Furniture   Toilet   Circulation & Information Desk   Signage   Emergency Evacuation
  8. 8.   This doesn’t work well.   This is much better.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10.   Screen Magnifier   Screen Readers & Screen Magnification Software   Alternative Format
  11. 11.   Low Vision Monitors   Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV)   Handheld CCTV   Digital Magnifiers
  12. 12.   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
  13. 13.   (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
  14. 14. -Large print book & magazines (larger then 12pt font) -Audio Books (CDs, MP3, ebooks, playaways) -Descriptive Videos -Electronic Journals -E-Books -Braille (if possible)
  15. 15.   Staff Training/Sensitization   Offer Special Service to Patrons with Disabilities   Provide Tour for those with Disabilities
  16. 16.   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)
  17. 17.   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
  18. 18.   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
  19. 19.   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
  20. 20. Shellie Zeigler Mississippi Library Commission Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped szeigler@mlc.lib.ms.us 601-432-4123

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