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Presentation at meeting on library services for children and young people with special needs - Accessible Arcade

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  1. 1. Accessible Arcade Central Coast Library Service
  2. 2. Fundability Get Including! Goal Children aged 9-15years who have a disability are included by mainstream services and activities within their local community.
  3. 3. Grant Application and Program Support • Children’s and Youth Librarians • Disability Inclusion Officer (former Gosford City Council) • Senior Council staff • Branch Libraries Staff • IT staff • Planning Accessible Events training and guidelines for Gosford Council Staff
  4. 4. Planning Accessible Events
  5. 5. What We Did • Applied for a Fundability Grant to develop a Portable Technology and Games Centre (2014) • Received $10,000 from Fundability • Purchased (2015) – 10 iPads – Wii u console, controllers and games – Xbox One, controllers and games • Accessible Arcade in Libraries – Special needs groups – School holiday programs
  6. 6. Accessible Arcade • Program launched during school holiday period, 2015 • Programs booked out at all locations • Participants exceeded number of bookings available • Two events included children with hearing disabilities who were able to fully participate in the event • Students from a local Special Needs school participated in an in–library event (2 sessions: 4-6 participants in each session) • Identified new programs including grandparents playing alongside grandchildren as Seniors Week events 2016
  7. 7. Challenges Delays in timeframe rolling out the program: • Equipment out of stock with suppliers • Integrating new equipment into the existing IT and Library systems • Purchasing additional equipment to overcome IT issues • Staffing • Amalgamation
  8. 8. Participants Primary aged children and younger siblings – School holiday program – After school gaming afternoons Some participation of special needs students from local public and specialist schools – Dedicated sessions held at one branch for special needs group
  9. 9. Promotion Promoted as an inclusive event
  10. 10. Eventbrite
  11. 11. Eventbrite Registration • Eventbrite bookings allow a customised question which appears on all our event booking sheets • This information can be accessed from Central Coast Council’s login Please note any special access requirements
  12. 12. Moving Forward • Central Coast Council • Incorporate the successful gaming program Kings of War in Libraries (KoWiL), an initiative of the former Wyong Libraries, which also provides an accessible activity for participants with varied abilities • Incorporate the iPads into the sessions (load apps, resolve password issues) • Incorporate the Xbox, which had issues updating with the network wi-fi (resolve issues) • Increase awareness of the program in schools and preschools • Invite local schools, special needs schools, and homeschool network to either attend a session in the library or have the library visit them • Increase public awareness of the program through Central Coast Council’s communication and media channels • Hold sessions at community events as part of the library outreach program
  13. 13. Questions? • • • (KoWiL) Thank You