Services and access include information about extended loans, book collections, 1-2-1 Library Induction, and induction to the Assistive Technology Suite as outlined in our guide http://libguides.city.ac.uk/additionalneeds
Access to the rooms is on referral from the Disability, Dyslexia and Mental Health and Counselling teams who will provide the library with recommendations and adjustments to be made.
Challenges with alternative formats can be around planning and prioritization and creating alternative formats in-house by scanning when they are not available through the usual channels (commercial e-book, publisher file, Load2Learn or Bookshare). Proofing and structuring the scanned document is also necessary so it is accessible. This can be even more challenging when the material is ‘complex’ for example describing graphs or recreating sums.
JISC https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/meeting-the-requirements-of-learners-with-special-educational-needs RNIB http://www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals/education-professionals AbilityNet https://www.abilitynet.org.uk/factsheets Load2Learn https://load2learn.org.uk/ Bookshare https://www.bookshare.org/cms Sign up for JISC mailing lists here https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/
Knowing how to use the accessibility settings on the operating system have been helpful such as in the Windows control panel – customizing the ‘display’ for the computer user. i.e. enlarging text and icons to up to 150% or turning on narrator or high contrast in the ‘ease of access panel’. iPad accessibility https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204390. RNIB have some very good videos on how tablets can be used by low vision or no vision students and in the classroom. Films 5,6 and 7 http://www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals-education-professionals/technology-education
Some cloud software which I have noticed (no endorsement, I am currently looking into these) can be accessed off-campus on demand. X-mind cloud (in beta phase http://www.xmind.net/cloud/), ClaroRead Cloud OCR https://www.clarosoftware.com/cloud
Sensus Access http://www.sensusaccess.com/ allows members from your institution to upload their own files to be converted to Alternative formats of their choice such as BRAILLE, Audio, EPUB.
Institutions can also contribute their alternative format files to Load2Learn so they can be added to the repository and shared with the wider community where lawful and appropriate https://load2learn.org.uk/about/contribute.php
Training – this really useful article by Alistair McNaught from JISC talks about working towards inclusivity and training staff to make learning resources accessible. Here are some more guides to help carry that out https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/using-assistive-and-accessible-technology-in-teaching-and-learning/documents-presentations-and-spreadsheets
Accessibility: Other Universities have already done some great work on this http://www.open.ac.uk/library/help-and-support/databases-accessibility-issues JISC also have a good checklist for when buying resources https://accessibility.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2016/02/16/e-resource-checklist/
Library champions for Disability Access meeting- 10th March
Library Champions for Disability
10th March 2016
1. Working in a small team. Experience sharing:
3. Discussion about DSA changes
4. End 4:30pm. Tour of Northampton Square
Library and Assistive Technology Suite.
1. Supporting students with disability
and SpLD at City University London
• the named contact in the Library for students
• based in the Library’s Academic Services
• overseeing 4 library locations
• Providing information about services and
• Assistive Technology operational guidance
• Sourcing and obtaining Alternative Format
Managing the Assistive Technology
The suite contains:
– 6 pcs
– TextHelp and Inspiration (site licence)
– JAWS, ZoomText, Open Book, Audio Notetaker
– Ergonomic furniture
– Equipment: digital voice recorders, ergonomic
mice and keyboards, book stands.
My useful resources
• Team work – finding the people to help.
Other Library teams /Disability and SpLd Support /
• JISC, RNIB, AbilityNet for guidelines and best
• Load2Learn / Bookshare pilot
• Mailing lists LIS-ACCESSIBILITY@JISCMAIL.AC.UK,
Useful resources: inclusivity
• Embedded accessibility - Microsoft
• iPads for all students with built in accessibility
such as VoiceOver and Safari Reader.
• Roving service for all students but can give
• Audio /visual resources such as Anatomy TV,
flashcards for visual learners.
• Cloud software
• Sensus Access
• Load2Learn contributing
• Training - accessible documents and
• Accessibility of e-books and databases.
2. Bookshare (Discussion)
• Accessible format repository: can download in
multiple formats such as Braille, DAISY, MP3
• Free accessible reading tools.
• 1 year Pilot scheme with Load2Learn Oct 2014
• Organisational membership and Individual
• Proof of disability required for each student
3. DSA (Discussion)
• How DSA works
• How the DSA review effects HE Libraries