Keep It Simple : A Guide to Assistive Technologies

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2011-03-21
Publisher(s): Libraries Unltd Inc
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Keep it Simple: A Guide to Assistive Technologies provides a basic tutorial on common assistive computer applications and commonly available, inexpensive hardware and software to help librarians incorporate such aids into the library's current infrastructure.Focusing on applications commonly available on Microsoft Office and other low-cost technologies, this book offers guidance for the practitioner that can help every library move toward universal access. Librarians will find advice on planning accessible services, selecting appropriate assistive technologies, marketing disability services and assistive technology, and training staff in disability services issues and the use of assistive technology. Individual chapters cover print, hearing, speech, and mobility disabilities, offering resources and tutorials for each of these disability categories.

Author Biography

Ravonne A. Green, PhD, is assistant professor in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. She is the author of Library Management: A Case Study Approach. Vera Blair, MLIS, is a civil air patrol pilot who has conducted several assistive technology workshops for public libraries.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Backgroundp. 1
Assistive Technology Backgroundp. 3
Equipmentp. 17
Print Disabilitiesp. 19
Mobility Disabilitiesp. 41
Hearing Impairmentsp. 59
Speech Disabilitiesp. 75
Accessibility Issuesp. 91
Providing Accessible Buildings and Learning Spacesp. 93
Universal Accessp. 105
Universal Access: Promoting Better Library Services for Allp. 107
Staff Trainingp. 119
Library Disability Trainingp. 121
Assistive Technology and Disability Services Marketingp. 129
Marketing Tips for Serving Individuals with Disabilitiesp. 131
Indexp. 145
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