Revolutionary ways to offer e-books to the print-disabled

There has been a shift in the way people access information: E-books and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we read and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible for the print-disabled. As a result, people with disabilities such as vision impairments, physical limitations and severe learning disabilities, often face barriers to information.

Photo by Elio-Rojano via Flickr. Pint-disabled readers.

Photo by Elio-Rojano via Flickr

During the session “Accessible Books for All” at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, a panel of e-books and accessibility experts will discuss the successful partnership between Benetech/Bookshare, the New York Public Library and others to provide free access to over 400,000 books, periodicals and more to qualified library patrons.

The conference session takes place on Monday, June 27, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m., in room W105A of the Orange County Convention Center. Session speakers include Jill Rothstein, managing librarian, Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library (NYPL); and Lisa Wadors Verne, program manager, Education, Research and Partnerships, Benetech.

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About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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  1. Please define the phrase “qualified library patron.”

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