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Adaptive Technology for the Internet: Making Electronic Resources Accessible to All

by Barbara T. Mates

Is your site accessible? Can helen keller access your site? With all the new technology and our societies reliance on technology the demand for assistive technology increases. Read about different pieces of equipment that can make surfing the net more enjoyable for those with disabilities.

Assistive Technologies in the Library

by Barbara T. Mates

Guidebook contents: The library's mission : to serve all patrons -- Creating accessible electronic information -- Seeing the bigger picture : large-print-access technology solutions -- When computers talk : listening to the Web and printed materials -- Touching the Internet : braille access to the Internet -- Seeing the sounds : technologies for persons with hearing impairments -- Surfing the Internet with a "different" board -- Accessible collections, resources, and discussion forums -- Staff make it all work -- Finding the funding -- We got it, come and get it, or, Marketing -- Creating avenues for accessible electronic communication.

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Select your format based upon: 1) how you want to read your book, and 2) compatibility with your reading tool. To learn more about using Bookshare with your device, visit the "Using Bookshare" page in the Help Center.

Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.

  • Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
  • MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
  • DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivona's Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.