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Was librarian David Faucheux the world’s first blind blogger?
February 25, 2013 | 11:25 am

librarian David FaucheuxWas my friend David Faucheux—a library and information science graduate—the world’s first blind blogger? Any librarians or others know the answer? I set David up in May 2004 on a commercial audio service, which he dialed up to submit recordings, often augmented with text. For the next four years David gave us an inimitable slice of America as seen through his own “eyes.” Where else could you have found such MP3s as Gaming the Shows: How to Be a (Blind) Millionaire? My favorite segment from David Faucheux, however, was Seeing eye dog etiquette—and a few recollections of Nader. Said animal, owned during David’s library...

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare
April 15, 2011 | 9:46 am

Image001 From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. This agreement will broaden the access of people with disabilities to Wiley content.    ...

Elsevier Enables its e-Books to Read Aloud, Increasing Access for People With Print Disabilities
December 8, 2010 | 9:04 am

images.jpegFrom the press release: Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, announced today that it has enabled the text-to-speech option on all of its ePub book titles. The text-to-speech function enables an e-book to read aloud. This will facilitate access by readers who would otherwise face a range of access challenges through blindness, dyslexia, or motor difficulties. With 10-15% of the global population struggling with some form of print disability, the accessibility of publications is essential to open up access for a broad array of people. Text-to-speech enables access by people with disabilities who might otherwise...

Speech therapy uses ereaders
November 25, 2010 | 1:41 pm

speechtherapy_by-gary-porter.jpg Reading devices help people with strokes, neurological disabilities In the picture are Chrissy Akers (left), a graduate student in speech pathology, and Tina Puglisi-Creegan, a clinical instructor, who are helping Tom Calteux "relearn the reading process with the aid of a Kindle years after having a stroke.  Although he never lost his ability to write, the part of his brain that makes the connection between letters and comprehension was damaged." Harvey Black, writing for the Journal Sentinel, feels that "The Kindle and the iPad are in many ways the face of today's communication technology" and that there's "more to these devices than...

Access for print disabled, library exceptions named top WIPO priorities
November 16, 2010 | 9:29 am

images.jpegThe World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) closed its latest copyright meeting with a two-year work plan to improve access to the print disabled and to identify potential library exceptions in international treaty agreements. The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will devote several days of discussion at meetings in June and November 2011. This development suggests that WIPO is committed to address the rights of users of information in addition to its long-established emphasis on strengthening copyright and enforcement measures. A commitment to a legal instrument to improve access for the print disabled could come as soon...

DAISY to Epub converter announced by Don Johnston Inc.
November 3, 2010 | 4:30 pm

download.jpegFrom the press release: Don Johnston Incorporated, a company that develops assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, just announced a new software conversion tool, DAISYtoEPUB, during the 2010 ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference in Schaumburg, IL. The DAISYtoEPUB software converts DAISY 3 (Digital Accessible Information System) electronic files into EPUB, an XML format to easily navigate through digital books and publications. EPUB is the preferred standard format for mainstream eBook readers like the iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Android devices, and computer-based programs. The DAISYtoEPUB software will benefit students and individuals with visual impairments and reading...

UN-backed initiative to enable the blind to access published works
October 28, 2010 | 9:23 am

22-09-2009wipo.jpgFrom the UN News Centre: In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through publisher intermediaries who will create accessible formats of publications and share them with specialized libraries. The new arrangement was announced today at the of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi. It is estimated that only five percent of the world's one million print titles that are published every year are accessible to the some 340 million around the world who are blind, visually...

U.S. Department of Education Awards Grant to Help Bring eTextbook Savings to Students with Disabilities
October 15, 2010 | 12:35 am

disability.jpegFrom the press release: CourseSmart, the world’s largest eTextbook provider, Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), and AccessText Network (ATN) announced that their collaboration in providing lower-cost eTextbook rentals to postsecondary students with disabilities has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $1.1 Million. Over the next two years, the funding will be used to support STudent E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP), an innovative, eTextbook rental program aimed to help improve low-cost access to higher education eTextbooks for all students, including those with print-related disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia. AMAC is an initiative of the University System of...

UK Publishers Association says turn on text-to-speech
October 7, 2010 | 3:09 pm

images.jpgFrom The Bookseller: The Publishers Association, The Society of Authors, The Association of Authors Agents and The Right to Read Alliance have released a joint 'recommendation to publishers' to encourage the use of the text-to-speak function on digital devices. The option is sometimes disabled in order to protect the rights of the audio-book publisher. The PA said the recommendation would go some way to offering people with print disabilities the same rights to access e-readers as those without disabilities, and should provide a more equal footing as sales of these devices take off in the UK. The joint statement "recommends that text...

Accessibility and ebooks – resources and an interview, by Sue Polanka
October 6, 2010 | 10:40 am

nsr_cover.jpg Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size.  Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below.  Thanks Ken! NSR offers monthly interviews with librarians, publishers,...

Does Anybody Know: is there an iPad page turning and input device for a disabled child?
September 30, 2010 | 8:39 pm

does anybody.jpeg Received the following email from Rhoda. Can anyone help? As editor of Tele-Read, maybe you can help us with a technology request. My friend’s grandson is bright, loves to read, but doesn’t speak and lacks the fine motor skill to turn pages on his iPad book reader. Is there any software or device that could turn the pages for him? Could you also ask if they know of an input device, do they know how a non-technical person would hook the input device to the iPad or computer? ...

The iPhone is the greatest thing to happen to the blind, says Austin Seraphin
September 29, 2010 | 6:40 pm

images.jpgThis is a post from Austin Seraphin's Behind the Curtain blog from back in June. It's well worth reading the whole thing: Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I consider it the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever. It offers unparalleled access to properly made applications, and changed my life in twenty-four hours. The iPhone only has one thing holding it back: iTunes. Nevertheless, I have fallen in love. ... I have seen a lot of technology for the blind, and I can safely say that the iPhone represents...