As of today, according to http://www.ifla.org/en/lpd, it’s stated that only 5% of the world’s published information is fully accessible to persons with a print disability; it’s my career goal to help increase that percentage as much as I can.
Some people reading this blog may be wondering exactly what constitutes a “print disability”?
A print disability is quite simply any aspect that hinders a person’s ability from accessing print in the “standard” way, whether it’s because of a visual impairment, learning disability, or physical disability.
- If you’re a teacher, and want to help students in your classroom, visit the website Learning Through Listening.
- If you’re a parent, this article at the website LD Online can provide both information and solutions for making the printed word easier to understand for you children through e-text.
- If you have a print disability, there is an online resource, Bookshare, “Books without Barriers” is the largest provider of accessible reading materials for those with PD, with, their website says “…unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.”
- If you have a print disability but are looking for a physical bricks-and-mortar library, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) offers an international directory of libraries for the blind. IFLA also offers an RSS feed for the latest news