Resources

YA Disability Database

YA Disability Database

YA (Young Adult) Disability Database is a curated booklist of YA novels that feature disability representation. This database compiles together books recommendations that libraries can use to build their collection or as a resource for patrons. Quick Facts The database provides information about the books, including The book summary Genre (tags) Disability representation (tags) OtherRead more about YA Disability Database[…]

Accessible library programming for kids and teens

Accessible library programming for kids and teens

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides resources for libraries to create accessible programming for kids and teens. The resources includes tips for making your programming inclusive; considerations about the physical spaces of your programming, and examples of accessible programming. Quick Facts CELA’s tips for creating inclusive children and teen programming include: Ensure thatRead more about Accessible library programming for kids and teens[…]

Social Story: Ready for Reading (Toronto Public Library)

Social Story: Ready for Reading (Toronto Public Library)

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) presents a Social Story to help children become familiar with their library. Social Stories are learning tools for children that describe different experiences and situations they will encounter when visiting their public library. TPL suggests that parents or teachers read this story with their children one or more times beforeRead more about Social Story: Ready for Reading (Toronto Public Library)[…]

Inclusive Design for Social Media: Tips for Creating Accessible Channels

Inclusive Design for Social Media: Tips for Creating Accessible Channels

The Hootsuite Blog presents guidelines to make your social media posts accessible. Making sure that your social media is accessible will create an inclusive environment and reach a larger audience. Quick Facts The inclusive design increases the number of people who can access your social media. Making it accessible means that all can access yourRead more about Inclusive Design for Social Media: Tips for Creating Accessible Channels[…]

Make your Word Documents Accessible to People with Disabilities (Microsoft Support)

Make your Word Documents Accessible to People with Disabilities (Microsoft Support)

Microsoft provides guidelines for creating accessible Word documents, including instructions and general best practices. This resource provides support for creating accessible Word documents in Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and on the web version of Microsoft Word. Quick Facts One of the main guidelines in this document is to use the built-in “Accessibility Checker.” This toolRead more about Make your Word Documents Accessible to People with Disabilities (Microsoft Support)[…]

Guide to Image Descriptions (AccessiblePublishing.ca)

Guide to Image Descriptions (AccessiblePublishing.ca)

AccessiblePublishing.ca, a website developed by the National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS), presents information and resources to help publishers, libraries, and other organizations create and provide access to accessible eBooks. The resources are targeted towards the publishing field. Still, libraries and library staff can only benefit by learning how and what makes eBooks accessible.Read more about Guide to Image Descriptions (AccessiblePublishing.ca)[…]

Reading Systems/Apps Tutorials for Screen Reader Users (NNELS)

Reading Systems/Apps Tutorials for Screen Reader Users (NNELS)

The The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) presents YouTube videos that guide screen reader users through different reading systems/apps. These YouTube videos are an excellent resource for library staff who want to know how the reading systems/apps are accessible with screen readers. Quick Facts The reading systems/apps that are represented in this YouTubeRead more about Reading Systems/Apps Tutorials for Screen Reader Users (NNELS)[…]

Reading System Features, Testing, and Recommendations (NNELS)

Reading System Features, Testing, and Recommendations (NNELS)

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) provides an online repository for library patrons with print disabilities. NNELS works with organizations, libraries, and publishers to create accessible books. NNELS has tested and compiled a list of reading systems so that you can choose the reading system that works the best for your reading style.Read more about Reading System Features, Testing, and Recommendations (NNELS)[…]

Accessible Formats (NNELS)

Accessible Formats (NNELS)

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) provides an online repository for library patrons with print disabilities. NNELS works with organizations, libraries, and publishers to create accessible books. The accessible book formats available in NNELS are listed in this accessibility resource. Quick Facts The accessibility of each book format varies depending on how theyRead more about Accessible Formats (NNELS)[…]

All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia

All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides webinars for libraries and library staff to help them create accessible services and support the needs of their patrons with disabilities. This webinar explores how libraries can support readers with dyslexia. Quick Facts Dyslexia is defined as difficulty learning to read, write, ad spell despite having anRead more about All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia[…]

What is printbraille? (CELA)

What is printbraille? (CELA)

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) creates informative videos about the accessible content they provide their readers. The “What is printbraille?” video introduces viewers and gives examples of some of the titles available in that format at CELA. Quick Facts What is printbraile? Printbraille are children’s pictures books that has a transparent sheet betweenRead more about What is printbraille? (CELA)[…]

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Quick Reference

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Quick Reference

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendations that were developed by Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) using the W3C Process. WCAG are the standards for digital accessibility and should be consulted throughout development and maintaining digital technologies. Quick Facts The WCAG standards are organized under four principles: Perceivable, the informationRead more about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Quick Reference[…]

What is a print disability? (CELA)

What is a print disability? (CELA)

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides libraries with informational YouTube videos. This video discusses the term “print disability” and the content CELA provides to serve those patrons. Quick Facts The term “print disability” is a general term for different groups of persons with disabilities who have difficulty reading traditional books. This definition, fromRead more about What is a print disability? (CELA)[…]

Looking Through the Crystal Ball: Innovations in Braille Technology for the 21st Century and Beyond

Looking Through the Crystal Ball: Innovations in Braille Technology for the 21st Century and Beyond

This webinar brings together a panel of braille users to share their views on the braille devices they’ve used in the past, the innovations in braille technologies, their wishes for the future, and what they feel developers should know. If you love braille and are excited about technology, this event is for you! Quick FactsRead more about Looking Through the Crystal Ball: Innovations in Braille Technology for the 21st Century and Beyond[…]

The 7 Principles of Universal Design

The 7 Principles of Universal Design

This resource provided principles that you can use to create or evaluate your spaces to ensure that they are accessible to everyone. Quick Facts The 7 Principles of Universal Design are: Equitable Use: The design is useful to people with diverse abilities. Flexibility in Use: The design accommodates the preferences and abilities of different people.Read more about The 7 Principles of Universal Design[…]

Access Ability 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design

Access Ability 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design

This is a robust handbook that contains information, guidelines, education, and tools that are meant to improve the accessibility of digital and print media. The Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) assembled the handbook in collaboration with the Government of Ontario. It also broadly covers digital media and provides information on accessible PDFs, Web Accessibility, Semantic Structure,Read more about Access Ability 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design[…]

Accessibility Auditing Resources

Accessibility Auditing Resources

This document gathers links, citations, and other resources related to accessibility audits, technologies required for audits, and developers’ resources. The resources are sorted into different categories for ease of use. Quick Facts Audit your website using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Use supportive resources and checklists to create an accessible website, including A11Y and WebAim. Web developersRead more about Accessibility Auditing Resources[…]