Resources

Centre for Equitable Library Access: What is a print disability?

Centre for Equitable Library Access: What is a print disability?

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 Centre for Equitable Library Access: What is a print disability?[…]

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[…]

Accessibility Interview Questions

Accessibility Interview Questions

Accessibility interview questions list potential job interview questions meant to gauge someone’s understanding of digital accessibility. Quick Facts This resource suggests that you do not ask about specific facts and figures when interviewing job candidates. For example, please state verbatim the WCAG guideline 2.3 (FYI, it is “Seizures and Physical Reactions – do not designRead more about Accessibility Interview Questions[…]

Android Accessibility Help

Android Accessibility Help

This resource provides a quick overview of accessibility settings that library staff can use on Android devices. It could be helpful for troubleshooting with a patron having issues with an Android device. Quick Facts There are accessibility features built into Android devices. Enable/disable the TalkBack screen reader by: Pressing both the volume buttons on the sideRead more about Android Accessibility Help[…]

Apple Accessibility Support

Apple Accessibility Support

A guide for some of the accessibility features available in Apple products, including VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch, Switch Control, Guided Access, Voice Control. There is also a braille user guide for different types of apple devices. Quick Facts Apple has built-in accessibility features in their devices. VoiceOver is the built-in screen reader available in Macs, iPhones, iPads,Read more about Apple Accessibility Support[…]

Bill C-81: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada

Bill C-81: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada

This is a digital version of the Canadian legislation that applies to accessibility in public spaces. It is relatively dense and technical but should be a document any Library Director or manager has on hand. It is one of the few pieces of Canadian legislation that is a reference for accessibility in Canada. Quick FactsRead more about Bill C-81: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada[…]

AppleVis

AppleVis

AppleVis is an online resource for blind and low-vision users of Apple products such as the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. It is a blog that provides guides to various apps and software, reviews of the accessibility of Apple products, and a discussion forum and podcast. Quick Facts Apple provides accessibility featuresRead more about AppleVis[…]

PowerED: Accessible Spaces 101

PowerED: Accessible Spaces 101

This course has been developed for many professionals interested in expanding their practical understanding of accessibility. Upon completion of Accessible Spaces 101, a digital badge is awarded that can be saved and shared. Quick Facts Many Canadians have experienced a permanent or temporary disability. Making sure all spaces are accessible will help everyone participate inRead more about PowerED: Accessible Spaces 101[…]

CFLA Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities

CFLA Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities

This is a set of guidelines from 2016 that were written by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA). There are a few other sets of similar guidelines based around regional legislation, such as the AODA, but this was one of the few resources that are meant to apply to all Canadian libraries. It isRead more about CFLA Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities[…]

Deque University: Digital Accessibility Courses & Accessibility Reference Library

Deque University: Digital Accessibility Courses & Accessibility Reference Library

Deque University provides an extensive curriculum of self-guided online courses so you can focus on the skills you need with the flexibility your schedule requires. Along with courses, this site also offers valuable resources such as guides to using screenreaders, an ARIA JavaScript pattern library, and a page with a detailed breakdown of disability demographics.Read more about Deque University: Digital Accessibility Courses & Accessibility Reference Library[…]

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

The Described and Captioned Media Program is a free-loan library of accessible educational media for teachers and family members of K-12 students. The videos available range in subjects from Art History to Sports and Recreation. Along with providing free content, this site also contains instructional videos on producing your own captioned and described media. QuickRead more about Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)[…]

Digital Library Accessibility and Usability Guidelines (DLAUG) to Support Blind and Visually Impaired Users

Digital Library Accessibility and Usability Guidelines (DLAUG) to Support Blind and Visually Impaired Users

The DLAUG is a set of digital accessibility guidelines created to support users with print disabilities who rely on screen readers to interact with digital libraries. It is heavily based on WCAG rules, but the focus is on the relationship between digital libraries and patrons who use assistive technology such as screen readers. Quick FactsRead more about Digital Library Accessibility and Usability Guidelines (DLAUG) to Support Blind and Visually Impaired Users[…]

Knowbility

Knowbility

Knowbility is a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving technology access for millions of youth and adults with disabilities all over the world. They provide several services, including accessibility testing, auditing, training, and a regularly updated comprehensive blog on web accessibility. Quick Facts Test and audit your website so that it is accessible. EmployingRead more about Knowbility[…]

Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) Web Accessibility

Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) Web Accessibility

The Mozilla Developer Network’s main page on accessibility contains a series of training modules on HTML, CSS and Javascript, ARIA, Accessible Multimedia, and Mobile Accessibility. It also includes links to some articles about digital accessibility. Quick Facts Web Accessibility means that your website is designed so that all can use it without barriers. An accessibleRead more about Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) Web Accessibility[…]

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: General Resources on Disabilities

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: General Resources on Disabilities

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) from the Library of Congress created a list covering braille, devices, and general disability resources. Some of the resources are specific to American library services, but it contains some valuable guides on resources such as assistive technology, education, employment advice, and more. We wantRead more about National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: General Resources on Disabilities[…]