Please consider voting for two innovative Conversation Starters
As voting begins for the Conversation Starters during ALA Annual this year, please consider voting for two programs promoting universal access to all library patrons.
The first—EXPANDING LIBRARY COMMUNITY THROUGH ACCESSIBLE GAMING—discusses how, by offering accessible gaming opportunities, libraries will bring in patrons with disabilities who will develop fresh skills to assist them in school, work and life. Venetia Demson, chief of the Adaptive Services Division of the DC Public Library and Mark Barlet, of the Able Gamers Foundation, will be on hand to discuss the first accessible gaming station in a Public Library.
The second—ACCESSIBILITY IS USABILITY—makes the case that considering the virtual needs of users with disabilities helps ensure usability and universal design. Chris Corrigan, also of Adaptive Services, will give an introduction to web accessibility, who the standards apply to, types of disabilities, how people with disabilities use the web, different adaptive technologies, how to write accessible code, how this promotes universal access and easy ways to check for accessibility.
Thank you in advance and see you at Annual!