Sunday, April 17, 2011

Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities

In partnership with Bookshare and OverDrive, CLAMS is currently offering a one year free subscription (usually $75) to Bookshare for individuals with a print disability. The program is known as LEAP – Library eBook Accessibility Program.

Print disability or print-impairment or is a condition related to blindness, visual impairment, specific learning disability, and certain physical disabilities (such as tremors.) Individuals diagnosed with a print disability cannot access print in the standard way.

Bookshare ( is an online library of digital books (90, 000,) magazines, and newspaper for people with qualifying disabilities. It operates under an exception to the U.S. copyright law thus dramatically increasing the accessibility of books. Bookshare members download reading material in a compressed encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that displays the text of the book on screen and/or reads the book aloud (text-to-speech), or Braille access devices. (Qualifying US students can access the Bookshare catalog for free through the support of the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP.)

To learn if you or a family member may qualify for a free LEAP subscription, log on to the OverDirve Catalog look in the upper left hand corner for “Accessible eBooks for the print-impaired - Click here.” (Just above “My HELP!”)

For additional help or questions you may phone (508-696-4211 x 15) or email the reference department:

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