Visual Assistive Training Beta 1

Welcome to the course on Accessibility! 

Learning about accessibility and visual assistive technologies will help you understand the technologies we will implement at the library. 


Visual Assistive Training Beta 1

So what is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.

What is Accessibility and why does it matter?

What is accessibility?

 Accessibility involves two key issues: how users with disabilities access electronic information and how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive devices used by individuals with disabilities. For the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome, but sometimes the solutions require some additional thought and effort.

Why is accessibility important?

Accessibility represents an important step toward independence for individuals with disabilities. Accessible web pages provide access to fundamental government services and information such as tax forms, social programs, and legislative representatives. Accessible web pages also make possible a broader range of employment and educational opportunities by providing added means of communication. In addition, accessibility allows users with disabilities to participate in day-to-day activities many of us take for granted, such as reading a newspaper or buying a gift for a loved one.

Accessibility or Assistive Technology? Fill in the right word brackets.

1.  is the law for many educational institutions. 

2. An  device is any item that helps someone do something that they might not otherwise be able to do well or at all.

3. Visual impairment is a type of .

4. can be low-tech: communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.

5.  AT is the acronym used by most institutions. 

Words associated with accessibility

Drag the corresponding words to the correct accessibility icon. 

  • Hearing Aids
  • Seeing Eye Dog
  • Walking Cain
  • Voiceover
  • Subtitles
  • Assistive technology
  • Wheelchair
  • Speech to Text
  • Sign Language
  • Braile

Match the terms

  • Voiceover
    MacOS and IOS
  • Braile
    Visually impaired
  • Sign language
    Hearing impaired
  • JAWS
    Screen reader for the visually impaired
  • Dictation
    Talk where you type

Mark the sentences as correct or incorrect.

  • Accessibility tools are not allowed at the library.
  • Mac OS does not allow any accessibility features.
  • All library computers will implement accessibility features
  • You must have a library card to access computers with accessibility.
  • Library computers will not allow an visually impaired patron to browse the internet.

Patron with accessibility needs scenario

Congratulations on finishing this course!

Hopefully, now you've got a better idea of accessibility and assistive technology

Thanks for participating in the course!


Training Survey

Training Survey

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