Plan For Accessibility
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Kids of All Abilities
Your community includes children who don’t read print due to physical, visual and learning disabilities. Learn more about print disabilities.
Not all print disabilities will be obvious and their effects vary. Children with print disabilities may not identify themselves to staff when they visit your library. That’s why it’s important to plan for accessibility. There are many books, Club materials and other resources that you can share with children with print disabilities so they can participate fully in the TD Summer Reading Club.
Make sure kids with print disabilities know they have access to a broad selection of books. You probably have books that they may be able to read. Someone with low vision may be able to read a regular print book using a magnifier; someone with dyslexia may read a regular ebook using a text to speech reader. You may also offer formats specifically designed for accessibility such as DAISY audio or text, braille and printbraille picture books. Learn more about making reading accessible.
Depending on your location, your library may provide access to these books through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) or the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), or both. In Quebec, CELA service is offered through the Service québécois du livre adapté (SQLA). Please call SQLA at 1-866-410-0844 to register your eligible patrons.
Tips for Making your Library's TD Summer Reading Club Accessible
- Be sure books and other items in your displays are accessible to people using mobility devices such as wheelchairs
- Promote audio books, ebooks and braille books alongside print books
- Make signage clear and easy to read by using larger font sizes, standard font types (not decorative) and high contrast text and background colours; for more information read CNIB's Clear Print Accessibility Guidelines
- Inform staff about the accessible notebook and the needs of kids with print disabilities by using the email template for library staff
- Connect with local groups who support kids with disabilities by using this email template about accessibility and the TD Summer Reading Club for community organizations
- Include information about accessibility when training staff, summer students and/or volunteers using the Accessible TD Summer Reading Club presentation for training staff, volunteers and students (PowerPoint)
Tips for Offering Accessible Programs
Think about accessibility when planning crafts, games and activities and when you’re buying your supplies. Learn more about delivering accessible programs in CELA's Accessible Activity Guide.
- For supplies, include tactile options such as feathers, foam shapes and glitter glue; choose larger brushes, markers and crayons that are easier to grip for kids with physical challenges
- Cool sounds and textures are popular with all children
- Don’t assume everyone can read printed instructions
- Use your words to describe what’s going on in group settings for participants with low vision
- Be flexible and provide options for participation (such as working in pairs or teams)
- Parents and caregivers may also be able to provide you with tips for how to adapt activities for their child
For more information about print disabilities, CELA and training opportunities available for public library staff, visit celalibrary.ca.