Libraries – Digital Inclusion Project for Visually Impaired

 

An application to the CyMAL Innovation and Development Grant scheme for funding for a digital inclusion pilot project has been successful and Blaenau Gwent Libraries have been awarded just over £3000 to run the pilot to run until April 2013.  

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An application to the CyMAL Innovation and Development Grant scheme for funding for a digital inclusion pilot project has been successful and Blaenau Gwent Libraries have been awarded just over £3000 to run the pilot to run until April 2013.

The project aims to address the problems of digital inclusion for Visually Impaired (VI) people in the borough by making an existing audio download scheme (OneClick Digital) accessible to them.  The Library Service already provides a range of services to VI people and staff are always looking for ways to develop and make the service accessible to more clients.  The RNIB and British Wireless for the Blind (BWfB) have been supportive of the project  and BWfB have made recommendations on the type of equipment we are using.

The service has also purchased i-pads with a view to using them to demonstrate the range of accessibility features which make them easier to use for those who are partially sighted.  The service is supporting customers to develop their own IT skills through their own interests and hobbies.   The project will also support customers who intend to be using i-pads or e-readers at the roll out of e-books in Blaenau Gwent in Summer 2013.

 

Libraries are a key partner on the Local Authority Digital Inclusion Strategic Forum and this project will link to other projects falling within the scope of the operational plan.

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