The Workshop on Inclusive Libraries was a 3 day workshop organized with the support of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) East Africa Office by DAISY Consortium and hosted by Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL).
The aim of the workshop is increasing awareness towards the need of information accessibility and to build capacity to make the books creation, distribution and reading accessible for all including persons with disabilities. The workshop was held at held at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Library-Nakawa Kampala, Uganda from 12 th -14 th December 2016.
The workshop participants were mainly Librarians from 11 different universities and Institutions of Uganda. Some of the participating universities and institutions included inter alia; Uganda Christian University (UCU), National Library of Uganda (NLU), Uganda Management Institute (UMI), Kampala International University (KIU), Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), Makerere University Business School (MUBS), National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Kyambogo University, Shimoni Teachers’ Training College, and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD).
The Trainers for the workshop were; Prashant Ranjan Verma & Ajay Mathur. The lead trainer (Prashant Ranjan Verma) is an Accessibility Specialist, Trainer & Disability Activist; and working for Daisy Consortium, National Association for the Blind-Delhi; and Sugamya Pustakalaya Committee-DAISY Forum of India.
The following were the expected Outcomes for the workshop:
❖ Understanding of the need for accessibility in digital content
❖ Basic understanding of functioning of assistive technology and barriers that prevent access
❖ Understanding of accommodations needed for persons with disabilities in libraries
❖ Understanding of key guidelines for preparing accessible content
❖ Ability to use DAISY & EPUB3 reading tools
❖ Ability to convert documents to accessible formats
During the three days, the Inclusive Libraries Workshop was characterized by presentations-blended with individual hands-on practical sessions. The workshop explored various software and assistive technologies like EasyReader, Non Video Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader, DDReader for reading, writing and publishing. Illustrative videos were used to demonstrate the assistive technologies tools for PWDs and questions were asked during and after very session. …..
Other Tools explored in the practical work included; using Microsoft Word, Save as DAISY and Pipeline/Tobi. Furthermore, basic training of eBook readers was done mainly for; Adobe Digital Editions and EasyReader. In the exploration process, the lead-facilitator moved around providing technical backstopping to the participants.
The universally accepted definition of “Person with disability” includes those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.