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Accessibility Resources--Guide for Library Services for Persons With Disabilities: Accessibility--Definition and Introduction

Guide for Library Services for Persons With Disabilities

Accessibility--Definition and Introduction

Accessibility in the sense considered here refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments so as to be usable by people with disabilities.  The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and "indirect access" meaning compatibility with a person's assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers).

Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. The concept focuses on enabling access for people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology; however, research and development in accessibility brings benefits to everyone.

Accessibility is not to be confused with usability, which is the extent to which a product (such as a device, service, or environment) can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use.

Accessibility is strongly related to universal design which is the process of creating products that are usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations. This is about making things accessible to all people (whether they have a disability or not).

Related Books

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Accessibility First in Designing Learning Material | Rami Farran - American University of Beirut

The Music in my Head--Tinnitus in Children and Education


The information presented is relevant to the research assignment for my class
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I am encouraged to read more because of the books listed in the guide.
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