The Easy-to-read Network Blog
Finally, we have opened our new site! You are welcome to write blog posts about your easy-to-read activities. Or comment on others' posts. But first you have to get a password. Please contact AnnMarie Lindman at the Centre for Easy-to-Read in Sweden for help. Contact information is available under "Contact". Shortly we will also send passwords to those who are already members of the network.
Since the adoption of the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities, accessibility of information has increasingly appeared on the policy agendas worldwide. Information accessibility in general, and web accessibility in particular, by nature also encompasses interoperability issues between IT systems and Assistive Technologies. This has led in the past to the predominance of a primarily technical view of accessibility in terms of presentation, navigation and interaction techniques (see W3C/WAI).
Yet, for people with various learning difficulties the key challenges in using the Web are not only of a technical nature, but often a result of insufficient information design and the lack of suitable approaches to build up media competence.
Many questions in this context still require answers, i.e. how to introduce new technologies to concerned people, how to find a good balance between trust in and protection of users, which level of media competence can be achieved, and where restrictions or protective measures are still necessary in order to include people with learning disabilities.
This special track at ICCHP 2014 will explore new and innovative ways to e-include people with intellectual and learning disabilities. We invite researchers and practitioners to report on ongoing research, approaches and concepts, to identify key outcomes and lessons learned. We also welcome contributions that focus on innovative features for mobile devices and tablet computers.
For further information please check http://www.icchp.org/node/472 and contact the session chairs.
This special track tends to share experiences on how to make Web information better readable and easier to understand by different audiences. The special track aims to discuss user needs and the state of the art (guidelines, examples, tools, concepts, and ideas) in the field of Easy-to-Read on the Web and compare them with the state of the art of Web Accessibility Guidelines and techniques.
The special track is organized by Franz Pühretmair and Kerstin Matausch – further information please see: www.ki-i.at
The special Track “Easy-to-Read Goes Accessible Web” will consist of these presentations:
- Accessible Web Content: A Noble Desire or A Need?
by Kerstin Matausch, Birgit Peböck, Franz Pühretmair (www.ki-i.at)
- Easy to Read on the Web – State of the Art and Research Directions
by Klaus Miesenberger, Andrea Petz
- Easy-to-Read Meets Accessible Web in the E-Government Context
by Thea van der Geest , Eric Velleman
- Guidelines for search features development – a comparison between general users and users with low reading skills
by Débora Maurmo Modesto, Simone Bacellar Leal Ferreira
- Towards Techniques for Easy-to-Read Web Content
by Annika Nietzio, Daniel Naber, Christian Bühler
- Online Test Tool to Determine the CEFR Reading Comprehension Level of Text
by Eric Velleman, Thea van der Geest
The special track will be held at the DSAI conference 2013.
In order to update peer to peer questionnaires, Proqualis conducted focus groups about living arrangements.
An essential method of Proqualis is the participation of the target group in all steps of the evaluation.
The update of the questionnaire was required by modifications within the Upper Austrian law called the Chancengleichheitsgesetz, and the introduction of the seal of quality regulating sexual equality for people with disabilities within Upper Austria.
The focus groups, conducted at the Johannes Keppler University of Linz, achieved resounding success. Altogether, 44 people with learning difficulties and disabilities, aged 17 to 55, took part within 6 focus groups. The participants were invited from 9 different institutes by Proqualis. They clearly enjoyed the experience, as one feedback shows,’It’s been really great, it’s a pleasure to talk with people like you.’
For further information please contact email@example.com or see the website www.proqualis.at.
dilofácil is a project committed to the spreading of easy-to-read as a tool for people with reading difficulties in Spain. Promoted by Óscar García Muñoz, author of the book Lectura fácil – Métodos de redacción y evaluación (Easy-to-read: writing and assessment methodologies. Only in Spanish available), dilofácil is specialized as in adapting and writing texts into easy-to-read as in teaching this writing technique.
In dilofácil it is considered that research is a main point to develop easy-to-read as a tool. Texts assessment with people with reading difficulties is also a pillar in our job, because our texts are tested by our target.
The publication of the above mentioned handbook helped to get awareness in Spain about the cognitive accessibility as a point for a further work, because actions in accessibility in Spain are still quite leant towards physical and visual disabilities. There is also a lack of awareness that accessibility solutions benefits not only these groups, but everyone, because it is linked to quality, safety and added value.
Easy-to-read is also promoted by dilofácil with this focus: it is not spoken only about people with intellectual disabilities, but everybody, because an easy text is more efficient to achieve a right communication. The recipient of the message feels more comfortable, has no doubts and trusts more the institution that communicates using this methodology.
dilofácil works for a better communication for all in a better world for everyone.
Associació Lectura Fàcil (the leading ETR Association in Spain ) has created the Easy-to-Read Map, an application that allows users to find organizations, libraries, reading clubs and bookshops related to the ETR project.
Users can check the organizations that collaborate with the ETR Association and their location. They can also find the nearest bookshops and libraries where ETR books can be borrowed or bought.
The Easy-to-Read Map allows users to:
- Place the ETR initiatives in the world
- Search for our different partners (ETR reading clubs, bookshops, libraries, associations, ETR Network) by types and categories
- Find information about associations and their connection with ETR
- Upload their details in order to appear in the map
The information users can find in the ETR Map includes:
With the aim to bring the ETR books closer to their readers, we are developing a Reference Bookshop Network. Nowadays there are more than 90 bookshops promoting easy-to-read materials. The number of libraries involved in the project is growing year by year reaching big cities and small towns throughout Spain.
ETR Reading clubs
We keep promoting the creation of ETR reading clubs in collaboration with public libraries and social organizations. Currently there are 130 ETR reading clubs in Spain, 110 of them in Catalonia.
ETR Public libraries
Public libraries are essential supporters of reading promotion and ETR materials. We promote, in agreement with the public administration, the creation of clearing houses to provide the Catalan Library System with the ETR materials needed to organize reading clubs for people with reading difficulties.
We have signed collaboration agreements with more than 40 public and private institutions to promote reading and the use of ETR materials.
Please visit the ETR Map on: http://www.lecturafacil.net/mapalf
This application has been developed with the collaboration of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises (Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals).
The Easy to Read Network was born in Barcelona in 2005, date that also marks the beginning of the development of Easy Reading in Spain, more specifically in the region of Catalonia, where the ALF (Easy Reading Association) had been created three years earlier. It is in Catalonia where the ALF has been working over the last decade, achieving a high degree of implementation.
The ALF is the main reference we find when we try to learn more about the Easy to Read in order to develop this concept in different regions of Spain. This is what happened in the Basque Country, region that until a year ago had an enormous gap in all aspects: from ignorance of the concept of LF (Easy to Read), to the absence of any initiatives or projects that allowed its development . Lectura Fácil Euskadi was created to fill that gap and to be the reference point of Easy to Read in the Basque Country, following the development model in Catalonia. The cooperation and support between the two entities is very positive and effective in this regard. One of the main objectives of LF Euskadi is to promote the edition of LF materials in Basque. Being Basque one of the official languages in the Basque Country, it would be pointless to develop Easy to Read only in Spanish.
The work of spreading the Easy Reading in the last months is being intense, while very exciting. When everything is still to be done, the motivation is continuous. At the moment, there are now several library networks which have introduced LF books in their catalogs, associations and organizations that work with people for whom LF is headed are aware of the concept now, and there is also a demand for training. It only remains a major boost from publishers and authors as well as the commitment of public authorities to promote it.
But this is just the beginning and participating in the Easy to Read Network will be a great way to share our progress and experiences.