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Empowering Accessibility: Assistive Services, Devices, and Resources at Prince William Public Libraries

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In a recent episode of "Important Library Stuff," host Emily Bickers is joined by Laura Lily Bell from Montclair Library to discuss assistive services and devices at Prince William Public Libraries, highlighting its commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.

Assistive services and devices are external aids designed to help individuals perform various tasks, particularly those with disabilities. PWPL has taken significant strides in ensuring the availability of these resources. From cane seats for those in need of rest during long waits to mobility scooters for enhanced mobility, PWPL aims to cater to diverse needs.

One notable inclusion is the digital standard player for talking books, specifically designed for individuals who are blind or print-disabled. This device, equipped with tactile buttons and speed control, ensures more individuals can access and enjoy PWPL’s extensive collection.

Libby, by Overdrive, has built features in its app to address accessibility. The Libby app offers screen reader support that allows low vision and blind users to use screen readers to browse, borrow, read e-books and magazines, and listen to audiobooks. In addition, users can manually adjust the text size for e-books in the reader and expand the range of sizes to include larger accessibility sizes if needed. Read more about Accessibility Options on the Libby app.

Laura shared personal anecdotes highlighting the impact of these resources, emphasizing their role in enhancing reading experiences for individuals with autism or visual impairments. Additionally, PWPL offers adapted programs like Building Buddies–Celebrating Diverse Abilities @ the Library, offered on the first Mondays of the month at Haymarket Gainesville Library.

Awareness remains key. Laura emphasized the importance of spreading the word about available resources and encouraging patrons to explore and utilize these services. PWPL’s Assistive Services webpage provides more information about assistive services and outreach efforts, including videos with closed captioning.

PWPL has directly addressed accessibility as integral to its mission in its 2024–2028 Strategic Plan. By embracing diversity and continually expanding its range of assistive services and devices, PWPL reaffirms its commitment to serving everyone in the community, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

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