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Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action

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Meeting Description:
Does your library technology accommodate users with disabilities? From public access technology to online resources, libraries must be sensitive to the needs of all users, especially those who may not be able to fully access information using traditional technology.

Join us for this free webinar to learn what libraries have done to create a more inclusive technology environment. Assistive technology is the software, peripherals, and specialized devices that help connect disabled individuals with information and communication. Hear how these libraries have played a key role in allowing disabled patrons to fully participate in and benefit from digital technology.
  • Nancy Murillo is Director of the Pittsburg - Camp County Library (TX), where she recently implemented a new all-in-one assistive technology computer in partnership with the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.
  • Clay Ragan is the Director of the Computer Training Bridge at the Forsyth County Library (NC), where they have assistive technology stations located in branches throughout the system.
  • Dina Abramson is the Disability Information & Referral Coordinator at the Texas Talking Book Program and Texas State Library, and will share general information about assistive technology and meeting the needs of disabled library patrons.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register to receive an email notification when the archive is available.
Date: Wed, Feb 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM PST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Nancy Murillo
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Nancy Murillo is the Director of the  Pittsburg - Camp County (TX) Public Library. She has been with the library for 26 years and loves adding new services and technology for the community. Recent technology additions are new public computers including assistive technology for the visually impaired and downloadable ebooks and music. New services are GED, ESL, Financial Literacy and Mobile Technology classes. These advancements for the library's community are available due to grant funds.

Clay Ragan
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Clay is a digital literacy specialist who currently serves the Forsyth County (NC) Public Library as Director of the Computer Training Bridge, which offers free computer classes in over 40 locations around Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has a passion for community programs focused on reducing tech-related barriers for the under served. Clay came to FCPL after acting as coordinator of the Winston-Salem Urban League's Digital Inclusion Initiative, a program aimed at helping seniors become more tech-savvy.

Dina Abramson
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Dina has been the Disability Information & Referral Coordinator through the Texas Talking Book Program and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission for fifteen years. She responds to requests for disability and health-related information at the national, state, and local level; manages a small collection of print books, audiovisual materials, and periodicals; creates and updates factsheets, guides, and pathfinders; assists the Talking Book Program’s Public Awareness Coordinator at conferences and exhibits; and contributes to the agency’s blog and quarterly newsletter.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, High Plains Library District, the R-Squared conference, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates innovative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.