The following are questions I have related to ADA. Do you have answers for me?
- How are library databases considered accessible when they are virtually impossible to navigate in a meaningful way (conduct searches, evaluate search results, apply limits) using a screen reader? (I tested Academic Search Premier last year with the technician in the campus disability support services office.)
- I’ve heard that we must never ask someone if they have a disability. Students and other library patrons are supposed to self-disclose one if they need accommodations. Does that mean I shouldn’t offer someone assistive technology if I think they would benefit? Example: I see a person with very thick glasses reading a book inches from her face and I want to tell her we have a magnifying machine at the library.
- We hear a lot about the need for closed captioning, including being encouraged to include captions on all videos we make before someone has to request them. But what about blind people? Why don’t we hear about descriptive narration more? I only learned that such a thing existed in the past year.
(Yes, I know I can probably find answers to these myself but my class assignment is to ask our questions publicly!)