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Tailoring the Reading Experience to Meet Individual Needs — Thank You to All Who Participated!

Thank you to all of the speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and partners who helped make this international conference a success! In the near future, we will post a link to the papers that were presented on a wide variety of topics related to library services for persons with print disabilities.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its 2016 World Library Information Congress, (WLIC) in Columbus, Ohio this August. In conjunction with this prestigious international event, the IFLA Section on Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities (LPD) is sponsoring a pre-Congress satellite conference, Tailoring the Reading Experience to Meet Individual Needs, in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 11-12, 2016. The satellite conference is co-sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), and will feature an international array of speakers. This conference offers a rare opportunity for professionals from a variety of disciplines to discuss the challenges and solutions to providing timely accessible materials in appropriate formats to the people we serve. Please review the exciting agenda.

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Kevin Carey

Portrait of Kevin Carey

The multifaceted Kevin Carey is a journalist, playwright, poet, broadcaster, and business innovator. Carey is the President of the Transforming Braille Group (TBG) LLC, Chair of the Technology Committee of the World Blind Union, and Technical Advisor to the Technology Committee of the European Blind Union. He has been Chair of the RNIB Group since 2009. He founded eInclusion not-for-profit humanITy in 1996 and is still its Director. Carey is a lifelong braille reader with a keen interest in its production and coding.

Read more about Carey’s fascinating life!

Carolyn P. Phillips

Portrait of Carolyn Phillips

Carolyn P. Phillips is nationally recognized in the field of assistive technology and disabilities. Phillips serves as Director and Principal Investigator of Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program at Georgia Tech | AMAC. In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of AT projects and programs, including the National Pass It On Center. Phillips teaches a graduate class at the University of Georgia in the College of Education. She has published articles in journals, chapters in books in AT and poetry focused on living with disabilities. Phillips has dedicated her time and energy to promoting independence of all people, including those with disabilities through advocacy, education, assistive technology and systems change.

Learn more about Phillips’ accomplishments!

Thanking Our Sponsors/Partners

These generous Partners are supporters of the Tailoring the Reading Needs conference. Make sure to visit them in the conference exhibit area!

GOLD Partnerships

Sitecues logoSitecues technology helps libraries improve the accessibility of their online content. By adding a single tool, library websites, online catalogs, and shared computers can be made more accessible. Sitecues makes reading easier for a wide range of print disabilities, including people with low vision, learning disabilities, low literacy, and age-related conditions.

PREMIUM Partnerships

BAUM logo BAUM (USA) Inc. is a subsidiary of BAUM Retec AG, a German manufacturer of assistive technology solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired.

HumanWare logoHumanWare is the global leader in assistive technologies for people who are blind or have low vision.

STANDARD Partnerships

California State Library Foundation logo We are thankful for the generous support of the California State Library Foundation made in the name of Mead and Nancy Kibbey! The California State Library Foundation is the independent philanthropic partner of the California State Library in strengthening information resources which enrich the social and cultural heritage of California and its people.

Dolphin logo At Dolphin we believe that everyone should be able to use a computer, whatever their level of sight, and we design and develop software from the ground up to help people achieve that ability.

Foundation Fighting Blindness logo The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading driver of research to prevent, treat and cure impaired vision and blindness caused by retinal disease.

Freedom Scientific logo Freedom Scientific is committed to the independence of the blind and low vision community through innovative products, training, and services.

HIMS logoHIMS, a global leader in the development of assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, displays our Blaze EZ and ET DAISY players with OCR, Braille Sense U2 notetakers, Braille EDGE 40 and Smart Beetle Braille displays.

KNFB Reader Logo with textNEWSLINE NFB Logo National Federation of the Blind — Take a photo, and the KNFB Reader app reads print aloud in clear synthetic speech quickly, easily, and accurately. NFB-NEWSLINE® is your accessible audio source for up-to-the-minute news, weather, and information; anytime, anywhere, independently.

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