How LSS Accessible books fits in with other providers
There are many providers of books or other print materials in accessible formats. You can use the hyperlinks in the table below to go to the relevant websites. It is our intention to complement existing suppliers by filling the gaps in provision where possible.
M = Modified Large Print
A = Audio Books
B = Braille
E = Digital Books
£ = Subscription or other payment required
Learning Support Service are able to offer a small but expanding selection of books in digital format (Word, PDF, .txt etc) which can be used to give better access to reading materials for children who find it difficult to access standard books.
For example, this could be a child or young person
- with a visual impairment who needs text enlarging and modifying
- with a physical difficulty who finds it difficult to turn the pages of a print copy
- with dyslexia who would benefit from the support of screen reading on a PC
If you would like to take advantage of this service, follow the steps below
This service is provided under, and meets the terms of, the Copyright Licence Agency - Print Disability Licence and hence conforms with copyright law.
Can you help? If you can donate any old books, in any condition, that are on our
Wish list, we will be able to offer them on our catalogue. We greatly appreciate your help
How the books can be used
The books available in the catalogue are for the use of a person with a print disability.
A print-disabled person is anyone for whom a visual, cognitive or physical disability hinders the ability to read print. This includes all visual impairments, dyslexia, and any physical disabilities that prevent the handling of a physical copy of a print
Examples of how the books can be used....
Modified Large Print
Children with a visual impairment will benefit from having books in a format to suit their individual needs. We can send the digital books to you in a range of formats. The default is 18pt Arial Bold with 1.5 line spacing.
Schools with Braille production resources can order the text in a format which allows them to produce Braille at a level tailored to suit the individual student.
You could use a PC or laptop with specialist software, such as 'Read & Write Gold' to read the text on screen...
You could use software such as 'ClaroRead' to save the text as an MP3 sound file on to a portable device.
Of Mice and Men
For pupils with physical difficulties, you could use switches or the space bar to 'turn the page' using a book in pdf format. This allows the student to access the book independently. Open this example
and view in full screen by pressing CTL+L. Use the space bar to turn the page.
You could use the digital books as a basis for producing your own print resources in house using software such as
Widgit-communicate in print or Clicker5.