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This page is a landing space for workshop participants to be able to download course resources. The content on this page changes regularly.

Toolkits

  1. The accessibility toolkit is a compilation of resources and tools from leading experts in accessibility.
  2. EPUB_for_Education is a compilation of resources and tools on creating and consuming inclusive EPUBs.
  3. Tips for creating inclusive content: docx, epub, pdf
  4. Tips for creating alternative text: pdf

Inclusive content exercises

  1. Formatting exercises | Disability Standards For Education 2005 Fact SheetAccessible Digital Learning Materials IW1-FormatMe!, IW1b-FormatMe!IW2-TablesIW3-UNC
  2. Captioning exerciseYes we are all individuals! excerpt from Life of Brian video  and poster image

Creating Inclusive EPUBs

Desktop apps

  1. Calibre (Linux macOS and Windows)
  2. iBooks Author (Mac)
  3. InDesign (Mac/PC)
  4. Jutoh (Mac/PC)
  5. PubCoder (Mac/PC)

Office Suites

  1. Pages (iOS, Mac)
  2. Google Docs (browser based)

Mobile Apps

  1. Book Creator (iOS, Google, Win)
  2. Creative Book Builder (iOS)
  3. Creative Widget Builder allows you to build your own widgets for Creative Book Builder or iBooks Author and other EPUB authoring tools.

Web based systems

  1. DoteEPUB (very basic text conversion of webpages)
  2. Pressbooks (based on WordPress)

Reading EPUBs

The majority of the apps (except Calibre and Apple’s iBooks app) are based upon Readium project core open source code.

  1. Adobe Digital Editions ( iOS macOS and Windows)
  2. BlueFire (Android, iOS and Windows)
  3. Calibre (Linux macOS and Windows)
  4. iBooks (Apple’s own default digital book reader on iOS, macOS)
  5. Kobo (Android, iOS macOS and Windows)
  6. Readium (Chrome plugin for Google based)
  7. Windows 10 Creators Update – Ability to  read any unprotected EPUB with Microsoft Edge.

Audio Descriptions

How to

You can add an extra audio track in two steps:

  1. Record a separate sound file where a narrator is describing all of the visual information.
  2. Attach this audio track to your video.

Tips

There are basic techniques to audio description.

  • Use of Natural pauses in existing soundtrack to insert descriptions of visual elements such as actions, settings, appearance of characters, body language, costumes, lighting, and on-screen text.
  • Offer good description when no audible indications are offered.
  • Describe what is seen and do not interpret and try to describe objectively.
  • Keep language consistent.
  • Do NOT censor the material.
  • Provide a separate script and record to a separate audio track.
  • If possible, allow the narrator’s voice to compliment the video. An appropriate tone should be used based on the levity of the topic. If possible, use a voice to compliment the topic being Audio Described.
  • trained individual is recommended to narrate and/or write the descriptions.

Links

  1. YouDescribe | A free accessibility tool for adding audio description to YouTube videos
  2. Able Player | Open source (free) fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player.
  3. OZplayer | Australian made commercial fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player.