Perkins Access Programs

The MBLC and Perkins Access (a division of Perkins School for the Blind) collaborated on a project to support Massachusetts libraries in creating digital materials of all types that are accessible to users with disabilities. Based on consultation with MBLC staff and direct feedback from libraries, Perkins Access created a series of customized training courses aimed at ensuring that digital materials and communication methods are as accessible as possible. Experts from Perkins Access will offer guidance on accessibility best practices, suggest easy-to-implement solutions, and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities regarding improved digital accessibility for all audiences.

The series is open to members of the Massachusetts library community. Each session is a standalone event, allowing libraries to focus on the areas that are most relevant to them in improving service to their communities. Sessions will not be recorded.

The MBLC is offering repeat sessions of selected courses this September.

How to Test for Accessibility

Wednesday September 14, 10am-11am

An introduction to free tools that anyone can use test Web sites for accessibility. 

Inclusive Language Skills: Writing about People with Disabilities

Tuesday September 27, 2pm-3pm

Basic guidance to help avoid the use of ableist language when creating content for Web sites, documentation, and other digital materials.

Creating Accessible Web Content

Thursday September 29, 11am-12pm

A discussion and demonstration about practical ways of writing and structuring content to be accessible to people with disabilities.

For More Information

Lyndsay Forbes, Project Manager and Grant Specialist
617-725-1860 x252
857-488-6616 (Mobile)
lyndsay.forbes@mass.gov