“A book that is shut is but a block.” Thomas Fuller
SET-BC creates accessible books for BC students with perceptual disabilities. These alternate formats are then submitted to ARC-BC where they are freely downloadable by BC educators who are working with students with perceptual disabilities.
- Accessible books are children’s picture books in alternate formats.
- Books are scanned and images added using accessible software such as Clicker 6 or iOS apps such as Pictello.
- Text is recorded using digitized (human) or synthesized (computer) speech.
- The graphics, text and narration are then available for reading on computers or tablets.
- The student reads the accessible book using the accessible software or iOS app that created it.
SET-BC creates accessible versions of print books based on the following criteria:
- Comprehension of the book’s text is enhanced through pictures and/or images.
- The book is a piece of recommended children’s literature.
- The book text is at an early reading level.
- The book content is locally relevant.
- The book will support one or more SET-BC classroom-based technology solutions.
Samples of Accessible Books
Accessible books can be created in a number of different file formats including Clicker Books(.clkb), Clicker (.clkx), Pictello(.pictello) and Powerpoint (.ppt, .ppsx). Here are few samples of Accessible Books that have been created:
Author Created Accessible Books
- The Most Beautiful Thing You Know about Horses by Richard Van Camp <Braille Files>
Student Created Accessible Books
Teacher Created Accessible Books
- ABC Rap First Nations <Boardmaker Studio>
- Skipper, Sally and Me <Clicker 6>
- Henry goes to a Hockey Game <PowerPoint>
Other Sources of E-text materials
E-text materials for students in British Columbia with visual impairments and with print disabilities can also be found through the Accessible Resource Centre for British Columbia, ARC-BC. Members of ARC-BC will find a large number of our Accessible Books available for immediate download from ARC-BC. For more information about borrowing and downloading, visit the ARC-BC repository at www.arc-bc.org.