Accessibility for All: Screen Readers

Tuesday, 12/18/2018
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

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This 90 minute webinar will discuss the options available to all libraries, to better accommodate their patrons who are blind or who have low vision. The focus of this presentation will be about the comparison of different screen readers and their use in a library setting. This session will also include a practical guide to using different screen readers, a further learning handout, and a helpful organization partner list for promoting every library's accessibility initiative.
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Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the advantages and disadvantages between the top five most popular screen readers.
  • Participants will feel more comfortable learning screen reading technology and assisting the patrons who need them.
  • To understand how to reach out and partner with community organizations to promote libraries’ accessibility for patrons who are blind or have low-vision.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works with patrons and computers, such as Reference Librarians, IT Department Associates, and Support Staff.


Kelsey Flynn

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Kelsey Flynn is an Adult Services Associate at two public libraries in Illinois: the White Oak Library District and the Joliet Public Library. She has a BA in History and Political Science from Montana State University. She is very passionate about accessibility in libraries and providing resources to underrepresented populations.



  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants just prior to the start date.

How to Register

Register Online  page arranged by session date (login required)


Mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5

OR email

Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Mozilla Foxfire although other browsers should work adequately for attending.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,