Camp Bowen Gives Back: Screen Readers, The Bowen Island Public Library, and Making Information Accessible to Everyone
Working in a community that has supported us with open hearts throughout the past seven years has been rewarding. The generosity of islanders is what has allowed us to remain on island as long as we have and to continue to rebuild the Camp Bowen programs. However, we’ve always felt that we should do more to give back to the island community that has given so much to us. The project outlined in this post marks the first public step in that direction, a step that we hope will be the first of many to come.
Back in February, we approached the Bowen Island Public Library to see if it would be feasible to make the public access computers in the library accessible for blind and partially sighted patrons. The enthusiasm from library staff has been wonderful through the entire time we have worked together on this project.
We’re very pleased to announce today that both of the public computers in the library now run NVDA, an open-source screen reader that reads out the computer screen to blind and partially sighted computer users. Information is so important in this day in age and we recognize that libraries are an important conduit to the world for many people. We at Camp Bowen are glad to have played a part in making some of that information more accessible to Bowen Islanders with disabilities and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Leo and the rest of the team at the Bowen Island Public Library for working with us to make this project a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you.
In the coming weeks we will be providing more information about how to access NVDA at the library and where one can go to find additional resources on this great tool.