Innovative Practices 2016 on Education and ICT

One children’s book in nine accessible formats

The mission of this project is to promote the concept of inclusion through a comprehensive and widespread experience for children ages 7 to 11 by offering book workshops for children, teachers, and educators and, more specifically, a children’s book – Sonhos do Dia (Dreams of the Day), – in nine diverse and accessible formats. Moreover, the project offers children the sensory experience of an accessible book installation where they learn about inclusion and diverse modes, means, and formats of communication in a playful way.

“There is no inclusive society without accessible books.”

Alberto ARGUELHESHead of Project
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:One children’s book in nine accessible formats
Organisation:WVA Editora
Country
of Implementation
Brazil

FACTS & FIGURES

  • To date, some 1,400 persons with and without disabilities have participated in the project, including 956 children who visited the interactive installation in Rio and who attended accessible book workshops.
  • 2,100 copies of Sonhos do Dia in nine accessible formats were published for the project, and 1,653 copies have been distributed to participants so far.
  • 70 teachers and educators participated in three accessible book Workshops.

PROBLEMS TARGETED

The project acknowledges the vital role that stories play in the personal and social development of the child, and it aims to promote the experience of accessibility to young readers and address the urgent issue of discrimination of persons with disabilities.

SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY

The project promotes the accessible book as a crucial tool of empowerment for socially vulnerable groups and the protection of fundamental human rights. The initiative was created without hierarchizing disabilities, and serves persons with dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder, and illiterate people alike. It also provides the opportunity for new generations to avoid and eliminate discriminatory attitudes towards persons with disabilities. Published in nine accessible formats, SONHOS DO DIA, by Claudia Werneck, was developed with the participation of sign language interpreters and audio description technicians. Participants learn about and reflect on the relationship between the concept and the experience of inclusion. Notably, an interactive installation inspired by the book has been added to a famous cultural centre in Rio de Janeiro. There, children have the opportunity to experience all the accessible formats available in the publication.

OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY

WVA Editora has the expertise to help other publishers and organizations to replicate this project. It is true that depending on the book, the accessible formats can cost up to 15-times the publishing cost of a printed book. On the other hand, publishing a book in DAISY format, for example, can be relatively inexpensive if the book has no pictures or images. Soon, sign language software will work just like the best screen readers today. The more WVA participates in forums and conferences and helps to develop a pool of accessibility specialists and professionals, the more it sees that the future of our inclusive communities will be a rich mix of new technologies and human talent. What is needed to spread a project like “Every person has the right to know all stories” is dialogue and more inspiring examples of inclusive publishing. Because of its focus on inclusion, 10 of WVA’s publications have been recommended by both UNICEF and UNESCO.

CONTACT

Mr. Alberto ARGUELHES
WVA Editora
Brazil
+55 (21) 2493-7610
arguelhes@wvaeditora.com.br
www.wvaeditora.com.br

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