Other shortlisted practices 2014

Digital Content for the visually impaired

Books and newspapers are provided in a digital library with bigger fonts or as audio content along with affordable equipment.

The aim of the initiative is to have the visually impaired people share books and other digital information among themselves.

Dvarieczki BÁLINT
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Barrierefreie Bank
Organisation:Bank Austria
Country
of origin
Austria
Beneficiaries targeted All persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Barrier-free banking services

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Currently 2,000 books are available in the digital library and the number is continuously increasing.
  • Increasing number of readers, currently 50 people with visual impairments.
  • Increasing number of affordable special equipment sold. In the first 4 weeks of availability, 16 pieces were sold.

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Access to books and newspapers is difficult for visually impaired persons. The fonts of normal print media are too small to read for them or they need content in an audio version.

PROJECT

Alko‐Soft created the platform of the DIGTAL Library in early 2013. For this a high‐quality, searchable and perfectly accessible web surface was developed where the visually impaired can access information with the least possible assistance. Alko‐soft also successfully increased the number of affordable special equipment for the visually impaired available in the Hungarian market. Traded equipment among others includes new video magnifiers and audio book readers.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Alko‐soft has almost 10 years of experience in providing IT services/selling IT products, including special services/equipment to the visually impaired. The range of services/products has been continuously increasing, reaching 17 different services in 2013, while now serving 150 clients with the potential to reach several 1000s. The investments for the digital library and the equipment trade have not exceeded 1,500 USD. The services and products support the beneficiaries directly increasing their independence by making information and communication tools accessible with the least possible assistance.