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Accessibility

ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary) is Lesley's main eBook vendor and has different options for accessibility needs. They target AA conformance level to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). They are also certified for use with major screen readers like JAWS and VoiceOver. Additionally, book content is formatted to be readable online and offline. Ebook Central also offers OpenDyslexic, an open source typeface designed to assist readers with dyslexia. 

You can turn on accessibility mode yourself for Ebook Central. From the Ebook Central home page, go to Settings and then Accessibility Mode. You can also select the OpenDyslexic typeface from the accessibility settings: Screencap of the ProQuest Accessibility page showing how to select the radio button for Accessibility Mode, including the option to select the OpenDyslexic typeface option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Ebook Central's accessibility options, you can read the Ebook Central Accessibility Statement, or their Accessibility FAQs. Please note that if you save chapters as PDFs, you may be limited as to the number of how many pages or chapters you can download per day. This is generally a daily limit, not a lifetime limit. This amount will vary depending on the title, and will be on the book's information page on Ebook Central.‚Äč ProQuest recommends using Adobe Digital Editions for full book downloads.

EBSCO Ebooks

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks is Lesley's other main eBook vendor. EBSCO eBooks targets WCAG 2.0 level AA, and tests all interfaces and content with JAWS/Internet Explorer 11 and NVDA/Firefox. EBSCO provides a user guide for navigating their eBook platform that includes an FAQ on the EBSCO platform's accessibility. The FAQ includes information for low vision users and users with dyslexia as well as eBook accessibility FAQs. EBSCO also provides a standalone navigation guide with additional resources on screen readers.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is a free application from Adobe that is recommended for use with ProQuest and EBSCO eBooks, and in some cases, may be needed for full book downloads. DAISY Consortium, a group dedicated to accessible publishing, has a thorough overview of Adobe Digital Editions with accessibility tips that users may find helpful.

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