ICT Accessibility

Five of Barcelona's libraries are taking part in the ICT accessibility project for people with disabilities. A project that has the following main goals: making progress in removing physical, communicative and digital barriers in community facilities and promoting equal opportunities in the use of ICTs as a way of increasing opportunities for the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities.

The five libraries taking part will offer several devices and programmes in their multimedia areas to enable people with disabilities to gain access to new technologies. The libraries will have alternative or supplementary media for accessing computers. The following are just some of examples of what is available: big screens and alternatives to mouse devices, such as joysticks and switches.

The project's participants include the Foundation for Community Development, with support from the Vodafone Foundation, the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities and Barcelona.

The libraries that are part of the project are:

Some materials may not always be available, so we recommend you contact the library in advance if you wish to use any of them.

What facilities will you find?

Keyboard alternatives

A keyboard with large-size keys that make it easier to type, see, access and use.

A keyboard with very small keys to be used by one hand.

A frame that enables users to press one key without pressing any of the others. It allows greater precision, by avoiding two keys being pressed at the same time or an unwanted key being chosen.

Mouse alternatives

A specially designed mouse for people with motor disabilities in their hands. It is more accessible, resistant and adjustable to the features of its users. It can be used with fingers or the palm, without the need for moving your fingers.

Various joystick types and shapes for adapting to users' abilities and needs

A usable, resistant and accessible alternative to mouse buttons.

A screen that offers a possibility for tactile, direct and more intuitive interaction.

Visual access supplements

Software that can magnify and configure the computer's visual properties

Screen-reader software, complementing Braille displays.

A tool that gives access to visual information through Braille and enables various browser settings.

Alternative and enhancing communications programme that turns computers into a dynamic communicator mixed with pictograms and text for people with communication difficulties.

Software with several games and activities for learning how to interact with the computer and its hardware.