The main activity this week focused on the empathetic qualities of the Caregiver. Athol, head of the Library Centre for Students with Disabilities and Innovation Boot Camp recruit, gave us a demonstration of screen reader software. The goal was to get us to appreciate how different it is to navigate the Internet–our library website, in particular–using only assistive technologies.

Athol LCSD Demonstration

After the demonstration, it was our turn to test drive the screen reader software. Once we were comfortable enough with basic controls and navigation, Athol challenged us to reply to an email–with our monitors turned off.

Romie with Screen Reader

As you might suspect, frustration ensued (and we were using a very familiar email application). To give us a bit of extra energy for the task had some IBC care bears.

Gummy Bears Care Bears