Blind and dyslexic students to access books in accessible formats

load2learnElsevier signs up to provide titles to Load2Learn accessible formats service for students

Students with sight loss or dyslexia can now access a wider range of titles from the free online Load2Learn service thanks to publishers Elsevier.

Elsevier has teamed up with Load2Learn, a web-based service delivered by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), to offer access to its titles in accessible formats.

Load2Learn enables learners who cannot read standard print, including those with dyslexia and who are blind or partially sighted, to read the same books, at the same time as their classmates. The service is completely free and is open to all teaching staff, enabling them to download textbooks and accessible images to meet their students’ needs.

Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions, such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey. It also publishes more than 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles

Alison Long, Senior Manager for Load2Learn at RNIB, said: “We’re delighted Elsevier has joined Load2Learn, helping to increase the range of titles on offer to students who find it difficult to read standard print texts.

“Since its launch in 2012, Load2Learn has helped thousands of students throughout the UK get access to textbooks in a format which is suitable to their needs.”

Around 10 per cent of school and college students require texts in an alternative accessible format due to a sight loss condition, dyslexia or another disability.

Alicia Wise from Elsevier said: “We are delighted to be involved with this important initiative, and by partnering with Load2learn we are helping to bring a wide selection of research in accessible formats to people who need it.”

Load2Learn was developed with funding from the Department for Education and is run by RNIB to provide accessible curriculum materials for students and guidance, information and training support for teaching staff. It is available free to schools and colleges in the UK.

For more information about Load2Learn please visit www.load2learn.org.uk or call 0300 303 8313.

1 Comment on "Blind and dyslexic students to access books in accessible formats"

  1. Hi,

    I am amazed but impressed that Elsevier has joined this program.

    As a blind person myself it is important to not only get access, but get access to books and journals in a very timely manner. It isn’t good enough to have to wait weeks while paperwork is processed so this is a great move forward.

    Dale.

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