Youth Disability: Adopting Text-to-Speech and Screen Reader Technologies for Library and Information Services

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Authors: Bolaji David Oladokun, Rexwhite Tega Enakrire, Wole Michael Olatokun & Yusuf Ayodeji Ajani

To cite this article: Oladokun, B. D., Enakrire, R. T., Olatoku, W. M. & Ajani, Y. A. (2024) Youth Disability: Adopting Text-to-Speech and Screen Reader Technologies for Library and Information Services, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN (online): 2056-2969

Categories: Paper, Youth Voice Journal

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Abstract

In this age of technological advancement, addressing the needs of youth with disabilities is not just a moral imperative but also a legal obligation. Therefore, the paper represents a pivotal endeavor that underscores the pressing importance of embracing innovation to bridge the accessibility gap. The paper explores the transformative potential of text-to-speech and screen reader technologies and also navigates a landscape where traditional paradigms of learning and information dissemination are evolving to accommodate the diverse needs of youth with disabilities.

The paper employed the systematic review of literature to meet the research purpose, hence it was a desk study.

The authors explore the multifaceted dimensions of disability in educational settings, the challenges faced by youth with disabilities in accessing library and information services, and the adoption of these assistive technologies by libraries. The paper further supports that the adoption of text-to-speech and screen reader technologies stands as a beacon of accessibility, equality, and inclusion in the realm of education and information dissemination. These assistive technologies break down barriers, opening doors to a world of knowledge and opportunities for youth with disabilities.

The study is novel as it is the first of its kind to contribute to examine the adoption of text-to-speech and screen reader technologies for library and information services for youth. As libraries prioritize accessibility, youth with disabilities will increasingly find themselves on a level playing field, able to pursue their academic endeavors without the impediments that have historically hindered them.

Keywords: Youth, text-to-speech, screen readers, library services, disability.

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