June and July have been great months for Access2books. And we just couldn’t wait to share the news with you. First up, Access2books was featured in the SENCO Bulletin [Special Educational Needs Coordinator] last month. The article was written by Karen Nicholls who is a Visual Impairment Specialist Teacher in Essex County. She also happens to be an Access2books Director or Trustee.
Here is her article below.
A SENCO, in a nutshell, is responsible for day to day operations of the school’s SEN policy. All mainstream schools have to appoint someone to be their SENCO.
Appearing in the SENCO Bulletin is wonderful news for us here at Access2books.
We are proud to be making such inroads and helping to raise awareness about what we do.
It is also great news to witness how our books are making an impact in a community that is close to our hearts and quite a distance away from us.
When we make our books in-house, they are just orders and numbers.
We don’t get to see the users and what kind of an impact the books have on them until we get feedback from some of the users, librarians and parents who interact with someone or people who use the books.
Such feedback for us is priceless as we can gauge if our books are meeting their needs.
The feedback also drives us to improve the quality of our books as illustrated by the feedback by Karen about the double embossed Braille.
We have taken her comments on-board and duly implemented her concerns into our formatting.
In addition, as mentioned last week, we have since revamped The Gruffalo and made the pictures more lighter, colourful and improved the overall quality of the pictures.
We were not very happy with them because that book was one of the first we worked on. We were still learning the ropes then.
More than 60 books later, and we have since honed our techniques and have better software which allows us to produce better pictures and that is what we did to The Gruffalo to improve the user’s experience.
We would like to give a special shout-out to Karen for letting people know about Access2books and spreading the word about our books.
The last bit of exciting news is that we have recently had two applications for funding approved.
This means that we are going to be able to circulate the books we produce in different counties and put the books directly in the hands of those who need them.
We will keep you updated about these developments as they unfold. Once again, thanks to Karen, the county libraries, book distributors, organisations, friends and followers who are doing their bit to spread the word about what we do.
We will keep you updated about how things go.