LECCE – Books to break down social barriers and aim for inclusion. Twenty libraries and two schools in Lecce County aim to break down cultural barriers and empower their communities to relate and confront people with disabilities. It is an effort that will see the first fruits from April 26-28, at the State Technical Institute “Grazia D’Alida” in Lecce, which will host a large exhibition of accessible books and a themed round table. After two years of commitment, this is the last event for «Storie Cucite», the result of the «Reading Between Two Seas» project, which was created to strengthen the library offices and strengthen the reading spaces in Salento. Designed by the Free Theater of Aradeo and the association Amici della Biblioteca di Tuglie, the project is supported by the “Con il Sud” – Center for Books and Reading in collaboration with Anci.
Gallery of 150 books available
On April 26, at 10 a.m., the exhibition Books for All, Book for All will open with 150 titles selected from existing library catalogs. It is curated by “Storie Cucite”, an independent children’s publishing house, which has distinguished itself in recent years for being one of the few realities emerging in Italy with an accessible catalog that includes in-book publishing, and picture books from Caa (Increased Alternative Communication) that finds space in The “ZigZag” series.
“The exhibition – explains Patricia Frasanito, editor of Storie Cucite – was born from the idea of highlighting the limitless possibilities that the publishing scene offers to readers, children and adults, paying more attention than ever to those facing difficulties. Such as DSA (certain learning disorders) or more or Less severe cognitive, language, and visual impairments, as well as potential foreign readers or readers, put everyone in conditions for access to reading.”
Along the way – adds Francesco Menon, member of the Costa Otranto-SM di Leuca-Bosco di Tricase Regional Park Management Committee, project partner – braille panels for local biodiversity designed by the park will also be installed, a way to spread a culture of access even in unprecedented places. , without taking it for granted.” Municipal Library “G. Rizzo” of Cavallino, Municipal Library of Arradio and the Deledda Institute which is also the headquarters of the CTS (Regional Support Center) in Lecce. The exhibition will remain open from April 26 to 28, from 9 to 13 and from 14 :30 to 18, at Deledda headquarters, in Piazza Palio in Lecce.
Books for Everyone: Eight Types of Integrating Communication
The Books for All, Books for All gallery has at least eight types of books available. There are books in AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication), the entire text of which is expressed in symbols, either using the WLS and PCS symbolic system, or by choosing different reference models, including the inbook one. Then there are large print books, above average, suitable for users with less visual ability than those considered normal. There are books in Lys, in which the text is translated into Italian sign language, which integrates communication with deaf people. On the other hand, highly readable books adopt certain typographical, grammatical, and conceptual tools that facilitate the reading experience. Moreover, Braille books have a tactile reading and writing system in alphabetic signs consisting of salient points, for the blind and visually impaired. An audiobook is the audio recording of a book read aloud by an actor or text-to-speech engine and available for listening. There are also silent books, books without words: by narrating through pictures, one’s interpretation and the spirit of observation are stimulated. Finally, tactile or sensory books aim to develop manual skills and encourage exploration and feature different shapes and materials.
Roundtable on April 26
“Together to Build Access Paths Through Books” is the title of the roundtable scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, April 26, in the auditorium of the Deledda Institute. It targets parents, educators, librarians, booksellers, psychologists, educators and social health workers and can also be followed live on the Reading Between Two Seas Facebook page.