The Accessible Content ePortal or ACE is a growing repository of accessible format texts available to users with print disabilities at participating Ontario Council of University libraries (OCUL) institutions.
Aimed at making Ontario’s university library collections more accessible, the repository has over 15,000 texts in five accessible formats (2 types of PDFs, Text, DAISY and ePub).
ACE operates as part of the Scholars Portal Books platform. Users with verified print disabilities are given access to browse, search and download texts from the secure repository through their home institutions. Users can also request additional texts to be added to the repository through their accessibility offices.
ACE began as a pilot project in 2012 and was made possible through a collaboration between OCUL and the University of Toronto, with support from the Government of Ontario as a part of the EnAbling Change Program. This program is an initiative of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and provides financial support and expertise to organizations to educate an industry or sector across the province on their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
ACE transitioned to an ongoing Scholars Portal service in 2014, and in 2015 began offering services to the Ontario colleges.
If your institution is not currently participating in this service, please contact ocul [at] ocul.on.ca to find out how to join.
ACE guide for staff: https://learn.scholarsportal.info/ace
ACE guide for students: https://learn.scholarsportal.info/aceportal
ACE Tutorial: Getting Started http://youtu.be/RoEgm5ftRak
ACE Tutorial: Navigating & Searching http://youtu.be/KDHa64TybRA
About the 2013 ACE Pilot Project
Or contact ace [at] scholarsportal.info