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What is inclusion?
Inclusion is a term used by people with disabilities and other disability rights advocates for the idea that all people should freely, openly and without pity accommodate any person with a disability without restrictions or limitations of any kind.
Although disability rights has historically existed as a relatively cohesive movement, the movement centered around inclusion has only recently begun to take shape and to position itself in the eye of the general public
The concept of inclusion emphasizes universal design for policy-oriented physical accessibility issues, such as ease-of-use of physical structures and elimination of barriers to ease of movement in the world, but the largest part of its purpose is on being culturally transformational.
Accessibility for all
SNIZZLY SNOUTS is an accessible, attractive and educational book for ALL children - with or without disabilities. Everyone counts to the same extent. The various adaptations enrich the reading experience and provide an extra dimension - literally and figuratively.
"A book gives the soul fingers," we read in a book of quotations. That's exactly what we want to achieve with Snizzly Snouts. We want to show the great value of a multi-sensorial, inclusive reading experience. We wanted to make a book to read with your ears, to see with your fingers and to feel with your eyes. We are showing how it can be, how it should be more often. Classic print, braille and speech go hand in hand! " (Freya and Jan)
The book immediately appeals to all children, through:
- clear lettering
- large illustrations
- vivid contrasting colours
- relief on the pictures, by means of the silkscreen technique: a translucent relief ink, applied in a discreet but highly effective way
- braille text (including a braille alphabet, to introduce sighted children playfully
- an audio CD
Perfect for children with reading disabilities or autism spectrum disorder
As a consequence children with any reading difficulties (sight loss, dyslexia,...) can fully use the book.
This also applies to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They have specific expectations of books. Reading is for them much more than handling content. It is a sensory adventure. A good book offers them a complete experience, in which the book as an object plays an important role. Reading desires of children with ASD:
- the language is simple and playful;
- sounds and rhyme prevail on words;
- pictures are vibrant;
- there are tactile elements;
- a CD with narration and sound supports the reading;
- the book has a specific, highly recognizable structure, there is a system in it.
in Snizzly Snouts all these elements are present to a large degree. That’s why children with ASD really love this book and use it again and again.
A unique 'GPS' system
The audio CD (MP3 and Daisy) plays an important role. It allows all children to ‘see’ the pictures. The CD includes:
- all the poems from the book
- a verbal description of the entire book: all pictures are clearly described
- a ‘GPS for the fingers’, cleverly guiding listeners to explore the pictures (this is a brand new concept)
- all kinds of extra information, enjoyable and interesting for everyone;
- funny, original animal sounds, made by a voice artist