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Library Services for Special Needs

Assistive Devices

Accessible Computer Workstations

Two computer workstations with large displays, attached printers, and trackball mice are located in front of the Reference Center. There is another similar computer available near the College and Career Information Center (CCIC) on the upper level of the Library.

These workstations also run the following assistive software programs:

Aladdin Classic
Alddin Classic video magnifier

The Aladdin Classic is a black and white video magnifier designed for use by people who have visual impairments. Printed materials can be displayed in high-contrast black text on a white background or white text on a black background. This system can also be used for viewing three-dimensional objects and a heavy-duty reading table permits reading heavy books. The Aladdin Classic is located in the Audiovisual carrels.

Ovation scanner

The Ovation scans and stores text of any kind and converts it into audio. The Ovation's flatbed scanner can scan newspapers, books, and magazines. You can move through your printed material by page, paragraph or sentence and you can adjust the speed and volume of the audio. The Ovation is located in the Audiovisual carrels.

Half-Qwerty Keyboard

A one-handed keyboard is available for patrons with hand-related physical disabilities. This device looks like a traditional full-sized keyboard but has two embedded half-keyboards and allows typing with either hand or both hands at once.

You can check out the keyboard from the Library Circulation desk, then contact Computing Support and Printing Services staff to connect it to any computer in the Library. (This device is only available for use in the Library.)

Assistive keyboard
Talking Calculator

A talking calculator is available from the Library Circulation Desk. This calculator features an eight-digit screen and a voice that speaks as you enter digits and operators. Headphones to use with this calculator are also available for check-out.

Page Magnifier

A page magnifier is available at the Reference Center.

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