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Library Services for users with disabilities: Assistive Equipment and Software

Accessible Workstations

The Mary & John Gray library has two accessible computer workstations available for use by pesons with disabilities.  The computers are equipped with ADA compliant software and hardware. The computers are located near the reference office on the first floor (L 108) to ensure patrons with disabilities have quick and ready access to both the equipment and to the assistnace of the library reference staff.  Priority access to these computers is given to library patrons with disabilities.  Reference staff are available to assist with signing patrons into the computers.

Accessible Hardware

Monitors - The computers reserved for users with disabilities include larger (23" monitors) providing more screen space increased visibility. 

Keyboards - Alternative Keyboards are connected to both accessible computer workstations.  The keyboard provides larger more visible keys and easy integration with the computers' MAgic software.

Software

The library accessible workstations include several adaptable software options including:

Magnification Software

   MAgic is a screen magnification software program that provides up to 36x magnification of high definition text for users with low vision.

Screen Reading Software

   JAWS screen reading software reads computer text (both content and computer commands) out loud to blind users or users with low vision.  Patrons must provide their own headphones.

Visual Notification Software

   All library computers are installed with Deep Freeze which allows library staff to send visual notifications remotely.  Visual notifications are helpful for users who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and may not hear library audio announcements.  

Microsoft Windows Accessibility

All library computers, including the two designated for users with disabilities, run on Windows 7 software.  Winow's Ease of Access center offers a wide range of accessibilty options that can be utilized on any library computer.

 

Feature

Description

Location

Ease of Access Center

A central location allowing users to up accessibility settings and programs in Windows

Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access

Speech Recognition

Use your voice to work with windows and programs

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Windows Speech Recognition

High Contrast

Heighten color contrast of some text images on computer screen making items more distinct

Ease of Access > Set Up High Contrast

Magnification

Enlarge part of the screen where the mouse is pointing

Ease of Access > Start Magnifier

On-Screen Keyboard

A visual keyboard on the computer screen containing all keys of a physical keyboard allowing you to type and enter data with a mouse or pointing device

Ease of Access > Start On-Screen Keyboard

Narrator

A screen reader that reads text on screen aloud and describes events like error messages so you can use your PC without a display

Ease of Access > Start Narrator

Change Text/Icon Size

Make text and other items on screen bigger making them easier to see

Control Panel > Display > Make Text and Other Items Larger or Smaller

Sticky Keys

Allow you to press multiple keyboard shortcut keys one at a time

Ease of Access > Make the Keyboard Easier to Use > Turn on Sticky Keys

Turn Off Animations

Turn of animation effects when closing windows and other elements making it easier to focus on tasks

Ease of Access > Make it Easier to Focus on Tasks > Turn Off All Unnecessary Animations

Filter Keys

Ignore keystrokes that occur in rapid succession or keystrokes that are held down for several seconds unintentionally

Ease of Access > Make the Keyboard Easier to Use > Turn on Filter Keys

Visual Notifications

Replace system sounds with visual cues so that system alerts are noticeable even when they are not heard

Ease of Access > Use Text of Visual Alternatives for Sound > Turn on Visual Notifications for Sounds

Text Captions

Display text captions instead of sounds to indicate that activity is happening on your computer

Ease of Access > Use Text of Visual Alternatives for Sound > Turn on Captions for Spoken Dialogue