All of our branches have Accessibility Toolkits, which contain a variety of assistive devices for blind and low vision patrons. We also offer ZoomText screen enlarging software and Jaws screen reading software at every branch. Some locations have large monitors, ZoomText Image Reader and braille output displays. Visit the LEAP lab at the Central Library for the largest selection of assistive devices.
Large-type, high-contrast PC keyboards are helpful for patrons needing more visibility. Work stations with the keyboard are labeled with an ADA sticker.
- Noise-cancelling earmuffs
These help reduce sensory input for people who are sensitive to noise.
- Low vision note-writing frame
The frame helps patrons with low vision fill out forms or take notes during research by providing guides for even line spacing.
- Low vision signature guide
This device creates a signature space for patrons to use when signing their name on Library cards, checks and other documents.
- Low vision writing tablet
This wide-ruled paper offers thick, dark lines for patrons with low vision and can be used for reference or research notes.
- 20/20 marker
This marker creates thick, dark lines for patrons with low vision to write down reference answers, such as call numbers or addresses.
- Reizen dome magnifier
This magnifies text or images on a page by about three to four times to help low vision patrons view part of a page.
- Bar magnifier
This magnifies text or images on a page by about two to three times, and it is ideal for low vision patrons to use for reading lines of text.
- Magnifying sheet
This magnifies text or images on a page by about two to three times, and it is ideal for low vision patrons to use for viewing a full document, map, etc.