Adaptive technology

In addition to the Talking Book & Braille Center materials, patrons are welcome to take advantage of the available adaptive technologies at the Wyoming Branch:

  • Accessible Computer Station: equipped with large screen monitor, large-print keyboard and trackball mouse
  • Accessible Computer Software, including:    
    • JAWS: text-to-speech screen reader software
    • MAGic: screen magnification
    • Tiger: Braille translation software
  • IRISPen: scans printed and handwritten material into a word processing document on the computer
  • Focus 40 Refreshable Braille Display: converts screen text to Braille format
  • Embraille desktop embosser: prints Braille documents and tactile graphics
  • Eye-Pal ROL Portable Scanner and Reader: scans and reads printed materials aloud without the aid of a computer
  • Closed-Circuit Reader: a closed-circuit television that can be used to magnify printed materials
  • Perkins Brailler (manual): 6 key Braille typewriter
  • Victor Stream Reader: audio book reader
  • NLS Digital Machine: audio book reader
  • iPad Mini: VoiceOver activated and loaded with several accessible apps for patron use

Each Kent District Library branch is also equipped with a selection of handheld magnifiers and reading glasses for use within the library.

The Cedar Springs Public Library, opens a new window also has a selection of adaptive technologies available to the public. Visit their website for more information, including hours and location.

  • Topaz Video Magnifier: desktop video magnifier that can be used to enlarge printed materials using a high definition camera; includes 33 different color modes
  • ZoomText with Speech: screen magnification software with text-to-speech capabilities
  • EyePal Solo: text-to-speech scanner that is hand motion activated and requires no computer knowledge to use
  • Ruby: small handheld video magnifier
  • 5 handheld magnifiers
  • 5 stand magnifiers