Computer Access for Customers with Disabilities

In the past couple of years, many Denver Public Library Branch Locations have settled into their new digs, enjoying remodeled spaces, more public computers, and updated software. Did you know that several Branch Libraries, including the Central Library, also have improved workstations for customers with physical barriers to access?

These computer workstations have adjustable tables that move up and down to accommodate wheelchairs or customers who are unable to sit. Several types of mice and keyboards are available upon request too, including stationary trackball mice and large print, high contrast keyboards.

The Central Library also has a Braille printer.

We have updated versions of the following software for vision impaired customers. Below are the most commonly used programs. Please visit the Services for Persons with Disabilities page for a comprehensive list of equipment/software.

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader enlarges items on the computer screen for individuals with low vision. Using ZoomText, an individual can increase the size of the icons, text and other graphics on the screen. It can magnify up to 16 times, although most people typically magnify from 2 to 8 times.

Jaws for Windows screen-reading software works in conjunction with a speech synthesizer to assist the person who is blind by speaking what is on the computer screen. Jaws for Windows can also be used to browse the Internet.

Pearl Reader/Open Book Ruby is designed for individuals who are blind. This scanner/reader converts typewritten or typeset material into clearly spoken computer speech. Text can be read immediately by the computer, stored on computer disk, or prepared for Braille production.

The Central Library recently installed Sorenson nTouch software on one of its ADA workstations, so customers can communicate via video relay using American Sign Language.

Hearing impaired customers who would like to attend computer classes can request an ASL interpreter. Just give us notice and we’ll make arrangements!

ADA workstations are available at: Community Technology Center, Pauline Robinson Branch Library, Athmar Park Branch Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, and Byers Branch Library. Call the Community Technology Center at 720-865-1706 for more information!

Written by Melanie on April 18, 2013

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