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    Adaptive Technologies

    Adaptive technologies help people with disabilities and seniors to live independently. Many of the devices are based on computer technology, and they let you read books, mail, letters, recipes, and other small print materials, use email and the Internet.

    Use of these technologies is free, as is the training needed to operate them. For more information or to schedule training, please call OLBPD at 216-623-2911.

    JAWS
    for Windows by Freedom Scientific, is a screen reading program that runs on a computer. If you have low vision or are blind, JAWS provides voice output for the contents of your computer screen.

    ZoomText Xtra
    by A-I Squared is designed for the low vision user, combining a screen magnifier and screen reader all in one. It can effectively magnify the contents of your screen up to 32x larger than normal.

    Closed-circuit television magnifiers
    are available, that employ a video camera lens to enlarge text and images from 3-30x normal text size. CCTV's allow users to change background and font colors, or look at photographs with ease.

    Braille
    If you read Braille, or need to type Braille documents, Duxbury Braille Translator is a Braille typing program that translates typed text into Braille. Braille embossers produce or "print" Braille documents. A refreshable braille display is a device that allows braille readers access to electronic braille or information typically displayed on a computer monitor.

    Sorenson Video Relay Service
    allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired to communicate using video, with hearing people in real-time, via a qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

    Adaptive Input Devices
    allows people with mobility impairments a variety of methods for interacting with a computer. Devices include an eye controlled input system, joystick mouse, large key and mini keyboards, trackball and touch pad.

    Adaptive Technology Locations

    CCTV Magnifiers are available for use within any Library Branch, at the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD), and at Main Library, free of charge.

    For help locating adaptive technology nearest you please call 216-623-2911.

    The following is a list of branches, their numbers, and the adaptive technologies they contain:

    OLBPD
    Phone: 216-623-2911
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Braille Embosser, Refreshable Braille Display, Sorenson nTouch

    Eastman Branch
    Phone: 216-623-6955
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch

    Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7018
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Braille Embosser, Sorenson nTouch

    Memorial-Nottingham Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7039
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch, Adaptive Input Devices

    Rice Branch

    Phone: 216-623-7046
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch

    Rockport Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7053
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch

    South Brooklyn Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7067
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch

    TechCentral at Main Library
    Phone: 216-623-2980
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Braille Embosser, Sorenson nTouch

    Union Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7088
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch

    Walz Branch
    Phone: 216-623-7095
    JAWS, ZoomText, Duxbury, Open Book, Sorenson nTouch