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For blind or visually impaired people, everyday tasks like checking email or browsing the Internet can’t be taken for granted. Starting this summer, the Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) will give patrons new tools to ensure everyone can take full advantage of our computers.

person uses braille keyboard

Photo by visualpun.ch via Flickr Creative Commons

New adaptive technology stations at YDL-Whittaker and YDL-Michigan remove barriers to online browsing, giving users the option to use text magnification and high-contrast settings to read text online, or to use screen reader software to have online articles read aloud.

In addition, YDL also offers magnifiers, Optelec viewers, and a robust large print collection to make print materials accessible to patrons with visual impairments. We also make referrals for patrons to use the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

The new adaptive technology stations were made possible by library donations in memory of Robert Warren. Mr. Warren was a past YDL Board member and lifelong library supporter. His family chose to honor his legacy by helping the library make online information accessible to all.

Adaptive Technology Kickoff & Reception

Saturday, June 30, 11am
YDL-Michigan
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Learn more about YDL’s services for people with disabilities on our disability access resource page.