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Adaptive Computer Stations

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Adaptive computer stations ensure blind and visually impaired patrons can take full advantage of our computers, including browsing the web and using common software and applications. New adaptive technology stations at YDL-Whittaker and YDL-Michigan remove barriers to computer use, giving users the option to use ZoomText text magnification and high-contrast settings to read text online, or to use JAWS screen reader software to have online content read aloud.

Find an Adaptive Station

  • YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road: the station is in the Michigan-Ypsilanti History Room, which is located on the second floor near the adult reference desk. An elevator is available near the circulation desk on the first floor.
  • YDL-Michigan, 229 W. Michigan Avenue: the station is in the popular reading room, which is on the right as you enter the building.

About JAWS

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.

About ZoomText

ZoomText offers a variety of options for enlarging text, documents, and common applications. Its high-resolution magnification preserves details and helps users enlarge text to whatever level they need–up to 64x its original size.

 

The adaptive web browsing stations compliment our other low vision services, including magnifiers, Optelec viewers, and a robust large print collection to make print materials accessible to patrons with visual impairments. YDL can make referrals for patrons to use the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

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.