Saturday, December 15, 2007

Computer for the visually impaired are now available in libraries

Visually impaired people who have been trained to use a computer now have another resource for personal computer needs. Computers with special software programs that enlarge print and read text to users are available at the Lafayette Public Library's downtown and Southside locations.
The software JAWS converts computer text to speech so those who are visually impaired can use a computer by hearing the words that are shown on the screen.

Another software, ZoomText, allows users to enlarge text on the computer screen to magnifications of their choice. With ZoomText, all images seen on the screen are enlarged, including tool bars and icons. Persons interested in getting training for JAWS and ZoomText can call Affiliated Blind of Louisiana at 234-6492. In some cases, help can be given with funding tuition for the training.
Available at the library for all to enjoy are books on tapes and CDs to check out as well as downloadable e-audiobooks. Patrons can also check out Playaways, and listen to books contained in a small portable listening device.

For more information about services at Lafayette Public Library, call 261-5787 or log on to


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