The library has an ADA computer for use by people with visual disabilities and other physical issues.  We would love to show anyone how to use it. 

The staff spent time with Devra from the Nebraska Library Commission learning about the fancy software on the ADA computer.  There are 4 programs on the computer that offer assistance to visually impaired citizens of the community.  JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output.  It reads scanned documents, e-mails, and information from the Internet.  Zoom Text is a magnifier that allows material to be enlarged and read more easily.

            Dragon Naturally Speaking is a program that takes dictation and reads to the operator.  Kurzweil 1000 specializes in providing reading and writing software to assist people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.   These programs also help people with arthritis and can’t type easily or people who are trying learn a second language with voice assistance.

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