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Gadget of the Month: The Library Card

Old School Meets New School

Aug 9, 2019

Gadget of the Month, Image Credited to tammiepainter.com

Many of us know about the free National Library Service called Talking Books but dont forget about the power of your local library! The Multnomah county library has been improving services to those with low vision and blindness for the last few years. They attended the Macular Degeneration Expo in April to help get the word out.

In addition to offering magnifiers at the "Help Desk", audiobooks and e-books, your library card can give you access to computer classes so you can learn how to use some technology. They also give you access to their computers, laptops, and wi-fi. Computers these days have built in magnifiers that make the screens print larger. Some of the computers at the library also have an extra program called NVDA (Non-visual desktop access) which is a screen reader. If you have headphones, you can have the computer read you the screen. Ask them how!

The library can also help you with accessibility, book suggestions, citizenship, language learning, and meeting spaces. So, sign up and explore your local library! If you live in Clackamas County - they have informed us of improved services as well.

Blog


Gadget of the Month: The Library Card

Old School Meets New School

Aug 9, 2019

Many of us know about the free National Library Service called Talking Books but dont forget about the power of your local library! The Multnomah county library has been improving services to those with low vision and blindness for the last few years. They attended the Macular Degeneration Expo in April to help get the word out.

In addition to offering magnifiers at the "Help Desk", audiobooks and e-books, your library card can give you access to computer classes so you can learn how to use some technology. They also give you access to their computers, laptops, and wi-fi. Computers these days have built in magnifiers that make the screens print larger. Some of the computers at the library also have an extra program called NVDA (Non-visual desktop access) which is a screen reader. If you have headphones, you can have the computer read you the screen. Ask them how!

The library can also help you with accessibility, book suggestions, citizenship, language learning, and meeting spaces. So, sign up and explore your local library! If you live in Clackamas County - they have informed us of improved services as well.