Assistive Technology


AADL Public Computers

JAWS: All public computing stations at all AADL locations can be set to JAWS screen reading software mode. To turn on JAWS, click on the Start menu, select Programs, select JAWS 11.0, and then select JAWS. Please ask Information Desk staff if you need assistance setting a computer to JAWS mode. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their own headphones, but headphones are also available for sale at the Circulation Desk.

Giant Trackball Mouse: The large ball in the center of the Giant Trackball Mouse requires less fine motor control than a standard mouse, making it easier for some users to use. You may borrow a Giant Trackball Mouse from the desk at any AADL location for use within the Library.

All internet browsers on AADL computers feature a function allowing the user to make the type larger:

Microsoft Windows Magnifier: A program that displays a magnification of the area around the mouse pointer at the top of the computer screen. To turn on the magnifier, click on the Start menu, select Accessories, select Accessibility, and then select Magnifier.

Screen Resolution: To adjust the resolution of the computer screen to enlarge all items, please ask a staff person for assistance.

To Zoom Text: All Internet browsers on AADL computers feature a function allowing the user to make the type larger:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +, Or select "View" and "Text Size" from the menu bar.

  • Mozilla Firefox: Expand text size by holding down the control key and hitting the +. Or select "View" and "Zoom" from the menu bar.

  • Google Chrome: Expand text size by clicking on the wrench and selecting "Zoom".

Elevator Tables: All computer stations in the Assistive Technology Lab at the Downtown location, and Internet stations #0 and #1 at the Malletts Creek Branch, are located on top of wheelchair accessible adjustable elevator tables.


Assistive Technology Lab

In the Assistive Technology Lab on the West side of the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library, you will find the following equipment located on adjustable elevator tables:

  • Kurzweil 1000 Scanning Station: Kurzweil 1000 text-to-speech software is available for use with a large print keyboard, IntelliKeys, a scanner, and a Braille embosser. Patrons can use this station to translate scanned and digital text to sound files or Braille with the output being a printed document or a sound file. The Braille embosser can print two-sided documents and is printed in a manner that documents can be easily bound. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their own headphones, but headphones are also available at the Circulation Desk.

  • JAWS: JAWS screen reading software is available on a PC in the Assistive Technology Lab.

  • Closed-Circuit Reader: Patrons can use a new closed-circuit television system to magnify print materials in either color or black & white mode. The CCTV is situated between the JAWS station and the Mac so that patrons may use it while also using a computer. Patrons are free to use this with personal or library materials.

  • Mac Station: A Mac is available with a large monitor for ease of viewing. Both a standard as well as an IntelliKeys keyboard are available at this station.


Assistive Technology Training

Assistive technology training is available in the Assistive Technology Lab at the Downtown AADL on a walk-in basis:

Please note: there will be no AT Training available July 1st or 2nd.

  • Tuesdays 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

  • Wednesdays 9:30 am-2:30 pm


Assistive Technology in the Youth Department

  • IntelliKeys: Youth computer users may use IntelliKeys, an alternative keyboard that provides access for anyone with physical, visual, or cognitive disabilities who has difficulty using a standard keyboard.

  • Giant Trackball Mouse: The large ball in the center of the Giant Trackball Mouse requires less fine motor control than a standard mouse, making it easier for some users to play the children's computer games.


Hand-Held Magnifiers

Each AADL Information Desk has a collection of hand-held magnifiers for use within the library.