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Adaptive Technology Center
Adaptive Products Available for Public Use
Scott Norris, the MCB Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) adaptive technology coordinator, is available to familiarize you with this equipment. Please call 517-373-5516 for an appointment.
I. Screen Readers
Since we moved to the NT platform we are now using the JAWS for Windows (JFW) screen reading program at our adapted public workstations. This program is available to the public on three workstations located in the BTBL public service area, main reference area, and the state law library.
Please see our JAWS Cheat Sheetfor a keystroke guide for beginning users.
II. Reading Machines
III. Screen Magnification
We also have multiple workstations loaded with the ZoomText screen magnification program. These workstations are located in the BTBL public service area, the main reference area, and the state law library.
IV. Braille Printer
V. Braille Display
The Blazie Engineering PowerBraille, resembling a piano keyboard, allows the blind computer user to read the screen using refreshable Braille. Refreshable Braille is a series of electrically operated pins organized in six or eight dot Braille cells that move up and down to form letters and numbers allowing the computer user to simultaneously access the information displayed on the screen. This device sits in front of the monitor with the keyboard on top. The 81 Braille cells and all the controls are accessed in front of the computer keyboard allowing the user quick navigation of the screen.
VI. Speech Synthesizers
The library has a variety of synthesizers attached to its workstations using the JFW screen reading program. The computer in the BTBL public service area is equipped with the Eloquence for JFW synthesizer and the Artic Technologies Mini Transport. The workstation in the main reference area is equipped with the DECtalk Express and the eloquence for JFW synthesizers. The workstation in the state law library is equipped with the Artic Technologies Mini Transport and the Eloquence for JFW synthesizers.
VII. Closed Circuit Television
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