Assistive Technology


Get REAL— Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning

get realThe East Shore Area Library has tools for people with visual impairments who need assistance reading print and electronic text. The equipment was provided to the library through a project of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, called “Get REAL-Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning” which is bringing magnification technologies to select libraries across Pennsylvania.





Devices Available & What They Do:

  • JAWS Computer: Reads information from a computer display and speaks it to you by way of a text-to-speech service
  • TOPAZ Reader: Video magnifier with a widescreen monitor. Also called a closed circuit television “CCTV”
  • RUBY Magnifier: Handheld video magnifier

The JAWS computer and TOPAZ Reader are located in the reference area near the adult public computers. The RUBY Magnifier is available at the Ask a Librarian desk.

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