Glendale library upgrades aid visually impaired readers

By Rebekah L. Sanders © The Arizona Republic, Phoenix — John Bolton can surf  web pages, read emails and search the Glendale book catalogue at his job now because city libraries have set up new computer programs to help the visually impaired. The front desk clerk at Glendale Main Library has trouble seeing normal computer screens due to a degenerative eye disease that reduces his field of vision. But the new technology means the struggle to read small text and find elusive mouse cursors is behind him. Bolton and other library users with sight problems are getting help from the recently installed software programs – JAWS, MAGic and ZoomText – that magnify the screen, read text aloud and use keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse to direct the computer…. READ ARTICLE


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