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AXSLIB-L  October 1999

AXSLIB-L October 1999

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh opens assistive technology center

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Mark Senk <[log in to unmask]>

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Library Access -- http://www.rit.edu/~easi

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Wed, 27 Oct 1999 14:09:28 -0400

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Contact the Carrick branch of CLP at 412 882-3897 or e-mail
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From [log in to unmask] Wed Oct 27 09:43:50 1999
Subject: PGH: public library assistive technology center

A "grand opening" ceremony is set for October 28, at 6:30 p. m. at the
Carrick branch of the Carnegie Public Library.  The following brochure was
prepared and lists the software and hardware available to the visually
impaired library patron.  The visually Impaired Pittsburgh Area Computer
Enthusiasts has provided a subscription to Sound Computing magazine and
will help with training new users.

--- brochure ---

Electronic Information Network
Assistive Technology Center
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick Branch

Supported by the Library Services and Technology Act Grant

Welcome to the Assistive Technology Center

The EIN Assistive Technology plan is supported in part by an LSTA grant
and capital dollars from the EIN.  This includes the establishment of five
regional LSTA support centers surrounding the north, south, east, west,
and central (being the city of Pittsburgh), that provide a wide array of
vision support systems, including large monitors, screen enlargement, text
scanning, text to speech, Braille display, and embossed output devices.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carrrick Branch is the first LSTA
support center.

The visually impaired community will receive training at the support
center in cooperation with local organizations that deliver this training.

"Our greatest training classes of individuals are other visually impaired
individuals that volunteer." Elbie Yaworsky, EIN Director

Vision Support Systems:

Kurzweil 1000 is an advanced PC-based reading tool that converts the
printed word into speech for people who are blind or visually impaired.
This device combines the most accurate optical character recognition (OCR)
and the clearest sounding synthetic speech in a sophisticated reading
tool.

Kurzweil 3000 advanced reading system for students and adults with
learning disabilities.  This program provides both an auditory and visual
presentation of scanned text and images.  This easy-to-use system can be
used as a compensatory aid for people with learning disabilities or as
part of a remedial reading program.

PowerBraille 40 is a 40-character, 8 dot Braille display for PB40 notebook
or desktop computers.  Click any TouchSensors above one of the Braille
cells to move the mouse pointer or cursor to a new location for editing.

Juliet Pro and Juliet Pro 60: Braille embosser.  Juliet PRO, with a 56
character embossing line and 55-character-per-second speed, includes singe
sheet tractor for laser labels and letterhead, along with ET Speaks.  ET
Speaks comes up talking automatically and makes using the embosser easier
as well as reading the computer screen and playing audio files.  Juliet
PRO and PRO 60 can both combine text and new high resolution graphics on a
single page without stopping.

MAGic (Magnification in Color) is screen magnification software that
enlarges a PC screen from 2 to 20X! MAGic maintains type-through access in
both text and graphics mode and allows the user to set preferences for all
magnification attributes.

JAWS is a program which enables 4 of the computers to read the screen.

Other

8 Gateway PC Workstations with large screen monitors Hewlett Packard laser
printer 2 Flatbed scanners Cassette player

Training through VIPACE organization.

Email: [log in to unmask]

The Electronic Information Network exists to expand the ability of
Allegheny count public libraries to increase their Impact Outreach Service
To their community by utilizing information technology.

The EIN is a collaborative project of the Allegheny County Library
Association (ACLA), Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Commission on
the Future of Libraries in Allegheny county.

"Linking the Libraries of Allegheny County"

www.einpgh.org/ein/


VICUG-L is the Visually Impaired Computer User Group List.
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