Assistive Technology

The library offers assistive equipment to serve a variety of needs.

Overview

All library branches offer MAGic Magnification Software with Speech, a screen magnifier for computer applications and the internet.


The library also offers additional assistive technology resources at five locations, including large screen monitors, equipment, and specialized software.


New equipment and software is available thanks to a grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Locations with New Assistive Equipment


Five of our locations, listed below, have additional equipment that can be used by people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, reading disorders, dexterity impairments, or writing or typing difficulties. Some personal instruction will be available at these locations to help you get familiar with these resources:

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For People with Reading Challenges

Wynn Wizard is a program that helps improve your reading and writing skills.

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For People with Difficulty Typing

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a dictation program that allows you to operate the computer using voice commands and see your spoken words typed onto the computer screen.

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For People Who Are Visually Impaired

  • Text to Speech for eBooks
    Learn about accessibility options for OverDrive digital books.
  • Braille embosser / printer with software to translate text to Braille
    Available at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
  • JAWS Screen Reader
    Available at five locations with new assistive equipment.
  • MAGic Magnification Software with Speech
    Available at all locations.
  • Large Type Keyboard
    Available at all locations.
  • SmartLux Digital hand-held electronic magnifier
    Availble at the following libraries: Dusenberry-River, Eckstrom-Columbus, Joel D. Valdez Main, Joyner-Green Valley, Kirk-Bear Canyon, Mission, Murphy-Wilmot, Nanini, Oro Valley, Valencia, Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr., and Woods Memorial.
  • Arkenstone OpenBook Software plus optical character recognition scanner (converts print to speech)
    Available at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

All PCPL branches offer MAGic Magnification Software with Speech, a screen magnifer for computer applications and the internet, as well as JAWS, a screen reader that reads aloud from the Internet, email, Word, and other software applications.

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For People Who Are Hearing Impaired

  • Meeting rooms equipped with Induction Loop Technology to transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid's built-in wireless T-coil receiver available at:

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    Other Equipment

    • Magnifying glasses
      Available at the Information desk at all PCPL locations.
    • Large Screen Magnifier
      Available at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Joyner-Green Valley Library, and Oro Valley Library.
    • Juliet Braille Embosser
      Available at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

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    Community Resources for Learning to Use Assistive Technology

    One-on-One Training from SAAVI

    The Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI) offers a comprehensive JAWS training course at their location at 3767 E. Grant Rd. There is a fee for this course, though there are some programs available that offset the fee in some circumstances. Call 795-1331 or visit their website for more information.

    Training for Students or Veterans

    If you are a student at Pima Community College, the University of Arizona, the Arizona School for the Deaf or Blind, or one of the public schools, you will be eligible for their JAWS training resources. The VA hospital also offers JAWS training for veterans.

    TACT, the Technology Access Center of Tucson, Inc.

    TACT is a non-profit organization that provides individuals with disabilities an opportunity to explore technology that may enhance their independence, productivity, recreation, and social opportunities according to their individual needs and interests. Call 638-2733 or visit their website for more information.

    COPD, the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf

    Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) provides services throughout Arizona to persons with a hearing loss. For more information, call 792-1906 or visit their website.

    Arizona Rehabilitation Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf (SBVID)

    Information on this vocational rehabilitation program is available on their website, as well as these contact numbers.

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Pima County Website