The library offers assistive equipment to serve a variety of needs.
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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
- All locations: MAGic Magnification Software with Speech.
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:
- Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Additional equipment at this location: Braille embosser / printer with software to translate text to Braille
- Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library.
- Joyner-Green Valley Branch Library.
- Misson Branch Library.
- Oro Valley Public Library.
For People with Reading Challenges
Wynn WizardAvailable at the five locations with new assistive equipment.
Wynn Wizard is a program that helps improve your reading and writing skills.
For People with Difficulty Typing
Dragon Naturally SpeakingAvailable at five locations with new assistive equipment.
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.
For People Who Are Visually Impaired
Text to Speech for eBooksLearn about accessibility options for OverDrive digital books.
Braille embosser / printer with software to translate text to BrailleAvailable at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
JAWS Screen ReaderAvailable at five locations with new assistive equipment.
MAGic Magnification Software with SpeechAvailable at all locations.
Large Type KeyboardAvailable at all locations.
SmartLux Digital hand-held electronic magnifierAvailble 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.
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:
- Himmel Park
- Joel D. Valdez Main
- Joyner-Green Valley
- Kirk-Bear Canyon
- Martha Cooper
Magnifying glassesAvailable at the Information desk at all PCPL locations.
Large Screen MagnifierAvailable at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Joyner-Green Valley Library, and Oro Valley Library.
Juliet Braille EmbosserAvailable at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
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)