The State Library of Queensland in Brisbane provides wonderful resources for anyone with Low Vision to assist them access the Library services.
There are electronic video magnifiers as well as five computers fitted with the Zoomtext Magnifier Reader program and the OpenBook scanning program for scanning documents and reading them out loud (using headphones or earbuds, so that other patrons are not inconvenienced). Library members can use all of these facilities and tap into Trove and other fantastic search tools, as well as for general reading and research.
Recently one of our clients visited to check out what might suit her needs.
Joan, 90, was particularly interested to see the Clearview Speech electronic magnifier and scanner reader device, as her vision has deteriorated to the point where she cannot read fluently with her old model CCTV. Joan had trialled reading machines like the ClearReader scanner reader (that speaks but does not have a visual display), but she wanted a system that could read out loud from the position she pointed to, rather than having to listen to a whole document from top to bottom.
Joan was very appreciative of being able to see the ClearView Speech in action and is grateful to the library for making their facility so welcoming to everyone.