New Technology Bookmobile offers blind people to read printed materials

Americas, September 21 2011

New technology in the Lackawanna County Bookmobile is offering people who are blind a way to read printed materials.

Thanks to Temple University’s “Get REAL – Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning” project, bookmobiles and libraries across Pennsylvania will receive magnification technologies to make reading easier for people who are blind or partially sighted.

The project, which comes out of the Philadelphia University’s Institute on Disabilities, provides bookmobiles with portable video magnifiers and trains staff members to assist with the equipment. Libraries receive additional equipment, including video magnifiers, computers with specialized hardware such as high-contrast keyboards and “text-to-speech” screen reading programs.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as well as with funds from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Independent Living Older Blind Program, “Get REAL” aims especially to help people age 65 or older, the population most affected by vision loss.

The Lackawanna County Bookmobile will host a launch party for the new technology Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the IHM Center on the Marywood University campus.


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