WACO-MCLENNAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Assistive Technology at the Library

To help all of our visitors have a great library experience, we've purchased a few new gadgets. Ask a helpful staff member for one of these assistive devices for computer use and low-vision needs.

BIGtrack 2.0:

BIGtrack 2.0 is a USB mouse that includes a large 3-in trackball. Its sturdy base allows the user to easily move and position the mouse cursor on the computer screen. Once the mouse cursor is positioned, two over-sized buttons are available for left and right clicking.

EZsee Large Print Keyboard:

EZsee USB large print ergonomic keyboard provides easy to see computer keys with extra-large key legends for greater visibility and efficiency. Designed with large, bold black letters on yellow keys; the EZ See keyboard is ideal for senior and low vision computer users.

Hands-Free Magnifier:

This full-page, portable magnifier sits on a metal stand at a 45-degree angle, making it easy to see small print while keeping your hands free.

For more information about assistive technology and related topics, check out the links below.

Texas Talking Books Program
The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.

Texas Technology Access Program
TTA increases access for people with disabilities to Assistive Technology that provides them more control over their immediate environments and an enhanced ability to function independently.

Computers for the Blind
Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a Non-Profit, volunteer organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

NVDA (Free Screen Reader)
NVDA is a free, open source, globally accessible screen reader for the blind and vision impaired.

Employment Resources for People with Disabilities
This resource lists national organizations that provide information on a range of issues related to recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining employees with disabilities.

Texas Health and Human Services

Assistive Technology Funding Guide

How to Use Windows Magnifier

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws