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eiNetwork Assistive Technology

The eiNetwork makes every effort to provide access to patrons regardless of their physical disability. To that end, we continue our efforts to provide equipment that will assist patrons to make better use of electronic information resources.

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Kurzweil 1000

The 1000 uses a flatbed scanner and optical character recognition software to convert printed matter into high quality synthesized speech. Scanned documents and books may also be viewed in large fonts, saved to disk for later use, converted to Braille or large print.

Kurzweil 3000

The 3000 is similar to the 1000 listed above, but is designed for people with learning disabilities. It can be used to read text aloud and the software's dictionary and thesaurus can be used when unfamiliar words are encountered.

MAGic "Screen Enlargement Software"

MAGic allows the user to view webpages and other documents in type sizes ranging form 2 to 20 times the normal size. While every eiNetwork location has one or more 20 inch monitors, this software increases the opportunity for those with significant vision loss.

JAWS for Windows "Screen Reader"

JAWS uses synthetic speech to read text to blind patrons. Speed and voice characteristics can be adjusted while viewing webpages or using word processing software.

Streaming audio can be heard at many eiNetwork locations using the real player.

Juliet Pro 60 Braille Embosser

Text may be converted to hard copy Braille using special translation software and the Braille embosser.

Refreshable Braille Displays - PowerBraille 40 and Braille Window

These paperless Braille displays enable Braille readers to "read" electronic information tactilely.




Refreshable Braille displays

Braille Embossers

Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 3000

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The eiNetwork is a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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