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Adaptive Technology

Woman using Read It Adaptive Technology in Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

Woman using Read It Adaptive Technology in Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room 

We have a dedicated computer with adaptive technology. The computer is in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room on Lower Ground 1.

The adaptive technology available includes:

Readit Air

For people with print or learning disabilities, a vision impairment or English as a second language.
Scans, magnifies and reads text in 19 languages:

Czech Danish Dutch English
French German Greek Hungarian
Italian Korean Norwegian Polish
Portuguese Romanian Russian Slovak
Spanish Swedish Turkish  

Clearview

  • Video magnifier for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies books, magazines and newspapers.

Zoomtext

  • Magnifier software for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.

Jaws

  • Screen reading software for people who have a reading disability.
  • Use to access websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.
  • Due to the complexity of JAWS prior knowledge is needed.
  • Training courses are available from Vision Australia - call 1300 84 74 66.

Kurzweil 1000

  • Computer-based scanning system for people who are blind or have a reading disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Suitable for people who have some experience using a computer.

Microspeed Trackball Mouse

  • An alternative mouse for people who have difficulty with hand control.
  • Ask staff on Lower Ground 1 to use the mouse.

Poet Compact

  • Stand-alone scanner for people who are blind or have a reading disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Suitable for people who do not have computer skills.

Staff in the reading room can help you with the adaptive technology.