Franklin library branch gets system for visually impaired
Now visual impairments won’t slow down access to information at Franklin’s Alex P. Allain library.
A visual-aid Accessibility Computer Workstation, delivered from the state Library of Louisiana last week will assist visually impaired and blind patrons in conducting research on the Internet and in preparing papers and presentations, among other things.
The workstation features a text-to-speech capability. Computer users who require visual aids due to macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, or other causes of low vision will find the MAGic Screen software – which magnifies all onscreen text and images up to 36 times the original size – to be helpful when surfing the Internet. A special desktop monitor, called TOPAZ, will magnify print even further, if necessary.
Another useful feature of the workstation is a keyboard with extra-large sized print and user-friendly button controls.
“Every branch library in the St. Mary Parish system will soon receive a copy of the MAGic Screen magnification software,” said Franklin Branch Manager Patty Robicheaux.
Robicheaux was one of several library staff personnel trained by IT Specialist Annie Robinson, who delivered the computer workstation unit from the state Library of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.