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Library Services For People With Disabilities

The Library is fully accessible for individuals who have difficulty with mobility. The elevator stops at all floors of the Library. Staff members will be happy to retrieve materials, make photocopies, fill out request forms or assist library users in any way. Please let us know how we can help!

Library staff will assist any patron with special needs, enabling everyone to enjoy full use of the Library's resources including the following:

 

  • our sizable collection of large print books, Playaways, and books on CD. 
  • a collection of NLS Talking Books and players which may be used while at the Library, or checked out to enjoy at home. 
  • a special radio that patrons may borrow to listen to programming from Audible Local Ledger, the Cape affiliate of the Massachusetts Radio Reading Service. 
  • collection of audio-described videos and DVDs, which have narration inserted between the dialog, describing the film's action and other key elements. 
  • Homebound delivery of books for those who are unable to visit the library, for more info visit Books on Wheels

 

VITAL Program 
(Vision Impaired Technology Assistance at the Library)

What is VITAL?
Brooks Free Library offers assistive technology and training for people with vision loss. Patrons have access to the following computer programs: ZoomText screen magnifier & reader, JAWS screen reader, Dolphin Guide screen magnifier & reader, and Kurzweil 1000 Text to Speech software. Using these programs, people with vision loss can do word processing, email, search the Internet, access print material and much more. 

In addition to the above resources, we also offer non-computer equipment such as:

  • Eye-Pal solo reading machine
  • Optelec Video magnifier
  • Juliett Braille Embosser
  • Perkins Brailler
  • Slate and Stylus

We offer free, one-on-one instruction in the use of our access software programs to individuals with sight loss. Never used a computer before? Don't let that stop you! We even have someone who will teach you to keyboard! We have a desktop video magnifier for use in the Library and a portable video magnifier, called Max, which can be checked out and used with your TV at home. For Braille users there is a Perkins Braille Writer and a slate & stylus. The VITAL resource area contains brochures, handouts, and catalogs of special interest to people with vision impairments. Our VITAL Center is located on the second floor of the Library, in the Reference Dept. If you'd like more information about VITAL services, training on the VITAL equipment or software, or are interested in training to be a volunteer tutor, please call the Library at (508) 430-7562 and speak to Carla Burke, our Assistive Technology Coordinator. You may also email Carla at cburke@clamsnet.org.

Check out this video from Harwich Channel 18 on our VITAL program.