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VITAL

Brooks Free Library has assistive technology, and offers assistive technology training and resource and referral services, for people with vision loss as part of the VITAL (Vision Impaired Technology Assistance at the Library) Program.  For information about VITAL services contact our VITAL coordinator Carla Burke at (508) 430-7562 ext. 5 or by email at cburke@clamsnet.org.

Instruction   Resources   Volunteer    Donating to VITAL 


Instruction: We offer free, one-on-one instruction in the use of assistive technology to individuals with vision loss on the following devices and software:

  • Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad  (with Apple’s assistive technologies such as VoiceOver screen reader and Zoom screen magnifier)
  • Victor Reader Stream media player
  • ZoomText screen magnifier & reader
  • JAWS screen reader
  • Dolphin Guide screen magnifier & screen reader
  • Kurzweil 1000 Text to Speech software
  • Duxbury Braille Translation software used with our Juliet Pro60 Braille embosser

Also:

  • Keyboarding
  • How to download audiobooks from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and Perkins Library online catalogs

Our VITAL Volunteers will also download audiobooks from BARD and Perkins for patrons who are unable to do so themselves.

If you’d like more information about VITAL instruction or are interested in training to be a volunteer tutor, please call the Library at (508) 430-7562 extension 5 and speak to Carla Burke, our Assistive Technology Coordinator. You may also email Carla at cburke@clamsnet.org.

Resources:   The VITAL area, located on the 2nd floor of the library, has two dedicated computers, five assistive software programs, and non-computer equipment. Using this software and equipment, people with vision loss can access print material. The VITAL area also contains brochures, handouts, and catalogs of special interest to people with vision loss and other types of disabilities.  

 Patrons have access to the following computer programs to do word processing, email, search the Internet, and much more: 

  • ZoomText screen magnifier & reader
  • JAWS screen reader
  • Dolphin Guide screen magnifier & screen reader
  • Kurzweil 1000 Text to Speech software
  • Duxbury Braille Translation software used with our Juliet Pro60 Braille embosser

Our non-computer equipment:

  • Eye-Pal solo reading machine
  • Optelec desktop video magnifier
  • Max portable video magnifier (which can be checked out and used with your TV at home)
  • Ruby hand-held video magnifier (for use in the library)
  • Perkins Brailler
  • Slate and stylus

Our VITAL coordinator Carla Burke can also be contacted for additional resource and referral services at (508) 430-7562 ext. 5 or by email at cburke@clamsnet.org.

Volunteers: We are able to offer our VITAL services thanks to volunteers who generously give of their time to help our patrons with vision loss. We are always in need of volunteers. There are various ways you can help. No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. Interested? For more information, or to volunteer, contact our VITAL coordinator Carla Burke at (508) 430-7562 ext. 5 or by email at cburke@clamsnet.org.

Donating to VITAL: To make a tax-deductible donation to our VITAL program, please send a check to:

Friends of Brooks Free Library
P.O. Box 1456
Harwich, MA 02645
Please include the word VITAL in the memo line.