Low Vision Resources
The library offers these collections and adaptive equipment to assist patrons with special vision needs. Librarians are available to help anyone wishing to browse these collections or use this equipment.
Large Print Books
Over 1,000 titles in easy-on-the eyes large print, including fiction, non-fiction, and inspirational books are available for checkout. If Northville does not own a title in large print, a librarian can help you get it through inter-library loan.
The library offers a collection of books on tape or CD to listen to your favorite books.
We also have a collection of playaways, self contained units with no CD or tape required…you just plug them in and listen! You can also download books to your home computer using our Download Destination (make this a link). Once the books are downloaded, you can listen to them on a portable listening device or burn them to a CD.
Low Vision Computers
Two specially equipped computers designed to make computer searching easier for people with vision and mobility impairments are available. Special features include: a large monitor with a special large font; large print and Braille letters on the keyboard; a Logitech Trackball Mouse; and Zoom It! (a magnification program that will automatically zoom up to 2x. Patrons can then zoom in even further, up to 16x), plus NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) will read back printed material on the screen (to be used with headphones).
Optelec Clearvue 300
Reading even the fine print in books or magazines is easy with this handy monitor with a 56x magnifier. Includes 1-touch focus, handy zoom, a “movable table” for any printed materials and unparalleled ease of use.
The Reading Edge
The Kurzweil Reader “reads” the text of a printed page out loud, especially helpful for patrons with restricted vision. Place a book or other document on the machine, and turn print into audible sound. Easy to use! Turn it on, put on the headphones, and the machine tells you what to do next!
Through the Federal government, library services specially designed for those who are blind, handicapped, or have limited vision are available free of charge. Equipment and recordings of books are provided to any individual certified as needing this service. The materials are sent via the mail at no cost. Pick up an application form at the library, or contact The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 734-727-7300, toll-free at 888-968-2737 or online at http://wayneregional.lib.mi.us
- American Federation of the Blind (AFB) Directory of Services
Agencies and resources for people who are visually impaired.
- Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service
- Oakland County Library for the Visually and Physically Impaired
- Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult.
- Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped