You Too! Assistive Technology at Prescott Public Library

You Too! logo - stylized face with emphasis on ears and eyesYou Too! is a grant-funded initiative at Prescott Public Library to provide increased access and engagement to persons who have vision or hearing loss. Prescott Public library can introduce you to the latest in portable assistive technology. Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m. trainers are available to provide one-to-one introductions to iPads and walk you through the check-out process.

Learn more about assistive technology training and iPad loan information at the library.

Assistive technology for individuals who have vision loss includes:

  • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) software on all library computers. NVDA is an application that reads aloud the text displayed on the computer screen.
  • Microsoft Ease of Access settings on all public library computers. Ease of Access allows adjustment of computer settings to meet user needs.
  • A desktop magnifier in the Ruffner Reading Room.
  • iPads for checkout and at each library service desk, with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including:
    • KNFB Reader app (a text-to-voice app that can scan documents and read them aloud)
    • voiceover, magnifiers and other iPad accessibility features
  • Licenses for the KNFB Reader app available for patron checkout.
  • Information and assistance with Talking Books Library applications and BARD (downloadable Talking Books).
  • Links to online resources for Individuals with vision loss
  • Library staff knowledgeable about apps, software and equipment.

Assistive technology for individuals who have hearing loss includes:

  • LISTEN devices for library programs and tours. These portable receivers with headphones provide hearing assistance by connecting to the library’s meeting room  sound system. LISTEN receivers are also compatible with various types of hearing aids.
  • Upon request, organizations that utilize the library meeting room can receive training and check out LISTEN devices for use in their programs.
  • iPads for checkout and at each library service desk with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including LiveCaption and FlipWriter apps.

Assistive technology is also available in the community through the You Too! project.
The library partners with several organizations in the City of Prescott and provides them with iPads to increase access to information and engagement in the life of the City: City of Prescott Police Department, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College and El Gato Azul. Members of these organizations are trained to use the accessibility features and apps on the iPads.

Listen devices are available at Prescott City Council Meetings. Library volunteers act as docents at each Council Meeting and at library programs in the Founders Suite to check out LISTEN devices and provide meeting protocol information.

The You Too! project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding is provided through an IBM grant secured by former IBM employee and library volunteer, Harry Vedvik.

For more information about this project, please contact Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services at or 928.777.1519