You Too! Assistive Technology at Prescott Public Library

You Too! logoComing February 1 to Prescott Public Library!

You Too! is a grant-funded initiative at Prescott Public Library to provide increased access and engagement to persons who have vision or hearing loss.

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 public library computers. NVDA is text to voice screen reader application.
  • Microsoft Ease of Access settings on all public library computers.
  • Prescott Computer Society volunteers who can offer training in the use of NVDA or Microsoft Ease of Access settings.
  • One desktop magnifier in the Ruffner Reading Room.
  • iPads at each service desk in the library, loaded with KNFB Reader app (an text-to-voice app that can scan documents and read them)
  • iPads at each service desk in the library with accessibility features such as voiceover, magnifiers, etc.
  • Trained library volunteers who offer one-to-one training sessions in the use of KNFB Reader or accessibility features on the iPads. Once trained, patrons can borrow the iPads to experiment with this technology.
  • Licenses for the KNFB Reader app available for patron checkout.
  • Information and assistance with Talking Books Library applications and BARD (downloadable Talking Books).
  • Library staff knowledgeable about apps, software, equipment.

Assistive technology available at the library for individuals who have hearing loss includes:

  • LISTEN devices for library programs and tours. LISTEN devices are handheld receivers with headphones that connect to the library’s meeting room sound system. LISTEN receivers are also compatible with various types of hearing aids. Speakers at all library programs utilize microphones and program facilitators make LISTEN devices available to program participants. Upon request, organizations who utilize the meeting rooms can receive training and check out the LISTEN devices for use in their programs.
  • Each service desk at the library is equipped with an iPad that features the LiveCaption and FlipWriter apps. Library staff is trained to use these apps to facilitate communication with individuals who have hearing loss.
  • Library volunteers offer training on the accessibility features on iPads as well as on the LiveCaption app. Once trained, patrons can borrow the iPads to experiment with this technology.
  • 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, Prescott Adult Center and El Gato Azul. Members of these organizations are trained to use the accessibility features and apps on the iPads.
  • Prescott City Council Meetings also have the LISTEN devices and library volunteers act as docents at each Council Meeting to check out LISTEN devices and provide meeting protocol information.

Online Resources for Individuals with Vision Loss

Organizational partners for the You Too! project include:

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 martha.baden@prescott-az.gov or 928.777.1519