Adaptive Technology

Woman using Read It Adaptive Technology in Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

Woman using Read It Adaptive Technology in Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room 

We have two dedicated computers with adaptive equipment and software. They are located in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room on Lower Ground 1.

The adaptive technology available includes:

Readit Air

The Readit Air includes a scanner and text-to-voice software. Designed to assist people who are blind or have low vision, people with print or learning disability or English as a second language.
Scans, magnifies and reads text in 19 languages:

Czech Danish Dutch English
French German Greek Hungarian
Italian Korean Norwegian Polish
Portuguese Romanian Russian Slovak
Spanish Swedish Turkish  

Clearview

  • Video magnifier for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies books, magazines and newspapers.

Zoomtext

  • Magnifier software for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.

Jaws

  • Screen reading software to assist people who are blind or have low vision.
  • Use to access websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.
  • Due to the complexity of JAWS prior knowledge is needed.
  • Training courses are available from Vision Australia - call 1300 84 74 66.

Kurzweil 3000

  • Computer-based scanning system for people who are blind, have low vision or with learning disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Suitable for people who have some experience using a computer.

Large Print Keyboard

  • The Azio Vision keyboard features extra large print keys.
  • The keyboard is backlit to maximise visibility.

Microspeed Trackball Mouse

  • An alternative mouse to assist with mobility.
  • Ask staff on Lower Ground 1 to use the mouse.

Poet Compact

  • Stand-alone scanner for people who are blind, have low vision or learning disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Suitable for people who do not have computer skills.

Staff in the reading room can help you with the adaptive technology.