Assistive Technology Lab

Taylor Community Library is on its way to becoming Michigan’s premier source of library services for people with print impairments. The library created an Assistive Technology Lab, which includes the MagniSight Explorer video magnifier shown below.


Jan demonstrates the video magnifier at the Taylor Community Library’s new Assistive Technology Lab.

The new lab also includes an AbiSee Eye-Pal Solo, and a Perkins Classic Braillewriter. All three items were held in storage after Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped closed. I’m so pleased that the items are once again available for use, and I’m hopeful Library Access Foundation will soon provide assistive technology items for the lab.

Other items held in storage by Library Access Foundation, like a Victor Reader Stream and PlexTalk Pocket, have been transferred to Taylor Community Library, but are not yet available for use. Look for these items and many more to make an appearance in the New Year.


My photo-editing skills are lame. Thankfully, Jan makes any photo beautiful.  She’s modeling by the AT Lab’s entrance, with the Eye-Pal Solo & Perkins Classic Braillewriter inset.

Remember, if you want to make an end-of-the-year tax-deductible donation, today is the last day. Otherwise, your donation to Library Access Foundation will count toward your 2016 deduction.

See you next year,

P.S. Don’t forget to join us for our next board and volunteer meeting. We’ll be evaluating adaptive and assistive technology items to determine what items are most useful in a library setting. The more input we have, the more successful our effort will be!


Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

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