The Somerset County Library provides access to basic assistive technology where possible.
Thanks to a grant a few years ago, we were able to receive some equipment through the Get REAL–Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning program. Because of this program, we have a dedicated Internet-connected computer with a high contrast keyboard and software that reads the text out loud. We also have a desktop video magnifier for reading. There is also Dolphin Guide for people who are not used to computers and are blind or partially sighted. MAGic is screen magnification software on the computer. JAWS reads out loud what is on your screen so you can edit documents and read web pages.
The Somerset County Federated Library System Bookmobile is outfitted with a portable video magnifier.
Some of our Online Resources also offer accessibility features. For example, Johnstown District Libraries, in partnership with Bookshare and OverDrive, is pleased to introduce the Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP).
Somerset County residents of any age who are unable to read standard print materials because of a visual disability, physical disability, or physically-based reading disability may be eligible to receive services through the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). LBPH provides on free loan recorded books and magazines, equipment to play the recordings, large print books, and described videos. Materials are mailed to the borrower’s home in postage-free containers.