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Accessibility Services


Visiting Library Service

RHPL offers a Visiting Library Service for individuals who are homebound. For more information on this service please contact the library by phone at 905-884-9288 ext. 305 or by email at cela@rhpl.ca.

RHPL offers four free step-by-step visual guides that help individuals use library services.

Get the app!

 

Once you have the app downloaded, search in the "Fun" category for Richmond Hill Public Library and download our Card Decks.

What Will I Learn?

  1. How to Search the Catalogue
  2. How to Find an Item on the Shelf
  3. How to Check out Library Items
  4. How to Return Library Items

About MagnusCards and Magnusmode

Magnusmode produces apps to support those with cognitive special needs, including autism. The digital app MagnusCards is an innovative, free, web and mobile app that uses digital guides (called Card Decks) and game elements to help people access their communities with greater independence.

Each Card Deck uses pictures and text to provide step-by-step instructions for various social interactions, situations, behaviors, and activities. Magnus, an interactive character who acts as the user's guide, provides reassurances and reinforces routine for users exploring new environments.


Assistive Technology

Central Branch

RHPL is proud to offer a variety of assistive technologies for those members of our community who have disabilities. We have two assistive technology stations at our Central branch.
Our first accessibility station includes a table which can be raised and lowered, a joystick style mouse and a ZoomText keyboard. The computer is equipped with a number of accessibility programs including JAWS. Accessiblity Station at Central Library
Our other station has a SARA reader and SmartView Synergy CCTV unit and is on a table that can be raised and lowered. The SARA station can scan and read a book to you in one of 18 languages, and you can change the reading speed and volume. The SmartView Synergy CCTV is designed for people with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other low vision eye conditions. The unit will enlarge the text of the document that is currently on the reader.

SARA Reader and SmartView Synergy

Victor Readers

We have Victor Readers for loan to anyone with a library card who has completed the waiver. The equipment can be loaned for up to one month.

For additional details about borrowing a Victor Reader please contact 905-884-9288 ext. 305 and leave a message, or email the library at cela@rhpl.ca.

Victor Reader

Richmond Green

Our Richmond Green Location also has an assistive technology station. Richmond Green Accessibility Station
This assistive technology station has a Big Keys keyboard, a SARA CE reader and document scanner, a Smartview Synergy Pi document magnifier, Dragon Speak speech recognition software, JAWS screen reader software, and Zoom Text, a screen magnifier for computer systems.

CELA Banner
The Centre for Equitable Library Access provides the Richmond Hill Public Library with a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.
  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail
Eligibility
Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:
  • Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.

 

How to sign up for CELA
To sign up for the CELA service, register directly through CELA using the self-registration form. Enter Richmond in the first search box. All four of our branches will display in a list. Select your branch. You will need to supply your library card number as well.

 

Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways
  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.
The CELA website can be found here

BrowseAloud

BrowseAloud delivers high quality speech to assist those with dyslexia, literacy difficulties, mild visual impairments and where English is a second language when browsing the web. BrowseAloud is not designed for customers who already have a built in screen reader. The BrowseAloud toolbar provides you with access to the following features and options:
  • Play by 'Hover Highlighting'
  • Play by 'Text Selection'
  • NEW Translator
  • MP3 Maker
  • Text Magnification
  • Screen Mask
  • NEW Simplifier
  • NEW User Settings
Listen Button ImageAccess the Settings menu by clicking on the Listen button at the top right hand side of the page. Once you click on the Listen button, the following menu will appear:
Settings Menu Image

Hover to Speak button imagePlay by 'Hover Highlighting'

To start speech, move your mouse pointer over the text. BrowseAloud uses dual-colour highlighting which highlights the block of text in one color and the spoken word in another to give a clear indication of what text is being read aloud and to aid navigation. The audio-visual reinforcement also improves word recognition and comprehension.

How to use this feature: Click the hand button on the left. The button will change to orange. Now, hover your mouse over the text. BrowseAloud will start reading the text from that point on. To turn it off, click the hand again.

Play button imagePlay by 'Text Selection'

As an alternative to Hover Highlighting, users can select specific text to hear it read aloud. The text will be read out using synchronous dual-color highlighting. BrowseAloud will highlight each word as it is read aloud, and highlight the sentence or paragraph in a contrasting colour.

How to use this feature: Select the text you want to have read to you, and click Play -the arrow button. If you just click play, speech will begin at the top of the page.

Translate button imageSpoken & Written Translation:

BrowseAloud will translate the Richmond Hill Public Library website into 78 different languages and speaks the translated text when there is a matching voice available.

How to use this feature: Click on the Translate button, select the language for translation. The page will be translated into the chosen language. Please note, text on images will not be translated.

Magnify button imageText Magnification:

BrowseAloud can magnify the text as it is read aloud.

How to use this feature: Select the text that you want to have magnified, click on the Magnification button, then click the play button. The magnified text will appear at the top of the screen

MP3 maker button imageMP3 Generation:

Turn the text from the Richmond Hill Public Library website into an MP3. The text can then be saved and listened to at a later time, at home or on the move.

How to use this feature: Select the text that you want to have turned into an MP3. Click on the MP3 button. Give the file a name and either play the file immediately or save the file for future listening

Screen Mask button imageScreen Mask:

Block distractions on your screen with our Screen Mask. A semi-opaque black mask extends across your screen leaving a letterbox reading window clear. This helps you to focus on the section of the web page you are most interested in.

How to use this feature: Click on the Screen Mask button and move your mouse up and down the screen.

Simplify button imageWeb Page Simplifier:

Remove all the extras from the website, and look at website in a user-friendly single-column layout.

How to use this feature: Click on the Simplify button

Change settings imageSettings:

Change the default settings such as highlighting colours, the speaking speed of the voice, or announcing links.

How to use this feature: Click on the Settings button