Washington Square Branch Library is open during construction on Portage Rd.

Accessibility and Adaptive Technology

Powerful Tools for Special Needs


Dell All-in-One PCs with Windows 10, Office 2016, & Adaptive Apps and input devices

How to use JAWS screen reader (PDF)

JAWS (“Job Access With Speech”) is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a refreshable Braille display.


How to use ZoomText (PDF)

ZoomText Magnifier is a fully integrated magnification program tailored for low-vision users. ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen making text easier to read.


iPad with Accessible Case and Adaptive Apps

Magnify and Zoom (PDF)

Zoom is a screen magnification app built into the operating system of all iOS products designed to help make devices more accessible to persons who are visually impaired.

NaturalReader (PDF)

NaturalReader is a text-to-speech app that reads webpages, documents, and ebooks aloud with quality, natural-sounding voices.


Prodigi Document Reader

This is our new electronic document magnification system for the patron area on the 2nd floor. This system is designed allow users to magnify text that could otherwise be small or difficult to read, as well as read text out loud.


Hearing Loops

KPL has installed hearing loops in both the Board Room and the Van Deusen Auditorium. The loops function by transmitting sound signals from an audio source, such as a presenter’s microphone, through an amplifier and then wirelessly to users.

Patrons and visitors with T-Coil equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants can now seamlessly receive transmissions broadcast through the loop without the need to use any additional devices.


Personal Listening Systems

For patrons with hearing loss who do not have a T-Coil equipped personal device of their own, we have discreet receivers and headphone sets available for use, which connect to the loop.

Loop systems are universally recognized with a symbol which will be posted on the rooms in which the technology is available.


For questions about Adaptive Technology, please contact the library’s Reference Desk: (269) 553-7801


Video Recordings for People with Visual Disabilities

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Video Recordings for the Hearing Impaired

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