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Accessibility Tools

Computer keyboard with accessibility symbolWould assistive technologies make your use of the library more rewarding? In addition to text enlargers at five branches, our computers are equipped with many accessibility features.

Library Accessibility Features

Do you need to know which accessibility features are available at your branch

  • Service animals and service animals in-training are welcome
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Automatic doors at entrances
  • Elevators
  • Hearing Loop 
  • Accessible Catalogue Only computers
  • Accessible Checkout stations
  • Computer workstations are wheelchair accessible
  • Headphone accessibility for all Internet workstations
  • Magnifying sheets and handheld magnifiers

Aroga Merlin Text Enlarger features brightly lit large screen with adjustable or stationary platform, custom text blocking, use of lines to assist with tracking of text, background colour change options. It is available at the following branches: Central, Red Hill and Dundas.

JAWS is a computer program that reads aloud the contents of documents and web pages and speaks standard computer functions for someone who is visually impaired. Keystrokes are used instead of the mouse. It is available on the 2nd floor of Central Library and is also available at these branch locations: Red Hill. For further information, please call 905-546-3200 ext 3434.

Accessibility Software on Computers

All public computers have the Ease of Access Center that you can use to set up the accessibility settings and programs available in Windows.

You can access the Ease of Access Center on a public computer by doing the following: 

  • Click the Start button
  • Click on Control Panel
  • Click Ease of Access
  • Click Ease of Access Center

In addition to the Ease of Access Center, Windows includes three programs that can make it easier to interact with your computer. 

Magnifier. Magnifier is a program that magnifies a portion of your computer screen, making it easier to read. 

Narrator. Narrator is a program that reads the text on your screen out loud. 

On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard is a program that lets you use your mouse or other devices to interact with a keyboard on the screen. 

This information is adapted from the Microsoft Windows website.