Assistive Technology Area
The Assistive Technology Area, located off the Catalogue Room, is furnished with a bench at the recommended height for wheelchair users, three electrically operated, height-adjustable desks and a range of ergonomic chairs. Two PCs are available, one with a 19-inch monitor and one with a 17-inch flat screen. Each has a scanner attached and both are connected to a dedicated colour printer. These PCs provide access to the full range of the Library's electronic resources, including the Newton catalogue, databases, e-journals and the Internet, as well as Microsoft Office and e-mail. Specialist software has also been installed on these machines: Dolphin Supernova and JAWS, both of which provide screen reading and magnification facilities, and the Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-recognition package. An adjustable keyboard and trackball mouse are available. The area is also equipped with a CCTV reader.
These developments have been made possible by a generous donation from the Abbey Charitable Trust, for which the Library is most grateful.