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SERVICES TO THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED

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  • "My Library is...Where the blind can can envision limitless knowledge"
    NALIS provides Blind and Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) with
    equitable access to a world of information. Ask your local library
    about our differently abled services

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VIP SERVICES AND SERVICES TO SPECIAL GROUPS

NALIS welcomes differently-abled citizens to its libraries. Assistive technology is available at selected Public Libraries for the Visually impaired population. Also persons in wheel chairs can access the National Library Building, via ramps at street level and elevators to the Adult or Heritage Libraries.

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  • ACCESS FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED USERS
  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS (VIP)
  • NALIS DESIGNATED AUTHORISED ENTITY UNDER MARRAKESH TREATY
  • For the visually challenged, services are available in large print, Braille, audio formats, recorded books and talking books. The assistive technology employed includes the JAWS (Job Access with Speech) voice synthesizer, Magic Professional Screen Magnifier for those with low vision, the Braille Embosser, which translates text to Braille and printed material, and the Poet OCR reading machine for reading documents to the visually challenged. These services are available in Children's, Adult and Heritage libraries.
  • NALIS has also introduced the Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Transport Service.  This service caters to visually impaired who need transport to access NALIS library. Transportation services are currently available to the National Library, Port of Spain, Carnegie Free Library, San Fernando, Arima Public Library, Maloney Public Library, Point Fortin Public Library and Princes Town Public Library.
  • NALIS provides easy access to persons in wheel chairs via ramps at street level and elevator access from the ground floor to the other service levels. Water fountains and bathroom facilities are designed for easy accessibility to wheel chair users.
  • Through the kind sponsorship of one of the Friends of the Library, a scooter is made available for persons not able to cover the large span of the library on foot. There are special workstations for the mobility impaired, equipped with special mouse devices and key pads.

JAWS FOR WINDOWS SOFTWARE
JAWS is a software program that uses synthetic speech technology to verbalize screen output for computer users who are visually impaired.

 

MAGIC SCREEN MAGNIFICATION SOFTWARE
The Magic Screen Magnification program enlarges text and graphics that appear on a computer display for people with low vision.

 

OPEN BOOK SOFTWARE
Open Book is an OCR reading system that enables the user to scan and read printed materials.

 

FOCUS 45 BRAILLE DISPLAYER
The Focus 45 displays reproduce the information that appears on a computer screen in Braille.                      

 

VERSAPOINT DUO BRAILLE EMBOSSER
The Braille Embosser produces Braille hard copy from electronic Braille.                                                               

 

CLEAR VUE OPTELEC
The Clear Vue Optelec scans the surface of an object placed on its mat and reproduces an enlarged image onto the screen. 

 

FOUR TRACK CASSETTE RECORDER
The Four Track recorder allows the user to increase the amount of information that can be recorded on an audiocassette by making it possible to record on all sides instead just 2 sides.

 

LARGE PRINT KEYBOARD
The large print keyboard facilitates persons with low vision who can use the large size of the letters, numbers and symbols on this keyboard. 

 

POET COMPACT
The Poet Compact uses optical character recognition (OCR) and functions as a computer and scanner in one.

 

SCANNER
When using the scanner, pages with text and/or pictures can be transferred and formatted using the appropriate, compatible software applications.

 

VICTOR READER
The Victor Reader is a digital audio player that is designed to play books recorded in a number of digital audio formats, including the new Digital Audio Information System (DAISY) format.

So recognised has NALIS been for its services to the visually impaired that the Authority has been designated the “authorised entity” under the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled (VIPs). 

The Treaty is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which is aimed toward expanding the availability of print materials in accessible formats such as Braille, large print and specialised digital audio files. 
 
To facilitate the process of the conversion of works to accessible formats for VIPs, on September 4, 2019, NALIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association (TTBWA).  Both parties are expected to combine their resources to, among other things, provide content for VIPs throughout Trinidad and Tobago as well as provide literacy training to VIPs in accessible formats.

Since 2001 NALIS has facilitated training programmes to the visually impaired that give independence through technology.  In 2004, NALIS was named winner of the “Prime Minister’s Innovating for Service Excellence Award – Making a Difference to People – The Social Inclusion Award for Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired person in Society”.  

VIP services, including Braille material, Job Access with Speech (JAWS) software, voice synthesizer, Braille typewriters, OCR reading machines for reading documents, and other equipment are currently offered at select NALIS Public Libraries across the country.