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Adaptive & Assistive Technology

RCPL offers a number of technologies to assist patrons with special needs.

ADA computers:

The first computer offers ZoomText, a screen magnification program. It features a 22 inch NEC MultiSync FE 1250 monitor, which helps to enhance visibility for low-vision patrons. The second computer offers JAWS (Job Access With Speech), which operates by reading aloud text that appears on the computer screen and OpenBook, which allows printed documents or graphic-based text to be converted into an electronic text format using accurate optical character recognition and quality speech. Both computers offer access to Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word); Horizon (RCPL library catalog); Library Databases; and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Kurzweil reader

The reader is a bi-directional scanner that combines Optical Character Recognition (O.C.R.) technology with a high-quality speech synthesizer. The reader allows persons who are blind, visually impaired, or learning disabled to access printed or typed (NOT handwritten) materials. After a page is scanned, the text is digitized, and “read” in one of nine available reading voices.


The closed circuit television (CCTV) magnifies text and images up to 60 times its original size. The Optelec may be adjusted for different background colors and also has a negative/ positive switch to reverse the black/white image on the screen.

Other local special needs agencies and organizations:

South Carolina State Library
Talking Book Services
PO Box 821
Columbia, SC 29202
TTY: 711-734-4611

South Carolina Assistive Technology Project
USC School of Medicine
Center for Developmental Disabilities
University Affiliated Program
Columbia, SC 29208

South Carolina Commission for the Blind
1430 Confederate Avenue
Columbia, SC 29201

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina
119 S. Kilbourne Road
Columbia, SC 29205

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
P.O. Box 4706
Columbia, SC 29240