September 2012 Archives

The SARA Scanner

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Last week I did two posts on our updated JAWS and MAGic software.  I want to add that our SARA (Scanning & Reading Appliance) scanner also works with these software products.  

The SARA scanner enables the reading of a wide variety of printed material including books, documents, mail, newspapers, magazines, and so much more, for those with low vision, blind or deaf-blind. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, the SARA works like a computer scanner that recognizes text, translates it into speech, then reads the text aloud.

The SARA is at the first floor Reference Desk.  You can ask someone at the desk (or call me ahead of time so I can set it up) to attach it to the nearby computer that's designated for patrons with disabilities. (It has the JAWS software.)  Below is an instructional video that shows the SARA in use:
 

If you or someone you know has vision difficulties and you think this software can help, please contact me via this blog or at (203) 622-7918.

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Yesterday in this post I mentioned we had updated the JAWS reader and MAGic magnifier software on our first floor computer that's designated for patrons with disabilities.  On that post, I embedded a video that explained the JAWS software's functions, but had some difficulty embedding one on MAGic.  Anyway, here's the MAGic video:
 

 

If you or someone you know has vision difficulties and you think this software can help, please contact me via this blog or at (203) 622-7918. And be sure to check out our ADA Page here for more information on what assistive technology and other services we offer here at the library. 

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JAWS091812.pngWe've now updated the JAWS screen reader software and the MAGic magnifier software on our first floor computer that's designated for patrons with disabilities.  As explained on our ADA Page:

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a screen reader software for visually impaired readers. It provides the user access to what's written on the computer screen by using the "text-to-speech" audio option, as well as providing a Braille display via the Focus 40 Keyboard. Along with JAWS is the MAGic magnifier software, which can enlarge the size of what's on the screen.

JAWS and MAGic are also compatible with our SARA (Scanning and Reading Appliance) scanner  as well.  (Read about SARA here.)

There's an instructional video on JAWS below. If you or someone you know has vision difficulties and you think this software can help, please contact me via this blog or at (203) 622-7918. 

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How To Create An "Unbeatable" Resume

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Author and job recruiter Tony Beshara explains to Forbes writer Kerry Hannon here how job seekers can put together an "unbeatable" resume to attract employers. Tips include keeping the format of the resume simple, using Word format and listing your previous work experience in reverse order. 

For more tips from Mr. Beshara, on both resumes and how to network yourself, click here

 

bythebloodofheroes.pngThe first installment in author Joseph Nassise's new "Great Undead War" series, By The Blood Of Heroes (click here to reserve our copy) is an exciting and very gory action-adventure/war/horror tale that holds your interest from start to finish.

 


 

 

The WorkPlace

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workplace.pngThe WorkPlace (click here) is an organization set up to assist job seekers who've been out of work for an extended period as well as employers looking for qualified employees.  Their mission "is to develop a well-educated, well-trained, and self-sufficient workforce that can confidently compete in today's changing global marketplace".  The WP offers education and training for job seekers (including those with disabilities), and employee training.  For more info, click here
 

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