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Seattle Public Library debuts new accessibility software for vision-impaired patrons

Every branch of the Seattle Public Library is getting new accessibility software on all public computers for vision-impaired patrons, through the Library Equal Access Program’s “Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software.”

All public computers will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low-vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users.

The library is hosting a series of open houses to give patrons hands-on access to the new software. Library staff also will demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits.

The open house nearest to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.