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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Founders' Building Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Founders' Reference Desk: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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Services for People with Disabilities

What We Do:

We strive to offer a welcoming environment to all of our users. We recognize that not all materials associated with library services are accessible to all. Therefore, we are intent on providing assistance to promote accessibility, especially in the area of research and reference services. Accessibility technology with an emphasis on blind and low vision is available in our Accessibility Resource Study Room (#102 FML).

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can build a more accessible, seamless and transparent Library environment.

Contact: Ladka Khailova, Coordinator

Telephone: 815-753-1351
EMail Address: khailova@niu.edu

Resources

Disability Resource Center


Research and Reference Help

It is within the scope of NIU Libraries' services to discuss classroom paper topics, research assignments, class presentations, etc. with users. Sources of information we wish to use are not always in an accessible format for persons with disabilities. It is our desire to work with users in obtaining requested and needed materials in an accessible format. Please call or e-mail the Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities several days in advance to set up a mutually convenient time for a one-on-one research session. Together, we will strive to obtain copies of library materials in the requested format, or discuss alternative ways to make them accessible.

Accessibility Resource Study Room -- FML 102

Room 102 located on the west side of the first floor of Founders Memorial Library contains sources of accessibility technology with an emphasis on blind and low vision. Please contact the Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities for assistance.

Ask for the key to this room at the Security Office. You will be asked to leave valid identification until the key is returned.

Technology includes:

  • Computer stations with:
    • Jaws for Windows
    • ZoomText
    • Word
    • Voyager Braille Display, 44-cell
    • Kurzweil 1000, PC-based reader with scanner & printer
    • Access to library homepage, internet, etc.
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • TextAloud
  • SARA, a scanner/reader
  • Sorenson VRS, video relay service
  • APH cassette players
  • CCTVs for enlarging print
  • Perkins brailler
  • Braille n' Print II
  • Electric typewriters (standard)
  • Large Print encyclopedias, dictionaries

AT Chambers -- FML 233

Assistive technology for patrons with disabilities, especially learning disabilities.
Contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Ask for the key to this room at the Security Office. You will be asked to leave valid identification until the key is returned.

Technology includes:

  • Height adjustable Workzone table
  • "Inspiration" Mind Mapping software
  • TextAloud -- MP3 text to speech software
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7.0 Professional -- dictation software
  • ABBYY FineReader 7.0 Pro software
  • WordQ software -- word predicition
  • Daisy 2.02/Daisy 2.0 playback -- Victor Readersoft software
  • User interface development -- accessible display
  • Scanner

Braille and/or tactile signs on elevators, escalators, bathrooms, etc. Wheelchair height tables for first floor computer workstations. Ramp access to the library.