Get REAL—Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning*
*This program was funded from March 7, 2011 through September 30, 2011.
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Get REAL—Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning
The Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning program—or "Get REAL"—of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University will bring specialized equipment for people with visual impairment to locations across Pennsylvania.
Select libraries and bookmobiles across Pennsylvania will receive magnification and computer equipment designed to make reading easier for people with visual impairment.
The equipment that will permanently reside in the libraries includes video magnifiers (also known as closed circuit TVs [CCTV]), computers with specialized hardware such as high contrast keyboards, and software such as "text-to-speech" screen reading programs. Bookmobiles will receive portable video magnifiers.
The Get REAL project staff at the Institute on Disabilities will support libraries in becoming "friendly" to individuals with disabilities, especially vision disabilities, in all of their activities. In addition, the project staff will collaborate with community resources throughout the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the regional Assistive Technology Resource Center (Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology), to encourage ongoing support to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
As part of the "Get REAL" project, the staff at participating library and bookmobile locations will be trained on the equipment.
Below is a complete list of the libraries and bookmobiles which currently have the specialized equipment for people with visual impairment.
- Albright Memorial Library
- Dauphin County Library System - East Shore Area Library
- Erie County Public Library/Blasco Memorial Library
- Community Library of the Shenango Valley
- Oil City Library
- Allentown Public Library
- Norristown Public Library
- Upper Darby Township and Sellers Memorial Free Public Libraries
- James V. Brown Library Serving Williamsport, PA in Lycoming County and surrounding areas
- DuBois Public Library
- Bloomsburg Public Library
- Somerset County Library
- Citizens Library Serving Washington, PA in Washington County and surrounding areas
- Uniontown Public Library
- Lancaster Public Library - North Duke Street
- Greene County Library System
- Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library Serving Erie, PA and surrounding areas
- SW Smith Memorial Public Library and Bookmobile Serving Port Allegany, PA in McKean county and surrounding areas
- Reading Public Library Book Van
- Eastern Monroe Public Library Bookmobile Serving Monroe County, PA
- James V. Brown Library Bookmobile Serving Williamsport, PA in Lycoming County and surrounding areas
- Clearfield County Public Library
- Columbia County Traveling Library
- Cambria County Library
- Somerset County Federated Library System
- Adams Memorial Library - Your Neighborhood Library Serving Latrobe, PA in Westmoreland County and surrounding areas
- Franklin County Library System Bookmobile
- Library System of Lancaster County Bookmobile
- Adams County Library System Bookmobile
- Lackawanna County Bookmobile
- Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
- Centre County Library & Historical Museum
A sample of the assistive devices found in select Get REAL libraries and bookmobiles:
- Computer Workstation with document scanner, JAWS and Guide Software
- Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier (CCTV)
- Bright Line Reading Guide
Select a device name below to access the Institute's Assistive Technology Lending Library's complete description and to learn about borrowing the device for your home or office.
- Ruby Handheld Video Magnifier
- Pocket Plextalk
- Victor Reader Stream
- Victor Reader Classic
- Intel Reader
- Handi-Cassette Tape Player
- Keys-U-See Keyboard
- Coil AT-Max Magnifier
For a list of specific assistive devices to help individuals with vision impairment, please contact each library and bookmobile directly.
Information for the manufacturers of the above devices may be found at the following websites
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Funded by: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Independent Living Older Blind Program; and implemented in partnership with the PA Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the PA Association for the Blind.