Access Support

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Resources & Services

  • TextHELP Read & Write 8.1 Gold A discreet toolbar that provides literacy support with any Windows application such as MS Word, this software improves reading and writing skills.  All branch libraries except Mulgrave.
  • Jaws Professional V9 Screen reading software Screen reading software that reads information on your computer screen using synthesized speech. All branch libraries except Mulgrave. 
  • Zoomtext with speech V9.1 Magnifier/reader software, which enlarges and enhances everything on your PC screen and includes a speech application. All branch libraries except Mulgrave.
  • Boardmaker Version 6 Super Symbol Bundle: A pictorial communication & learning tool ideal for creating symbol-based materials such as communication displays, flash cards & visual schedules. All branch libraries except Mulgrave.
  • BigKeys Keyboard: A standard keyboard with letter, numbers and icons in large sized font, making keys easier to see and press. All with big mouse. All branch libraries except Mulgrave. Glen Waverley Library also has a keyguard.
  • Touch screens: For use as an alternative to a mouse and keyboard, compatible with head pointers. All branch libraries except Mulgrave.
  • Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY): A digital talking book that may contain both sound and text.  All branch libraries except Mulgrave.
  • Communication Board: Pictorial communication symbols on laminated sheets for people who cannot talk or who have speech that is difficult to understand. Clayton and Glen Waverley have these available in Chinese.
  • AUSLAN Children’s storytime with an AUSLAN (sign language) interpreter. At Glen Waverley Library.
  • Home Library Service for Monash residents who are unable to visit our libraries: Home delivery, Bus service, Loans to residential facilities. Contact the Positive Ageing Librarian on (03) 9560 1655 to discuss.
  • Large Print Books: Unabridged versions of standard print books using a larger sized type.
  • Books on CD: Audio books, both fiction and non-fiction are available to borrow.
  • Digital Books: A range of audio books for children and adults that can be read or listened to on your computer.
  • Magnifying Equipment: Perspex sheet placed over book or other resources to magnify size of text.
  • Special characters: The public computers are configured to enable input of the Community Languages of the Monash area.  iPads are available for use within the Mulgrave Library.
  • Audio induction loop systems (also called audio-frequency induction loops, AFILs or hearing loops): These are an aid for the hard of hearing. They are a loop of cable around a designated area, which generates a magnetic field picked up by a hearing aid. There is a loop area in all branches.

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Last updated: 28 March 2018