Reading equipment for visually disabled
Students and staff with a vision impairment can make use of special reading equipment - donated by IBM - in various KU Leuven libraries.
1. Magnifying computer screen: Magnilink MLXReader (visually impaired)
- Manual Magnilink MLXReader [pdf. 411 KB]
With the MLXReader printed material can be magnified on a computer screen. In order to enhance readability the color of text as well as background can be adjusted. This equipment consists of a reading table on which the document can be placed and by which the document can be moved easily from left to right.
2. Reading machine: MyReader (visually impaired)
- Manual: MyReader [pdf. 1113 KB]
In stead of magnifying the text you want to consult, the MyReader makes an electronic photo of the document. After that, the document can be modified in order to get a better readability (for example: change of colors). The built-in image processor can also divide the page in different parts and show them in a logic order on the screen, in an automatic scroll mode as well as horizontally. The whole page can be read easily without moving the original document.
3. EasyReader (blind persons)
- Manual: Koba Vision EasyReader [pdf. 21 KB]
The Easyreader is a compact machine that can scan printed material and then reads it out loud. This proces is done completely automatic. The document can be put on the machine in all directions; it will be automatically turned in order to recognize the print. The speed of the 'reading out loud' can be adjusted so more experienced users can listen at a higher speed and less experienced users can slow it down. The Easyreader also contains a CD-reader and has built-in software to read audio-books in internationally recognized format.
4. Portable Daisy-player: Plextalk PTN (blind persons or severe visually impaired)
- Manual: Plextalk PTN-1 [pdf. 129 KB]
- Campus library Arenberg (CBA)
- Library of Psychology and Educational sciences (PBIB)
- Library of Business and Economics (EBIB)
- Campus library Kortrijk (KULAK)
- Campus library Biomedical Sciences (MGAS)
- Central Library (CB)
- Library of Social Sciences (SBIB)
- Library of the Institute of Philosophy (FBIB)
- Faculty of Arts Library (LBIB)
- Maurits Sabbe library of Theology (GBIB)
- Library of Law (RBIB)
The Plextalk PTN-1 is a portable reader for Daisy books on CD. With this machine, texts are read out loud (at an adjustable speed) and you can navigate easily through the structure of the document. For example, you can start with listening to the contents page of the document. You can then choose the chapter or paragraph you want to hear out of that content overview. For more complex documents navigation is possible on several levels. Daisy books are made by all libraries for visually impaired people. They make books, magazines and a daily newspaper in Daisy format.
5. Daisy book software: Dolphin Easyproducer (blind or severe visually impaired)
- Manual: Dolphin EasyProducer (CD-Rom) [pdf. 486 KB]
- Availability depending on the need, please contact your Disability Officer (Disability Team of Student Services).**
The Dolphin Easyproducer is a software package that can be used to put existing texts in a MS Word and HTML format into a Daisy book format that consists of an audio version as well as a text version. The texts are read out loud by a high quality speech synthesizer.
**Do you wish to make use of the facilities mentioned above? Please contact the Disability Officers from the Disability Team of Student Services. ** (via: firstname.lastname@example.org).
In consultation with your disability officer the library staff of the chosen home library will be notified.