Get REAL @CLSV
The Community Library of the Shenango Valley now has equipment to assist people with visual impairments in accessing books and other printed materials, as well as the Internet. A new project of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in Philadelphia, called "Get REAL - Regional Assisting Life Long Learning," is bringing magnification technologies to select libraries across Pennsylvania.
Visitors to the Community Library of the Shenango Valley will now find a large-size video magnifier (sometimes called a closed-circuit television, or "CCTV"). The Library also has an adapted computer workstation equipped for people who need assistance accessing electronic text. These machines are designed to make reading easier for people with visual impairments such as age-related macular degeneration.
The Community Library of the Shenango Valley is pleased to be able to offer these services to its patrons and be able to better provide needed services to the community.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and with funds from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Independent Living Older Blind Program, and in partnership with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Get REAL project will help ensure the full inclusion of all people, especially those with disabilities. According to 2009 statistics, 15% of Pennsylvania's urban population, and 17% of its rural population, was aged 65 or older. Since it is this population that is most affected by vision loss, it is imperative that public spaces, such as libraries and bookmobiles, be fully accessible.
The Get REAL project collaborates with community resources throughout the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and regional source centers of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, to encourage ongoing support to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
For more information about the Community Library of the Shenango Valley, please call 724-981-4360, or visit www.clsv.net. For more information about the equipment, go to the website of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University: www.disabilities.temple.edu, or contact project coordinator Jamie A. Priolo, ATP at Jamie.Priolo@temple.edu, or 215-204-5974 (voice), 866-268-0579 (TTY).