Source: Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People with Visual Impairments | Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grant Program Name: Grants to States FY 15 Amount for NJ Library TBBC: $1,733,539Recipient: New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center “The one thing we have done at TBBC is to offer veterans the ability to read by meeting them where they are. This program has allowed us to see the improvements in veterans’ lives by just being able to read a book.” – Adam Szczepaniak, Deputy State Librarian and Director, New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center
Opening Eyes and Minds to ReadingParticipants of the New Jersey State Library’s Library Equal Access Program class learn more about magnification software that enhances text quality for individuals with visual impairments. The Talking Book & Braille Center (link is external) (TBBC), a division of the New Jersey State Library (link is external), has recognized the importance of widening access to reading for those who need it. Through programs that touch New Jersey residents who experience a myriad of physical, learning, and visual impairments that keep them from enjoying a book, TBBC has gone to great lengths to redefine how an individual can read in the 21st century. TBBC provides no-cost, home delivered services to the state’s print-disabled population, or any resident who cannot read either because of a visual impairment or a physical condition that hinders their ability to hold a book. As their mission has expanded, TBBC has integrated assistive technology training to broaden service impact.