Services to the Disabled


Services to the blind, deaf and physically disabled

(928) 213-2331

Services for the blind or people with low vision

Talking Books: Books recorded on cassettes and discs for visually and physically challenged persons. They are provided free of charge to eligible individuals through the Library of Congress and the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library in Phoenix (1-800-255-5578). Eligibility may be certified by your doctor, optometrist, nurse, therapist, or other competent authority. Because the books are recorded at a slower than normal speed, a special machine is required. Machines are loaned for as long as the materials are in use. Damaged machines are repaired as needed or replaced free of charge; ask at the Adult Information Desk for assistance, weekdays between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. Applications for these services are available at the Information Desk.

Arizona State Library's Braille & Talking Books Division (http://www.lib.az.us/braille/) has a number of resources and services on their website for Arizona residents with visual or physical disabilities.

Large Type Books: Books can be checked out with a library card. There is also a juvenile large type collection in Youth Services.

Kurzweil Reading Edge: Xerox Imaging Systems' reading machine, which combines Intelligent Character Recognition technology with a speech synthesizer. Enables blind persons to read ordinary printed materials.

Books and music on CD and audiocassette: Items can be checked out with a library card.

CCTV: Print enlarger available for use in the library by persons who have low vision.

Freestanding magnifier with light: Available for use in the library. Donated by the Friends of the Library

Braille typewriter and braille label maker: Available for use in the library.

Services to the deaf or hearing impaired

TDD: Telephone to receive or place calls for the deaf. Phone number 214-2417. No long distance is available, except for 800 numbers.

Closed-captioned videos: Available for checkout to the deaf or hearing impaired.

Voice amplifier: Available for use in the library. Donated by the Friends of the Library.

Services to the physically disabled

Study carrel for the handicapped: Desk with wheelchair access.

Walker: A walker with a seat and a basket is available for use in the library. Donated by the Friends of the Library.

Wheelchair: Available for use in the Library. Donated by the Friends of the Library.

The library is wheelchair accessible. For those in wheelchairs who may have trouble reaching shelves, the Coordinator for Services to the Blind and Physically Disabled, or any other staff member, will be happy to assist.

Last updated on February 12, 2012

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