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Get REAL—Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning

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NOTE: This program was funded from March 7, 2011 through September 30, 2011.

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Introduction


Get REAL—Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning

The Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning program—or "Get REAL"—of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University will bring specialized equipment for people with visual impairment to locations across Pennsylvania.

Select libraries and bookmobiles across Pennsylvania will receive magnification and computer equipment designed to make reading easier for people with visual impairment.

The equipment that will permanently reside in the libraries includes video magnifiers (also known as closed circuit TVs [CCTV]), computers with specialized hardware such as high contrast keyboards, and software such as "text-to-speech" screen reading programs. Bookmobiles will receive portable video magnifiers.

The Get REAL project staff at the Institute on Disabilities will support libraries in becoming "friendly" to individuals with disabilities, especially vision disabilities, in all of their activities. In addition, the project staff will collaborate with community resources throughout the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the regional Assistive Technology Resource Center (Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology), to encourage ongoing support to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.

As part of the "Get REAL" project, the staff at participating library and bookmobile locations will be trained on the equipment.

List of Get REAL Libraries and Bookmobiles


Below is a complete list of the libraries and bookmobiles which currently have the specialized equipment for people with visual impairment.

Libraries


Bookmobiles

List of Equipment at Get REAL Libraries and Bookmobiles


A sample of the assistive devices found in select Get REAL libraries and bookmobiles:

  • Computer Workstation with document scanner, JAWS and Guide Software
  • Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier (CCTV)
  • Bright Line Reading Guide

Select a device name below to access the Institute's Assistive Technology Lending Library's complete description and to learn about borrowing the device for your home or office.


For a list of specific assistive devices to help individuals with vision impairment, please contact each library and bookmobile directly.


Information for the manufacturers of the above devices may be found at the following websites

Calendar of Events


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Funded by: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Independent Living Older Blind Program; and implemented in partnership with the PA Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the PA Association for the Blind.