Assistive Technology: Resources & Services
In line with the Library’s mission of providing equal access for all
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
In line with the Library’s mission of providing equal access for all, an American Sign Language Interpreter may be requested for any program. Please contact the Head of Reference, Samantha DiGiacomo, at 631-473-0022 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of the program date.
Offered through the New York Public Library, this service provides braille and special format audio books and magazines through the United States Postal Service for people who are physically unable to read standard print. Applications are available online (PDF) and in the Front Reading Room by our circulating collection of talking books. All registered Talking Books Library users are welcome to utilize our circulating collection of talking books. More information: nypl.org/locations/heiskell
Separated into four sections, the front and back covers, Children’s Programs, Teen Center and Adult Programs & Services, audio formats of the newsletter can be found on our website at portjefflibrary.org/newsletter.
Audiobooks & Playaways
The Library offers a wide selection of titles on CD as well as handheld devices that work with headphones.
In line with the Library’s mission of providing equal access for all, the Library is able to accommodate a request for any section of the newsletter, board meeting minutes, or any other of the library’s produced print materials to be transcribed into braille (not including books or circulating materials). Please contact the Head of Reference, Samantha DiGiacomo, at 631-473-0022 or email@example.com at least two weeks in advance of the date required. Limitations may apply.
Look for this icon on our website and on Chrome on our public computers. This innovative support software adds speech, reading, and translation to websites facilitating access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low Literacy, English as a Second Language, and those with mild visual impairments. Online content can be read aloud in multiple languages using the most natural and engaging voice to transform the user’s reading experience.
Closed Captioned Movies
The Library offers movie screenings on select Friday afternoons with closed captions upon request at the Adult Reference Desk the day of the movie.
Gifted by the Port Jefferson Lions Club, this 5 inch high-definition LCD display screen reading aid will meet the needs for people with low vision, color blindness and amblyopia. Ideal aid for reading, writing and viewing map. Magnification times: 4-32 times. PJFL cardholders may check this item out.
The Library has access to digital books and audiobooks through our website at portjefflibrary.org/ebooks. These alternatives do not require you to come into the Library building and the E-books offer larger font sizes without compromising your reading experience.
The Library has access to digital magazines through our website at portjefflibrary.org/emagazines. This alternative does not require you to come into the Library building and allows you to zoom each page of the magazine enhancing your reading experience.
Home Outreach Service- PJFL cardholders ONLY
Don’t let a temporary or permanent illness and/or a physical disability stop you from experiencing the wonders of the library, let the library come to you! Patrons who are homebound may sign up for our Home Outreach Service. Volunteers and/or library staff will deliver your library items to you free of charge. Simply fill out our Home Outreach Application (PDF), if possible, drop it off to the Library, otherwise, just call and ask to speak with a Reference Librarian to discuss the arrangements.
Kindle Paperwhites– PJFL cardholders ONLY
These E-readers are pre-loaded with popular titles and available for loan. Paperwhites have built-in adjustable light, do not provide screen glare, can be read with one hand, and offer larger font sizes without compromising your reading experience. Page layout and margins automatically adapt to work well at even the largest font sizes.
Large Print Book Collection
The Library offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles in large type for ease of reading.
Large Print New York Times
Available to read in the library is a Large Print weekly version of The New York Times. Available at the Reference Desk in the newspaper stand.
Large Print copies are available online at portjefflibrary.org/newsletter and in print in the Library.
Music & Memory is a personalized music therapy program for people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other related dementias. PJFL has a limited number of kits to loan out to caregivers (MUST have a valid PJFL card) of homebound people with these disorders. For more information on this worldwide program, visit musicandmemory.org. If you would like to sign up, please fill out this Playlist Questionnaire (PDF) and return it to the Reference Department.
Reading Edge Scanner
Gifted by the Port Jefferson Lions Club, this reading machine turns text into high quality synthesized speech.
Having difficulty hearing at one of our programs? Just ask a staff member for a Sonic Super Ear, a personal sound amplifier that will improve your ability to hear the sounds around you. Click here to see how it works.
Stream Movies & Music– PJFL cardholders ONLY
The Library has access to stream digital movies and music through several platforms. This alternative does not require you to come into the Library building and allows you to access to a wide variety of movies, music and more through web and mobile platforms.
Gifted by the Port Jefferson Lions Club, this low vision reading machine uses a camera to magnify text and objects onto a computer monitor for easier viewing.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader & Large Print Keyboard
Equipped on one computer with a large print keyboard, this fully integrated magnification and reading program is tailored for low-vision users and is available on a dedicated computer in the Library. ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email. A large print keyboard is provided with the ZoomText computer.