Surrey libraries has various items of equipment to assist those with disabilities to use computers. This equipment is described below, together with details of the libraries where it is available:
Large flat screen monitors
Ideal for those with visual impairments. Available at all of Surrey's branch libraries.
Sometimes useful for those with mobility impairments since the mouse doesn't have to be moved around, and also helps to prevent repetitive strain injury. Available at Addlestone, Ashford, Banstead, Camberley, Cranleigh, Caterham Valley, Dittons, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Ewell, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Leatherhead, Molesey, Oxted, Redhill, Staines, Walton, Weybridge and Woking libraries.
Often important for those with impaired vision and also designed to help people with dyslexia. Available at the same libraries as the trackball mice above.
Height adjustable tables
These enable you to work in a position of optimum comfort, even if you're in a wheelchair. Available at Camberley, Caterham Valley, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Ewell, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Horley, Leatherhead, Redhill, Staines and Woking libraries.
Offer comfortable support and mould themselves to the shape of your wrist. Available at the same libraries as the height adjustable tables above.
NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access) software
All of our computers have NVDA software. This is a screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired people to hear the text in front of them read aloud, for both web pages and Word documents.
If you require training in the use of any of this equipment, we are able to put you in touch with organisations that may be able to help.