What is VisionLabs all about?

WLS VisionLabs are here to keep you reading for a lifetime.

The goal of our pilot program is to find new ways for libraries to serve patrons with visual impairments and emerging vision loss.

Click any of the items below to read more:

  • Learn about home services, training programs, and other benefits available to you.
  • Learn about how you can receive free audio books by mail through the Talking Books and Braille Library.
  • Learn how to access ebooks and audiobooks with your library card.
  • Learn about technologies and workarounds to remain independent at home.
  • Learn to use handheld and desktop magnifiers to enlarge printed text, and handwriting. Color control and text-to-speech technology will allow you to more easily read personal items and library items.
  • Learn to use magnifying software on a library computer.

Quick Links

Questions? Email kbrodigan@wlsmail.org or call 914-231-3237

News and Featured Resources

Hadley Tutorials for the Visually Impaired

Hadley school for the visually impaired provides video tutorials full of tips and guidance for adjusting to vision loss, using accessible features on your devices, working, and more: hadley.edu/learn

Hadley also produces a biweekly podcast, Hadley Presents: A Conversation with the Experts, which covers a wide range of topics related to navigating vision loss.

Voxmate All-in-One Android App for the Blind

Voxmate is an Android app, launched in September 2021, which helps people with sight loss to easily access a wide range of content and activities, including reading the news, playing games and socializing. Users navigate through the app’s narrated menus by using finger swiping in four directions: up, down, left, and right.

You can download and use the app for free, but there is also a monthly or yearly subscription which removes the weekly use limit and allows you to launch voxmate automatically upon starting up your phone.

Talking Book and Braille Library Blindness and Disability Resources

The NYS Talking Book and Braille Library hosts a useful list of resources and services for people with visual impairment and other disabilities: nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/other.htm

Talking Book and Braille Library introduces ‘duplication on demand’

The NYS Talking Book and Braille Library has started to provide “duplication on demand”! How does duplication on demand change things?

  • No more waitlists, as TBBL will have unlimited copies of each title!

  • No more waiting for books to come from Ohio, TBBL will have everything in New York.

  • You can get multiple titles – even a whole series – on each cartridge instead of juggling a separate cartridge for each book. (You will still be able to choose which one to listen to and it will still remember your place in each one).

  • Most members will be assigned either 5 or 10 titles per cartridge, depending on how many they usually check out. You will be able to get up to 3 of these multi-title cartridges. You can request to adjust this but not until after you get your first one.

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability. Receive free audio books, magazines, and newspapers by mail or listen on your own devices through the BARD mobile app. Visit the NYSL website to learn more: https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/

VisionLabs is a project of the Westchester Library System, paid for in part through a grant from the Field Hall Foundation.

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