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March 2013

ZoomText New User Video

March 28, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (0)

As promised in the last Accessibility Services post, here is more information about ZoomText magnification software.

AI Squared, the company that produces ZoomText, has posted some recorded training webinars on its site. For those of you new to the software, the ZoomText New User Introduction Webinar will certainly help get you started!

The first video below is the webinar in 2x magnification. The second is the same webinar at 4x magnification.

Note that the video covers both ZoomText Magnifier and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader. The Library has the Magnifier Software only, so you'll want to concentrate on that section of the video.

Have a look!




Have you used ZoomText at the library or at home? Do you have any tips or suggestions for other users? 


Golden Mile's Information Fair For People With Disabilities And Their Families

March 13, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (1)

LuftballonGolden Mile Employment & Social Services will be hosting an information fair for people with disabilities and their families on Tuesday March 19th, 2013.

The fair will take place between 1 - 3:30 pm at 1880 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 139, Community Room.

Participating community agencies include:

 Action for Neigbourhood Change ("The Hub") -  works with residents to create strong, engaged communities

Better Living Toronto

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - promotes and supports meaningful employment of people with disabilities

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) - links people to services needed at home and in their communities

Community Living Toronto - offers support and services to people with intellectual disabilities

Flemingdon Community Legal Services- offers legal advice about landlord/tenant, ODSP income support and immigration issues

March of Dimes Canada -  provides programs/services to people with physical disabilities to encourage independence and participation

RBC Royal Bank will be on hand to provide Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) information.

Service Canada

Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Woodgreen Community Services - offers personalized employment services in addition to many other community services

And of course, the Toronto Public Library will have a display, with information about the Library's adult literacy programs, Home Library Service, and services and assistive technologies for people with disabilities. TPL staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

Drop in, or register for this event online using the Employment Centre (EC) Portal.

Come and meet us!  


More About Zoomtext Magnifier

March 5, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (0)

Zoomtext Magnifier, software available at the Toronto Public Library, is of great help to people with low vision. The Library now has Zoomtext Magnifier Version 10.

An earlier blog post by a colleague of mine gave a basic outline of the software and where it is located in TPL. As she mentions, software is available on one computer in all branches. Toronto Reference Library has the software loaded on several of its computers. 

Here are some of the things Zoomtext can do for you:

Window Views

On Zoomtext, you can choose from several different window views. Some examples:

  • Overlay View will magnify the entire desktop.
  • Line View magnifies one line of text at a time. This is best used while looking at a document. 
  • Docked View enlarges one half of the screen (top, bottom, left or right). 
  • Freeze Window allows a part of the screen that would normally be out of view because of the magnification to be visible at all times.


  • Invert Brightness inverts white and black values on the screen - for example, black type on a white background becomes white type on a black background. The higher contrast makes the page easier to read.
  • Reverse Video inverts colours - again, this increases the contrast.
  • Point Enhancement allows you to more easily locate your pointer on the screen. For instance, you can ask the program for a red arrow in a red circle, or a giant green arrow (there are other choices too).
  • Cursor Enhancement makes the blinking text cursor easier to read onscreen.  

There is a lot more to Zoomtext. Stay tuned!

The Accessibility Services Blog provides information and updates on current and upcoming library trends, programs, collections, and services to existing and potential TPL customers with disabilities, along with their friends and family. The blog offers a forum through which library customers can interact with TPL and share feedback and ideas, and communicate with staff. Features of the blog include highlights on special collections and assistive technologies available through the library, opportunities to get involved, and staff recommendations for programs, books and other materials.