New accessible technology provides 'greater flexibility'

One of the large touchscreen computers with software for people with dyslexia and vision impairments.
One of the large touchscreen computers with software for people with dyslexia and vision impairments.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said council was committed to providing "better systems and processes" to support people with a disability access library services and resources.

On Thursday, Liverpool City Library opened their accessible technology space to meet the demands of the one in five people in Liverpool who have some form of disability.

The $75,000 upgrade includes:

  • Height-adjustable tables for wheelchairs.
  • Two large touchscreen computers with software for people with dyslexia and vision impairments.
  • Large high contrast keyboards with trackball mice.
  • A large text magnifying camera to help people with vision issues to read magazines, newspaper and other text based items.
A high contrast keyboard.

A high contrast keyboard.

The works work was partially funded through the State Library's Metropolitan Public Library Grants Program.

"The new space brings greater flexibility for people who need assistance due to a disability - it gives patrons a place to conveniently research, borrow books, read, study and interact at the Liverpool City Library," Ms Waller said.

"It complements the Library's existing accessibility collection which includes books in dyslexic font and a wide selection of books and DVDs on dyslexia, hearing impairments, vision impairments, autism and asperger's, ADD and ADHD as well as other disabilities."

"Please remain diligent with social distancing and use good hand-hygiene practices when handling resources and equipment at the Library."

The accessibility technology space was opened in recognition of International Day of People with a Disability.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said International Day of People with Disability was an opportunity to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements of people, their carers and the workforce.

"The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way people with disability are supported and cared for," Mr Ward said.

As of September 30, more than 133,000 people across the state are accessing services and support through the NDIS, more than 66,000 for the first time.