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9Health Fair offers resources for the visually impaired

11:36 AM, Apr 6, 2011   |    comments
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In addition to offering hundreds of thousands of books and documents on audio tape and Braille, the Colorado Talking Book Library is using a computer to convert the 9Health Fair documents to the format that visually-impaired people can read by touch.

"It basically translates all the print words into dots that you can read on the screen," Talking Book Library Volunteer Coordinator Terri Marcotte said.

A special machine then "prints" those dots as a series of bumps on pages that people can feel.

"I taught myself to read Braille many, many years ago," library patron Bill West said.

West and his service dog Russet are regulars at the library.

"People who have, the term we use is print limitations because it could be from visual impairment or other kinds of impairments and not able to read print, they still need access to healthcare, including health fairs," West said.

The Colorado Talking Book Library is hosting a 9Health Fair on Tuesday, April 12 from 7 a.m. until noon and will have assistants for anyone who needs some extra help.

"Patrons of our library, many of them are adults who lost sight later in life and may not read Braille, so we also provide support the day of the event for people who can read the documents to them and take their info to fill out the forms in a confidential manner," Marcotte said.

The 9Health Fair has a convenient search tool to help you find a fair near you.

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