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Library receives donation

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Members of the V.F.W. Post 1127 Ladies Auxiliary recently donated software for vision-impaired persons to the Brazil Public Library. On hand for the donation included (from left) V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary members Yvone Hill and Maxine Metz, library director Jill Scarbrough, and V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary members Judy Jordan and Lori Batchelor. [Order this photo]
Thanks to a recent donation, residents with visual impairments may be able to see the computer screens at the Brazil Public Library clearer.

On Wednesday, representatives with the V.F.W. Post 1127 Ladies Auxiliary in addition to associates with the Wabash Independent Living and Learning Center (WILL) donated ZoomText 10 software to the library.

The software will help residents with visual impairments see computer screens better as it magnifies text.

"It will be a great asset for our community to have this available," library director Jill Scarbrough told The Brazil Times.

Scarbrough added she hopes to have the program up and running by April. Initially, it will be on two computers and will eventually be added to a third.

"This is a great program," V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary representative Judy Jordan added.

WILL Center Low Vision Program Director Danny Wayne told The Times the software helps enlarge screen text as well as change computer color screens to help eliminate glares, in addition to many other things.

"The great thing is the diversity of this software," Wayne said. "I've used ZoomText in many capacities. It's a great tool. The software is pretty stable."

Ai Squared, based in Vermont, developed the program.

According to its website, www.thewillcenter.org, the organization is a "non-profit organization run by and for people with disabilities."

The organization provides the following services:

* Individual Advocacy,

* Systems Advocacy,

* Information and Referral,

* Independent Living Skills Training,

* Assistive Technology Information,

* ADA Information, and

* Peer Counseling.

The WILL Center serves Clay, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion, Owen and Vigo counties.

The Low Vision Program, however, is a free program that, according to officials, assists "senior citizens in the Wabash Valley who are blind or visually impaired."

The program serves people in Clay, Daviess, Greene, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Parke, Pike, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

More information on the program or the WILL Center may be obtained by e-mailing Wayne at dannywayne@thewillcenter.org, or by calling 812-298-9455 Ext. 205, or 1-877-915-9455.

The WILL Center is located at 4312 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.

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