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On Wednesday, October 28th, North York Central Library hosted an eh List program featuring world curling champion and CBC television personality Colleen Jones. Colleen read from her new biography: Throwing Rocks at Houses: My Life In and Out of Curling. This book is also available electronically. During her illustrious career,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at North York Central Library Blog
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A fascinating period in gay and lesbian activism in Toronto will be highlighted at North York Central Library on June 10th, 2014. Mathieu Brule and Tom Hooper, historians from York University, will present the talk "A Defining Moment for Gay and Lesbian Activism: Toronto in the 1970's". Legal rights, workers'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at North York Central Library Blog
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Ben Kaplan, National Post columnist and author of Feet, Don't Fail Me Now: The Rogue's Guide To Running the Marathon will be at the North York Central Library on Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm, to talk about how you too can become a marathon runner. Kaplan will explain a simple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at North York Central Library Blog
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If you are new to Canada, no doubt you have a lot of questions. Did you know that you can come to North York Central Library and speak to someone who will help you find some answers? COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency which has been serving all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at North York Central Library Blog
Hi Paul! Have a look at this blog post; it explains what Kurzweil 3000 is and the benefits of using it: http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/accessibility-services/2013/04/adaptive-technology-kurzweil-1000-and-3000-at-the-library.html .kes identifies the file as a Kurzweil file (Kurzweil is the name of the company as well as the name of the product). Save as .kes "from image or typed/text documents, uncluding scanned documents...Use this format for documents that have notes, highlighting, and bookmarks that you want to use in Kurzweil 3000". (from http://www.kurzweiledu.com/files/v13/Kurzweil3000QuickReference.pdf In the Toronto PubliC Library library you can save to the public computers only until you are logged off. The P drive will not save documents past that time. So keep the file on your memory stick to use the next time you use Kurzweil 3000. When you save to your travel drive with a .kes extension, everything will be saved along with it and will be available to you the next time you use the file in Kurzweil 3000. Here's a great document that explains this, and more about Kurzweil 3000: http://www.kurzweiledu.com/files/v13/Kurzweil3000QuickReference.pdf
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There is so much information on how to use Kurzweil 3000 that sometimes it's hard to find just bare bones instruction! To help, here are some quick, very simple ways to perform common tasks while using Kurzweil 3000: To Create a New Document: On the Main Toolbar, click on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Accessibility Services
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Autism is affecting more and more lives. The Toronto Public Library can help you increase your awareness of this very complex disorder. Articles Find many full text, current articles in the library's databases. Here are some examples: In the Health Reference Centre Academic database, you can find the full text... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Accessibility Services
HI Paula, I think the best person to contact would be Melissa Graham, who is the founder of the event, and one of the organizers. She has a web site: http://exposingableism.wordpress.com/about-me/ You can contact her either by Twitter or her blog through that site. Sincerely, Margaret
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The 3rd Annual Toronto Disability Pride March takes place Saturday October 5th, 1-4pm. The march starts at Queen's Park and ends at Ryerson University's School of Disability Studies. Why march? "To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Accessibility Services
Have you ever gotten "lost" using ZoomText? It's very easy to lose your bearings when using the program the first few times, especially when using high magnification. I know, because when I started learning ZoomText I certainly experienced that problem. Then I came across a couple of very useful "ZoomText... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Accessibility Services
People often come to the library asking for information about acquired brain injury, for themselves or for a loved one, or as students or professionals working in the health field. Their information needs range from the very basic to the extremely in-depth. What is acquired brain injury? According to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Accessibility Services
Thanks for the suggestion, Denise! Margaret
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In the Books Blog of the British national newspaper The Guardian, Paul Wilson states that "despite literature's fervour to explore the far reaches of human experience, disability is for the most part disregarded, or at least pushed to the margins. Disabled protagonists are few and far between". In his post... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Accessibility Services
JAWS (which stands for Job Access With Speech) is screen reader software currently available at two branches of the Toronto Public Library: North York Central Library and Toronto Reference Library. JAWS reads aloud the contents of documents and web pages and speaks standard computer functions for someone who is blind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Accessibility Services
In one of May's blogs, I directed readers to videos for new users of Kurzweil 3000. I recently located some great documents that will also help you on your way to learning and using this fabulous program. These have been produced by the Inclusive Design Research Centre. The IDRC is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Accessibility Services
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Helen Keller, c. 1904. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZ62- 112513) June is Deaf-Blind Awareness Month, designated to celebrate both the achievements of deaf-blind persons and the birth month of Helen Keller. Helen Keller was born June 27th, 1880, and became both blind and deaf at the age of two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Accessibility Services
Two great events are coming up soon, and Toronto Public Library is pleased to participate in both. The first is People in Motion, which will take place Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, 10am - 5pm, at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. This show, the largest of its... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Accessibility Services
ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty community legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. Recently, ARCH opened a library that is accessible to the public. The ARCH Public Library holds a browsing general collection of current material on disability... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Accessibility Services
Developmental Services Toronto is holding their 8th Annual Information Fair on Tuesday May 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about services offered to adults with developmental disabilities and their families by agencies, organizations and groups throughout the city. There will be presentations throughout the day, and then, from... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Accessibility Services
The Toronto Public Library carries many descriptive videos, and now it's easier to find these in our catalogue. What are descriptive videos? They are DVDs or videos "which have been augmented with special narration which describes the action for people who have visual impairments. As a descriptive video plays, it... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Accessibility Services
The 2013 Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Conference will take place from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th at the Cambridge Suites Hotel, downtown Toronto. On Friday, from 10am - 4pm, displays from various vendors, organizations, social groups and service providers will be set up for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Accessibility Services
Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 software is available to use at the Toronto Public Library. Kurzweil is software designed to help people with disabilities. Kurzweil 1000 is used by people who are blind or have low vision. Kurzweil 3000 helps people who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Accessibility Services
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Accessibility Services
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Golden 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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Accessibility Services
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Accessibility Services