Special Services for Special Needs

The Ridgefield Library seeks to provide materials and services that can be enjoyed by all residents, regardless of ability. Please contact us about any special accommodation you may require.

Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski, Adult Services, 203-438-2282 x11003 dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org


Homebound Delivery Service

Volunteer deliveries of books and other materials to those who are homebound due to short-term or long-term physical or health restrictions. Find out how you can register for this free service.


Special Collections

Large Print Materials

Audiobooks

e-Books
A growing selection of e-books is available through the OverDrive media download service for use on many portable devices.

Print-impaired readers may qualify for LEAP, the Library e-Book Accessibility Project from OverDrive and Bookshare, which provides text-to-speech translation for many e-books.


Assistive Technologies

Assistive Listening System
Program rooms on the Lower Level are equipped with an induction loop assistive listening system. Ask a staff person if you wish to take advantage of this technology when attending a program.

Adaptable Website
Look for the "Text Size" feature at the top right of every page in this site to adjust the appearance to fit your visual needs.

eBooks
Print-impaired readers may qualify for LEAP, the Library e-Book Accessibility Project from OverDrive and Bookshare, which provides text-to-speech translation for many e-books.


Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind and Handicapped

The Talking Books Recording Studio, located in the Ridgefield Library, is a corps of local volunteer readers, monitors and sound editors whose recordings end up as Digital Talking Books that are loaned to blind and physically handicapped patrons by the Connecticut State Library at no charge.

Connecticut Talking Books (CVSBH, Inc.) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit organization that produces Digital Talking Books for the State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Talking Books and companion digital players are loaned to eligible patrons for free. For more information about receiving this service, inquire at Adult Services in the Ridgefield Library. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTY NOW AVAILABLE
Help us bring the printed word to those who for whom it is inaccessible! Volunteer sound editors are needed to process audio files and remove extraneous noises. While prior experience in sound editing is helpful, it is not required.  Training will be provided. Qualified individuals will be at least 18 years old, proficient computer users, familiar with or open to learning simple audio editing software, committed to finishing projects in a timely manner, and have a strong attention to detail. Time commitment required is 3-5 hours per week. To inquire about volunteering as a Sound Editor, please email Gretchen and Sandy at talkingbooksridgefield@gmail.com.


Additional Resources

Books and Other Materials Available at the Library

U.S. Dept. of Justice ADA Homepage - the official government site for information technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the ADA Business Connection

Differing Abilities - See how your workplace measures up, learn about new assistive technologies or take the disability etiquette quiz.

United Spinal Association - Check their numerous publications available for download, including Disability Etiquette, Mobility Alternatives: Canes To Wheelchairs, Fire Safety For Wheelchair Users, Understanding The ADA and Accessible Air Travel.