Farook College has installed a Digital Talking Book Library at Abussabah library for the benefit of visually challenged students and aptly named it Insight.
Insight helps all the blind students at the college to delve into the vast world of books without the help of Braille. It was opened in the year 2007 by the then Registrar of the University of Calicut, Dr. TK Narayanan. The library has five computers to help such students.
The facility consists of computers, five scanners, speakers and headphones. It helps the user through voice prompts to operate the computer.
It is used to play audio files or books stored in the hard disks / USB flash drives or CDs. Visually challenged students find it very useful. They spend hours at these machines reading books and periodicals.
Its operation is simple. The user has to just scan the pages (s)he wants to read. The computer will convert it into sound bytes. We are using the software Job Access With Speech (JAWS) and Kurzweil 1000 to operate these systems. JAWS is the world’s most popular screen reader software developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular applications on the PC. Kurzweil 1000 is a text to speech software that makes printed or electronic texts readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance their reading, writing and learning experience.