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There is something about classic literature that makes it enjoyable and timeless not matter how many times you read the book. Whether it’s nostalgia, or writing and creativity that is different from today’s popular fiction, it never gets old. The New Chapter Book Club, a reading group for adults with disabilities, enjoys reading classic chapter books like Alice in Wonderland, aloud in a group, together. They meet in Marquette at the public library and are sponsored by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL), a Center for Independent Living in the Upper Peninsula. During one meeting a SAIL staff member who worked with the group, began noticing some members had a difficult time seeing the print on the pages even though many of them wore glasses.

Group at table with books using magnifierConsequently, Lisa Bucher, an Assistive Technology Specialist at SAIL was invited to the next meeting to demonstrate low-tech magnifiers. Funding and training through the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP) allowed her to demonstrate a number of magnifying devices for the group, including a LED Lighted Desk Magnifier , a Bar Magnifier, six inch and nine inch long ,a dome magnifier, and a large full page size magnifier with a black border. The participants enjoyed trying out and passing around the magnifiers as they read aloud. The bar magnifiers were especially helpful in assisting those in the group with keeping their place while reading as they could be slid easily from one line to the next. Now able to clearly and crisply read the words of Lewis Carroll, the group wanted the magnifiers available for all club meetings, and used their own funding to purchase them. Through the joint efforts of the MDRC AT Device Demonstration program at SAIL and the Next Chapter Book Club, participants will be able to enjoy reading together even more in the future with their own collection of magnifiers!

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