Equipment and Tools to Use at EPL
Assistive Software and Equipment
- Magnilink Zip CCTV enlarges print in HD
- Magnifiers (hand-held and tabletop) for in-library use
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Large type keyboard
- Jaws for Windows
- Computer Desktop Magnifiers
- Boardmaker for Windows
- Solo 6 Literacy Suite
- Assistive iPads: Contact the Inclusive Services Librarian to reserve an assistive iPad. You can also call (630) 279-8696
- Noise-reducing headphones
- Assistive listening device (Welcome Desk)
- Desktop CCTV to enlarge print
- Laptops preloaded with assistive software
- Chrome assistive extensions on all public computers
- Wheelchair and wheeled hand cart (Ask at the Checkout Desk)
- Sensory: Weighted blankets, sensory fidgets, and adaptive toys. Located on the 2nd floor (near the computers), at the Kid’s Help Desk, and toy sections near the Alphabet Tree.
Adaptive Needs Kit
We want kids of all abilities to be comfortable visiting our Kids’ Library. To help, we’ve developed an Adaptive Needs Kit for children who might need extra assistance navigating through a Library visit. Adaptive Needs Kits are available at the Welcome Desk and at the Kids’ Library help Desk, just ask!
Items Included in each Kit:
- Social Story: Going to the Library
This book takes you through the Library with simple sentences and pictures of our Library, from the front door through the Kids’ Library to the Checkout Desk. Included in this short book are visual cues about things you’ll see in the Library and appropriate behaviors.
- Visual Schedule Card:
Place pre-printed pictures of the activities you will be doing, in order, on the portable schedule board. Point to the picture when you are about to do the activity, and put completed pictures in the attached [Done] pouch. Twenty picture options are included, with such activity photos as [storytime], [fish tank], [bathroom], [computer], [books], and more.
- Cue Card Ring:
Directions made visible while you visit! A dozen behavior cue cards on a handy ring that you can wear while you’re at the Library. Behavior cues include [quiet voice], [hands to self], [share], [my turn], [clean up], [pick one], and others.
You can also prepare for your Library visit from home! All our Adaptive Needs Kit materials are also available to download and print for your convenience.
These materials have been made possible in partnership with Community Inclusion Consulting, LLC and Laura Brown, MEd. Printing of these materials is for personal use only.