Thursday, February 3, 2011

Library Corner: Highlighting Hidden Gems in the STC Library

Highlighted below are a few of the library items that are available to borrow under a free library membership.  Items in this inventory were purchased with funds from a MN Star grant and are available to library members in MN.

Boardmaker Activity Pad
The Boardmaker Activity Pad takes interactive activities off the computer and into the hands of the learner through the Activity Pad.  Similar to other Mayer Johnson products users have the ability to create educational pages on the computer and then deliver them to the student via the Activity Pad.  Each pocket or page holder is programed for the user.  Boardmaker is not required although Boardmaker does come with pre-programmed layouts for the Activity Pad.
7-Message Take N Talk Go! Board
This communication board allows you to record seven 35 second messages.  The messages are played by removing or replacing one of the 3" by 3" icon frames. The pocket in the front can be used for storage.  Dimensions of Board: 29" x 5" x 3".
Advanced 31 Message Communicator with 6 Levels
The 32 Message Communicator features a 32 button overlay with 6 levels.  Levels are easy to change with the push of a button.  One message square is dedicated to changing levels.  The name of each level can be recorded and replayed so the user can hear and select the appropriate level.
ChatBox40-XT
The ChatBox 40-XT is a communication device that allows digitized or recorded speech and synthesized or computer text to speech messages to be spoken by pressing buttons on the keyboard.  This increases the flexibility and growth potential for communication device users.  Users can access pre-stored messages or use the keyboard to type their own unique message.  Numerous scanning options are also available for individuals who are unable to use direct access.

Smart/128
Smart/128 is a multi-level communication device.  The Smart/128 features interchangeable keyguards with visual scene capabilities, and a transparent top grid that can be easily removed. When the grid is used the Smart/128 is a standard static 128 location communication device.  Without the grid, the Smart/128 can be used as a pictorial communication device using visual scenes.

Revelation Natural Art
Revelation Natural Art is a software program that allows students with disabilities the opportunity to work with a variety of art mediums.  The realistic art tools look they same on the computer as they would on paper and allow all learners to paint, draw and animate.  The software has an  extensive range of natural media including Pencil, Pen, Watercolour, Acrylic, Charcoal, Crayon, Chalk, Oil Pastel and more.
Adjustable Angle Switch
An adjustable 5" switch which can be set up with angles from 32 degrees to 90 degrees.   Dimensions:  6"H x 8"W x 8"D
Jumbo Switch with Ligths, Music and Vibration
This is a sensitive and easy to use switch that is available with lights, music and vibration.  It is designed to provide visual, auditory and tactile feedback to the user.  Each stimuli (visual, auditory and tactile) has individual on/off switch for control of the three stimuli.  Dimensions: 5"D x 1/2"H.
New and Fun Switch Toys
The following switch toys are now available for check out and demonstration.  Push & Go Crab (pictured), Counting Penguin and Rocket Ride Carousel.
   
For further information on other items available in the STC library please visit www.pacer.org/stc/library.  For information on becoming a member of the library and checking out these items contact library staff at 952-838-9000 or stclibrary@pacer.org.

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