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Edushape Sensory Balls, 4 Inch, Solid Colors, 4 Ball Set

Edushape 4″ sensory balls are perfect for developing tactile senses and gross motor skills. The nubby texture of these colorful balls provides tremendous sensory and dexterity-building play. You can squeeze, roll, throw, kick and see through these textured play balls. The sensory ball improves hand-eye coordination and can be used to improve socialization skills when enjoyed in group play.

This item  is available for loan and is #184466.

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E-Z Up

Quickly raise and lower hanging plants for watering and dead-heading without climbing on chairs or spilling water. Internal automatic height lock releases and locks again at any height with a gentle tug on 5′ long cord. For plants weighing up to 20 lbs.

The E-Z Up is available for loan and is item #45592.

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National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, which is a campaign to increase public education of aphasia and to recognize the approximately 2 million people who have it.

Aphasia is a language impairment that can affect the ability to communicate in various degrees of severity. The communication disorder impairs the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is most commonly caused by a stroke, but can also result from a traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, or infections.

Our loan library carries several assistive communication devices that may help an individual with aphasia to express themselves. The following devices are only a couple of the various items available for loan:

Go Talk 20+ 

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This easy to use, lightweight and durable picture communicator has a 100 message capacity which provides great sound and volume control. Features easy sequential recording, an option for whole level erasing and built-in overlay storage.

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Webber Communication Book-Large

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Each vinyl 3-ring book comes with one Velcro® sentence strip for making sentences, handy storage pockets on the inside of the front and back covers, and four Velcro® pages (smooth texture with soft loops) to allow for a quick and easy change of cards. Customize your book by sliding the enclosed identification card in the clear front cover pocket. Colors may vary. 

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Easy Up ATV Rolling Garden Seat

The Easy Up ATV Garden Seat by Vertex provides lightly padded seating for comfort while gardening. The seat has a handle to help a gardener get up and down, plus a small storage space under the seat for hand tools. The Easy Up ATV Gardening Seat is made of plastic, and has 10 inch wheels for rolling over grass or dirt.

The Easy Up ATV Garden Seat is available for loan and is item #128908.

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Tobii PCEye Go

The Tobii PCEYE go is a peripheral eye tracker that enhances computer accessibility with the speech, power, and accuracy of gaze interaction. The device replaces the standard mouse, allowing you to navigate and control a desktop or laptop computer using only your eyes. It runs on standard Windows computers and tablets, allowing you to work with any application that is normally controlled by a standard computer mouse or through touch. Works with Windows 8 or below.

This item is available for loan and it item #135029

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ReaderPen

The C-Pen ReaderPen is a portable scanning pen with embedded technologies like character recognition (OCR) and text to speech (TTS). It offers functions such as:  text reader, dictionary scan to file, and recorder. C-Pen ReaderPen is designed with the dedicated purpose to improve understanding and learning. The Text Reader function assists with reading and pronunciation, the Dictiorary function explains words’ meanings and the scan to file function captures notes which can be read out loud by TTS.

This item is available for loan and is item #180952.

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Adapted Bluetooth iHome

The Adapted Bluetooth iHome has wireless audio streaming. A Bluetooth enabled device can be used to listen to your favorite music on the iHome station. This iHome device is adapted by Enabling Devices, such as six 2½” switches, which control tracks forward and backward, volume up and down, pause and on/off. The iHome features a dynamic speaker for full range of sounds, dual alarm clocks, backlight LCD with time and an alarm time. Also, the device has an audio input jack for non-Bluetooth devices (e.g. MP3 Player) and a USB port for charging your devices. It uses an AC Transformer as well as 3 AAA Batteries. Weight: 3 lbs. (iPad not included.)

This item is available for loan and is item #132325.

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Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program

Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program is a compilation of materials designed to help you instill a love of books and reading in your child through a set of fun toys and stories. The kit comes complete with three print/braille picture books, three audio cassettes, three activity guides and a story box.

Although this program has been designed primarily for children with visual impairments, ages birth to eight years old, and the parents, families, and professionals who care for them, it is equally valuable to older children with multiple disabilities, as well as to adults with visual impairments for use with sighted children. In fact, many children and adults will find Perkins Panda helpful.

This item is available in our loan library and is item #118499.

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Mini Voice Amp

The Mini Voice Amp is portable, lightweight and convenient to use, allowing you to speak out when ever you want. With a range of practical and lightweight microphone designs available,  you can mix and match the package to suit  your needs. The volume adjustment gives powerful voice control making it perfect for use in a number of personal or professional settings.

This item is available for loan and it item #109584.

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Compact Communicator with Lights (Teach object/word relationships)

The Compact Communicator is a portable device that is small enough to fit on a lap or wheelchair table. This device can play up to four 5-second messages. When the user wants to play a message, he or she can simply press one of the four light-up switch plates. Messages can be pre-recorded and personalized to meet the needs of the user.  Above each plate is a compartment where users can place objects or insert pictures that correspond to the pre-recorded messages.  This device is great for learning new vocabulary words!

The Compact Communicator can be loaned from our online library, and is item #180879.

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