The Springfield Free Public Library now has available a variety of different devices which may prove helpful to people with a wide range of learning differences.
Two iPads that are loaded with a variety of apps may be checked out for a two week period to adult residents of Springfield who hold a library card and are in good standing. In addition to built-in features on the iPads that include dictation capability, voice over, assistive touch, and a variety of display accommodations, among the 32 apps that have been loaded onto the iPads are the following: Flashcards Deluxe, a study aid; Learning Ally Link, the world’s largest collection of audio books; Snap Type Pro, an app that easily converts a print worksheet page into a machine writable document; Hang Art, a visual learning tool, Notability, an aid for taking and organizing notes; MyScript Calculator, a math tool for users with dysgraphia; Panther Math Paper and ModmathPro, tools which work as virtual graph paper; and Math Learning Center, a math focused app bundle.
Non-digital learning aids that are available for use at the library include Toobaloo Whisper Phones, a device that helps some children with pronunciation and reading fluency; Visual Edge Slant Board, a writing aid that helps with handwriting training; NIPSCO Guided Reading Strips, a tool that helps students focus on reading one line at a time; plus a variety of physical writing aids including pencil grips and weights and raised line paper.
All of the above items were donated to the library by Springfield resident and Jonathan Dayton High School student Caitlynn McTernan as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. In addition to fundraising, Ms. McTernan researched the wide array of assistive apps and other devices currently available, for the purpose of helping people with learning differences discover which particular tools might work best for them. To that end, Ms. McTernan compiled manuals which explain the purpose and function of each app and device along with information pertaining to their availability and cost.
Springfield Library patrons wishing to check out one of the iPads or use one or more of the non-tech devices in the library should inquire at the circulation desk.