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This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue that visit the library. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions.
The certification process entailed the staff at the Webster Public Library be trained on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These individuals will also be able to have use of a dedicated sensory area with a sensory station for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Prior to visiting the library, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while visiting the library. We are glad for the chance to make the library a more welcoming and inclusive place for all of our community!
Hearing Loop at Service Desks:
Have a hearing aid? Hear clearly at the Webster Public Library. We now have a hearing loop at both the reference desk and the check out desk. Look for the sign of an ear with a line through it and you will be able to hear the staff member speaking through a microphone right in your ear. Just change your hearing aid to the T-Coil setting and hear them as if they were standing next to you. Don’t know if your hearing aid does this? Check with your audiologist or hearing aid specialist. We would like to thank Mark and Barbara Hargrave of the Hard of Hearing Clarity Fund through the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Friends of the Webster Public Library for helping get this service to the public. Don’t have a hearing aid and have hearing issues? Ask for a Loop receiver and you can still use the technology.