Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Children and families can enjoy new ways to learn, read and have fun! Check out the new sensory-friendly arrivals on our shelves for you to borrow or use in the library.
- Autism Tools Kit
- Feelings Flashcards: A Great Way for Kids to Share--and Learn About--all Kinds of Emotions
- Mindfulness Game: Guess, Connect, Experiment
- Moods & Emotions Wooden Match-Ups
- Moogy the Emotions Game
- My Feelings: Exploring Emotions Through Fun, Active Play!
- Photo Conversation Cards For Children With Autism and Asperger’s
- Sensory Fidget Toys
- What Should I Do? A Game of Consequences
Cognitive Care Kits
Our Cognitive Care Kit collection feature 12 different kits, each containing a variety of activities intended for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The materials in each kit focus on memory and skill retention and are suitable for those with early, mid, or later stage dementia. The materials include simple puzzles, activity and colouring books, readers, and interactive games.
Watch this video to learn more about our Cognitive Care Kits.
MagnusCards is a step-by-step visual guide app designed to assist individuals living with cognitive special needs to accomplish life skills independently such as using library services.
As a member of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), VPL offers access to over 85,000 items to seniors or anyone who has a visual, physical or learning disability that prevents them from reading conventional print.
Enjoy books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a variety of formats including audio, e-text, downloadable and braille formats.
To set up an account with CELA, please ask staff at the Service Desk for assistance. Library membership is also required.
Home User Designation
People who are physically unable to visit the library independently often rely on their family or friends to bring them materials from the library. Once registered, those with Home User Designation have access to the following services:
- Longer loan periods
- Flexible hold pickup dates
- Qualified Library staff to assist with selection of materials
This service can be used temporarily or on a permanent basis and is free of charge. Please complete the online Home Library Customer Declaration Form to start the process or speak with library staff if assistance is needed.
Accessible Building Features
- Libraries with multiple levels (or are not on ground level) have a button operated passenger elevator or lift. These include Civic Centre Resource Library, Kleinburg Library, Pierre Berton Resource Library, VMC Library, and Woodbridge Library. Other libraries are on ground level.
- Book drops are accessible height.
- Distance between book shelves in all libraries accommodates minimum aisle widths per accessibility standards.
- All libraries have strobe lights attached to fire alarms to help the hearing impaired.
- Service desks are accessible to persons who use a wheelchair or scooter at most libraries.
- The Pierre Berton Resource Library has a push-button automatic door, all the other libraries branches have automatic sliding doors. All library main entrances are wheelchair accessible.
- All libraries have handicap accessible washrooms.
- Self-check stations at most libraries are wheelchair accessible.
- Persons with disabilities are welcomed to use personal assistive devices, registered service animals and/or support persons in the library.
- Hearing Loops (also known as Induction or Audio Loops) are installed at the Service Desks of our three resource libraries (Bathurst Clark, Civic Centre, and Pierre Berton) to assist individuals with hearing impairments.
A Victor Reader is available for loan in VPL. Provided by the Government of Ontario, the Victor Reader is a digital talking book player to assist people who are blind or have print-related disabilities.
Many of the resources available at VPL are suited to accessibility needs.
- Audiobooks (Books on CD)
- eAudiobooks (downloadable)
- eBooks (downloadable) - the settings can be adjusted with most of our downloadable eBooks to suit personal preferences for text size.
- Large Print books
- Adult basic literacy books
- Many DVD's and Blu-ray's have the sub-title option
- Descriptive DVD's
- Many of our databases provide text to speech capability.
- Account information is available in person, over the telephone and online.
- Notification about holds pick up, overdues and due date reminders is available via telephone, Email Notification or Text Notification.
- Visitors may adjust the font size and zoom level of the webpage.
- Text equivalents are used for images to facilitate those using screen readers.
- Style sheets are used to separate the documents structure from presentation.
- Device-independent interaction with the website is allowed: use a mouse, keyboard, or touch screen device.
- Moving content can be stopped by visitors.
If you would like to know more about these services, please contact us at 905-653-READ (7323).