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Assistive Technology Provided by the MN STAR Programpdf document
- updated February 2016

The STC has partnered with the Minnesota STAR Program to provide exciting, new assistive technology for loan. The above listed technology is available for loan at no cost to the borrower.

Technology Lending Library

Assistive technology (AT) is any device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently in life.  Ranging from simple adaptations to highly sophisticated technology, AT helps people communicate, learn, live independently, be included, and success at home, school and work.  Which technology is right for you or your child?  Find out at the Simon Technology Center Lending Library!

With more than 1,900 items, the Lending Library lets you try out and borrow some of the newest educational and disability-specific software and devices on the market including:

  • Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
  • Speech-to-text software for improved written communication
  • Universally designed toys for playtime accessibility and inclusion
  • Communication devices for communication freedom
  • Computer access adaptations for independence
  • Talking calculators for improved independence with math

The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents.  Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services.  As a member, you can:

  • Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
  • Try out devices and software.
  • Reserve, check-out, or renew items by phone, email or in person.
  • Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
  • Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.

Stop in during open hours to browse and explore the Simon Technology Center's array of assistive technology!

Becoming a Lending Library Member

Family & Individual

  • $50 annual fee
  • Check out up to four items at a time

Professional & Organization

  • $100 annual fee
  • Check out up to six items at a time

Specialty Memberships

First Steps

  • $10 for one month
  • Check out up to three items at a time


  • Free!
  • Access to a select inventory of items
  • Check out up to four items at a time

Collections and New Items

Paul Adelman Assistive Technology Collection

PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology. Thanks to a grant from the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund, PACER was able to purchase two VGo Robots, the UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicator. With additional funds the Tobii Eye Mobile, the Nova Chat 8, the Accent 800, the Accent 1000, the Blaze ET, the E-Bot Pro, the VoiceMe ECU, the Pilot One, and the Relax IR Learning Remote were added fall 2015. Each of these exciting technologies has the ability to greatly improve the quality of life for individuals with a broad range of disabilities.

See the Collection about the Paul Adelman Assistive Technology Collection

New Library Items

The Sparkup Magical Reader by Sparkup Ltd.
The Sparkup Magical Book Reader clips  on to any book and allows you to record yourself reading a book.  The Magical Book Reader reads the book out loud to your child in using your voice. The small camera takes a picture of the book's front cover and each page allowing the device to recognize what book the child wants to read and follows along as the child turns the pages even if they're out of order.  Pre-recordings of books can also be downloaded to the device.  The Magical Book Reader can store up to 250 minutes of audio or about 50 storybooks.

The J-Pad Switch by Pretorian Technologies LTD
The J-Pad is a joystick switch for the iPad that connects via Bluetooth.  The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 30 hours.  It also includes two switch jacks to connect external switches.

The Vidget by Viggie Kids, Corp.
Kids like to move around and sometimes have difficulty sitting still.  The Vidget allows kids to fidget in a side-to-side motion while seated.  The lightweight chair can help improve focus and attention as well as provide sensory stimulation for children ages three to six.  Its modular cube design allows for the Vidget to also become a desk or stool by turning it on its side.

Wear Locket by W-ear
The Wear Locket is a small assisted listening device that can amplify noise within a 6-foot range.  It uses standard headphones and charges through a USB cable.  Fully charged, the Wear Locket will function for about 27 hours.

PylePro Multimedia iPad Floor Stand by Pyle Audio, Inc.
The PylePro Multimedia iPad Floor Stand allows easy access to your iPad whether you are sitting on the floor or in a chair or laying down.  It also allows the iPad to be used in landscape or portrait mode.


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