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Kent District Library first in country to introduce system for cognitively impaired

The MagnusCard includes graphics, text and audio so they can assist people with various disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments.

KENT COUNTY, Mich. - The Kent District Library will be the first library in the country to introduce MagnusCards, a new initiative to assist people with cognitive special needs.

The cards were created by Magnusmode, a Canadian company which uses technology to empower and aid people as they engage in everyday activities.

“It is important to us that all our patrons can effectively use the free services we have to offer,” said Michelle Roossien, LBPH Specialist at the Wyoming branch of KDL. “This is an important step to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and welcome at our branches.”

MagnusCards offer digital "card decks" which provide step-by-step instructions that walk the user through a variety of activities.

The Kent District Library offers five different card decks to help individuals utilize library services, including:

  • Getting a library card
  • Using a self-checkout station
  • Using the KDL catalog and placing holds
  • Logging into a computer at the library
  • What to expect at the library

The cards include graphics, text and audio so they can assist people with various disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments. They are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information on MagnusCards at the KDL, click here.

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