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Binford I CAN, Too! Center

Library Services for Children with Accessibility and Neurodiversity Needs
Located inside the Sanford Children’s Library on the first floor of the Central Library

I CAN, Too! Center computer

About the I CAN, Too! Center

The San Diego Public Library is proud to broaden its service range to include children with accessibility needs and their caregivers.

This dedicated space is designed with their foremost needs in mind. Technology in the center allows these children to more fully enjoy what the Denny Sandford Children’s Library has to offer.

A child can begin to use the available space and equipment in the Center once a parent or caregiver meets with the I CAN, Too! Librarian. The librarian will assess the child’s needs, determine the appropriateness of services and provide an orientation.

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I CAN, Too! Programming

In addition to the technology and equipment, the Center also provides periodic programming for and about children with accessibility and neurodiverse needs.

San Diego Public Library and the I CAN, Too! Center is proud to partner with Brain Balance of San Diego and Chula Vista to offer a special series of programs that celebrate and raise awareness about neurodiversity throughout our community.

 

Let's Play!


Child playing with sand tools

Let’s Play! is a program geared for Toddler aged children that will lead them on a magical, multisensory adventure with fun on and off the pages to wiggle, move, and play. Practice focus and listening skills, exercise gross motor and social skills, and develop fine motor skills via a multisensory experience full of fun!

Thursday, May 12th | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Kensington-Normal-Heights 
Wednesday, May 18th | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Carmel Valley 
Friday, May 20th | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - La Jolla/Riford
Monday, May 23rd | 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Logan (Spanish Bilingual)
Wednesday, May 25th |10:30 - 11:00 a.m - Central
Thursday, May 26th | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - North Park
Wednesday, June 1st | 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Carmel Mountain Ranch 
Thuesday, June 7th | 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m - Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa
Thursday, June 9th | 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Tierrasanta

 

What's Your Superpower?

Back of kids with superhero capes

What’s Your Superpower? is a workshop geared for children ages 5-10 that will help them discover and train their superpower and share ways to be a stronger part of your community. Children will practice social emotional learning skills including empathy, understanding, active listening, self-reflection, and more in addition to practicing fine motor skills, creativity, and public speaking through a story and take-home craft activity, all via a multisensory experience.

Saturday, May 14th| 10:30 -11:15 a.m. - Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox 
Thursday, May 26th | 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m - Central
Tuesday, June 7th | 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m - Allied Gardens/Benjamin
Saturday, June 11th | 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - College Rollando
 

The Developing Brain and Learning Success

Dad and Daughter reading together

The Developing Brain and Learning Success seminar will provide insight into understanding a child’s developing brain and explore techniques to help them reach their potential in and out of the classroom, from better focus to behavior and social skills. Participant will learn the root causes of learning challenges and how they’re related to brain connectivity, practice strategies to implement with their child at home to improve functioning, and brainstorm accommodations to request in the classroom to best support their needs. Seminar followed by Q&A.

Tuesday, May 17th | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - North University Community
Tuesday, May 31st | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - University Community 
Saturday, June 4th | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Rancho Peñasquitos
Tuesday, June 7th | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Mission Valley
Thursday, June 9th | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m - Scripps Ranch
Saturday, June 18th | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Central
 

Technology

Equipment

  • SARA Reader: short for Scanning and Reading Appliance, this reader works like a computer scanner to recognize text in print materials, translates it into speech then reads the text aloud.
  • Optelec ClearView: a 22" desktop video magnifier. Read books, finish puzzles, look at pictures easily with the touch of a button.
  • EZsee Keyboard: a large print keyboard that provides easy to see computer keys, low profile designs and extra large key legends for greater visibility and efficiency.
  • Adjustable height tables
  • Assistive Mouse/Ball Tracking

Software

  • ZoomText Magnifier: an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use.
  • JAWS: as the world's most popular screen reading software, JAWS enables people with vision loss to independently use a computer with a keyboard, speech or Braille display. Tasks such as writing documents, emailing or navigating the internet are made possible with this program.
  • Read & Write: Literacy software used daily to support those with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools. This toolbar assists users with features such as text-to-speech for reading comprehension, handy text and picture dictionaries to broaden vocabulary, providing word predictions to help develop writing skills and much more.

Resources

  • Book collection in both Large Print and Braille
  • Sensory Integration Kits: For children on the spectrum, our kits are packed with various goodies to channel their energy, regulate emotions and improve concentration.

Contact

For other questions or concerns, call 619-238-6664 or email our Children's Librarian at childrm@sandiego.gov.