Free loan service for specialist communication aids at libraries

Libraries across West Sussex are now offering free to loan resources to help people who have difficulty communicating.

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The new ‘Understand Me’ service will provide specialist resources for children, young people and adults who require help with communication, including those that use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

The equipment includes specially adapted toys, switches, recordable audio devices and GoTalk communication devices.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for children – start of life, said: “This new scheme is an excellent addition to our libraries. It will help those who have difficulty communicating try equipment before they buy it.”

The equipment can be reserved by any library member using an online form and collected from any library in West Sussex. Items are loaned for three weeks, matching the period for books, and can be renewed online 24/7.

Library membership is free and open to everyone who lives, works or studies in West Sussex.

Video tutorials will soon be available to guide users through the new resources.

To take advantage, search ‘join the library’ on or visit your local library.

For more information on the Understand Me service visit

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