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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Assisting People with Disabilities, 1:30-2:30pm (JJ Pionke, UIUC)
This session will highlight some of the work that has been going on at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in terms of reaching out to and assisting people with disabilities (physical, mental, sensory). This session will also include a practical discussion for empowering libraries to go beyond American with Disabilities Act compliance including walking your building, using User Experience techniques, and refining services.
Be an Advocate: Create Volunteer Opportunities for Young Adults with Disabilities, 2:45-3:45pm (Dawn Wlezien, Skokie Public Library)
Our message to people with disabilities is that the library is a place of lifelong learning and discovery for people of all abilities, and that our library is not complete without their participation. The library's goal is to provide volunteer opportunities that bring differently abled residents together for discovery, enrichment, and the exchange of ideas. If you want to find out more on how to develop, shape, and implement a progressive volunteer program for young adults with disabilities, this session is for you.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Diversity and Diversability: Developing Programming for All, 10:15-11:15am (Greg Diaz, Patrice Johnson, and Evelyn Keolian, Chicago Public Library)
Diversity programming, from culturally based focuses to inclusive events for those experiencing disabilities, is a key tool in building connections within and across communities. It is also one of the best methods librarians have to increase their own awareness of and empathy for the communities they serve. This session will discuss the importance and value of diversity programming, as well as the impact it can have on both communities and library staff. Practical strategies for developing such programming will also be explored.
Diversity in Illinois Libraries Discussion Group, 1:45-2:45pm
Join others in a discussion about diversity in the Illinois library community. Participants will be given the opportunity to talk about traditionally underrepresented groups within the library profession, and share ideas to help libraries improve the way we recruit and retain diverse staff. Facilitated by the Diversity Task Force.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
POSTER SESSION: Literacy Resources for Serving Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 12:00-1:30pm (Beth Paoli, Illinois State Library)
Two programs of the Illinois State Library (ISL), Targeting Autism and the Literacy office, have collaborated to develop resources for libraries to better serve individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder. As a result of this collaboration, an autism friendly adaptation section has been added to every Adult New Reader Book Club and Family Literacy Story Kit facilitators guide. The adaptation section offers suggestions on communication tips, visual guides and programming ideas for libraries to make learning experiences more inclusive and comfortable for those on the autism spectrum. In addition, three new titles featuring characters with autism spectrum disorder have been added to the collections. This poster session will introduce these autism friendly resources and encourage Illinois libraries to borrow these items from the ISL.
POSTER SESSION: Library Guides on Disabilities: Building a Robust Resource for All, 12:00-1:30 (JJ Pionke, UIUC)
This poster discusses the creation of over 20 LibGuides that focus on disabilities, disability theory, and assistive technology. Accessibility will be highlighted as well as critical response to the guides. This project was generously funded by an American Library Association Carnegie Whitney Grant.
For more sessions on serving diverse population groups, select the Diversity and Special Populations track on the Conference Programs website.