Sunday, February 16, 2014

Resources for Expanding Accessible Services & Programs at Your Library

Library services for children with disabilities are continuing to expand by leaps and bounds.  In the last year alone, three separate professional resources have been published specifically targeting this exact topic.  Each of these three books has something incredibly meaningful to contribute to our profession, and all of them are worthwhile purchases for your library's professional collection or your own bookshelf.  Check them out!

http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=10722
Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Written by Barbara Klipper
Purchase a copy HERE at the ALA Store
Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder is unlike anything else I have even seen in professional library literature thus far.  Not only does it contain in-depth background info about autism and suggests methods for securing funding, it features step-by-step program models from librarians across the country.  These detailed program models are complete with lists of books, rhymes, songs, resources, and supplies ready for librarians to use and adapt into their own public or school library
                                            settings.   


http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4273 Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Revised by Carrie Scott Banks
Purchase a copy HERE at the ALA Store
Including Families of Children with Special Needs is the quintessential resource for librarians inclusion in all of its forms.  This resource gives an overview about developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations with organizations in the community.  It also helps library professionals assess their own competencies and skills, as well as talks about various principles underlying family-centered services and resources.



http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4023

Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written by Lesley S. J. Farmer
Purchase a copy HERE at the ALA Store
Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an excellent resource for background information about autism.  This book equips readers with practical tools for staff and volunteer training, proposes strategies for using library design to ensure that materials and services are accessible, and helps to increase readers' understanding of the diagnosis as it relates to a library setting. 


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