Friday, December 5, 2014

Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum

Illinois needs librarians!  Make a difference in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community and participate in Targeting Autism, the Illinois State Library's ground-breaking grant project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Service.

In September of 2014, the Illinois State Library received a $100,000 National Leadership Grant (NLG) award to hold two inter-organizational forums to develop strategies to increase the role of all types of libraries to support their patrons and family members who are impacted by ASD.

Two forums will be held on March 4-5 and September 3-4, 2015 at the University of Illinois in Springfield.  Participants will include roughly 80 individuals who represent libraries, autism organizations, educational institutions and a variety of other stakeholder groups.

This is a wonderful opportunity for librarians across the state to apply to be a part of this process.  There is a limited amount of spaces for forum participants, so don't miss out!  Applications are now available and are due in early 2015. 

For more information and updates about the project, take a look at the Targeting Autism Grant Project Blog.