Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learning about Special Population Children at ALA Annual!

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There are many opportunities for learning about serving special population children at ALA!  So, as you make your final schedule for 2015 ALA Annual in San Francisco, the ALSC Library Services to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee encourages you to add the programs below.

Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 08:30am – 10:00am | Marriott Marquis San Francisco – Yerba Buena Salon 04

Hearing on Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 133 (N)

Next Chapter Book Club: A Community-based Model for Engaging People with Disabilities | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2000 (W)

AIDS in the End Zone: Working with Incarcerated Youth to Create a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS Prevention | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 01:00pm – 02:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 122 (N)

Conversation Starter: Beyond Print — Audiobooks, Braille, & Large Print | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 01:30pm – 02:15pm | Moscone Convention Center – 130 (N)

LGBTQ Services: Improving Library Service From the Bottom Up | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 02:30pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – Exhibit Hall – Poster Session – Poster 22

APALA Program – Create Possibilities for Refugee, Immigrant and Low Income Students | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 03:00pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – 236-238 (S)

Breaking Down Barriers: School Libraries and Deaf Education | Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 04:30pm – 05:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 3000 (W)

Everyone’s REALLY Welcome: Inviting Neurodiverse Students into Your Library | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 08:30am – 09:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2005 (W)

Seeing Through Walls: Library-Based Video Conferencing to Connect Kids with Parents in Jail | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am | Moscone Convention Center – 2016 (W)

They’re Our Customers, Too: Engaging the Homeless at Your Library | Sunday, 06/28/2015 – 03:00pm – 04:00pm | Moscone Convention Center – 2020 (W)

Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage & Inspire with ECRR 2.0 | Monday, 06/29/2015 – 01:00pm – 02:30pm | Moscone Convention Center – 2006 (W)

If you want a short description of each session listed above, visit the #ALAAC15 website. Use the ALA Scheduler to begin crafting your plan! Thank you to ALSC LSSPCC Committee Member Sylvia Aguinaga for putting together this great list!

New Graduate Level Course on Accessibility Services at Dominican University

Check it out! Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science is offering a new course this fall...

LIS 806.01 Special Topics: Serving Children with Disabilities
1.5 credit hours. Wednesdays, 10/21-11/18/15 and 12/2-12/9/15; 9am-12pm

According to recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, 6.4 million children and youth ages 3-21 received special education services in 2011-2012 due to an identified disability. In a six-week course taught by assistant professor Sujin Huggins, students will become familiar with the characteristics of physical, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities. They'll also learn ways in which librarians can work with other community organizations to serve patrons with a wide range of needs.

As alumni, Renee and I couldn't be more proud of Dominican University for developing a course that helps prepare future librarians to serve children with special needs. If you are pursuing an MLS be sure to register for this course and spread the word. And if you are a Domincan Alum, know that you can audit the class for free!

More information is available at myDU by doing a Course Search for Fall 2015-2016 and choosing assistant professor Sujin Huggins from the Faculty field.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Chicago Abilities Expo

In case you've missed the billboard ads don't miss the Chicago Abilities Expo! This FREE, three-day event is being held June 12-15, 2015 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.


Register now and plan to spend at least a day at this enormous event. Browse the exhibit floor to discover helpful products and services for your patrons including assistive technology. Catch inspiring demonstrations of adaptive dance and sports. Learn about the benefit of service animals. Purchase an original piece of work from the Artist Market.

The event I'm most excited about is the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act presented by the ADA National Network and The Legacy Project. Their Friday morning workshop, ADA: a Civil Rights Legacy will tell the story of the fight for civil rights in housing, employment, and education and address future challenges and opportunities. Right after the workshop, I plan to check out the ADA Legacy Tour, a traveling exhibit featuring historical artifacts from the disability rights movement and video interviews of today's self-advocates.

I also can't wait to see the miniature therapy horses from Mane in Heaven, an animal assisted therapy organization in Barrington, Illinois. I can't imagine a single library that won't want to book an event with these adorable animals!

Even if you can't slip away from the library on Friday, you may want to set aside a little personal time to attend the Expo for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday. It's that good!