Showing posts from September, 2017

Diversability programs at the 2017 Illinois Library Association Conference

It's officially fall, and that means it's time for sharing and learning at the annual Illinois Library Association Conference! If you are registered for Rise Up! October 10-12 in Tinley Park, aim to attend these sessions focused on serving young people with disabilities.


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 …

Developing Inclusive Library Services to Teens with Disabilities webinar

The 2017-2018 school year has officially begun, so let's get our learning on! Be sure to register for this free webinar as there are only 100 spaces available.

Developing Inclusive Library Services to Teens with Disabilities
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00-11:00am (CST)
Presented by Renee Grassi
Hosted by Minitex, An Information and Resource Sharing Program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Public libraries have a mission to serve and include all members of the community, including teens with disabilities. Librarian and advocate Renee Grassi will show how you can develop a comprehensive plan to welcome teens with disabilities at your library. In this workshop, attendees will learn about collections and technologies for teens with disabilities, innovative programs ideas, and suggestions for outreach and forging partnerships in the community. Participants will also learn how to develop best practices for building relationships …