Showing posts from 2018

Online course: The Disability Community in the Library

The school year is right around the corner, so it's a great time to sign up for class! This fall, S. Bryce Kozla will be teaching a six-week online course called "The Disability Community in the Library: Education, Access, and Advocacy" for the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool Continuing Education program.

Different from most courses that focus on how-to's, Bryce's lesson is about recognizing internal bias and and becoming an advocate for the disability community. According to the course description:

Public libraries have taken great strides to become “the great equalizer,” yet our discussions about equity often leave out or misrepresent one of the largest vulnerable populations in the world—the disability community.

This course will introduce participants to the abled/neurotypical narrative, challenge our misconceptions about the disability community, and explore ways to make your library a more accessible place to visit and work.

The course runs from Nove…

Adaptive Umbrella 2018 workshop

Our friends at Bloomfield (MI) Public Library are doing amazing work for children with disabilities, and we're all invited to attend their biennial Adaptive Umbrella workshop.

This day-long workshop is geared towards librarians, educators, and caregivers working with youth who have special needs (including some great ideas and resources for inclusion of teens and adults with disabilities).

Date: April 25, 2018, 9am-3:30pm

Place: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48302

Price: $25 including lunch
Register online by April 16.

Program Highlights:
Dr. Clayton Copeland (Faculty & Director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity and Diversity, University of South Carolina) will present on making your library services, collections, and programming more accessible for people of all ages.Child development specialist and award-winning children’s musician, Jim Gill, will show us how to add music to our programs that is inclusive of youth with sp…

Spring 2018 Targeting Autism Forum

Registration for the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is now open! This fourth and final two-day intensive will take place in Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, 2018. 

Suzanne Schriar and Russ Bonanno will kick off the two-day forum and introduce the keynote speakers:

Susan Senator
Journey Into Autism Adulthood: Creative Insights & Strategies for a Fulfilling Life

Gyasi Burks-Abbott, Stephanie Diorio, Erin Miller, Charlie Remy and Mitch Silverman
Librarians on the Spectrum: On Helping Make Libraries Inclusive

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
At the Intersection of Being Black, Female and Autistic

Amanda Marti
Building Community Engagement

Samuel Senyo Dogoe
Autism & Libraries in Ghana

Kerry Magro
Journey to Adulthood on the Spectrum

Nancy Bolt
Advocating That All Be Served: the U.N., IFLA, A Survey and Library Service to People with Disabilities

Sujin Huggins
Autism & Libraries in Trinidad

Kathy Claybough, Cathy Hoffman, Holly Jin, Julie Ozier, and Deb Sherrick
Panel: Coll…