Morénike Giwa Onaiwu to Speak at the Targeting Autism Forum!

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moreniqueMorénike Giwa Onaiwu is a community advocate, writer, mom, and educator. American-born to immigrant parents, Morénike is a Black Autistic woman in a multicultural, neurodiverse, family of color and a firm supporter of human rights.

Morénike was a panelist at The White House for the inaugural 2016 White House Forum on the Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities and is a contributing writer for Respectfully Connected, a collaborative disability parenting writing project.   She is also a contributing author/editor of several publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, disability, diversity, and nontraditional leadership.

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu will speak on the topic:

At the Intersection of Being Black, Female and Autistic

Make your plans NOW to register for the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum, by simply sending an email to Suzanne Schriar with the subject line that reads Registration for the forum.  Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries.

The 2018 Targeting Autism Forum will be held in the atrium of the Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, on May 17-18, 2018.  There is no registration fee.  Lodging for May 16-17 will be provided at no additional charge at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre.  Breakfast and lunch on May 17-18 will be provided.

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Nancy Bolt shares nationwide and global policy initiatives at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum

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Advocating that All Be Served:  The United Nations, IFLA, a Survey, and Library Service to People with Disabilities

Nancy Bolt was State Librarian in Colorado for eighteen years, leaving in 2005 to form her own library consulting company, Nancy Bolt & Associates. Among her many accomplishments, Bolt was named the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

In 2016, the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development created a committee to address how people with disabilities are served as the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are implemented around the world. IFLA was asked to appoint someone to this Committee and Nancy Bolt was asked to represent IFLA’s section on Library Service to People with Special Needs.  She was asked to conduct an international survey to which 474 librarians responded from 92 countries.  At this year’s Targeting Autism Forum, Nancy Bolt will report on her work with the United Nations and IFLA and the results of the international survey of librarians.

You can register NOW to attend the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum!  To register, simply send an email to Suzanne Schriar with a subject line that reads Registration for the forum.  Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries.

The 2018 Targeting Autism Forum will be held at the Illinois State Library, Springfield IL, on May 17-18.  Travel to and from Springfield, IL, will be at your own expense.  There is no registration fee.  Lodging for May 16-17 and meals (breakfast and lunch) during the forum are included.

Continue to check the blog for additional information about the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum.

 

 

Here is just one reason to attend the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum, May 17-18th, Springfield, IL

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Susan Senator is an author, blogger, journalist, and educator living in Brookline MA with her husband Ned Batchelder.  She has three sons, the oldest of whom is 28 with autism.  Ms. Senator is the author of Making Peace With Autism as well as The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and now, Autism Adulthood:  Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life.  A journalist since 1997, she has published pieces on disability, parenting, and living happily, for the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Family Fun, and Education Week.  Senator has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR and CNN.  Her writings on Special Olympics took her to the White House in 2006, to a state dinner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  Ms. Senator’s blog, publications and events can be found here.

Ms. Senator will be speaking on the topic:

Journey into Autism Adulthood: Creative Insights and Strategies for a Fulfilling Life. 

Registration for the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is open now!  Seating is limited, so register early.  To register, simply email Suzanne Schriar   The subject line should read Registration for the forum.   Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries.

The Forum will be held at the Illinois State Library.  Travel to and from Springfield, IL, will be at your own expense.  There is no registration fee.  Lodging for May 16-17 and meals (breakfast and lunch)  for both days are included. 

Continue to check the blog for additional information about the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum.

 

Targeting Project ENABLE: creating better, more inclusive libraries through online training

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Syracuse University’s Project ENABLE, a disabilities training initiative for librarians that began in 2010, received multiple IMLS grants to deliver in-depth training to librarians on ways to provide effective library and information programs and services to students with disabilities.  This valuable initiative evolved from a series of face-to-face in-depth workshops to eventually add a freely accessible online training website to meet the growing need of libraries to become community anchors for their patrons with disabilities. The need to provide online, self-paced, multimedia and interactive training that simulated much of the in-person workshop content and activities grew as Project ENABLE’s popularity increased.

In 2016, Project ENABLE began a partnership with the Illinois State Library and Dominican University to add a cluster of supplemental autism training modules as a key component of the Targeting Autism training.  Stayed tuned for more information and the release of the autism modules.

In the meantime, check out the Project ENABLE website to access the full range of disabilities training and resources provided.  Also, check out the December post on the Project Enable Blog to learn the story behind the Targeting Autism initiative.

Save the Date for the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum

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The 2018 Targeting Autism Forum will be held on Thursday, May 17-Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Illinois State Library, 300 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL.

Details are forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Autism Basics Webinar – Now Archived

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Targeting Autism’s webinar, “Autism Basics: A Webinar for Librarians and Literacy Providers,” has been archived and is available on the Illinois State Library website.  Click here and find the Training Webinars heading.

Would you consider participating in a new initiative that connects libraries and populations with hidden disabilities?

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The Targeting Autism grant project is seeking librarians and disabilities stakeholders who would be interested in participating in a future Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant proposing to develop libraries as community anchors in serving individuals and families with hidden disabilities.  The project plan will be to organize multi-stakeholder teams from across the nation to receive training in a variety of formats beginning with one intensive three day in-person workshop.  Follow-up consultations with a disabilities trainer would be provided via phone, Skype and in-person, when possible. Additional components include a template of online training tools developed as part of Syracuse University’s Project ENABLE and monthly online seminars. Ongoing opportunities to engage with one another and share best practices will be provided via an online discussion platform.  The overall purpose of this project is to teach cultural competencies in working with disabled members of the population by developing a training model which can be distributed and adopted nationwide.

If you are either employed within the library  profession, a disabilities services provider or self-advocate who would be interested in participating in this future initiative, please send an email to Suzanne Schriar, indicating your interest.  Include a brief statement about why you think this training initiative is important.

Finally, this is NOT a commitment to participate. At this time, we are only trying to assess interest in this iniative.

Thank you!