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!

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Targeting Autism’s webinar, “Autism Basics: A Webinar for Librarians and Literacy Providers,” has been archived and is available on the Illinois State Library website.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

Sign Up for Autism Basics Webinar

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Please reserve 10:30-11:30AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, for an informational webinar about serving individuals on the autism spectrum. This session will cover topics including what is autism, why it is important for librarians and literacy providers to know about autism and how to create an inclusive learning environment. An opportunity for questions will be provided at the end of the session.

To attend, simply send an email that contains the message: “Sign me up for the webinar” to Suzanne Schriar by Friday, September 22rd. 

The online webinar will be delivered using Adobe Connect Pro. To join the meeting, go to http://webjunctionillinois.adobeconnect.com/autism101/ about 10 minutes prior to the webinar. Enter as a Guest and sign in with your name and your agency’s name. You will be able to listen through headphones or speakers and type in your questions. If you are unable to attend the live session, this webinar will be recorded and posted to the Illinois State Library website.

Prior to the Connect Pro meeting, test your connection by clicking on either of these links:

https://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

or

http://webjunctionillinois.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Contact Suzanne Schriar (217-785-1533) or Mary Pelich (217-782-0974) with questions.

Targeting Autism Connects People & Resources: A personal account

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Rachel Combs (pictured above), Public Services Manager at the University of Kentucky, Science and Engineering Library attended the 2017 Targeting Autism forum hoping to learn more about how she could remove barriers for people with autism and other disabilities in her library. 

 Rachel first became involved with the Targeting Autism project in 2016 while researching resources to help others with an autism diagnosis.  Through her research on the subject of autism and her involvement with Targeting Autism, she has since created a Library Employee Sensitivity Training Video and an expansive LibGuide on the University of Kentucky’s website.  The training video has been shared university-wide and is slated for use in training library assistants at the university.

But the best part of all, claims Rachel, was the opportunity to share with and learn from other professionals in her field at the forum.

 Read Rachel’s story, posted September1, 2017, here. 

If you have a personal impact testimony that you would like to share, please send it to Suzanne Schriar or Mary Pelich.

 

 

Autism Basics: A primer for librarians & literacy providers

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Please reserve 10:30-11:30AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, for an informational webinar about serving individuals on the autism spectrum. This session will cover topics including what is autism, why it is important for librarians and literacy providers to know about autism and how to create an inclusive learning environment. An opportunity for questions will be provided at the end of the session. 

 The online webinar will be delivered using Adobe Connect Pro. To join the meeting, go to  http://webjunctionillinois.adobeconnect.com/autism101/ about 10 minutes prior to the webinar. Enter as a Guest and sign in with your name and your agency’s name. You will be able to listen through headphones or speakers and type in your questions. If you are unable to attend the live session, this webinar will be recorded and posted to the Illinois State Library website.

 Prior to the Connect Pro meeting, test your connection by clicking on either of these links http://isl.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm or

https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

 Contact Suzanne Schriar (217-785-1533) or Mary Pelich (217-782-0974) with questions.

The “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant

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This grant honors the groundbreaking work of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected co-founder, Meg Kolaya, for her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries with the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.

Grant Description

Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded.  All types of libraries, either in the United States or Canada, are encouraged to apply and proposals can fund projects and services directed to any age group.  Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an established, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service that they currently offer.  All proposed projects must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly.  Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, buy program materials, pay for staff, etc.

Dates

Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2017.

The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

The winning applicant(s) will be notified by March 1, 2018.

The grant funding period is from April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.

 Criteria for Selection

  1. The project is clearly described and well thought out.
  2. The potential impact is significant.
  3. There is institutional support for the program or service.
  4. People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders are involved in the development and/or implementation of the project.
  5. The program is one that would be replicable in other communities.
  6. The program or service is based on an understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or best practices in working with this population.
  7. There is a plan for the continuation of the service or program after the grant year.
  8. The project would not be possible without outside funding.

Grant Forms

The following 2018 grant form can be downloaded here:

  1. The Grant Application – All questions must be answered, unless they are marked “optional”.
  2. The Grant Sample Budget Sheet
  3. The Grant Report Guidelines

Applications, budget sheets, institutional letters of support and other supporting documentation must be submitted as email attachments to: grant@librariesandautism.org