Register for the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum!!

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The Illinois State Library is currently accepting registrations for the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum, to be held at the Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, on May 11-12. Lodging will be provided, May 10-11, at the Springfield Wyndham Hotel (formerly Hilton).  Upon registration, a room will be reserved in your name.  Meals and snacks during the conference will also be provided.  Reimbursement for transportation, however, will only be provided to forum presenters.

As in past years, the State Library can accommodate 80 participants. We would like to encourage participation from those who have not previously attended one or both of the earlier forums.  If you have attended in the past, we encourage you to register early as registration for previous attendees will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.  As always, all forum sessions will be recorded for viewing on the Targeting Autism YouTube Channel.

To register for the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum, simply send an email to Suzanne Schriar and include the following information:

 Subject line: I would like to attend the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum

Name:

Job Title:

Place of Employment and address:

Contact Information, including email and phone:

Include a brief paragraph stating what you hope to gain from this forum (see highlights below)

A sampling of the 2017 forum presenters includes the following:

Michael John Carley

michael_john_carley_2 will be our keynote speaker to open the forum on Thursday.  Author of Asperger’s from the Inside Out and Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum (with two other books in production), Carley was the founder and first Executive Director of GRASP and former Executive Director of ASTEP.  He now works as an international autism consultant and motivational speaker.  Mr. Carley also received a diagnosis of Asperger’s after his son was diagnosed.

Brian Kingbrian-king

 is author of four books.  He is an internationally recognized relationship consultant and motivational speaker. He was diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD and Dyslexia after his 3 boys were diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers.  King turned his consulting and coaching business into a virtual format to accommodate clients from across the globe.

Carrie Banks

banks-big is author of Serving Families of Children with Special Needs:  A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (ALA Editions) and has been director of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs since 1997.  In 2015, Banks was elected to the Board of Directors of ASCLA as the Designated Director for Special Populations.  An expert in library inclusion, she will present an interactive approach to problem-solve common issues for librarians with regard to autism, diversity, accommodation and inclusion.

Linda Hodgdon

linda-hodgdonis often referred to as the “Queen of Visuals.” Over 30 years in the field as an autism consultant, trainer, author and teacher, Hodgdon’s strategies are practical for every setting.  Two of her practical guides: Visual Strategies for Improving Communication and Solving Behavior Problems in Autism are invaluable resources for educators, librarians, parents and anyone who works with children with autism or other developmental/communication disorders.

Donald Cohen

donald-cohenwho is founder and Executive Director of In the Public Interest, helped to establish the Autism Creatives Collective, a community of talented creative writers, artists and musicians on the spectrum who support each other in their creative endeavors. Cohen is also father to  Colin Eldred-Cohen,colin-eldred-cohen a young adult with autism who has just published his first children’s book.   Together they will deliver an engaging presentation about Colin’s path to creative writing, the special difficulties that creative people on the spectrum face and how libraries can support writers and other creatives on the spectrum.

The Tu Y Yo: Young Adults with Autism Mentoring, Educating and Advocating.  This group of young adults with autism will educate and inspire us all as they share the active roles they take with each other and in their community to address needs for all individuals with autism, especially young adults.

We will have two panel discussions:

  1. Panel on Autism and Employment in Libraries with Philip Zupon, Tina Dolcetti, Ata Bird and Dan O’Hara.
  2. Janet McAllister of the Rochester, Illinois Public Library and Maggie Henderson of the Glen Carbon, Illinois Public Library will discuss providing library internship opportunities for students/individuals on the spectrum.

This and more promises to make for an intensive and engaging forum experience. We hope to see you there!

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