2017 “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant Winner Honored at Targeting Autism Forum

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Daniel Flores and Dianne Aimone

Wisner Public Library was the 2017 winner of the “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant.  Representing the Wisner Library at the Targeting Autism Forum was YA Librarian, Dianne Aimone.

The Wisner Library will receive $5,000 for their project, “Improve Your Social Library: Social Skills for Tweens and Teens with Autism.  The grant funds will be used to provide a series of workshops designed to support the development of social skills for teens and tweens with ASD.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the library, form a book group, enhance their social media etiquette, express themselves through art projects, play board games, take part in a group dance, and more.  The program has three primary goals: introduce and encourage social skills that teens and tweens can apply in the library and beyond; provide those on the spectrum and their families a safe and familiar place in the community; demonstrate respect for neurodiversity and inclusion.

Barbara Klipper, creator of the grant program was delighted at this year’s pick.”…Their parent-initiated proposal was well-written, is easily replicable and serves an often overlooked subgroup of the ASD population…”


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