One significant outcome of the first Targeting Autism Forum in 2015 was the creation of the Autism Welcome Here Grant Program conceived by Barbara Klipper during a small group brainstorming session about strategies to help libraries become more inclusive of the ASD population.
For five years, beginning in 2016 a total of $5000.00 is awarded to a library or libraries for developing initiatives that benefit individuals with ASD and their families. The winners are invited to the annual Targeting Autism Forum, where they introduce their projects to other librarians and representatives of organizations serving people with ASD.
The 2016 winners included the Simsbury (CT) Public Library and Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX. To see how their projects have made an impact on their local communities, visit the Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected web page.