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.