Renee Grassi, Library Leader & Advocate for People of All Abilities, will speak at the 2019 forum.

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Renee BarcelonaAward winning, author, blogger, speaker, trainer, Renee Grassi, is a recognized library leader and advocate for people of all abilities.  Renee considers herself a passionate ally for those with autism and other disabilities and presents nationally and internationally, to help library be more equitable and inclusive for all.  In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for launching Deerfield Public Library’s first disability-friendly programs.  Renee went on to develop new inclusive programs and services for patrons of all ages at Glencoe Public Library and Glen Ellyn Public Library.  She has been a member of the ALSC Committee for Special Populations and their Caregivers and a founding member of SNAILS, a model Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries for children and teens with disabilities.

Renee is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library in Minnestota.  She will share her expertise and her library’s efforts in breaking down barriers to access and empowering choice for the disability community through innovative library programs and services.

Registration for the Forum is open through April 15th.  Send an email here.   Include your name, contact information, professional affiliation and a brief statement of what you hope to gain from attending the forum.

Lodging and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided.  Because registration for the forum will probably exceed the number of hotel rooms available, please consider commuting if travel to Dominican University in River Forest, IL, is convenient.



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