There are still some openings to attend the Targeting Autism Forum, May 11-12th at the Illinois State Library, but we are quickly reaching our attendance limit. The complete agenda is available here:
If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Suzanne Schriar with a brief statement about what you hope to gain from the forum.
If you are unable to attend, all forum sessions will be recorded and archived for viewing after the event.
Colin Eldred-Cohen is a creative writer and storyteller, who is on the autism spectrum. Colin is an active member of the Autistic Creatives Collective (ACC), a community of talented creative writers, artists and musicians on the autism spectrum. Colin and his father Donald Cohen will be two of the presenters at the 2017 Targeting Autism forum, held at the Illinois State Library, May 11-12. Among the topics presented, father and son will share ideas about how libraries can help to foster creative expression in the autism community.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
is 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.
who 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, 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:
- Panel on Autism and Employment in Libraries with Philip Zupon, Tina Dolcetti, Ata Bird and Dan O’Hara.
- 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!
The Targeting Autism national forum will be held May 11 and 12, 2017 at the Illinois State Library, in Springfield, Illinois. Seating is limited. This year, we would like to prioritize registration for “first-timers,” those who have not previously attended one of the forums, while still allowing the continuing education of former attendees. Registration forms will be available soon. Mark your calendar today!
Carrie Banks, Director, Brooklyn Public Library and one of the authors of “Including Families of Children with Special Needs,” will be a presenter at the 2017 Targeting Autism forum in Springfield, IL, May 11-12. Her topic will focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and what compliance with ADA means when serving those on the autism spectrum, whose disabilities are not physical and often hidden.
Carrie enjoys doing practical presentations using role play and real-life scenarios to assist librarians and other public services employees to deal with patrons and challenging situations skillfully, through practice. To maximize the benefit of her techniques, Carrie has requested input of actual issues that have come up with patrons who are on the autism spectrum. Attendees at the upcoming forum will have an opportunity to role play these real life scenarios and practice strategies to accommodate and address the needs of these special needs citizens.
Please send your real life stories or issues that have come up in your library of other place of work to Suzanne Schriar. You can help make this an outstanding session with these accounts.
Further details about registering to attend the forum are forthcoming. We hope to see you there!!
With the support of grant funds from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the Illinois State Library is very excited to be hosting the third annual Targeting Autism forum on May 11-12 in Springfield, IL. These forums provide an educational venue for librarians and various other autism stakeholders to learn from one another and to elevate the role of libraries in supporting the large population of those impacted by autism.
We are thrilled to announce that one of our keynote speakers this year is Michael John Carley, the Founder, and first Executive Director of GRASP, the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum. Carley’s presentation will focus on topics covered in his new book “Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum,” Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
From Michael John Carley’s website:
“He [Michael John Carley] has appeared in the media widely, most notably in the New York Times, Washington Post, NY Newsday, the London Times, HuffPost Live, NEWSWEEK OnAir, ABCNews, BBC News, FOX News Network, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, Exceptional Parent Magazine, and on radio with Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and The Infinite Mind. NPR News also aired a 12-minute story in June of 2006 that featured he and GRASP. Carley was also featured in the documentaries, “On the Spectrum,” and “Off the Rails.” He was one of two people on the spectrum to address Congress in their first-ever hearings on autism, he has addressed the United Nations, and his articles have been published in magazines such as Autism Spectrum News, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, and Autism/Asperger Digest. He has a column with Huffington Post (“Autism Without Fear”) and his first two books, Asperger’s From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger’s Syndrome (Penguin/Perigee, April, 2008) and Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum (Jessica Kingsley, February, 2016) were both released to humbling advance reviews. He has also finished two more books; a) “Why Am I Afraid of Sex?” Building Sexual Confidence in the Autism Spectrum . . . and Maybe Everyone Else!; and b) The Last Memoir of Asperger’s Syndrome.
He was the inaugural FAR Fund Fellow in 2003; and he has since received NYFAC’s Ben Kramer Award (2008), the BCID Award for Service (2009), Columbia University’s Herbert M. Cohen Lecture (2011), and Eden II’s Peter McGowan & John Potterfield Achievement Award (2011). He also proudly sits on the Board of Directors of New York Collaborates for Autism, and the Advisory Boards of GallopNYC, and C.H.A.S.E.
Until 2001, Mr. Carley was the United Nations Representative of Veterans for Peace, Inc. In that time, he was known primarily for his work in Bosnia, and in Iraq as the Project Director of the internationally acclaimed Iraq Water Project. Prior to 2001 he was also a playwright who enjoyed 15 productions and 10 readings of his plays in New York.”
Stayed tuned for more information, including registration details and a complete agenda for the 2017 Targeting Autism forum.
Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is a community-based literacy program for people with developmental disabilities. NCBC groups meet all over the US in coffee shops, bookstores, and community centers, but very few meet in libraries.
Elmhurst Public Library and Skokie Public Library, in an effort to expand NCBC groups throughout libraries, have arranged to receive affiliate training in the next few weeks. There are a few openings for staff from other libraries to attend.
Take advantage of this opportunity. Starting an NCBC group is is a great way for your library to offer programming that engages young adults with developmental disabilities.
Training will be offered at:
Elmhurst Public Library on February 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact Kristin Sanderson at email@example.com
Skokie Public Library March 18, 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact Holly Jin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.324.3117
You can send 1-2 staff members to the training which would make your library an affiliate site. You could then train your own staff. If you are working with a partner, someone from that community organization should also attend the training. Elmhurst and Skokie are covering the cost of the training ($550), but in order to get a NCBC going you would want to purchase start up materials cost for $200 (manual, tote bags, and a set of starter books).
If your library is unable to pay for start-up materials, you can still participate in the training with the understanding that you will not receive start-up materials. (You would still get a training folder/packet.) In this case:
a. You library may still become a Next Chapter Book Clubs affiliate if you complete and submit the Affiliate Agreement Form. Signing and submitting this Form means the organization understands the NCBC model and agrees to operate its book clubs by our Standards of Practice,
b. You may choose to start book clubs without signing the agreement, but you cannot use the Next Chapter Book Club name.
If you aren’t yet sure who is going to be the coordinator for your club, you can take the Form and Standards back to your agency/library and return the Agreement form when you are ready. In the latter case, you would receive a Resource CD after Agreement Form is received by NCBC.