May 11-12, 2017 Forum
2017 “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant Winner Honored at Targeting Autism Forum
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…”
The 2017 Targeting Autism Forum, held on May 11-12 was educational and offered a group of library staff, autism and other disabilities service providers, teachers and therapists from Illinois, as well as, nationwide and Canada, an opportunity to network with over 80 “like minded” people who share their vision of a world that is inclusive of autism and other hidden disabilities. While the forum included a variety of topics pertaining to all ages, many of our speakers and panels addressed the issue employment and support for individuals who are transitioning out of high school.
The following includes photos from the forum. All sessions were recorded and are available on the Targeting Autism YouTube Channel. Links to individual presentations are highlighted below:
Michael John Carley — author of Asperger’s From the Inside Out and Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum. Carley was also the founder and first Executive Director of GRASP an former Executive Director of ASTEP. Click here to view presentation, Part I and Part II.
Employed and on the Spectrum — A panel discussion with Philip Zupon, Librarian, Ionia Correctional Facility; Dan O’Hara, Librarian, Midlothian Public Library; Ata Bird, Teacher/BCaBA, Champaign, IL; Tina Dolcetti, Librarian, Moose Jaw Public Library. Moderated by Russ Bonanno, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). Click here to view the presentation, Part I and Part II.
The Role of Relationships in Successful Adulting with ASD. Brian R. King, author of Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum. Click here to view the presentation.
Sparking Creative Expression for Adults on the Spectrum and Ideas for Libraries. An engaging presentation about the path to creative writing, publishing and the special difficulties that creative people on the spectrum face and how libraries can support them. Colin Eldred-Cohen, author of children’s book, The Fire Truck Who Got Lost and Anlor Davin, author of Being Seen. Click here to view the presentation Part I and Part II.
5 Essentials for Engineering the Library Environment to Meet the Needs of the Autism Community. Linda Hodgdon, author of Visual Strategies For Improving Communication, autism consultant, referred to as “The Queen of Visuals,” shares how a few easy accommodations can provide significant opportunity for patrons to benefit from libraries. Click here to view the presentation.
Inclusion in the Library: Making it Real presented by Carrie Banks, Director, Brooklyn Public Library’s Inclusive Services and author of Including Families of Children with Special Needs. Click here to view presentation, Part I and Part II.
Exploring Library Services for Underserved Populations. Debra Vines, Founder & Executive Director of The Answer, Inc., along with Keisha Hester and Katrina Thompson explore the impact of autism in communities of color and the important charge for libraries to engage all members of their community. Click here to view presentation.
Tu Y Yo’s Dream Libraries. Tu Y Yo is Grupo Salto’s peer mentorship group for adolescents and adult autism self-advocates serving the Chicagoland area. The group name Tu Y Yo is the Spanish phrase for “you and I’ which expresses connection to the Spanish speaking cultures many of the participants come from. Their panel shares ideas to make libraries more inclusive learning environments. Click here to view the presentation.
Libraries Providing Work Experiences for Those on the Spectrum — A Report by Magi Henderson, Glen Carbon Centennial Library and Janet McAllister, Rochester Public Library. Click here to view the presentation.
Library Departments Working Together Toward Inclusion — A Report by Beth Paoli, Literacy Consultant, IL State Library, and Debra Aggertt, Associate Director for Library Development, IL State Library. Click here to view the presentation.
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!
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.