As part of the Targeting Autism initiative, we offer training sessions to librarians and support staff throughout all types of libraries in Illinois at no cost.
Training topics can include:
What is autism and why do I need to know about it?
How do I make my library “Autism Friendly”?
What kinds of accommodations might be necessary for my patrons with autism?
Environmental concerns; lighting, noise
Special library programming for students on the spectrum
Training can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Targeting Autism also provides no cost consultations to address individual questions or concerns, via phone, email or Skype. This service is available to libraries within as well as outside of Illinois.
To set up a training or consultation contact Mary Pelich
From October, 2015 through September, 2016 as part of the Targeting Autism grant project, Russ Bonanno, project partner and Director, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) is available to schedule a limited number of consulting and training opportunities for interested libraries.
- providing on-site introductory level training sessions in the understanding of autism;
- consulting and providing technical assistance in developing needs assessments related to autism; and
- consulting and providing technical assistance in developing programs or evaluating modifications to better meet the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
This is a great opportunity for librarians and all public services library employees to receive expert consulting services and training at no charge! To get on the schedule and ensure a session at your library, contact Russ Bonanno at your earliest convenience.