Autism Basics Webinar – Now Archived

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Targeting Autism’s webinar, “Autism Basics: A Webinar for Librarians and Literacy Providers,” has been archived and is available on the Illinois State Library website.  Click here and find the Training Webinars heading.


Need a better understanding of ASD? Schedule a training session at your library!

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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.

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To set up a training or consultation contact Mary Pelich



ASD Training and Consulting Opportunities Available for Libraries!!

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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.

russ bonnanoServices include:

  1. providing on-site introductory level training sessions in the understanding of autism;
  2. consulting and providing technical assistance in developing needs assessments related to autism; and
  3. 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.