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Adria Nassim on Living with ASD and the Importance of Libraries and Community Support

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Adria Nassim, ASD advocate and consultant helps forum participants understand what growing up with ASD has been like for her and the opportunity and responsibility libraries and communities have to improve the quality of life for special needs populations.  In reference to the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” Adria ends her talk with the question “Who’s village are you here to build”?

Adria Nassim’s presentation at the March Forum

Russ Bonanno Gives an Inspirational Keynote Address at the Forum

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Targeting Autism Keynote Address

Russ Bonanno, Program Manager, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) challenges us to reflect on why we are here.  After reading numerous library mission statements, Russ observes that “…libraries exist to serve everyone in their communities…”  He also reminds us that by working together we can accomplish great things.

Why Wait For the Forum to Start the Conversation?

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Let us know what’s on your mind.  Tweet us at #TargetingAutism Let’s jumpstart the Forum!

Important Reminder About ASD Survey!!

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Thank you to everyone who has taken and promoted the ASD survey instrument.  If you have not done so, there is still time left.  If you live in Illinois and have a personal and/or professional stake in ASD,  your voice will make a difference.

The purpose of the survey is to better understand your needs, priorities, and interests around ASD in order to guide the development and delivery of ASD information services by community libraries across the state. Please share the survey with your patrons, friends and all Illinois residents who have been personally or professionally  affected by ASD.

The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be reached through the following link:   

http://maps.waymarksystems.org/s3/Targeting-Autism-2015-consent 

 Your participation in the survey is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidential — only combined responses will be reported.  The results will be presented at a state-wide summit session in March and they will be distributed broadly, including to people who have responded to this request.

We Need Your Input NOW! Help Illinois Libraries Improve Service to the ASD Community

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Illinois libraries are exploring how best to provide information on all aspects of the Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to communities across the state. This library ASD initiative is led by the Illinois State Library, with funding through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The purpose of the survey is to better understand your needs, priorities, and interests around ASD in order to guide the development and delivery of ASD information services by community libraries across the state. Please share the survey with your patrons, friends and all Illinois residents who have been personally or professionally  affected by ASD.

The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be reached through the following link:   

http://maps.waymarksystems.org/s3/Targeting-Autism-2015-consent 

 Your participation in the survey is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidential — only combined responses will be reported.  The results will be presented at a state-wide summit session in March and they will be distributed broadly, including to people who have responded to this request.

Thank you for your consideration — we do hope you will take the survey and share your views.

Inexpensive Tablets and Apps for Autistic Kids

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Catherine Shu writes:  “TechCrunch first profiled Puzzle Piece, a startup that makes affordable tablets and apps geared toward children with autism, in May.  Though educational apps are helpful for teaching autistic kids social skills and helping them with their schoolwork, many families could not afford a tablet.  Puzzle Piece wants to make tech accessible to all families, with a 9-inch Android tablet that costs $29 and a $19-per-month subscription plan that gives children access to a library of more than 80 apps.”…