Jim Runyon Says You Must Have “Fire In Your Gut” to Keep the Momentum Going!! — Day 2, March Forum

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Jim Runyon, Easter Seals,  Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Governmental Affairs addresses the following questions:

  • Why is a community needs assessment crucial?
  • How do you identify your service gaps?
  • Who are your key stakeholders?
  • What age group and geographic region are you trying to engage?
  • How do you identify collaborators?
  • How do  you engage people where they are and keep them engaged?

Jim also stresses that having “fire in your gut” is key to a sustainable initiative. Jim Runyon, Easter Seals, Speaking on Community Needs Assessments (3 parts) Jim Runyon – Targeting Autism March Forum, Day 2, Part One Jim Runyon – Targeting Autism March Forum, Day 2, Part Two Jim Runyon – Targeting Autism March Forum, Day 2, Part Three

Mark Nolen of WayMark Systems discusses the survey comments with the group – March Forum, Day 2

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Mark Nolen leads the morning forum discussion by reviewing the survey comments and looks at challenges and opportunities for collaboration.  Mark tells the group, “…Don’t disregard negative responses, even if they are few in number… Know about them, plan for them and move forward wisely…”

Mark Nolen, WayMark Systems – Survey comments and discussion

Does Library School Education Prepare Librarians to be Actively Inclusive? Some Great Initiatives and Much Work Left to be Done!

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Panel presentations and discussion on the status of library education and training offered on ASD and related developmental disabilities.


Sujin Huggins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science, Dominican University .

Wei Gao is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC.

Nancy Everhart, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Florida State University, College of Communication and Information, and director of the school library media program and the Partnerships Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center. Dr. Everhart is co-director of a two year IMLS funded program, Panhandle Autism Library Services (PALS) to improve information services for rural patrons who have an ASD.

Ruth Small, Ph.D., Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University, founding director of Syracuse University’s Center for Digital Literacy, and director of Project Enable (Expanding Non-Discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere), a three time IMLS funded Laura Bush 21st Century Grant recipient that began in 2010 as a collaborative project of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, Center for Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute.

Library School Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Panel of Library Experts Share Strategies for Serving Patrons with ASD

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Lesley Farmer, Ph.D., author of Library Services for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders, ALA, 2013, and professor, California State University, Long Beach, College of Education.

Barbara Klipper has been training librarians on autism since 2006. She started the grant-funded Sensory Storytime program at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT in 2009. Barbara is the author of Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ALA, 2014.  Barbara welcomes your questions.  She can be reached at: barbara@klipper.us

Dan Weiss, Director of Fanwood Public Library, co-developer of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected, which began in 2008 with the support of IMLS grant funds, is a virtual campaign designed to make patrons with ASD more comfortable and successful in their interactions with libraries.

 Presentation  on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum

Joel Gershenfeld / WayMark Systems Jumpstarts the Conversation

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Joel Gershenfeld, co-founder of WayMark Systems sets the forum in motion, getting the group to focus on session goals and how to make the two day session a great success.

Part I

Part II

Notes from the group discussion are available here