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 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…”
Does Library School Education Prepare Librarians to be Actively Inclusive? Some Great Initiatives and Much Work Left to be Done!
Panel presentations and discussion on the status of library education and training offered on ASD and related developmental disabilities.
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.
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”?
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.