Resources and Training Offered by Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) and Autism Speaks

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2018 forum Colleen Shinn and Nikki Michalak

Colleen Shinn, Autism Speaks                                                Nikki Machalak, ATTA   

 

The Autism Training and Technical Assistance project (ATTA) seeks to create resources and training that can be used by students with ASD, their family members, secondary and postsecondary educators and staff, employers, and members of the community, to better understand the transition process, the unique barriers faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and to assist them in working towards or providing equitable access in the workplace/postsecondary setting.  Nikki Michalak, Research Coordinator, ATTA, shared information about the Project at the Targeting Autism forum.

Colleen Shinn, Manager, Community Outreach, Autism Speaks, Midwest and South Central Regions on activities and resources available from Autism Speaks, including their extensive Spectrum Careers Portal.  Colleen also shared how she is collaborating with Illinois libraries to increase awareness of the wide range of resources that are freely available to support individuals with autism.

The presentation at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum can be viewed here.

 

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2018 Targeting Autism Annual Forum Participants

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Group picture:  May, 17th, 2018, on the steps of the West entrance of the Illinois State Library

How Libraries Can Work with Local Stakeholders to Serve the Autistic Community : Collaborative Models in Illinois

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BUILDING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Amanda Marti, Community Advocate, provided a real-life step-by-step example of developing a community needs assessment and sustainable collaborations.  As Amanda points out, “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of a village.”  (Elaine Hall)

Click here to view Amanda’s entire presentation.

2018 forum Amanda Marti

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:  COLLABORATIVE MODELS

Holly Jin (Skokie Public Library); Cathy Hoffman (Mokena Public Library); Deb Sherrick (Greenup Township Public Library); Kathy Claybaugh and Julie Ozier (Monat Gratitude Autism Squad of Cumberland County, IL, shared how they formed partnerships in their communities to enhance and expand library services to people with disabilities.

Click here to view their entire panel discussion.

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Targeting Autism: Global Perspectives

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NANCY BOLT

2018 forum Nancy Bolt

Nancy Bolt  has been active in the library profession for over 35 years. Ms. Bolt has expertise in strategic planning, project planning and evaluation, staff development and training and international library development. Her work with the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions (IFLA) and the United Nations (U.N.) focuses on services for people with disabilities. Ms. Bolt was 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. She was also named the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship. She has also authored a large number of influential publications.

Nancy Bolt’s entire presentation is available here.

 

SUJIN HUGGINS, Ph.D.

2018 forum Sujin HugginsSujin Huggins, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at Dominican University’s School of Information Studies and a Targeting Autism project partner, was born and raised in Trinidad.  Dr. Huggins gave a compelling presentation on the history and culture of Trinidad, and how their citizens are beginning to address the needs of individuals with autism.

Sujin’s entire presentation is available here.

 

SAMUEL SENYO DOGOE

2018 Samuel Senyo Dogoe

Samuel Senyo Dogoe, Executive Director of Contemporary Consultancy Organization in Ghana, shared his ongoing work in building and developing the first diagnostic and treatment clinic and school serving children with autism in the Volta Region.

Samuel’s entire presentation is available here.

 

 

 

National Speaker, Writer, Consultant & Self-Advocate, Kerry Magro, Shares His Personal Story and Wisdom at the Forum

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2018 forum Kerry MagroKerry Magro, best-selling author, national speaker, movie consultant and non-profit founder had a very uncertain future growing up. Diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, at age four, he was non-verbal and required countless hours of therapy and support. Kerry discusses overcoming obstacles and provides tips for living a successful life on the spectrum.

Kerry’s presentation can be viewed in its entirely and is linked below:

Part I

Part II

 

Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu: On the Theory of Intersectionality and the Particular Challenges of Being Black, Female and Autistic

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Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu is a community advocate, writer, Christian, wife, mom and educator.  American born to immigrant parents, Morénike is a black, autistic woman in a multicultural, neurodiverse family of color and a firm supporter of human rights.  Morénike is a contributing author/editor of several existing publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, disability, diversity and nontraditional leadership, including “The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children,” All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism,” “Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism,” and more.

Morénike’s entire presentation at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is available here.

2018 forum morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Susan Senator Kicks Off the Forum with Insights & Strategies for Living a Fulfilling Life with Autism

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Susan Senator — author, blogger, journalist, educator and mother of three sons, the oldest of whom is diagnosed with autism, Ms. Senator is the author of Making Peace With Autism as well as The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and now, Autism Adulthood: Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life. A journalist since 1997, she has published pieces on disability, parenting, and living happily, in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Exceptional Parent Magazine, NPR, Family Fun, and Education Week. Senator has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR and CNN.  Her writings on Special Olympics took her to the White House in 2006, to a state dinner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Ms. Senator’s complete presentation at the 2018 Targeting Autism Forum is available here.

Susan Senator at the 2018 forum