Illinois Residents: The Arc of Illinois will be Holding a Webinar on Autism Services in Illinois

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April 14 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Please register for the Illinois Lifespan Program Monthly Lunchtime Webinar – TAP: An Overview of Illinois Autism Services on Apr 14, 2020 12:00 PM CDT at:


TAP: An Overview of Illinois Autism Services

Presented by Shannon Dyson, Quality Coordinator and Mary Kelly, Statewide Coordinator for TAP.

Attendees will learn about The Autism Program of Illinois, (TAP) and about the various autism services offered by the 15 TAP service centers throughout the state of Illinois.  Attendees will also learn about autism research being conducted by TAP university partners.  Participants will get a sneak peek into our newly redesigned website and we’ll introduce you to our new service referral portal coming soon!  Finally, we will have time for questions from webinar attendees.

About the Presenters:

Shannon Dyson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology. She obtained her doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Iowa. Over her career, Shannon has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, home, school, residential facility and detention centers. During her graduate training she worked primarily with children and adolescents with autism who engaged in severe problem behavior. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she provided services in skill acquisition, intensive feeding, intensive toilet training and problem behavior reduction. Most recently, she managed day treatment services for the Complex Behavior Program at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to overseeing clinical services, she collaborated with professionals and other community members in order to coordinate funding and community supports for clients.

Mary Kelly is the Statewide Coordinator for The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois.  In that role, she works with TAP’s partner agencies throughout the state to ensure the very best in evidence-based autism services are provided to Illinois’ children per the state grant.

Her professional career includes work for various grant-funded projects, including the IMLS-funded Targeting Autism grant project at the Illinois State Library.  In that role, Mary developed and conducted autism sensitivity training for librarians, presented at statewide and regional conferences, planned and facilitated annual national forums and provided consultation statewide to Illinois librarians and staff.  Working with grant partners, Dominican University and Syracuse University, she also facilitated two-day Train-the-Trainer autism workshops and provided subject content for autism training modules through the Project E.N.A.B.L.E online training platform.

Also active in state and local community engagement, Mary serves as Secretary on the board of directors for The Arc of Illinois, the state’s largest advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Support of Central Illinois, a local non-profit that provides resources, support and monthly sensory-friendly programming for families in central Illinois.

Mary holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University.  She is the mother of four children, one diagnosed with autism.  She resides in Springfield with her husband, children and her dog, Sweetie.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

**Please note that there are no CEUs for our Lunchtime Webinars.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS! Spring 2020 Library Conference in Kentucky Focusing on Diversity & Inclusion

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Libraries in Action: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Communities

The 2020 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference planning committee welcomes proposals for mini-sessions, panel discussions, and lightning round talks for “Libraries in Action: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Communities,” to be held March 25-27 at Lake Cumberland State Park.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions:   Monday, December 2nd



To submit, please complete the submission form: (https://forms.gle/sAMUPoBVAT9iUaL99)

Your proposal should include:

Presenter(s) name

Institution name

 Library name

 Title of your presentation

 Short (250 word) abstract

There is Still Time to Apply for an “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More”Grant

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GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  For the fifth year, this grant will award a total of $5,000.00, with all of the funds either awarded to one proposal or divided among several applicants, depending on the applications received. All types of libraries in the United States or Canada are encouraged to apply.  Proposals will be eligible that fund projects and/or services directed at any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service or enhance one that they currently offer. All proposed projects must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, buy program materials, pay for staff coverage, etc., so long as these expenses further the library’s ability to serve people with autism through the proposed initiative.   Click HEREto see the previous grant winners and funded projects.

  • The application deadline:                                  Monday, December 2, 2019         
  • The winning applicant(s) will be notified by:  Monday, March 2, 2020       
  • The grant-funding period:                                   April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021


SELECTION CRITERIA – Each application must show evidence of:

  • A clear, well-planned and organized description of the project.
  • Significant potential impact.
  • Institutional support.
  • People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders who are involved in the project development and/or its implementation.
  • A project that can be replicated in other communities.
  • An understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or best practices in working with this population.
  • A sustainability/continuation plan of the service or program after the end of the grant period.
  • The need for outside funding to execute the project.



The 2020-2021 grant forms can be downloaded at the three linked headings below:

Crisis Center Toolkit Helps Workers Identify & Support Autistic Callers

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Suicide rates are a national concern, and although more studies are needed,  individuals on the autism spectrum are challenged with depression, anxiety, sensory and social issues, all  which impact emotions and impede daily life.


Thanks to Erin Miller, speaker at the 2019 Forum, Self-Advocate and Co-Founder of SAVE IRIS (Include, Respect I Self-Direct) for sharing this important toolkit:

Crisis Supports for the Autism Community

The Recent Webinar “A Spectrum of Shelves: Building a Library Collection for People with Autism” is now available for viewing.

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Jennifer Taggart, Librarian, Bloomfield Township Public Library & Accessibility Services Speaker & Consultant



If you were unable to attend this valuable webinar, presented by Jennifer Taggart, a national leader and expert on accessibility in library services and collection development, you can view her complete presentation here:

For more great resources and innovative ideas about inclusive library services, check out Jennifer’s blog,  Adaptive Umbrella 





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