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:   


 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.

Apply NOW for the Targeting Autism Forums — Deadline Friday, February 6th!!

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The Targeting Autism Project is partnering the Illinois State Library with The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois to bring together an impressive group of national and regional ASD experts and advocates, who will help stimulate discussions and provide a platform for creating a statewide collaborative action plan to assist libraries in becoming more welcoming to and supportive of the needs of the ASD population.

The Illinois State Library is currently accepting applications to participate in the Targeting Autism Grant project forums. A total of eighty participants will be selected.  If you or someone you know is passionate about supporting the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) population and believes that libraries in collaboration with a wide variety of advocates have the power to improve the quality of lives of individuals and families impacted by ASD, we invite you participate in this very important initiative.

Submit an application to learn about the many ways libraries can support the large and growing population of all those affected by ASD.  To apply, click: Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum: Application to Participate
Instructions for completing the application form are available at:  Instructions

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.”…


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The “Targeting Autism Illinois Libraries Blog” was created to provide a virtual space for librarians to connect with one another on issues relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and libraries. You are encouraged to use this blog to help each other assist the ASD patron population. Here are a just few ideas to help you develop this blog as a useful resource:

  1. share services and programming that you offer to your patrons with ASDs.
  2. share expertise and resources.
  3. discuss specific issues your library has in serving patrons with ASDs.

Finally, Illinois State Library wants to ensure that all issues, priorities and perspectives are addressed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS), National Leadership Grant (NLG) “Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum” Your contributions to this blog are one way to ensure that your voice will be heard at the two upcoming forums.

To post items to the blog, please send your content to: Suzanne Schriar at sschriar@ilsos.net.