Blogger Bethany Lafferty, Child Advocacy, Collection Development, Diversity, Other ALA Divisions/Programs, Outreach, Partnerships, Professional Development, Programming Ideas

“Serving Students on the Spectrum,” an AASL Presentation

At the 2009 ALA Annual Conference the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presented the terrific program Serving Students on the Spectrum.  The program was hosted by Alison Ernst, Director — Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA) Library and Academic Resources and Ernie Cox, Media Specialist — St. Timothy’s School (NC) with the following panelists: Patty Saidenberg, Consultant — Trent Learning Corp. (NY); Georgia Winson, Director — Autism Program of Illinois; Bernadette Nowakowski, Director — Chicago Public Library Children & Young Adult Services; Lally Daley, Clinician — Autism Program of Illinois; Christopher Flint, Lead Trainer – Autism Program of Illinois; Joanne Hughes, Chicago Public Library Board Member and Parent. Each panelist discussed their unique experiences and approaches to working with children and families dealing with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.  Particularly of interest to me was the discussion by Bernie Nowakowski of Chicago Public Library (CPL) and the work that this organization is doing…