Blogger Chelsey Roos

Simple Ways to Be More Inclusive of Autistic Families

Making your programs more inclusive of autistic families (and families with other sensory needs or disabilities) doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money. There are small, simple changes that you can make in an hour or less today that will help autistic families feel welcome and supported at your library programs (not just storytime). Here are four ways to get started.

Blogger Chelsey Roos

Supporting AAC-Users in the Library

October is AAC Awareness Month! AAC stands for “augmentative and alternative communication,” and it’s often used to refer to a tool that can help someone communicate without speech, like a picture board or a tablet with a communication application. It can be as simple as a white board, or as high tech as a computer that can detect the user’s eye movements and translate them to speech. Someone who is non-speaking, or has difficulty speaking, can use their AAC to communicate with others. Let’s learn a little bit about AAC devices and how you can support AAC-users in the library.

Blogger Cecilia McGowan

#PLA 2020 Wrap-up 1: Haben Girma

Gosh, so much for ‘live’ blogging!  So many great programs and so little time to write about them.  The conference ended a few hours ago and I want to share some notes I took while I’m still flying high with happiness and inspiration.  This is the first of several posts. I’ll add to Abby Johnson’s great post about Haben Girma: Steer Around the Sharks.  Before Ms. Girma was born, her mother traveled from Eritrea to Sudan, where she spent 10 months before arriving in the US.  She thought the US would offer the justice she was looking for, but she realized that geography doesn’t create justice, people create justice.