Other Training


Here you will find descriptions of other training sites and blogs on library services to people with disabilities.



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Whether you knew it at the time or not, you have likely interacted with or assisted a library user with autism, as it is the fastest growing disability according to Autism Speaks, a national Autism advocacy organization. This course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.


PALS is funded by a Laura Bush Professional Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


    1. Module One: About Autism in the Library

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

• Identify at least five observable characteristics that individuals with ASD might exhibit in a library setting.

• Define autism and three recent facts in the identification and prevalence of the disorder.
• Recommend three current resources that would support individuals with autism and their families in being successful patrons in the library.

• Describe at least 3 situations in which the library can increase community involvement for individuals with ASD.

    1. Module Two: Arranging the Library Environment

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

• Make recommendations for potential improvements to areas or activities in the library to better meet the needs of individuals with ASD.
• Construct visual supports to encourage communication and independence in the library of ASD patrons.
• Develop environmental alternatives to increase participation of individuals with ASD.

    1. Module Three: Communicating with Individuals with Autism

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

• Develop opportunities for social interaction and communication between staff and patrons with ASD in the library.
• List strategies to promote communication and prevent or decrease disruptive or challenging behaviors of individuals with ASD.
• Identify how to use augmentative/alternative communication strategies to support independence and participation in the library for patrons with ASD.

    1. Module Four: Interacting with Technology

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

• Describe situations in which the library can provide services to parents or caregivers related to technology.
• List strategies that the library can use to enhance the experience and independent utilization of technology and social media for individuals with ASD.
• Describe situations in which the library can facilitate appropriate technology training for individuals with ASD.





Targeting Autism


The Targeting Autism Project, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Forum Grant to the Illinois State Library, seeks to help Illinois librarians collaborate with community organizations to improve library and information services, resources and programs for Illinois resident on the autism spectrum.  In addition to providing statewide forums for librarians from all types of libraries and organizations that serve people with autism to get together to explore ways in which they can work together, the project also has a blog, to which we have provided a link below.





Libraries and Autism: We're Connected


New Jersey's Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library have partnered to create an award-winning project of programs and a wealth of resources for librarians to help them better serve their patrons with autism and their families.  A link to their site is provided.