The ENABLEd Librarian

  December 05, 2018 |    Dr. Ruth Small, Director, Project ENABLE

Project ENABLE's Treasure Trove of Resources

Have you searched Project's ENABLE's database of resources? It has over 1000 resources that are searchable by type of disability, audience (by grade level or adult), format (from books to reports, to videos to websites) and keyword (free text).

The ENABLED Librarian: April/May 2018

  May 01, 2018 |    Dr. Ruth V. Small, Ph.D., Director, Project ENABLE

Let's start this blog post with some questions. Do you know the answers?

  1. What does it mean to be a "spectrum disorder"?

  2. What type of disorder is autism?

  3. Can autism be caused by a child having an unloving mother?

(See the answers to these questions at the end of this post.)


The ENABLEd Librarian: Becoming an Inclusive Librarian in an Accessible Library

  March 01, 2018 |    Ruth V. Small, Ph.D., Director, Project ENABLE

Although ALA policies have long supported inclusion and accommodations for people with disabilities, librarians often lack the skills and knowledge to effectively design, implement and evaluate services, resources and programs for patrons with a range of physical, developmental and/or learning disabilities. While this can be a formidable challenge to some libraries and librarians, become acquainted with and applying the principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning is a great place to start.

The ENABLED Librarian: Reunion Turns Into Collaboration

  February 01, 2018 |    Guest Blogger John Delich, Community Business Development Manager, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Springfield, IL


While staffing the Illinois School Library Media Association Conference in Springfield, Illinois, on behalf of Barnes and Noble, I ran into the parent of a former student of mine. Mary Pelich* and I first met several years ago when I taught her daughter in elementary school and a very positive parent/teacher relationship developed. As time passed, her children grew up, and I eventually retired. In catching up, she mentioned that her youngest was diagnosed with autism a few years back and went on to tell of the challenges in parenting a child with autism and her subsequent work with the Targeting Autism project at the Illinois State Library and her work with other not-for-profit autism organizations. After chatting and exchanging business cards, I suggested we should find a way to work together. In about an hour, Mary was back. She explained how the idea of working together had time to percolate as she walked around the conference exhibit hall. I didn't expect Mary to get back to me that same morning, but maybe I should have…

The ENABLED Librarian: Where There is No Library or Librarian

  January 01, 2018 |    Guest Blogger William N. Myhill, J.D., Director of Legal Research & Writing, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Recently I've begun to wonder whether libraries can operate without a librarian. Some state and local school budgets have reduced or eliminated library staff funding. I've also been wondering what do people do for library services if they have no library. These questions have led me to wonder what Project ENABLE might offer schools, librarians, and communities in these situations....


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