• MORE My Account problem and Sierra update There was a Sierra update late Friday that created a problem with the main catalog's My Account--patrons can't renew, pay fines, manage holds, etc. from the main My Account screen. Our vendor is working on the problem. I've temporarily changed the My Account link on the homepage to direct users to the Classic Account, which works for all account functions.  If Sierra is updating the next time you open it, start Sierra on one computer at a time at your library. -Lori 05/21/2017 - 9:53am
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Ideas/Information/Resources Specific to Libraries

General Information

Libraries and Autism: We're Connected, a project of the Scotch Plains and the Fanwood Memorial Public Libraries in New Jersey. This site is regularly updated with useful links, videos, book suggestions, and information specific to libraries.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has put together some webinars and other resources that are designed for schools, but are very relevant for libraries!

Libraries Serving Children with Autism is a blog created by librarians in Massachusetts.

Social Stories about the Library and Advertising

The Red Kite Project is a children's theater designed specifically to be welcoming of children on the autism spectrum.  This site is a good model for ways to welcome families with social stories, information and FAQs.

An ALSC blog post about creating a social story for children coming to the library

Social story example from the Deerfield Public Library

Storytimes

Inclusive Services Training for Library Staff is an excellent resource with information about making programs and services inclusive for people with a variety of disabilities, but with special emphasis on people on the autism spectrum.  Includes self-guided training modules, videos, and other tools.

20 Ways to Adapt the Read-Aloud for kids on the spectrum from autism expert Paula Kluth. 

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is funded by the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau to promote evidenced based practices to help teachers and parents with social emotional development of children through age five.  Look here for training modules, a book nook with book extension activities and more.

Tarheelreader has easy-to-read, accessible books that can be speech enabled, you can also create your own books for free.

Sensory Storytime Resources

General Information about Autism

Autism Society of Wisconsin has information about support groups, state resources for autism across the lifespan (very early to adult), information about conferences and special events, and more.

Autism Society of America is the parent organization of ASW, it includes background information, a searchable database of local resources, guides for living with autism, research, and more.

Autism Support Network includes information designed to assist families with initial diagnosis, day-to-day living, relationship and therapeutic strategies and the latest information.  Includes forums and a free support community, and also some advertising.

Make Friends with Autism is a project of the Children's Specialized Hospital in New Jersey with the goal of increasing inclusion, understanding, support and appreciation of children and families with autism. There are some excellent videos discussing the challenges of going out in public, and ways for public places to make it easier, along with fact sheets, communication tools, and more.

Autism Internet Modules: Linking Research to Real Life. Requires sign-up, but free to use. Includes self-guided modules created by ASD experts, and they all contain some imbedded video, some case studies, and background information. This would be useful for librarians seeking background, parents, teachers, other professionals. Include modules on five major sections: Recognizing Autism, Autism and Home, Autism in the Classroom, Autism in the Workplace and Autism in the Community.

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.  Includes a free online course about the foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other resources