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button   Check out our new Libraries and Autism FEATURE:
Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind

button   L & A is proud to announce that we are participating in 3 very exciting national projects that will continue to move the needle on libraries and service to the ASD community.

button   On Friday, December 12, 2014 we were a part of an exciting free webinar, Central Issues and Strategies for Public and Academic Librarians to Provide Inclusive Services, presented by Syracuse University's Project Enable. You can see our powerpoint presentation with links to resources HERE

button   We're continuing our work on the advisory board of Florida State Univerity's Panhandle Autism Library Services (Project PALS)

button   We are serving on the board of the Illinois State Library's broad and ambitious project, Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum, and will participate in 2 wide-ranging forums in Springfield in March and September of 2015.


button   L & A gets a visit from down under...
button   L & A helps launch Autism Resource Center in Jackson, MS...
In 2008 the Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library, together with our partners, created Libraries and Autism: We're Connected. This award winning project produced a customer service training video and website primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism and will empower you with specific techniques to offer more inclusive service to this growing and underserved population.

The resources here on the website, along with the on-site training workshops which have been presented to hundreds of librarians around the country, expand on our customer service video to address the real world implementation of best practices and universal service for people with ASD and their families and helps staff to improve their ability to provide excellent, inclusive, universal customer service to everyone who uses the library.

Every library we visit tells us the same story of increasing numbers of families dealing with ASD who are turning to their public library for resources, programs and a community center where they are welcome. We stress communication, customer service, using individuals on the spectrum and with other developmental disabilities as staff and volunteers in the library, programming strategies that work, connecting with local experts, and the importance of empowering staff to be willing to 'do something'.


See where we've presented in the past

For information on how to schedule an
In-Depth Training Workshop
for your own library or group,
please contact us at
button To receive a free "Libraries and Autism: We're Connected" Decal or a copy of the 2014 re-edited update of the DVD for your library, please contact us at and be sure to include your mailing address.

We encourage you to explore this site and make free use of our support resources.
email your comments and questionsPlease contact us anytime with questions, inquiries, comments or progamming suggestions, and take the time to let us know if the video and any of these materials have been of use to you.

Special thanks to Ben, Brianna and Marco and their families, without whom this video would not have been possible.

Library Connections
We acknowledge the invaluable contributions of:

Adrienne Robertiello, Community Autism Educator for Children's Specialized Hospital and founder of Community Partnership for People with Autism, who inspired this project and helped create our logo, graphics and customizable resources.

Dr. Linda Meyer, Executive Director, Autism New Jersey .

Dr. Jill Harris, Ph.D. Director of program development and the ABA program at Children's Specialized Hospital

Cheryl O'Connor, Executive Director, LibraryLinkNJ

The Staff of Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library.

Video Director and Producer, Mary Olive Smith.

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Free non-commercial use of any of these materials is permitted and encouraged to support autism awareness and inclusion.
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