Targeting Autism Illinois State Library
The Illinois State Library was awarded two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help libraries better serve patrons and family members impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Phase I, Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum received funding through an IMLS National Leadership Grant. Through two stakeholder forums, this phase of the project - was designed to explore how libraries can work with diverse community organizations and programs to increase their role in supporting patrons and family members impacted by ASD.
Phase II of the project, now underway – Targeting Autism: A Comprehensive Training and Education Program for Librarians is funded through an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Progam grant. to develop and deliver innovative, multi-faceted and replicable training programs designed to improve library services and programs for ASD communities in Illinois and the country.
Phase I: Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum
This project explored through two stakeholder forums, how libraries can work with diverse community organizations and programs to address the topic of ASD, through training, education and support services. This grant program extended from November 1, 2014–October 31, 2016.
Both forums convened in Springfield, Illinois and were comprised of individuals representing various stakeholder groups including, multi-type libraries, schools, institutions of higher education, health services professionals, governmental agencies, ASD services organizations, and parent advocates. The forums served to develop an action plan to include the following:
- Implementation plan to increase ASD awareness, education and support services;
- Implementation plan to improve and streamline online access to the wealth of information intended to provide support for families and individuals with ASDs; and
- Infrastructure plan to ensure sustainable, inter-organizational partnerships committed to enhancing ASD support, statewide.
The State Library contracted with The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) to assist with this initiative. More than a single support agency, TAP is a statewide collaborative of independent agencies and resource centers, all working to increase community awareness, improve access to intervention and support services, and improve education and vocational opportunities for all Illinois residents affected by ASD. Russell J. Bonnano, TAP Director, has served as keynote speaker and facilitator at the forums.
Phase I Stakeholder Forums
March 10–11, 2016
- March 2016 Forum Presentations Recorded March 10-11, 2016
- Secretary of State Press Release about Targeting Autism March 2016 Forum
March 4–5, 2015
- March 2015 Forum Presentations Recorded March 4-5, 2015
Phase II: Targeting Autism: A Comprehensive Training and Education Program for Librarians
The Illinois State Library has contracted with Russ Bonanno, Director, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP), Dominican University and Syracuse University to develop and deliver innovative, multi-faceted and replicable training programs designed to improve library services and programs for ASD communities in Illinois and the country. Phase II of Targeting Autism is a two year project which began in September, 2016, and is funded by an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grant. Project components include the following:
- Face-to-face, train-the-trainer workshops designed to educate librarians in how to train public service staff members in their home libraries;
- Follow up in-library visits and specialized consultations;
- A cluster of customized online ASD learning modules for librarians;
- Annual in-person stakeholder forums held in Springfield, IL; and
- A series of in-depth, assistive technology webinars.
Ongoing library consultations and in-library training visits will be conducted on an as-needed basis. Please contact Mary Pelich, Targeting Autism Consultant and Trainer, at 217-782-0974 or email@example.com to arrange a visit.
Phase II Stakeholder Forums
May 11–12, 2017
- Autism Works in Libraries: A Library Employment Discussion List
- Illinois State Library Targeting Autism Forum Survey Submitted June 2, 2016
- Libraries and ASD Stakeholder Alignment Survey
- Libraries Partnering to Serve the Autism Community: A Whitepaper
- Illinois Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorders Stakeholder Alignment Map Data
- Strategic Goals and Interpretation of WayMark Survey Mapping Data
- Targeting Autism Grant Project Board Members
- Targeting Autism Weblog
- WayMark Survey – Respondents’ Comments
- Russ Bonanno: Director, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
- Sujin Huggins, Ph.D. : Professor, Dominican University, Library and Information Science
- Mary Pelich: Illinois State Library, Autism Consultant and Trainer
- Suzanne Schriar: Illinois State Library, Project Manager
- Ruth Small, Ph.D. : Director, Project ENABLE, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
For more information about the Targeting Autism forums, please contact Suzanne Schriar at 217-785-1533 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information about Targeting Autism at: https://targetingautismlibs.com/.