The grant honors the groundbreaking work of Meg Kolaya, co-founder of Libraries and Autism: We're Connected and a pioneer in the area of library service to people with autism. It celebrates her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries and the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.
The grant is a direct outcome of the Illinois State Library's broad and ambitious project, Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum, and is funded by Barbara Klipper, retired librarian, consultant and trainer, and the author of two important books. Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ALA Editions, 2014) is a must-have for both new and veteran librarians. Barbara's deep knowledge and experience on the subject makes her guidance on serving these library users and their families invaluable. And her new book, The Secret Rules of Social Networking (AAPC Publishing, 2015), is a one-of-a-kind resource for teens and young adults with ASD or other social skills deficits that outlines the unstated rules that guide relationships in the real world and online as well.
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