A week from today I'll be heading to Chicago for the American Library Association annual conference, where I bond with my tribe, serve on committees, acquire prepublication copies of books by people I like and many I don't even know yet, facilitate a program (more on this later) and enjoy the fabulous book cart drill team competition. (For a clip of the latter, click here.) My first conference activity will be attending taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, the fabulous NPR news quiz. It really isn't all fun and games with tens of thousands of librarians from all over the country and the world.
I am doing the final organizational work for a program "Serving Students Along the Autism Spectrum" presented under the auspices of the Independent School Section (ISS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA. (Quite a mouthful there, I know...)
High functioning students with Aspergers syndrome, as well as those with more profound Autism, deserve the best library service possible. The purpose of this program is to help librarians, particularly those in school libraries, to serve this challenging population. Increased early detection and behavioral support for more children along the Autism spectrum, as well as increased societal awareness of this brain difference, make this a timely topic.
Participants in this program will:
-gain basic understanding of the Autism spectrum
- learn about the social and educational challenges of students with Aspergers
- discuss how school library programs, services and collections could best serve students along the Autism spectrum
More about this program and participating panelists in my next post.