Cape Girardeau Public Library developed programs in service of patrons with special needs through funds granted by a Spotlight on Literacy Grant. Renee Jackson discusses the planning, implementation, and future considerations of this successful program.
Does your public library struggle with patrons who are homeless, addicted, and mentally ill? This super practical webinar taught how to engage problematic homeless patrons with confidence and compassion. The presenter, Ryan Dowd, has spent his career running a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago and is the author of the ALA book, “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.”
This webinar would cover solutions that sometimes occur when dealing with clients with autism including: What are some of the potential challenging behaviors librarians might see? How can a librarian help a parent/caregiver when an adult with autism has a challenging behavior? How can the library staff not feel scared, remain calm, and calm down other patrons when an adult with autism is having a challenging behavior? How does the librarian know when a parent/caregiver needs more help (with their adult with autism during a challenging behavior), and what’s the best way to provide that help? How should a librarian interact with a client with autism, so they can mitigate challenging behaviors? Which interactions are more likely to have a positive influence (on an adult with autism) vs. an influence that might cause anxiety, confusion and challenging behaviors?
In this webinar, participants will learn common characteristics of patrons with autism. In addition, we will discuss ways to enhance their library experience by creating supportive sensory environments, effective communication tools, and proactive behavior strategies.
The Missouri State Library has partnered with the Monarch Institute to have a webinar that focuses on Neurodiversity in the workplace. In this webinar, participants will learn ways to create an inclusive workplace for people who are neurodivergent. Participants will discuss neurodiversity, universal accommodations, as well as how to talk about specific accommodations with employees.