April is Autism Awareness Month
The most recent statistics from the CDC indicate that 1 out of 88 children are being diagnosed with Autism. Every day we are encountering teens on the spectrum in our school and public libraries. The question we must ask ourselves is this: What are we doing to meet their needs?
Teen Issues: Autism and Libraries
With a look at some books that have characters on the spectrum
On the Spectrum and @ Your Library (Guest post by Matthew Ross)
A library director and father of a child on the spectrum, Matt Ross shares some things libraries can do to make the library experience better for all.
Teen Issues: Teens and Autism and Future Horizons
Future Horizons is a publishing house dedicated to raising awareness and helping to meet the needs of those on the spectrum, their parents, educators and more.
Autism & Libraries: A Q&A with J. D. Kraus
Author J D Kraus shares his experiences as a teen on the spectrum and shares things libraries can do to meet the needs of those on the spectrum.
Teens and Autism: What does it mean to be “typical”?
Teen Reviewer Cuyler Creech shares his experiences as the older brother of a beloved young sibling with Down’s and on the spectrum.
Atticus Was Right: The remarkable story about a boy with autism, a bully, and a book and how books can raise awareness and help readers develop compassion (Guest post by Amianne Bailey)
Book Review: Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown (sibling with OCD)
A look at life with a sibling that has OCD, which is often present in those on the spectrum.
The Power of Reading: Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
More on how reading can help raise awareness and develop compassion.
Check out this fantastic resource entitled Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected
School Library Journal: The Voices of Autism
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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