Neurodiversity in Libraries: Advocating for Neurodivergent Adults in the Library
All library communities serve diverse populations, and neurodiverse customers exist in all library communities. In this workshop, learn about what neurodiversity means and how you can adjust your mindset to consider the needs of neurodiverse adult and older adult customers. Acquire strategies for how you can advocate for inclusion in your library spaces with neurodiverse adults. Gain practical tips for supporting neurodiversity in your collections, patron interactions, programs, and library services.
This session will be recorded.
Neurodiversity in Libraries Series:
Do you want to learn how to make your organization more welcoming and inclusive for neurodivergent patrons and staff? In this four-part webinar series, library accessibility consultant and trainer Renee Grassi will discuss the topic of neurodiversity and how library staff can more equitably serve different audiences in the library. Gather concrete strategies for supporting neurodivergent kids and teens, as well as neurodiverse adult customers and employees. Each presentation will include definition of terms and an overview of neurodiversity, featuring examples of inclusive best practices to the neurodiverse community.
This series contains four parts:
- September 29: Creating Welcoming Library Experiences for Neurodivergent Youth
- October 13: Supporting Neurodivergent Teens in the Library
- November 17: Advocating for Neurodivergent Adults in the Library
- December 15: For Managers & Supervisors: Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace for Neurodivergent Staff
Author, trainer, teacher, and library accessibility consultant Renee Grassi is a recognized leader and advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in libraries, schools, and communities. Renee has worked in public libraries for over 15 years, developing award-winning library programs that welcome, support, and serve disabled residents and their families and caregivers. Renee currently works at Dakota County Library, where she oversees youth and family programs and leads community-centered initiatives as Youth Services Manager. She is also the Chair of her library’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and member of Dakota County’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Task Force. Learn more at reneegrassi.com.
This webinar will take place virtually using Zoom. Instructions for joining will be emailed to those who are registered prior to the meeting.
If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the organizer at least two weeks prior to the event.
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