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Neurodiversity in Libraries: Creating Welcoming Library Experiences for Neurodivergent Youth


According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children experience disability, with neurodiversity thought to be even more prevalent. How can your library welcome and support neurodiverse kids and their families? In this webinar, learn about neurodiversity and gather strategies for making customer service interactions, programs and events, collections, and library services more inclusive for kids ages Birth to Grade 5 and their families. Acquire best practices for inclusive customer service and learn how to cultivate an environment where neurodiversity is not only welcome but celebrated!

This series 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:



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.

Questions about the event?

Please contact the Inclusive Services Consultant Caroline Smith

Related LibGuide: Continuing Education by Tiffany Hayes

Thursday, September 29, 2022
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Children's Services Continuing Education
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