My hope is that this guide will help individuals learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder to not only raise awareness but improve services for individuals on the spectrum. This page is a work-in-progress and I'm happy to receive additional recommendations so please contact me!
According to the CDC, Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability (2008). In the US, the prevalence is estimated at 1 in 68 births. Libraries need to be aware of this growing population so that we can educate library staff and be prepared to help people who learn and communicate differently.
Individuals with disabilities face inequity when using the library, including the physical space, the library website, programming or lack thereof, restrictive loan periods, and resources that aren’t available in formats that they need. Libraries must be proactive and learn to recognize and minimize barriers, educate library staff, and improve services by using a universal design approach.