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MLS would like to thank Charlie Remy for compiling the resources for this guide.
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
September 2018 Workshop
"Autistics in the Library: How Libraries Can More Effectively Serve Patrons and Employees on the Spectrum"
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12-1pm -- recording now available below!
As the autistic population continues to grow and become more visible across the lifespan, it’s important that libraries of all types know how to effectively serve patrons on the autism spectrum, foster a neurodiverse profession by encouraging autistics to consider librarianship as a career, and successfully employ them as staff. This webinar will provide attendees with a mix of practical strategies and relevant anecdotes from an autistic librarian. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share any helpful insights they may have on the topic.
Speaker: Charlie Remy
Charlie is the Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian/Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library. He has an MSLIS from Simmons College and a BA in Spanish and Gender Studies from Elon University. His hobbies include keeping up with the news (particularly from his native Maine), speaking Spanish, walking/hiking, and world travel. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, on the autism spectrum, at the age of 23.
Autistics in Libraries & Their Allies (Facebook Group)
Founded by Charlie Remy as a resource to share information, network with other professionals, and continue the conversation.
Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
Based in Watertown, MA, AANE provides a broad range of services to all ages. They have an annual conference in October and offer webinars throughout the year. AANE also offers helpful videos on its YouTube channel (linked directly below).
AANE Youtube Channel
Helpful videos from AANE (described directly above above)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Their slogan is “nothing about us without us” and the organization seeks to empower autistics through public policy, leadership training, and more.
College Programs for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Comprehensive list of support programs available for college students on the spectrum.
Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
"The mission of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network is to provide community, support, and resources for Autistic women, girls, nonbinary people, and all others of marginalized genders."
"Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More"
Annual grant(s) open to all library types.
Deadline for current cycle:
December 2, 2019
From the program website:
"Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults. Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. Chapters examine: * causes and indications of the syndrome * the diagnosis and its effect on the individual * theory of mind * the perception of emotions in self and others * social interaction, including friendships * long-term relationships * teasing, bullying and mental health issues * the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills * career development. There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools. Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition. 'I usually say to the child, "Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome", and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking.' - from The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Publication Date: 2008
Look Me in the Eye by NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find." --from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits--an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)--had earned him the label "social deviant." It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself--and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It's a strange, sly, indelible account--sometimes alien yet always deeply human.
Publication Date: 2008
Beyond the Wall by Includes a chapter entitled Getting Ready for College. This book offers information on common sensory reactions in an easy to read chart format. It also contains a chapter on the author's public involvement with autism spectrum related issues, including speaking at conferences and advocating for services for those on the spectrum.
Publication Date: 2003
NeuroTribes by This New York Times-bestselling book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more--and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest days of autism research, Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways; he then goes on to explore the game-changing concept of neurodiversity. NeuroTribes considers the idea that neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD are not errors of nature or products of the toxic modern world, but the result of natural variations in the human genome. This groundbreaking book will reshape our understanding of the history, meaning, function, and implications of neurodiversity in our world.
Publication Date: 2016
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces by Information-packed lessons for both employees and employers to create a productive, thriving workplace Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces gives you 100 insightful lessons on topics such as disability laws, reasonable accommodations, unwritten social expectations and best and worst jobs for people with autism. It is for employers who interview, hire and work alongside those on the autism spectrum, and it will help adults with autism find the perfect job and seamlessly fit into the workplace. This book will lead to a productive workplace for everyone.
Publication Date: 2014
Movies and Television
This 2010 HBO film about the prominent author, professor, and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin is available to stream for free.
This series, which ran from 2010 to 2015 on NBC, featured a character with autism. Currently streaming for free on Hulu.