Autism in Libraries

Like one in 88 people alive today, my son has an autism spectrum disorder. One thing I have learned over the four years since receiving his diagnosis is that autism spectrum disorders are still little understood despite being so prevalent. This was especially apparent after the tragedy at Sandy Hook where it has been speculated that the killer may have been on the autism spectrum. Please watch these videos for more information. At any rate, this news story confirmed that there were and continue to be misconceptions about these disorders. That is why I was excited to here about the website Libraries and Autism. This is a great resource to help library staff learn to understand library users with autism with links to a lot of great resources. With autism rates rising it’s a safe bet that understanding individuals on the spectrum will become more and more crucial as time goes on.

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