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Thursday, July 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Adventures in Autism: Supporting Autistic Students in Academic Libraries

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In late 2017, an instruction librarian and a student accessibility specialist teamed up to survey academic librarians about their knowledge and experience teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, the group of “disabilities” commonly known as autism. While public libraries have been creating supportive, inclusive, safe, and targeted programs and spaces for autistic children and their families for many years, academic libraries have been slow to prepare their environments and staff for the growing population of undergraduate students with ASD. In a one-shot information literacy session or one-time research consultation, librarians often do not have the relationships, awareness, or tools with which to effectively teach an autistic student. What do librarians currently know about working with students on the spectrum? How can we better prepare our instruction to help these students succeed? In this energetic presentation, we will briefly explain the debate over autism as disability or identity, present the results of our study of academic librarians’ perceptions of and experiences with students with ASD in the library, and provide attendees with tangible tips on how to navigate the adventures in autism and work productively with autistic students.

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Alex Gallin-Parisi (she/her)

Instruction Librarian, Trinity University
At the library, I'm meeting with students in sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and urban studies as well as serving as an academic advisor for undeclared majors as well as faculty advisor for the "football fraternity." I am also trying to keep equity alive on... Read More →

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
University Center Ballroom South