Walnut Public Library featured in Programming Librarian!

Apr 16, 2024 | 0 comments

The Walnut Public Library was featured in “Programming Librarian” recently! You can read the full article here.

“In Walnut, IL, the Walnut Public Library is also working to make its programs accessible to neurodivergent patrons of different ages. To begin doing this, the library hosted a DEAI workshop, which featured speakers from a variety of organizations working on issues related to accessibility and inclusion. Many of the topics these organizations presented were catered toward adults living with different kinds of disabilities, and included useful information such as how to apply for social security disability benefits, what happens with SSI when a disabled child turns 18, and what neurodiversity means for work settings and employee benefits. In addition to offering information and resources for neurodiverse adults, the workshop also included presentations geared toward caretakers of neurodiverse individuals. One attendee, who is the caretaker of a neurodivergent adult, expressed to library staff that the workshop “refilled [their] cup with hope.” They said they were grateful to the library for hosting an event that supported the needs of both neurodivergent people and those who care for them. 

Walnut Public Library also plans to increase accessibility for neurodivergent children and teens by installing “sensory boxes” at the library. The boxes, which will contain sensory-friendly materials, toys, and resources for neurodivergent youth, will also be shared with the library’s school district for classroom use throughout the year.”

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