One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.
This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, and physical accessibility in libraries became federal law. However, nothing in the law requires library services to be disability-friendly, leaving it up to individual librarians, including Barbara Klipper, Renee Grassi, and Amy Price, to create library programs and tools for patrons with disabilities that other librarians can model.