Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) are launching Targeting Autism, a program designed to create solutions to address the support needs of autistic Illinois residents. This program will encourage libraries to work together with TAP, the largest statewide autism resource and service network in the nation.
“Empowering libraries to better serve those with autism requires this type of collaborative effort,” White said. “Individuals with autism are often misunderstood and challenged to find welcoming, supportive environments to alleviate social isolation and help them achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with the autism community to expand available services at our libraries.”
The program will host two forums this year in Springfield Wednesday and Thursday, March 4-5, and Sept. 3-4. The forums will bring together national and regional autism experts and advocates to establish a strong network of libraries and community to improve the quality of life for all residents touched by autism.
“Secretary White has partnered with TAP in the past and we look forward to this opportunity to work together to provide services to help those who have or are caring for someone with autism,” TAP Program Manager Russell Bonanno said. “We are honored to be able to play a role in this exciting and important initiative.”
Targeting Autism is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To find more information about the “Targeting Autism” program, visit the State Library’s website at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/libraries/targeting-autism.html.