Special Needs

A Dozen Things You Can Do At Your NJ Library Besides Read

1. Get in a workout

Take an exercise class, from aerobics to Zumba and much more, at your local public library. Shelving books only burns so many calories.

2. Play a game

Children and families can enjoy casual game play at their local library  while meeting others in the community.

3. Keep the kids busy


Long Branch Library helps patrons with disabilities


Computer kiosk offers local access to state library resources.

The Outspoken Library Computer Kiosk helps patrons with special needs access library services. The Outspoken Library Computer Kiosk helps patrons with special needs access library services. LONG BRANCH — The Long Branch Free Public Library has been awarded a free-standing Outspoken Library Computer Kiosk from the New Jersey State Library’s Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC).

Forty kiosks have been distributed by TBBC to participating public libraries across New Jersey. The Outspoken Library Kiosk will better enable hearing- and/or sight-impaired and learning disabled patrons in the Long Branch area to access free statewide library resources without driving all the way to Trenton for this service.

Special Needs Gaming at Piscataway Public Library

Gaming in libraries, and especially the introduction of console video games, has dramatically increased in popularity in the past few years. As a result, libraries have been expanding their gaming programs beyond the obvious teen and tween audience to new user groups, including children, adults, and more recently, children with special needs.

Extracurricular activities designed specifically for children with special needs are limited and often require parents to travel to other communities. Cris Munzing, a parent of a child with special needs, commented: “Almost all activities for children with special needs are outside of our town, so the kids don’t see each other in the neighborhood school and the likelihood of forming lasting friendships is difficult.”

Read the Full Article: http://www.libraryjournal.com/slj/printissuecurrentissue/887471-427/rated_e_for_everyone.html.csp

Libraries and Autism

libraries and autism: we're connected

The Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library, together with our partners, produced a customer service training video primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism and will empower you with specific techniques to offer more inclusive service to this growing and underserved population.

To receive a free "Libraries and Autism: We're Connected" Decal for your library, contact us at autism@thejointlibrary.org. We encourage you to explore this site and make free use of our support resources.

button Check out our NEW Strategies that work section. We've compiled practical programming ideas that have worked well for us and others that can be implemented in your library. Please send us your ideas so we can share them with everyone!

buttonRepresentative Comments and Feedback We've been garnering great responses from the library world and the autism community with requests for workshop presentations, information, DVDs and decals coming in from all over the US and Canada, as well as Europe, Australia and Asia. See what people are saying.

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