Autism Awareness Month Resources

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/03/2018


Melissa Tracy

Marketing & Programs Specialist

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

CHICAGO - According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around one percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder.

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA), a division of ALA, encourages you and your team to check out our updated free toolkit designed to help you create a more welcoming and accessible library environment for users who experience autism spectrum disorder.

Read through an overview, find general tips, tips for class visits or programs, recommended assistive technology and resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

For more information, please visit the resources section for advocacy and educational organizations.


The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is a division of the American Library Association. ASCLA focuses on providing a voice and advocating for libraries serving populations that are underserved such as those with sensory, physical, health or behavioral conditions, those who are incarcerated or detained and more. ASCLA is the premier destination for members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives, library networks and library consultants among others. Member activity is centered around our interest groups.

ASCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members. Opportunities include leadership roles, online webinars and eCourses, specialty interest group involvement and even produce resources and industry standards and guidelines including the most recent revision of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped as well as Prisoners’ Right to Read and more. Learn more about ASCLA.