Programming for All Abilities

A PLA 2020 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

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Libraries are for everyone. Learn why and how developing programs for patrons with intellectual, cognitive, and/or developmental disabilities will benefit your library. This session discusses how to structure such programs and offer a range of content for audiences from children to adults. Librarians can offer these programs without advanced specialized education; community members and families will respond with enthusiasm and gratitude. Make your library programs for everyone, too.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference on February 28, 2020.

This session aligns with the pathway for Public Library Stewards in PLA's Theory of Change for Professional Development. To learn more, please visit ala.org/pla/education/theoryofchange.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand session, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and implement (at minimum) a monthly one-hour program for adults with intellectual, cognitive, and/or developmental disabilities;
  • Create and use a visual schedule, a structured craft project and/or a music and movement element in programs for children and teens with intellectual, cognitive, and/or developmental disabilities; and
  • Develop and implement an in-library volunteering opportunity for teens with intellectual, cognitive, and/or developmental disabilities.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand session is intended for those with no previous knowledge of the topic.

Speakers

The 2019 recipient of NYLA's Moshier/ Wynkopp Award for Distinguished Librarianship, Amy K. Smith believes that if she's having fun, the participants in her programs will, too. A current MLIS student, Smith's past lives were set in a pediatric ER and French convent archives.

Registration

Cost

As ALA transitions to a new, centralized eLearning site, PLA’s on-demand webinars are temporarily unavailable for purchase. If you’d like to purchase access to an on-demand webinar, please contact PLA at plawebinars@ala.org and we will follow up with you when these products are available on the new eLearning site. However, many of PLA’s on-demand webinars are free, each denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title.

How to Register

Please note: As ALA transitions to a new, centralized eLearning site, this on-demand webinar is temporarily unavailable for purchase. If you’d like to purchase access to this on-demand webinar, please contact PLA at plawebinars@ala.org and we will follow up with you when this product is available on the new eLearning site.

Tech Requirements

To playback an archived webinar you should have either the latest version of Flash running on your computer, or use a browser with native HTML5 support. Please use the most up-to-date version available of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.

Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, CEUs, or certificates of attendance/completion/participation for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.

Contact

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).