Public libraries have a mission to serve and include all members of the community, including teens with disabilities. Librarian and advocate Renee Grassi will show how you can develop a comprehensive plan to welcome teens with disabilities at your library. In this workshop, attendees will learn about collections and technologies for teens with disabilities, innovative programs ideas, and suggestions for outreach and forging partnerships in the community. Participants will also learn how to develop best practices for building relationships with teens, working with caregivers, and inclusive customer service.
Renee is an award-winning librarian and nationally recognized leader in library services for people with disabilities, and was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. Renee was a member of the ALSC Committee for Special Populations and their Caregivers and one of the founding Board Members of Illinois’s Targeting Autism Initiative. She considers herself an accessibility advocate and works to make libraries inclusive for all, presenting at local, state and national library conferences on this topic. Renee is a member of MELSA’s Inclusive Services Committee and currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, Minnesota.