What is Self-Determination and Why is it Important?
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SNAILS is a networking group made up of Illinois youth services librarians and staff, young adult librarians, and LTA and MLS students. We meet in person on a quarterly basis to discuss library services for youth with disabilities.
Libraries offer a wide range of services for individuals with special needs. This article details some of the services that may be available for children and adults with learning or intellectual disabilities, who are blind or deaf, and gifted and talented children.
Every community, no matter the size, has the opportunity to serve children with special needs. Libraries have unique opportunities to raise awareness and strengthen services for children with disabilities and their families.
A result of the partnership between Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Chapter, training videos have been produced by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff members who have been planning and presenting programming specific to children with special needs and their families since 2008.
The Libraries Serving Special Populations Section is charged to improve the quality of library service for people with special needs.