The Putterham branch of the public library is looking for our help. We’d like a SEPAC champion to work with Linda Monach (SEPAC co-chair) and Sally Rubenstein (Librarian) to help develop an outreach program to families with special needs. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out by emailing linda@BrooklineSEPAC.org
From Sally Rubenstein-
Our plan here at the Putterham branch is to purchase several iPads and load them with apps to help people who have autism, learning differences, and/or other disabilities and loan them out. We want to give people a chance to preview the different apps without having to buy them. We also plan to have a few workshops on how to use the apps as well as a few speakers who can talk from professional or personal experience about how technology can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and challenges. Right now we are focusing mostly on autism, learning disabilities, auditory and visual impairments, and disorders such as CP or muscular dystrophy which may make communication difficult. We want to let people know that the library is an available resource to all people, regardless of ability or disability, and that everyone is welcome here. We are a community space, and a resource for the community, and I’m hoping to spread that message. I have not seen a lot of disabled people in the library, and I am hoping to change that. What we were looking for in contacting SEPAC is mostly help with word of mouth advertising once we launch in April (any librarian’s worst fear is that we will have what we think is a great program idea and then nobody is interested), any suggestions you might have for possible speakers, and if there is something that we could be doing with this grant and haven’t thought of, I welcome any ideas.