AnyAbility: Taking Ordinary Service for Adults with Disabilities to an Extraordinary Level
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 108/110/112
Learn about one library’s experience creating programs that have grown into engaging experiences where adults with disabilities connect with their community, interact with peers, and utilize library resources. As a result of the AnyAbility program, library staff are more comfortable using people-first language, have rewarding interactions with customers with disabilities, and have positively changed the dynamic of the library. The AnyAbility program has taken ordinary service for adults with disabilities to an extraordinary level.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Recognize the importance of people-first language. 2: Design programs for adults with disabilities. 3: Develop enriching and accepting spaces where adults with disabilities can flourish.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Handouts: Download 1
Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Collaboration, Programming/Services, Special Needs Populations, Transforming Libraries
Janet Lemle, Team Leader
North Metro Community Services, Inc, Westminster, CO
Janet has been in education for almost 40 years. She was one of the first students at Michigan State University concentrating in an education/Special ED background. Since then Janet has had a myriad of jobs focusing on teaching and training people of all ages. She has been employed at North Metro community services for over 12 years in a number of divisions, primarily serving children and adults with Intellectual and development disabilities.
Hannah Martinez, Concierge
Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO
Hannah Martinez, a Concierge at Anythink Wright Farms in Colorado, is the recipient of the 2015 Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship. She was nominated for her commitment to the AnyAbility program. Driven by the desire to foster inclusion and promote dignity, paired with her passion for library service, she has been an integral part of designing and delivering services to adults with disabilities in the North Denver Metro area at Anythink Libraries.
Suzanne McGowan, Branch Manager
Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO
Suzanne is the branch manager and Youth Services Advocate for Anythink Libraries. Suzanne participated in the first cohort of the Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute and the 2013 PLA Leadership Academy. Her strengths include: Command, Strategic, Competition, Self-Assurance and Woo. Throughout her career, Suzanne has collaborated with others to offer unique programming for special populations and people with disabilities.
Marsha Marcilla, Concierge
Anythink Libraries, Thorton, CO
Marsha is the Branch Supervisor at Anythink Wright Farms. She is passionate about the community she serves and the team she works with. In advocating for the AnyAbility program she has collaborated with staff and community partners to help shift the culture at Anythink.