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Autism Acceptance Month

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April is National Autism Acceptance Month when we celebrate autism and neurodiversity with events and resources that spread awareness and promote acceptance.

Neurodiversity is a variation in things like sociability, learning, attention, and mood within the population. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) covers a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders that often include repetitive behaviors and difficulties with social communication and interaction.

Throughout the month and all year long, celebrate and embrace our differences by learning something new, attending an event, and viewing the amazing artwork in the Artists and Autism: Shake the World exhibit.

Events

  • Sensory Story Time @ Main Library
    Audience: kids Description:

    Join us for an inclusive and interactive story time filled with songs, stories and fun! Children of all abilities are welcome, especially those with autism or sensory integration issues.

     

  • Sensory Stay and Play @ Main Library
    Audience: kids Description:

    Join us for Stay and Play, right after Sensory Story Time. Stay and Play continues to build early literacy skills and helps you connect with other families. If you can't make Story Time, you are welcome to come just for Stay and Play!

    Every Friday in April, Stay & Play will include a special sensory craft in celebration of National Autism Acceptance Month.

  • Audience: all Description:

    Residents are invited to connect with organizations that provide services and resources for neurodiverse individuals during the third annual Autism Acceptance Month Resource Fair.

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Exhibit

  • Audience: all Description:

    The Artists and Autism: Shake the World exhibit features artwork celebrating autism and neurodiversity by talented local artists. This exhibit is hosted in partnership with the FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and Arts4All Florida. The showcase features both a virtual exhibit on the library’s website and an in-person exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Leon County Main Library. 

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Virtual Exhibit

View artwork in the virtual exhibit.

Logo Design Challenge

See submissions from the Autism Acceptance Month logo design challenge.

Resources

The library has many resources for those with autism, ADHD, and other neurodivergences. Our catalog has a wide selection of items and resources to help accommodate preferred ways of reading, explore how to meditate or cope with over-stimulation, and even help jumpstart learning a new language!

All library locations are designated Autism-Friendly Businesses by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at FSU (CARD FSU).

Virtual Tours

View a virtual tour of each library location to help prepare for your visit.

Calming Tools

Visiting the library can be difficult for individuals with sensory differences. Designed to calm, assure, and channel energy, our Calming Tools can help make a visit more successful. Items include noise-canceling headphones, wiggle cushions, weighted lap pads, and fidgets. Calming Tools are available for in-library use only.

Sensory Kits

More than just books, Sensory Kits provide a layered approach to emotional and physical learning. Each kit contains two books as well as toys, games, and tools. Themes include emotions, mindful moments, overstimulation solutions, sensory stimulation, gross motor fun, and fine motor fun.

Neurodiversity adult fiction

Neurodiversity adult non-fiction

Neurodiversity young adult fiction

Neurodiversity junior fiction

Neurodiversity junior non-fiction

Easy books

Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Autism

Dyslexia

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Youth graphic novels

Graphic novels for adults

Libby and Boundless offer thousands of audiobooks and eBooks to choose from.

Users can change font sizes and switch to dyslexic-friendly fonts, making eBooks more accessible to readers.

Autism Awareness category on Kanopy Streaming

Check out DVDs

Learn more than 70+ languages using the Mango Languages app. In comprehensive courses you’ll learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture simultaneously through interactive lessons and activities.

Partner Resources

The FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) is dedicated to providing individuals with Autism or related disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them with free consultation, resources, and educational support to build knowledge, infrastructure, sustainability, and capacity within the community.

Arts4All Florida is the state organization on arts and disability. They provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. Their vision is to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.

 

Autism Acceptance Month

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