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Strategies and Techniques to Foster Inclusion of Patrons with Disabilities

Strategies and Techniques to Foster Inclusion of Patrons with Disabilities

Gain the tools and confidence to interact with and support patrons with disabilities to be an active and valued part of your library community. This training starts with giving you an understanding of inclusion philosophies and disability etiquette. Get a basic introduction to traits of Autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and why certain approaches help promote success in a library program setting. Explore inclusive practices and preventative strategies and put them into action by solving common inclusion scenarios in small groups. End the session learning about positive supporting techniques to use with all patrons, and tips for communicating with families, and group home staff.

Presented by Lisa Drennan, MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting

About the presenter: Lisa Drennan has a 35-year career supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be active and engaged within their community. At New England Village in Pembroke, MA, she gained experience in working as a Direct Support Worker and eventually as the Director of The Sollar Wellness Center specifically designed for this population.

In 2014, she joined the South Shore YMCA as the first-ever Association Director of Inclusion, creating innovative programs and comprehensive staff trainings to build a culture of inclusion. In 2018 Lisa started her own company, MERGE Inclusion Consulting where she provides comprehensive consultation, staff training and systems implementation to community entities committed to enrichment, recreation, sport and social program inclusion.

This workshop contributes to the MLS Strategic Plan goal of social justice.

Join us for the morning workshop, too!
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Please register separately for both programs. We’ll break for an hour in between the morning and afternoon workshops. Bring your lunch or enjoy the local cuisine.

Boston Public Library
Orientation Room, McKim Building
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Friday, March 20, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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