Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one in 68 children. You can use your makerspace not only to bring awareness to ASD, but also to engage children of all abilities. To celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April, Gina Seymour provides you with five maker activities and tips on how to offer programming that’s both inclusive and fun year-round.
About Gina Seymour
Gina is the library media specialist at Islip High School (NY). Gina was awarded the Suffolk School Library Media Association’s School Librarian of the Year in 2014 and this year she was named to Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers list as a “Change Agent.” Look for her upcoming book, Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth (a Libraries Unlimited imprint), and her chapter on inclusive makerspaces in Heather Moorefield-Lang's, School Library Makerspaces in Action, both due out next year. Gina believes in active participation and giving back to her profession through service. She serves on numerous committees for ALA and YALSA and is an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University (Queens, NY). Gina shares her work, musings and reflections on her blog GinaSeymour.com and on Twitter @ginaseymour.
Libraries are safe spaces, known for finding ways to welcome everyone, and makerspaces within libraries should be no different. Award-winning library media specialist Gina Seymour provides tips and resources for how to welcome and accommodate all users in your makerspace.