In 2019, we want to make dlr Libraries even friendlier and more accessible places to everyone in our community. Libraries are often the bustling heart of our towns with lots going on at any given time. We are aware for those with Autism or ASD, the sensory overload in many public places, including libraries, can be overwhelming.
With this in mind we are working on our Autism Action Plan, and introducing new Autism-friendly initiatives throughout our libraries in 2019. With April designated as Autism Awareness month,we have Quiet evenings in Cabinteely and Dundrum Libraries, ASD-friendly storytime in Cabinteely, Shankill and Stillorgan, film screenings in Blackrock and a Quiet/Sensory room with sensory toys and furnishings in Deansgrange Library. Each dlr Library has a sensory box with a selection of toys and gadgets.
We're also compiling an Autism-friendly booklist for those with Autism and their families, which we hope to publish in September 2019. We'll also be launching our lending service for our pilot Autism technology collection, so that parents and carers of those with Autism can try assistive technology before they buy it.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.