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Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Guide for Academic Libraries

Libraries Unlimited. Apr. 2019. 144p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440863967. pap. $65; ebk. ISBN 9781440863974. PRO MEDIA
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Students on the autism spectrum are entering the educational system in rising numbers, and libraries must respond in practical terms to this growing population of library users. In this well-organized, enlightening volume, McMullin and Walton, librarians at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, start by discussing how to recognize the needs of people on the autism spectrum and help them navigate the library. The authors cover sensory issues caused by the physical environment and how to provide spaces that benefit all; they also explore research assistance and instruction to aid those on the autism spectrum. Finally, the authors consider how to support student employees who are on the spectrum and give suggestions for outreach and staff training.
VERDICT Required reading for all librarians, particularly those in K–12 and academic libraries, and a solid choice for all educational professionals.

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