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Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community

Class Details

A panel about library services for the Autism community.

Panelist bios:

Dina Bishara is a mother of two children, including a 6th grader on the autism spectrum. She is a co-founder of the Iowa City Autism Community and involved in a variety of autism and mental-health related advocacy efforts. Additionally, she is a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County, Iowa.

Angela Pilkington is the Children’s Services Coordinator for the Iowa City Public Library. You will find her leading Storytimes and big events for the library, working on the Children's Room Desk, or driving the Bookmobile around Iowa City. She loves interacting with patrons and trying out new ideas for programs, especially ones that benefit the entire community. Her passion is to serve the youth of Iowa City and make them feel at home in their library.

Erin Silva is the Youth & Teen services librarian at the North Liberty Library. Her job allows her to incorporate her passion for advocacy and inclusivity for kids and teens from all walks of life. She also serves on the board of Houses into Homes, a local non-profit providing beds, furniture, and household items for families and individuals who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations, using donated and gently used items.

Jessie Witherell is the mother to an eight-year-old little boy on the autism spectrum and the co-founder of The Iowa City Autism Community. She also is actively involved in organizing autism-friendly events in her community and is a dedicated disability justice advocate.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 12, 2020
10:00AM - 11:00AM CT
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education Credits: 

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