Inclusive Services Training for Library Staff

One in 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Research suggests that children with autism benefit from oral reading, songs, and other pre-literacy efforts. San José Public Library and the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative and Digital Design & Media Services have created training videos and materials for inclusive storytimes and other literacy services that can better meet the needs of children with autism and other special needs. Learn how to create a safe and welcoming environment inclusive of all children.

If you lack the capacity to view these videos online please contact Jean Herriges at to request a flash drive pre-loaded with the training materials.

Module 1 - Celebrate All Abilities

  1. Person First article
  2. IC Bookmark
  3. Pledge of Respect
  4. Agency Policy Pledge
    a. 10 Tips for Communicating
  5. Ability Support Kit Contents
  6. Bright Ideas Module 1

Module 2 - Understanding Facts and Implications about Selected Disabilities

  1. About Act Early
    a. Language Milestones
  2. Developmental Checklists
  3. Characteristics Signs Summary
    a. Communication Diet Steps
  4. Bright Ideas Module 2

Module 4.1 - Story Time Demonstration

Module 4.2 - Story Time Demonstration with Commentary

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered in California by the State Librarian and through a collaboration between the San José Public Library, Inclusion Collaborative, and Santa Clara County Office of Education.