News and Notes from The Johnson Center

The Johnson Center Launches Community Resource Library

JCCHD | Mon, July 09, 2012 | [Community][Events][News]

Over the past several years, the staff at The Johnson Center has steadily built a library of resources for our own use; we added publications that we felt would further our knowledge and insight into the special-needs community. As it grew larger, parents and professionals often asked if they could use our resource library as well. Our Community-Outreach Department is always striving to provide useful events and resources, and building a library has become an important goal.

To fulfill this objective, The Johnson Center is currently organizing a public-resource library, specifically dedicated to the families and community whom we serve.  The library is comprised of a collection of books and tools on ASDs, which are all available to our clients and their families, teachers, and the community at large. Access to the resource library will be free of charge; it provides up-to-date information on childhood health and development in an inclusive and safe environment. Our intent is to provide crucial information that will help families make informed decisions on how to allocate their time and money most effectively.

We are excited to announce the official kickoff of “The Johnson Center Community Resource Library,” opening Monday, July 16, 2012. The library’s shelves are filling up thanks to gracious contributions from staff, patients and their families, and donations from many leading publishers. The library currently holds over 300 titles, and topics include: personal stories from people with ASD and their families; how-to and informative books for newly diagnosed children; cookbooks for special diets; books aimed at different stages of development (i.e. toddlers all the way up to teenagers); and tips for children with ASDs to help them integrate into their social circles. People with autism, parents, professionals, and students can sign-up to check out titles by filling out a library registration form available on the Library’s webpage or at the front desk.

If you are interested in contributing, we will gladly accept donated books on development disorders, ASDs, and childhood health and development. We will also accept monetary donations to help purchase titles; books or donations may also be made in honor or memory of a loved one, with a special bookplate noting the donation. Watch our website in the coming weeks for more information on what titles are available and how you can become a member of The Johnson Center Community Resource Library. For more information please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 512-732-8400.

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