Fingal Libraries has annoucned funding for the roll-out of the Autism Friendly Schemes across Fingal. To date, the Autism Friendly Libraries project has been operating at Blanchardstown Library on a pilot basis.
Nine libraries across Fingal will implement designated autism-friendly sessions each month, and regularly schedule ‘quiet time’ and ‘relaxed programming’ events which cater to people with autism. Furthermore, the “In Your Shoes” Autism Experience Exhibition by autism advocacy group AsIAm will be hosted in six libraries which will encourage visitors to engage with and understand living with autism.
The project will involve working closely with both national and local autism groups. Training will be delivered to staff from all branches, and a review will be carried out after six months.