Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrates Inclusion Awareness Month
Throughout October, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library will celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month, where it recognizes its commitment to connect the Arlington Heights community to resources and programs and invites comments and ideas from customers. Some programs featured this month include a visit from the Mane in Heaven mini therapy horses, a showing of the movie "Maudie," Accessibility Resource Hours in the Marketplace, and monthly youth programs like Developmental Playgroup and Caregivers, Coffee and Play.
With guidance from customer feedback, the library moved motorized scooters to accessible locations, added rollator walkers for in-library use, expanded accessibility in the computer lab with NVDA screen reader software at all stations, added an accessible station with height-adjustable legs, ZoomText magnifier/reader software, a large print keyboard and a trackball mouse. Assistive devices were also added to the library's Library of Things collection that offers cardholders the opportunity to take home and try assistive devices and technology, including caregiver pagers, electronic magnifiers and personal hearing amplifiers, available at the library or online at ahml.info/LoT.
The library's commitment to inclusion is ongoing - to reach out to staff to discuss needs and ideas, contact the library via comment cards available in the library, at ahml.info/contact, at (847) 392-0100 or TTY: (847) 392-1119, or at email@example.com.
Inclusion Awareness Month Programs
October 2: Special Needs Legal & Future Planning
October 5: Mane in Heaven Therapy Horses
October 7: "Maudie" Film Screening
October 8: Developmental Playgroup
October 17: Job Seeking for People with Disabilities
October 27: Caregivers, Coffee and Play
October 29: College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences
Throughout October: Accessibility Resource Hours.
To register for any of these programs or learn more about them, visit ahml.info.
Accessibility Resource Hours
11 a.m.--1 p.m. / Marketplace
Staff from these organizations will be onsite to provide information and get you connected to the resources they have to offer. Presented as part of Inclusion Awareness Month. DROP IN
October 1: Have Dreams
Serves children, teens and adults impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), offering after-school, workplace training and adult day programs, with diagnostic and family support services.
October 8: Regional Transportation Authority Mobility Management Program
Promotes travel independence and empowers customers with mobility options. Provides education on accessible CTA, Metra and Pace public transit, and information and assistance applying for programs such as the Reduced Fare and Ride Free.
October 17: Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities. See a display of assistive devices for grooming, bathing, vision, hearing, medicine reminders, driving and eating.
October 18: Wheeling Township Senior/Disability Services
Offers services for residents 60 and over and people with disabilities 18 and over. Free blood pressure screenings available during Township resource hours.
October 22: The Chicago Lighthouse
Nonprofit social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and veteran communities. Staff will get you connected to programs and services available at Lighthouse North in Glenview, for all ages experiencing vision loss.
October 28: The Village of Arlington Heights Disability Services
The Village is committed to ensuring every citizen is afforded an equal opportunity to participate in Village programs, services, facilities and communications.