During 2019 we want to make dlr Libraries an even friendlier and more accessible place to everyone in our community. Libraries are often the bustling heart of our communities with lots going on at any given time, from events to book clubs not to mention beeps from IT equipment. We are aware for those with autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) the noise and sensory overload in many public places, even libraries, can be overwhelming. With this in mind we are introducing new autism-friendly initiatives in our libraries during 2019.
In Cabinteely Library, we are learning different ways in which we can make the library more accessible to our users with autism. From this January, on Tuesday evenings we will have:
• Reduced lighting
• Priority queuing for customers dealing with autism as well as extra assistance upon request
• Self-service machine on silent
• Phones quiet
• Autism assistance dogs always welcome
Our community can help us each Tuesday evening by:
• Phones on silent and all calls taken outside the library
• Speaking quietly
• Chatting to children before any Tuesday evening visits to explain why the library is extra-quiet and how they can help
• Remembering to avoid light-up toys or shoes on children
• Letting the staff know any further way in which we can accommodate the autism community.