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4A – Classes and Events Designed for Special Needs Adults

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We’re introducing a new pilot program, “All Adults, All Abilities” (or “4A”), classes and events designed for adults with sensory issues, those on the autism spectrum, or those who have other special needs.  These activities will be led by teachers and performers who are trained in accessible and inclusive programming.

Library patrons have expressed an interest in programming where adults and their aides or caregivers can enjoy themselves and engage in a relaxed and comfortable environment that meets their developmental needs.  Thanks to the generous support from Senator John J. Flanagan and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, we’re launching this pilot program that will offer fun, educational, and relevant programs that meet the needs of “All Adults, All Abilities.”

“We’re grateful to Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Englebright for funding that allows us to introduce this important new initiative, which we hope will become an ongoing series,” says Library Director Ted Gutmann.  “The Library is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of a wide spectrum of individuals, and this program further strengthens the Library’s commitment to inclusiveness.”

Specifically, for the fall, on Wednesday, October 10 there will be a crafting class in which participants create a Halloween-themed wreath and enjoy fall treats.  On Thursday, November 8, students will make candles using different colors and patterns.  These classes and events are geared towards adults with special needs, but they are open to all interested adults. Aides or caregivers must accompany participants.  Non-residents are also welcome.  The public may register for these classes by calling the Library at 631.941.4080.  Questions about the program may be directed to Nanette Feder, Nanette@emmaclark.org.

Also, adult volunteers may be needed to assist during these classes.  Those who are willing and available to help may contact our adult volunteer coordinator, Carolyn Emerson at Carolyn@emmaclark.org.

In conjunction with the new 4A initiative, all public computers in the Library now provide access to a collection of recommended special education websites for both children and adults.

No one should be prevented from or feel uncomfortable using the Library.  It is a place for everyone to learn and feel accomplished, as well as share pleasant and meaningful experiences.  This new program will help to ensure that the Emma Clark Library continues to enrich lives and remains a place where everyone in the community belongs.