Accessibility Services for Youth

Accessibility Support

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has materials and services in place to accommodate library users of all ages. Please contact us if you require any additional accommodations. Assistive aid devices and sensory-friendly tools, like noise-dampening headphones and fidgets, are also available for use in the library or during programs. If you need any assistance during your visit to the library, please notify any staff member or visit any public service desk.   Our Accessibility Support Collection in Kids' World offers print materials, toys, therapeutic and adaptive tools and more for kids, caregivers, and therapists.  

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New! Accessibility Support Collection in Kids' World

The library’s new Accessibility Support Collection of print materials, therapeutic toys and tools was made generously possible by C.I.T.Y. of Support (Children in Therapy and You). This nonprofit organization's mission is to “create a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy.” C.I.T.Y. of Support donated $10,000 to the library, resulting through community donations. 

The partnership’s newest resource features some 350 items, including books for kids and adults, toys designed to support motor, social, cognitive, visual and auditory skill development, therapeutic and adaptive technology tools and more. The collection provides an opportunity for families and therapists to try out specialized items before purchasing them. 

The collection supports those with speech-language, sensory processing, neurodevelopmental, visual processing, auditory processing, motor and orthopedic disabilities and delays. The collection was developed for and with feedback from these audiences and can benefit many users. 

The collection is available for check-out for both AHML cardholders and reciprocal borrowers.  

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Supported Programs

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library offers supported programs for families with young children with disabilities.  Please see our library's program calendar for the latest offerings.   Check out our wide variety of programs for youth and caregivers.

Upcoming supported programs with a June 1 Registration Date:

Smarty Pants Balloons Under the Sea! - Supported Show

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

We also offer outdoor storytimes during the summer, along with outdoor family concerts.  Please check our program calendar for more info.  

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Our Social Story

AHML Social Story (Download | Slideshow)

The AHML Social Story helps you discuss and prepare your child for a library visit, including:

  • What the library and Kids’ World look like
  • How to use library services, attend a storytime and interact appropriately