October is Inclusion Awareness Month

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This month, we celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month and recognize our commitment to serving individuals of all abilities in our community. Our goal is to connect you to resources, services, programs and invite your feedback and ideas. While this year it may be more challenging to get together, we can still express our commitment to inclusion, and are excited to share a community art project and upcoming virtual programming.

Our commitment to inclusion is ongoing, and we want to hear from you! To tell us more about your needs and ideas, contact us via comment cards available in the library, at ahml.info/contact, call us at 847-392-0100 or TTY: 847-392-1119, or email us at accessibility@ahml.info.


Community Art Project

To recognize Inclusion Awareness Month, we invite you to create and display origami suncatchers in your homes. Pick up your Origami Suncatcher Kit, one kit per household, while supplies last at the bookmobile, Checkout Desk, drive-up window, Kids’ World Desk or Senior Center Reading Room.

Unable to make it to the library? No problem; use your own supplies and follow our instructions to complete the project without ever leaving your home. Visit ahml.info/sun for more information. Take a photo of your creation and share it with us on social media with the hashtag #AHMLSun.


Virtual Programs

College Knowledge: Planning for Students with Learning Differences

Monday, October 5, 7-8:30 p.m. / Live on Zoom / Register

Join experts from JJB Educational Consulting for a conversation about high school and transition planning for students with learning differences, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Discuss course selection, learning supports, psychoeducational testing and standardized testing. For high school students and their caregivers.


Learn About Illinois ABLE Accounts

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8 p.m. / Live on Zoom / Register

Join us to learn about Illinois ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Accounts from Rosemary Laudani, Manager of Illinois ABLE, of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office.

Illinois ABLE accounts change the way individuals with disabilities and their families can participate in the community and plan for their financial futures. ABLE accounts are easy to open and are easy to manage, are controlled by the account owner, and are used to help with everyday living expenses and long-term purchase plans. ABLE accounts allow for savings and investments that are tax deductible and do not prevent account owners from receiving SSI/SSDI.