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Carrington Autism Resource Center


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Overview of the Carrington Autism Resource Center at Averett University

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Carrington Autism Resource Center

  1. 1. Mary B. Blount Library“Seek and Cite Credible Sources”
  2. 2. Origins of the Autism Resource Center • In Summer 2011, Averett University received a generous grant from the Alexander Berkeley Carrington, Jr. and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust to establish an autism resource center for families in Southside Virginia. • From July through November 2011, Blount Library collaborated with Institutional Advancement, Education faculty, volunteers, and Facilities to select and prepare a site for the Carrington Autism Resource Center. • The Center was complete and the collection, technology and policies in place prior to the ribbon cutting on November 30, 2011.
  3. 3. Library HoursFall / Spring Semester (Semester Breaks)• Sunday, 1:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. (7:00 P.M)• Monday-Thursday, 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. (9:00 P.M.)• Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.• Saturday, 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Closed)• 24/7!• Detailed building hours
  4. 4. Autism Resource Center Hours• The Carrington Autism Resource Center is available for teachers, therapists, and registered families Monday‐Thursday 9:00 a.m.‐8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.‐4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.• Please ask the librarian at the reference desk to open the Center for you.• Volunteer teachers are available by appointment (contact
  5. 5. Library Accounts• Blount Library will create a library account for each Autism Family on approval of Averett’s Chair of Education.• Please send evidence of autism diagnosis to Dr. Riedel:• Pamela Riedel, Ph.D. Frith Hall 428; FAX: (434) 791 5020; Voice: (434) 791‐5744
  6. 6. Free Access• Use of the Carrington Autism Resource Center and circulation of activity and diagnostic kits is free for registered Autism Families.• Registration is confidential and intended to ensure that families will benefit from visiting the Center. Simply Contact Dr. Pamela Riedel (434‐791‐5744) with evidence for a diagnosis of autism.• Use of the Center by teachers, and circulation of materials to SPED school and organization administrators is also free of charge.
  7. 7. Autism Center Activities• Volunteer Educator, Mrs. Amy Stilley (M.A.T.) visits the Center as needed for appointments.• As of June 30, 2012, we had three registered families and had logged over 40 visits by local educators.• Ongoing success of the Center will be facilitated by recruiting a Director of Autism Studies to provide oversight of services for children and families.
  8. 8. Autism Research Guide• The Centers web guide with educational information, photos, policies and forms is located at• In addition to hosting the opening reception, the library sponsored outreach activities, including a work day for Danville Public School teachers (March 2012), a presentation for the DPS Autism Parents Support Group (May 2012) and for the DPS SPED Advisory Committee (September 2012).• Averett invites active collaboration with schools and organizations supporting autism families in Southside.
  9. 9. Support the Autism Center• We also invite community members to support to the Carrington Autism Resource Center and Mary B. Blount Library through membership in:• Autism Friends, or• Library Friends• A donation of $30 or more per year allows us to provide full circulation privileges to individuals from the Southside Community. (See our brochure.)
  10. 10. Averett Librarians• Elaine Day, Director; Science Liaison;• Kevin Harden, Distance Learning; Business, Education,Social Sciences Liaison;• Jennifer Robinson, Technical Services; Communication Studies/Journalism, Children’s Literature Liaison;• Jim Verdini, Access Services; Humanities, Performing Arts Liaison;• Dr. Patrick Wasley, Archivist; English Literature Literature;
  11. 11. Questions?Pamela Riedel, Chair, Education Department Frith Hall 428; FAX: (434) 791 5020; Voice: (434) 791‐5744Elaine Day, Director, Mary B. Blount Library; 434‐791‐5696