October 28, 2014.
My library is one of the few libraries that has programming catering to special needs children and teens. My predecessor had a program where teens with special needs were paired up with volunteers to do crafts, play games, and do baking together.
I had great reviews from the parents about my programmer that I hired for this program. They really enjoyed her.
I had a discussion with one of the parents, who were very happy to hear that we were starting up our programs again. It was very enlightening to have that discussion, since she talked about how important it was for her son to feel a part of the group and that the programs were targeted at his age group. At his home library, the special needs teens were put into programs with the younger children, so he felt like the crafts they were doing were babyish.