Date of Press Release: Thu, May 12, 2022

Palm Beach County Library System Receives Autism Friendly Business Certification

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Caitlin Fielding from Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (FAU Card) presented the Autism Friendly Business certifications to representatives from all 18 branch locations, including our Library Annex. Refreshments were provided courtesy of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

In order to receive this certification, 70% of a business’ staff must take the training to increase understanding and sensitivity about autism and related disabilities. Fielding said, “It was a great honor to work with this team. … to coordinate everything. You had over 270 individuals take the training and completed the post-test – which is phenomenal.” Each Library location received a certificate and a decal to display showing that they are an Autism Friendly Business.

Library Director Doug Crane said, “Our Libraries strive to connect communities, inspire thought and enrich lives. We reach out to underserved or forgotten communities and the Autism community is one that we focus on because of the large number of people are affected by this condition. We are very proud to be recognized as an Autism Friendly Business.”

The Special Needs Committee coordinated the training and they received state-wide recognition from the Florida Library Association for their Sensory Storytimes. They received the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for offering inclusive experiences with stories, songs and sensory-focused activities. Sensory kits and crafts are available at all Library locations for use during these events.