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Birkenmaier: School, library groups partner to offer special needs resources in Lemont

Community voice

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 2:25 p.m. CDT
Susan Birkenmaier

Collaboration among inter-governmental agencies is a long-standing tradition in Lemont and its neighboring communities.

To continue this proud tradition, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A is partnering with the Lemont Public Library, the Friends of the Lemont Public Library and the former Lemont Association for Attention Deficit Disorder to purchase a special collection of books and materials related to awareness and understanding of children with disabilities.

This collection will be housed at the Lemont Public Library for use by students, parents, siblings, friends and interested parties.

The idea came from a community member who sought a way to help the Special Education Parent Group at District 113A.

A former affiliate of the Lemont Association for Attention Deficit Disorder, generously donated the remaining money from that organization.

After deciding on a format for collecting the materials, the Special Education Parent Group suggested that the Lemont Public Library would be an easily accessible location for families and interested community members to find the books and materials.

As the partnership formed, the Friends of the Lemont Public Library and an individual member of that group matched the original donation of $500.

The two organizations’ librarians collaborated to select and catalogue the materials.

A kick-off event sponsored by members of this partnership will be held to unveil the parent collection at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Library.

Examples of the books include, “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder,” by Carol Stock Kranowitz, “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome,” by Kathy Hoopmann and “Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs,” by Donald Meyer and Patricia Vadasy.

These partners acknowledge the existence of individual differences in the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of children.

They look forward to the community’s frequent use of these valuable resources.

Susan Birkenmaier is the superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

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