January 2018

Disability Resource Library January Newsletter

This month’s issue highlights the library resources available on the topic of autism. These are just a few of the quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, and others dedicated to increasing awareness, supporting research, and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Adults with Autism

The Way I See It- A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s
by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

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Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the real issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and research. This revised and expanded edition contains revisions based on the most current research. Here are just a few of the topics Temple delves into:

  • How and why people with autism think differently
  • How sensory sensitivities effect learning
  • Alternative medicine versus conventional medicine
  • Employment ideas for adults with autism
  • Understanding the mind of a person with autism who is nonverbal
  • And many more!

Check out The Way I See It- A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s

Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum
by Lynne Soraya

Moving out on your own can be exciting yet nerve-wracking. Adjusting to this new life can seem especially difficult when you're on the autism spectrum. Lynne Soraya will provide you with valuable advice as she guides you through each step of your transition into adulthood. These real-life strategies will help you deal with common challenges, like:

  • Budgeting and handling bills
  • Finding the right residence and /or roommates
  • Discovering a career path that complements your talents
  • Building relationships with friends and potential partners With "Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum", you will gain the support, and guidance you need to experience life on you own.

Family Members & Friends

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome (in Laymans Terms)
by Raymond Le Blanc, Clinical Psychologist

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Author Raymond Le Blanc is convinced that having in-depth knowledge of autism and understanding the potential impacts on you and your family is vital. Learn up to date information about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. This guide was initially developed to support parents and other caretakers. The chapters progress from birth to adulthood; covering topics such as food, toys, living arrangements, the challenges of ASD during adolescence and the elderly.

Check out Autism & Asperger's Syndrome

Different...Not Less
by Temple Grandin, PhD

Inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with autism. Temple Grandin presents the personal success stories of fourteen unique individuals that illustrate the extraordinary potential of those on the autism spectrum. Each individual tells their own story, in their own words, about their lives, relationships and eventual careers. The contributors also share how they dealt with issues they confronted while growing up, such as bullying, making eye contact and honing social skills.

Check Different Different...Not Less

Children & Youth

My Friend with Autism (book & CD)
by Beverly Bishop

"My Friend with Autism" celebrates the perspective and unique abilities of children with autism and offers classmates concrete ways to develop connections and friendships. This book's vivid illustrations and charming story-line will foster tolerance and understanding among peers, while the printable coloring pages on the CD will enlighten and engage all learners.

Navigation Tips

As a parent or caretaker of someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), there are several skills you can develop at home and at school. Encourage learning such things as:

  • “Active” listening
  • Speaking at appropriate times
  • Proper manners at lunch and/or breaks
  • Problem-solving
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Teamwork

Developing self-advocacy skills are critical to your son or daughter being successful in adulthood and employment. Information on how to effectively build these skills can be found in our Disability Resource Library or in the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Dr. Susannah Poe

Meet Dr. Susannah G. Poe, professor of Pediatrics at WVU School of Medicine and director of the intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic (iASD) at WVUCED in Morgantown. Dr. Poe has worked with children and families for over 44 years. Her career began in the field of child protective service and foster care supervision. She has developed drug and alcohol prevention programs for children and has served as a therapist and consultant in in-home behavioral programs for children with autism. In 2007, she was instrumental in the development of the iASD intensive treatment clinic. As a result of her efforts, the iASD clinic has provided evidence based services free of charge to more than 15 children while training graduate and undergraduate WVU students in methods of applied behavior analysis.

Dr. Poe received the WVU School of Medicine Dean’s Community Service Award for efforts in passing autism insurance legislation in WV. She is passionate about providing meaningful support to families while helping aspiring college students develop their skills. Her choice quote, “If children can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio Estrada). Susannah Poe is a child’s champion. To learn more about the iASD clinic or Dr. Poe, visit the website http://cedwvu.org/intensive-autism-service-delivery-clinic/.

Paths for Parents Program

Paths for Parents

Navigating systems as a parent or caregiver of a child with disabilities can be confusing and overwhelming. The Paths for Parents program provides information and support through three unique services in effort to empower parents in becoming real partners within the medical home.Services in this program include: The Disability Resource Library, Parent Network Specialists, and Nutrition Services. To learn more, visit http://p4p.cedwvu.org/.

The Disability Resource Library (DRL) provides educational information and resource materials to individuals with disabilities, family members, and practitioners throughout the state of West Virginia.Resources available to loan include:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books (children, adolescent and adult)
  • Reference Materials
  • DVDs
  • Assistive technology devices & adapted toys
  • Teaching and training curricula
  • Demonstration kits and Medical models
  • Disability Awareness Puppets

With two locations and knowledgeable staff, the Disability Resource Library is committed to supporting parents, educators, and the general public in finding appropriate, quality materials and services related to disability.The libraries are free of charge for the general public throughout the state and provide an online request and mail-out service.


The Disability Resource Library is a collaborative project between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Birth to Three, West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Program, and the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED).

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