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Disability Resources

Westlake Porter Public Library offers a variety of tools and programs to improve access for our community. Programs are developed for children with disabilities or possible neurodivergence.

Disability Programs
Mon, Jun 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Storytime Room
The Summer Library Challenge is for you! Join us and adapt it to your needs! This event is for patrons who struggle with reading yet are interested in joining the summer Library Challenge.
Registration opens Monday, May 27 2024 at 9:00am

Sat, Jun 08, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Storytime Room
Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.
Registration opens Saturday, June 1 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Jun 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
When we read together, we can accomplish so much more! For patrons who struggle with reading with a goal of finishing the Summer Library Challenge. We will read, have fun, and make things together!

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Craft Room
This cute little monster will away all your worries - then gobble them up. This is a fun way of visualizing a worry leaving your mind, getting smaller, then disappearing for good. Ages 10 and up
Registration opens Wednesday, June 5 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Jun 13, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Storytime Room
Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.
Registration opens Thursday, June 6 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Friends Pavilion
Children with disabilities and typical peers will learn basics of gardening, plant a container garden, and listen to a story read aloud by a library facilitator. Grades 1-4.
Registration opens Monday, June 10 2024 at 9:00am

Wed, Jun 19, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
When we read together, we can accomplish so much more! For patrons who struggle with reading with a goal of finishing the Summer Library Challenge. We will read, have fun, and make things together!

Thu, Jun 20, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Craft Room
These personalized, little bottles will help calm you. They are a fun way of relieving tension and regulating emotions! Ages 10 and up.
Registration opens Thursday, June 13 2024 at 9:00am

Mon, Jun 24, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Craft Room
Get ready to cook by learning important skills you will use in the kitchen! Children will move through stations and learn basic cooking skills, such as measuring. Ages 5-10.
Registration opens Monday, June 17 2024 at 9:00am

Sample page from the Adapted Storytime Social StoryVisiting the Library

We know visiting the library can be a challenge for families. Here is a social story to read with your child about visiting us and a social story about what to expect at Adapted Storytime!

Connecting for Kids Program Flier

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April/May 2024 Flier

Visit the Connecting For Kids website for the most current flier or to sign up to receive monthly updates.

Community Resources

Looking to connect with others who will understand your situation? Consider contacting these local organizations who provide parent support and opportunities for families with children with disabilities or neurodivergence.

CCBDD logo

We are pleased to partner with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a Library Facilitator location. WPPL thanks the Cuyahoga DD for their grant to accomplish a year of inclusive programming.

Sensory Break Box

Christopher models items from the Sensory Break BoxThe box contains a few tools such as noise-canceling headphones, a wobble seat, a weighted pad, foam roller, fidget toys and bubble timers that may be used by any patron in the building to help ensure a successful visit to the library.

If you find you or your child are struggling during a visit to the library, pick up the Break Box in the Youth Services Department!

Christopher models items from the Sensory Break Box.

 

KultureCity Sensory Inclusive logo

Sensory Inclusive™ Certified

Westlake Porter Public Library is Sensory Inclusive™ certified by KultureCity®. All staff members receive ongoing training to welcome anyone with sensory differences to the library.

In addition, we have Sensory Bags—designed to help sensory needs in both adults and children—available for checkout. The bags are filled with items that can help lessen sensory overload and also engage.

Disability Resources Collection

Print book and DVD resources for families raising children with disabilities or neurodivergence.

 

Adults with Disabilities

What about adults with disabilities? All of our tools are open for use by adults and their adult family members with disabilities.

Tyrone volunteers with parachute play
Tyrone volunteers with parachute play

Volunteers with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities

Volunteer opportunities within the Youth Services Department are available for those ages 14+ with developmental or intellectual disabilities. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, download an application and return it to the library.

For more information contact the Disability Resources Librarian at (440) 250-5471.

Next Chapter Book Club

WPPL hosts the Next Chapter Book Club! NCBC is an opportunity for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities to make friends, enjoy books and have fun on a regular basis.

Club spots are limited and if you are interested in joining a club, or if you are interested in helping us provide NCBC to the community by facilitating a club, please contact the Disability Resources Librarian at 440-250-5471 for information.