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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, Feb 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dover Room
Join Katy Bryan, PhD, CEPA, ChSNC® to learn about how to financially plan for your family with special needs/disabilities.

Thu, Feb 09, 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.

Fri, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dover Room
This hands-on program is designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior, led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Register

Fri, Feb 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Storytime Room
Active for Life presents a low-impact and fun seated dance program taught by a certified seated dance instructor. For all abilities and all bodies.

Sat, Feb 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dover Room
This hands-on program is designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior, led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Register

Thu, Feb 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dover Room
With fun, new themes each month, Teach Me to Play offers you and your child a host of new activities and experiences each time you attend. Register

Fri, Feb 17, 9:30am - 10:00am
Dover Room
With fun, new themes each month, Teach Me to Play offers you and your child a host of new activities and experiences each time you attend.Register

Fri, Feb 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Dover Room
With fun, new themes each month, Teach Me to Play offers you and your child a host of new activities and experiences each time you attend.Register

Mon, Feb 20, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Pick up this fun kit and practice fine motor skills at home! For children ages 3-7.
Registration opens Monday, February 13 2023 at 9:00am

Tue, Feb 21, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Porter Room
Join us for interactive presentations on various childhood topics by local pediatric professionals and connect with other families.Register

Sat, Feb 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Craft Room
Children with disabilities will learn some important cooking skills while making 2 or 3 recipes. Tasting is not required. Previous kitchen experience isn't necessary. Ages 8-12.
Registration opens Saturday, February 18 2023 at 9:00am

Sun, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
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 Sunday, February 19 2023 at 9:00am

Wed, Mar 01, 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Porter Room
Meet a bird of prey and touchable educational animals from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary in this informative and interactive program which includes an animal craft.
Registration opens Wednesday, February 22 2023 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!

CCBDD logo

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

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.

Disability Resources Collection

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

 

Do you need larger text or greater contrast when using the library catalog? Look for the Accessibility Mode icon in the top right corner. This simplified version of the catalog includes all of the links and content from the regular catalog with additional links to quickly move around the page. Use Ctrl and + (plus) keys (command and + on Mac) to increase the text size even more. Tap or click on the Main Menu icon and choose Disable Accessibility Mode to return to the regular format.

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 logoWestlake 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.

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.