Originally posted January 2018. Updated April 2019 to include the addition of Communication Tool Kits.
Autism Nova Scotia and Halifax Public Libraries have created a new set of tool kits for individuals and families living with autism.
The kits are called Autism Tools and will provide community members with the opportunity to test many of the support products and tools available before buying or creating their own.
Sensory Tools, Visual Tools, Fidget Tools
There are four sets of Autism Tools kit bags available for borrowing from the Library:
For example, the Visual Tools bag includes an example of “First, Then.” This tool prioritizes tasks through the use of icons or words. Providing individuals on the autism spectrum with a visual cue such as “first dishes, then TV” can help develop executive function skills at any age.
The tools are accessible across a lifespan. “Families and individuals in the autism community of all ages will find the tools and resources on offer useful whether they’re at school, work or home,” says Cynthia Carroll, Executive Director of Autism Nova Scotia.
A Special Partnership
“We could not wish for a better outcome from our partnership with Autism Nova Scotia,” says Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. “Supporting the growth of every individual in our community is why we exist. We hope these kits will help many individuals in our community.”
Autism Nova Scotia’s relationship with Halifax Public Libraries allowed the non-profit organization’s staff the freedom to invent. With this freedom came innovation, and now a new tool kit that promises to improve the daily lives of many people.
“This is just the beginning for lending programs like Autism Tools,” says Carroll. “If this pilot is successful, we hope to bring similar programs to all of the libraries in Nova Scotia.”
How to Borrow
Autism Tools kit bags can be checked out by any Halifax Public Libraries member the same as books, DVDs, and other special library items.
Borrow and place holds through our website, or talk to staff at your local branch.