AUTISM RESOURCE LIBRARY
In 2014 the Las Cruces Public Schools partnered with Hearts for Autism to combine two lending library collections and establish the Autism Resource Library in its new location, housed inside Centennial High School. The library offers developmental and educational toys, learning resources, games and literature about autism spectrum disorder. The collection is available for check out all families and community members. Materials for families and educators to create visual supports, social stories and other supports are made accessible to include: color printing, lamination, Velcro and foam board. Additionally, a Hearts for Autism staff member is made available for parents to have additional support and access to the Autism Resource Library. The Autism Resource Library has over 1,500 items in its catalog and has checked out over 300 items to patrons just within the last year! We currently have over 50 patrons and continue to expand everyday as more people discover this valuable resource.
“I love to come in and learn about the new items and learn what’s new and what’s out there for my boys. Marisa Cano (Hearts for Autism Fund Employee) and Jeni Raess (LCPS Autism Social Worker) are very helpful resources during all of my visits. I also like that I can call and make arrangements to go by the library for a special occasion if needed. Very accommodating.”
-Donna Kulpa, Parent & Autism Resource Library Patron