Library Leadership & Management
Autism prevalence is growing, and autistic people themselves are important in the library and information science field, both as library patrons and employees. Including them in all stages of research about the neurodivergent experience is valuable, and their input and participation is increasingly used in technology research, particularly usability studies. Neurodivergent persons also have unique abilities that align with a wide array of information professions and accommodations can be made that allow them to thrive in the workplace. It is critical that meaningful involvement of autistic individuals is a component of making policy at all levels.
Original Publication Citation
Everhart, N., & Anderson, A. M. (2020). Research participation and employment for autistic individuals in library and information science: A review of the literature. Library Leadership & Management, 34(3), 1-6. doi: 10.5860/llm.v34i3.7376
Everhart, Nancy and Anderson, Amelia M., "Research Participation and Employment for Autistic Individuals in Library and Information Science: A Review of the Literature" (2020). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 128.