Autism & Sensory Needs

The Autism Lending Library provides educators, families, and caregivers of people with Autism, or with sensory needs, a variety of support options.

Services Available:

  • Lending Library (including books, videos, and specialized items)
  • Specialized Education and Resources for people with disabilities
  • Try-it-Before-You-Buy-It Opportunities
  • Support with creating Sensory Friendly Spaces for home & qualifying businesses

Eligibility:  Individuals interested in accessing the Autism Lending Library and Advocacy Program should:

  • Have Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligibility
  • Live with family or caregivers and be eligible for Family Support Services
  • Reside in Cortland, Tioga or Tompkins County

How to Access:  For full access to the Lending Library’s inventory or more information about our Advocacy Programs, please contact Jen:

Success Story:

“My son has always fidgeted uncontrollably and struggled to stay focused and engaged during family time.  We borrowed a weighted blanket from the library that he simply kept on his lap and he was able to enjoy an entire T.V. program wit the family!  We couldn’t believe it worked!  As a result, we purchased a few weighted items for him such as a blanket and stuffed animals to use at school, home and out it the community and our time as a family now includes all of our beautiful children.  We couldn’t be happier!”