The Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled donated a collection of books and videos to the Cassville Branch Library earlier this month.
"This collection of books and videos provide information on developmental disabilities to allow people to be more familiar and comfortable with those with developmental disabilities," said Jim LeCompte, board chairman. "They live challenged lives. These instructional books and videos will allow people to understand the limits of these individuals."
The collection is also designed to help families discover alternate methods to address the challenges that a developmentally disabled child or other family member experiences.
"We felt the public library was the ideal location for people to have an opportunity to check out books and learn more about people with disabilities and how to interact with them," said LeCompte. "It is good for the public to know how to react or not to react to the limitations of these individuals."
The collection addresses an assortment of developmental disabilities including autism and Downs Syndrome.
"Public education is a vital part of what the Board for the Developmentally Disabled does," said LeCompte. "This is just a small piece of what the board does, but it is very important and beneficial for those with developmental disabilities."
This is the third collection that the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled has donated to the Cassville Branch Library. The board focuses on providing the library with the newest materials to better educate members of the community.
The nine-member board meets at least four times each year. In addition to providing public education materials, the board funds programs that are designed to benefit developmentally disabled individuals who live in Barry County.