Understanding Accessibility Challenges for Patrons

These Library Accessibility Toolkits were developed to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users. These issues include 1) users with mental health issues  2) users with learning and/or attention issues 3) users with developmental disabilities 4) users with sensory disabilities 5) users with service animals 6) users who need assistive technology and 7) users with physical disabilities. Each guide provides an overview, recommended hardware and software solutions, tips and resources to guide library professionals in providing great library experiences for everyone. Toolkits include:

Assistive Technology
Autism & Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Children with Disabilities
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Developmental, Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities
Learning Differences
Library Staff with Disabilities
Mental Health Issues
Mobility Impairments
Multiple Disabilities
Service or Support Animals
Volunteers with Disabilities
What Trustees Need to Know
Blindness and Low Vision

Thank you to the following individuals for their contributions to the 2017 updates: Patrick Timony, Marti Goddard, Carrie Banks, Rachel Gould, Jerry Reynolds, Barbara Mates, Barbara Klipper, Heather Lambert, Ginger Cagnolatti, Uyanga Erdenebold, Charlene Gernon, Nicholas Gish, Andrea Hebert, Dionne Laborde, JoAnn Palermo, Reed Strege, Teresa Slobuski, Vivian Bordeaux, Rebecca Sue Crawford, and Helen Gbala.

By Melissa Tracy

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