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Library accessibility

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Library accessibility

  1. 1. Integrating the ASCLA guides into your library Heather Lambert heather.lambert@tn.gov
  2. 2. Reasonable Accommodation: Direct Threat to the Health or Safety of Others Undue Financial or Administrative Burden Substantial Alteration in the Manner in Which Services are Provided
  3. 3. 1. People First 2. Don’t Assume
  4. 4. Fin.
  5. 5. ASCLA Tip sheets Practical solutions Simple to train staff Easy to implement Inexpensive Easy to maintain
  6. 6. Assistive Technology Autism & Spectrum Disorders Children with Disabilities (English), Children with Disabilities (Chinese) Deaf & Hard of Hearing Developmental Disabilities Learning Disabilities Management Mental Illness Multiple Disabilities Physical disabilities Service Animals Staff Vision Volunteers with Disabilities What Trustees Need to Know http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaprotools/accessibilitytipsheets
  7. 7. • DON’T WORK IN A VACUUM TRAIN TO THE TIP SHEETS • GET YOUR TRUSTEES ON BOARD DO WHAT YOU CAN PERFORM AN AUDIT • GET YOUR STAFF ON BOARD, TELL THEM THE NUMBERS, ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS THINK BEFORE YOU BUY THINK ABOUT VIRTUAL PRESENCE TOO
  8. 8. Resources Disability Law Center has created an “ADA Checklist” for libraries Library Audit- http://disabilitylawcenter.org//wp- content/uploads/publications/ada%20checklists/ADA%20Library%20Checklist.pdf ASCLA Tip Sheets- http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaprotools/accessibilitytipsheets Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page www.ada.gov Supported by the Department of Justice, visitors can locate general information regarding the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act in regard to issues concerning access to the physical library and virtual library, technology and job accommodation needs. ALA/ASCLA’s “Library Accessibility—What You Need to Know” www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/ascla/asclaprotools/accessibilitytipsheets/index.cfm Library Accessibility —What You Need to Know is a series of fifteen tip sheets providing a brief overview of meeting the needs of persons with specific disabilities and also includes a tip sheet for management. ALA/ASCLA’s “Think Accessible Before You Buy: Questions to Ask to Ensure that the Electronic Resources Your Library Plans to Purchase are Accessible.” www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/ascla/asclaprotools/thinkaccessible/default.cfm This easy to use checklist was compiled by users of assistive technology to enable library staff unfamiliar with assistive technology make informed electronic purchasing decisions. U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy http://www.dol.gov/odep/ This website provides resources in regard to legislation and statistics concerning persons with disabilities. Also offers access to database for employers seeking to recruit persons with disabilities.

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