University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! The disability community in the library: Education, access & advocacy

Public libraries have taken great strides to become “the great equalizer”; yet our discussions about equity often leave out or misrepresent one of the largest vulnerable populations in the world—the disability community.

This course will introduce participants to the abled/neurotypical narrative, challenge our misconceptions about the disability community, and explore ways to make your library a more accessible place to visit and work.

At a glance

When: Oct 9-Nov 17

Where: Online

Cost: $200 (10% discount if you register by Sept 24)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #3042

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

FULL: Please register to be added to the waitlist.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, 608.262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed a few days before the course begins.

Course description


  • The abled narrative and how it colors our approach to people with disabilities
  • The history of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on the disability community
  • An introduction to using Universal Design to consider your space and services
  • General tips for working with children and families with disabilities at the reference desk and at programs
  • Evaluating books on the disability community for problematic content
  • Advocating for the disability community as patrons and employees at your library


S. Bryce Kozla is a youth services librarian at Washington (OR) County Cooperative Library Services. It took her over 30 years to overcome her internalized ableism and become a vocal member of the disability community in libraries.