University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.

Want more information about this class? The instructor, S. Bryce Kozla, has more information on her blog.

At a glance

When: Nov 5 – Dec 16, 2018

Where: Online

Cost: $200 (10% discount if you register by Oct 21)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #309119

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

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 to you 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.