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
- 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.