Understanding the needs and abilities of patrons who are differently abled increases librarians’ ability to serve these patrons from childhood through adulthood. While some librarians are fortunate to have had coursework to help them understand the needs and abilities of the differently abled, many LIS students have had little experience working with this diverse group. In addition, many persons who are differently abled would like to become librarians.
Differing Abilities and the Library helps readers understand the challenges faced by people who are differently abled, both as patrons and as potential information professionals. Readers will learn to assess their library’s physical facilities, programming, staff, and continuing education to ensure that their libraries are prepared to include people of all abilities. Inclusive programming suggestions will help librarians to meet the needs of patrons and colleagues with mobility and dexterity problems, learning differences, hearing and vision limitations, sensory and cognitive challenges, autism, and more. Additional information is included about assistive and adaptive technologies and web accessibility. Librarians will find this information accessible and important as they strive for equity and inclusivity.
- Identifies the differently abled who are patrons and employees in libraries
- Details the needs and abilities of a special clientele
- Encourages the interest of management in hiring applicants who are differently abled