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Popular Sources on Disability
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House on July 26, 1990. "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down," he said that day. Barry Thumma/AP
Kate Diebel, inclusion and accessibility librarian at Syracuse University, offers some excellent starting points for thinking about access in libraries.
Deibel offers these challenges to grasping accessibility issues in libraries:
Accessibility is complex. “[Libraries] have many working parts with working parts underneath,” she said. Physical spaces, people, holdings, and technology all need to be accessible.
Disability is diverse. There are many types of disability that affect people to a different extent and in different combinations.
Motivation. People react well to positive encouragement, but often don’t follow through. Meanwhile punishing people for noncompliance creates ill will.
Myths are prevalent. “Sometimes you have to have a sense of reality,” she said. It’s impossible to make something 100% accessible to everyone, and it’s a myth that things that aren’t accessible can’t be used at all by people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are required for a reason: It’s impossible to meet every need all of the time.
Now available in paperback and the winner of numerous awards, this is the first popular history of the disability rights movement. Includes conversations with couragous people who fight for freedom of movement, meaningful employment, and a life of dignity and promise.
This powerful book presents a series of perspectives on the process of self-organisation of disabled people which has taken place over the last thirty years. The 1980s saw a transformation in our understanding of the nature of disability, and consequently the kinds of policies and services necessary to ensure the full economic and social integration of disabled people.
The fourth edition of Education, Equality and Human Rights has been fully updated to reflect the economic, political, social and cultural changes in educational and political policy and practice, as austerity continues and in the light of the EU referendum. Written by a carefully selected group of experts, each of the five equality issues of gender, race, sexuality, disability and social class are covered as areas in their own right as well as in relation to education.