Creator: Centre for Equitable Library Access
Date Updated: March 28, 2022
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides resources for libraries to create accessible programming for kids and teens. The resources include tips for making your programming inclusive, considerations about the physical spaces of your programming, and examples of accessible programming.
The information is summarized from the CELA accessible library programming for kids and teens webpage.
- CELA’s tips for creating inclusive children and teen programming include:
- Ensure that your promotion and marketing materials are accessible and that they detail the accessibility features available in the programming (with contact information to request access requirements).
- Prepare for accessibility accommodations/requirements participants may need, such as adaptive writing implements, provide staff with training on respectful interactions, and/or add sensory elements.
- Ensure that the physical space is safe, including removing tripping hazards and that the area is wheelchair accessible.
- Provide instructions in different formats or multiple ways.
- Reach out to the disability community and consult with them about the programs and services they want and how to meet their accessibility needs.
The “Accessible library programming for kids and then teens” then provides resources on topics such as creating a safe and accessible space, making story-time accessible, and how to adapt and create accessible activities.
Visit CELA’s Accessible library programming for kids and teens
Centre for Equitable Library Access (n.d.). Accessible library programming for kids and teens. Web page. Accessed March 28, 2022. Retrieved from: https://celalibrary.ca/programming