Accessibility in Libraries
Project Enable provides a comprehensive set of training designed specifically for public, academic, or school librarians. This is a completely free resource and contains a group account option that allows your library staff to register and complete the training together.
Four training modules are centred around making the library accessible for people with autism. The course includes research-based checklists, examples of materials, tip sheets, lists, and templates to implement best practices in your unique library setting. This self-paced course is free to all library workers and volunteers if you create an OCLC account.
Public Libraries and Access for Children with Disabilities and Their Families: A Proposed Inclusive Library Model
This paper reports an investigation, from the perspective of public libraries, of the factors that influence access to public libraries for children with disabilities. This could be a valuable reference for any library or children’s department looking to form its accessibility policy or guidelines.
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) offers training and auditing primarily based on building accessibility. They offer unique programs, professional training, and in British Columbia, a grants program that provides funding to improve the accessibility of spaces that have received the RHF certification.
This is a great quick summary and infographic detailing the ways people are motivated to implement accessible changes. It is a pyramid hierarchy similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, with Guilt being at the bottom and Inspire being at the top.
The Accessibility 101 webinar recording provides foundational information about accessibility in public libraries. The topics discussed include – “Introduction to Accessibility,” “Introduction to Disabilities,” “Introduction to Accessible Formats,” and more.
The presentation slides for the Accessibility 101 webinar are available! The slides provide an outline of foundational accessibility topics such as an introduction to disabilities, physical and digital accessibility features, accessible formats, and more.