Resources

The links on this page will lead you to excerpts from selected ASCLA publications or to Web sites that may be of interest according to the headings below.

Blind and Physically Handicapped | Certification | Cooperative Library Organizations | Deaf/Hard of Hearing | Equity of Access | Impaired Elderly Library Patrons | Independent Librarians | Learning Disabilities | Prison Libraries | State Libraries | Students with Disabilities | Underserved | Universal Access | Website Accessibility


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Stories About the Community Benefits of the Library Services and Technology Act

   

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

   

Blind and Physically Handicapped

Certification

Certified Public Library Administrator Program -- The CPLA program is a post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience.

Cooperative Library Organizations

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

   

Equity of Access

   

Impaired Elderly Library Patrons

   

Independent Librarians

   

Learning Disabilities

  • LD/ADD Pride Online at http://www.ldpride.net is an interactive community and information resource for adults with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • " Learning Disabilities Worldwide (LDW) envisions a world where learning disabilities (LD) are universally understood, accepted, and effectively addressed. We work to create a world where all persons with LD are supported in their endeavors and feel empowered to achieve their maximum potential in their academic careers, workplace, and personal development." (from LDW vision statement)

   

Prison Libraries

Students with Disabilities: Pre-K-12

  • Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere): This comprehensive site provides information and training for developing effective library and information services for pre-K-12 students with disabilities. The site contains five self-paced learning modules, jam-packed with useful information in a variety of formats (text, still and moving images, graphics, audio over PowerPoint, and more). You will find information to read, videos to view, games to play, learning exercises to challenge you, and quizzes to assess your learning.
       

State Libraries

Underserved Populations

Universal Access

  • Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is a project of Raising the Floor, a consortium of academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals. Its purpose is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety. The GPII will introduce automatic personalization of user interfaces and user context adaptation based on user preferences. Each information and communication technology (ICT) device will be able to instantly change to fit users as they encounter the device, rather than requiring users to figure out how to adapt, configure or install access features they need. For more information please go here: http://gpii.net/

Website Accessibility

  • A-Prompt--software tool designed to improve the usability of HTML documents by evaluating Web pages for accessibility barriers.
  • Cynthia Says: Tool for Checking Web Page Accessibility
  • Raising the Floor (RtF) is an international coalition of individuals and organizations working to ensure that the Internet, and everything available through it, is accessible to people experiencing accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or age.
  • TIDY--Software for cleaning up sloppy HTML code.
  • WAVE--Helps you check if your page is accessible to people with disabilities.