Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities

Is your library a welcoming and empowering place for people with disabilities? Or would you like to help improve library staff communication and interactions with people with disabilities? According to the 2010 Census, approximately 56.7 million people in the US have some kind of disability. In this webinar, we will introduce ways to serve and reach out to people who represent such a significant percentage of the population. This session will include tips and practical advice for improving library staff communications and interactions with people with disabilities. The interactive webinar will include exercises during which attendees can ask questions, discuss the topic with others, and apply the ideas to their own setting.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed to provide an introduction to all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators.


The session will be facilitated by Brenda Hough. Brenda has been a librarian for more than 15 years. She has delivered training and education for the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, the Public Library Association, Emporia State University, UIUC's Certified Public Library Administrator program, and more. When she's not thinking about libraries and learning, she's spending time with her husband and three year old son at their home in Lawrence, Kansas.


How to Register

Register online


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!