Serving Blind and Visually Impaired in Your Library: Session 1

Every day someone is born disabled and every day someone becomes disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act was written to address this perpetual need. That need is all around us. This webinar will introduce the Service Frontiers in BVIP Initiative for blind and visually impaired patrons. During training we will review the definition of blindness. We will explore Disability etiquette. We will learn where the blind are and how to attract them with our library services. Service Frontiers in BVIP is a first-of -its-kind in the U.S. and we will create a successful model for public libraries around the country. This program will focus on developing partnerships –between libraries and the blind & visually impaired community– which will promote an ongoing exchange of needs, ideas and solutions for improving library services to this underserved population.

Learning Outcomes

  • The participants will gain knowledge about the Service Frontiers in BVIP Initiative for blind and visually impaired patrons.
  • They will comprehend the legal and functional definition of blindness.
  • They will be able to implement do’s & don’ts of blindness while serving blind and visually impaired patrons.
  • They will identify at least 3 key resources who serve the blind in their communities.
  • They will demonstrate the ability to match their current library materials and services to the needs of the blind and visually impaired.

Who Should Attend

  • Both Public and Academic Librarians
  • Library Staff -how to communicate with, and provide professional customer service to, this community
  • Reference Librarians -identifying and delivering information materials in the most appropriate format
  • Web Developers - practical understanding of Section 508

Prerequisites

None.

Instructor(s)

Internationally acclaimed Leadership Strategist and ADA consultant Buna Dahal is a powerhouse filled with knowledge and resources concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is creative and solution oriented. While working as the Employment Specialist at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton, Buna maintained an annual placement rate of over 85% for 7 years. In 2009 she completed her Master of Science degree in Organization Leadership at Regis University, and received the David M. Clarke, S.J. Innovative Leadership Award, Regis University School of Professional Studies. Buna Dahal has a fifteen-year track record in training and implementation for ADA consulting. She has planned, organized and delivered >2000 training sessions throughout her career. Blind at birth Buna Dahal is a life-long advocate for people with disabilities. Through the Leadership Network Program she has been affiliated with Meeting the Challenge, Rocky Mountain ADA Center since 2009. She currently serves as secretary for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and is managing her own consulting business, DynamicBuna, Inc.

Date(s) & Time(s)

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Fee

Number of seats: 30 maximum

Registration fees:

    $40 for ASCLA members

    $50 for ALA members

    $65 for non-ALA members

    $45 for ALA student members and retired members

Group Rates

    $99 single login

    $38/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people)

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements for Blackboard are included at the bottom of this message. More information is available at www.blackboard.com or at their support site, http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Support/Support-for-Blackboard-Collaborate.aspx.

You will receive access instructions from Andrea no later than 24 hours before the webinar is to be held.

How to Register

Contact

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!