Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (PL 101-336), which went into effect in July 1992, guarantees that people with disabilities shall have equal access to employment, public services and accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications services.

As public service providers, libraries must make reasonable efforts to give disabled people the same access to information, programs, and resources enjoyed by those who are not disabled.

Each library on the exhibit tour will have varying capabilities for providing equal access to disabled people. We urge you to do as much as you reasonably can to make programs accessible to the disabled population. 

Local or regional agencies which are responsible for services for the disabled may be helpful.
We offer the following suggestions to enhance the accessibility of your programs:

  • Allow space for wheelchairs in program spaces.
  • Prepare a large-print version of publicity materials and program handouts.
  • Provide for signing at programs.
  • Provide audio versions of texts used in programming.