Understanding Accessibility Challenges for Patrons

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/05/2018


Melissa Tracy

Marketing & Programs Specialist

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)


CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is excited to announce the update of 15 Library Accessibility Toolkits to help better serve patrons. These toolkits were developed to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users. Issues include 1) users with mental health issues  2) users with learning and/or attention issues 3) users with developmental disabilities 4) users with sensory disabilities 5) users with service animals 6) users who need assistive technology and 7) users with physical disabilities. Each guide provides an overview, recommended hardware and software solutions, tips and resources to guide library professionals in providing great library experiences for everyone. Toolkits include:

Assistive Technology
Autism & Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Children with Disabilities
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Developmental, Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities
Learning Differences
Library Staff with Disabilities
Mental Health Issues
Mobility Impairments
Multiple Disabilities
Service or Support Animals
Volunteers with Disabilities
What Trustees Need to Know
Blindness and Low Vision

Thank you to the following individuals for their contributions to the 2017 updates: Patrick Timony, Marti Goddard, Carrie Banks, Rachel Gould, Jerry Reynolds, Barbara Mates, Barbara Klipper, Heather Lambert, Ginger Cagnolatti, Uyanga Erdenebold, Charlene Gernon, Nicholas Gish, Andrea Hebert, Dionne Laborde, JoAnn Palermo, Reed Strege, Teresa Slobuski, Vivian Bordeaux, Rebecca Sue Crawford, and Helen Gbala.


The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is a division of the American Library Association. ASCLA focuses on providing a voice and advocating for libraries serving populations that are underserved such as those with sensory, physical, health or behavioral conditions, those who are incarcerated or detained and more. ASCLA is the premier destination for members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives, library networks and library consultants among others. Member activity is centered around our interest groups.

ASCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members. Opportunities include leadership roles, online webinars and eCourses, specialty interest group involvement and even produce resources and industry standards and guidelines including the most recent revision of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped as well as Priosoners' Right to Read and more.