ALSC/ASCLA preconference to focus on library service to individuals with disabilities

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer
312-280-2165
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2007

ALSC/ASCLA preconference to focus on library service to individuals with disabilities

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the preconference “The Underserved 20 Percent: Children, Teens, and Adults with Disabilities” Friday, June 22, 2007, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Harriet McBryde Johnson, a leading disabilities rights activist, lawyer, and author of “Too Late to Die Young” and “Accidents of Nature,” is the keynote speaker.

Morning panel discussions will focus on patrons with disabilities addressing services and materials they would like from libraries as well as successful programs and projects that have made a difference to library patrons with disabilities. Afternoon breakout sessions will address assistive and adaptive technology; learning disabilities in the library; people of color with disabilities in the library; patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders; programming and outreach to people with disabilities; and portrayal of people with disabilities in literature. A disabilities resource fair also will be held.

Closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who has taught, counseled, supervised and trained psychologists at four universities. She established the Schneider Family Book Award four years ago to recognize books for children and youth that deal well with disability issues. A reception immediately follows the preconference.

Separate registration and fee are required for the preconference: $235, ALSC or ASCLA member; $275, ALA member or nonmember; or $141, student/retired member. Advanced registration ends May 18, 2007.

For registration information, visit www.ala.org/alsc, click on “Events & Conferences,” or contact the ALSC office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2163.