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Libraries and Accessibility: Home

Resources on accessibility, the ADA, and services to persons with disabilities.

What is a disability?

As described by the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, a disability may be physical, developmental, emotional or learning related. It is an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, which are functions that are important to most people’s daily lives. Examples of major life activities are breathing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing, sleeping, caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, and working.

"Diffability" is a new term gaining favor in the Differently Abled community.

Resources

Libraries especially need to expand staff awareness and sensitivity to a more diverse group of library users through training. These resources provide guidance on how to interact with persons with disabilities and how to create appropriate services.

Training for Library Staff:

Developing Services for Patrons with Disabilities:

These state agencies and nonprofits provide services for persons with disabilities and can advise libraries on how to adapt services and programs to include all patrons:

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Books on Services to Patrons

These books are available from the library service centers through our catalog:

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If you know of a great resource that should be included in the Libraries and Accessibility pages, please contact Maria Bernier, Maria.Bernier@ct.gov.

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