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Children and Technology: Assistive Technology

Vermont’s Jason Broughton wrote a stellar article on assistive tTechnology for the ALSC Blog back in December 2018, Assistive Technology: Equity and Inclusion for All, including information on what types of disabilities library staff may encounter and what assistive technologies may be available to best serve patrons with special needs. In addition, Elizabeth Gray wrote about Global Accessibility Awareness Day back in May.

ALSC members spoke up with a desire for further information. The Children and Technology Committee has been working on a series of articles that will highlight best practices in assistive technology at individual libraries around the United States. We are working with practitioners in New York, Ohio, California, and Washington DC to share information on a wide variety of services.

In librarianship, an essential component to the services we provide our communities is understanding those communities.  With that in mind, we’d like to share some resources that may help you understand more about the disability community:

Adaptive Umbrella

Developed by Jen Taggart and Ed Niemchak

This website provides information about accessible and inclusive library programming, collections, and services.  You can find resources for adaptive and inclusive programs, as well as resources for developing inclusive services.

Library Services for Users with Disabilities

Developed by the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies

Includes tips for working with children with disabilities, as well as a variety of resources.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Pamela Brillante provides information about welcoming children with disabilities.  While the focus of her work is on welcoming children in classrooms, many of the ideas are applicable to library services.

Person-first and identity-first language:  Developing psychologists’ cultural competence using disability language

Written by Dada S. Dunn and Erin E. Andrews; appears in American Psychologist, 70(3) 255-264.

This article discusses person-first language versus identity-first language in relation to the disability community, as well as information about the challenges of adopting specific language.

Does your library offer assistive technologies?  If you’d like to be included in our interview series, please contact the Children and Technology Committee.

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies:  IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials, and V. Outreach and Advocacy.

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