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IFLA Professional Reports - Library Accessibility

On this page you will find links to relevant reports concerning library accessibility: See #90 Designing and Building Integrated Digital Library Systems-Guidelines; and # 89 Access to libraries for persons with disabilities checklist as separate entries on this website and find other articles, including Libraries for the Blind in the Information Age - Guidelines for development, and Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia or Alzheimer’s and others. (Several foreign language citations).

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability