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Access to libraries for persons with disabilities - A CHECKLIST

In order to provide equal opportunities for all library users, it is necessary to look with the eyes of all patron groups at the physical condition of library buildings, as well as library services and programs. This checklist, developed by the IFLA Standing Committee of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons (LSDP) in the Hague, is designed as a practical tool for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, special) to assess existing levels of accessibility to buildings, services, materials and programs and to enhance accessibility where needed.

The Hague, IFLA Headquarters, 2005

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Posted by: katem on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

This checklist was made in 2005. I would like to see a revised checklist that is more up-to-date. The checklist had some great suggestions, but did lack specifications.

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Posted by: caurit on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.

I love that the information is broken down into bullet points and that there is sufficient explanation of each section. It would be nice if there was a 1-2 page version that could be printed out to take to the library after you have familiarized yourself with the list.

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"We cannot afford to let the issue of disabilities be simply an afterthought. We have a unique opportunity now, as industry pours billions of dollars into upgrading the communications infrastructure, to make sure that people with disabilities are not left behind. Now is the time. Accessibility of services and products for all Americans has got to be a design feature, not an add-on."

Chairman Kennard, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Statement on Video Description, 11/18/99