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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

Katherine Schneider, founder of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, president of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board, newly pubished author, and frequent presenter of workshops and webinars at IFLS, recently contacted me. She said,
July 26 is the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That's sort of like the Fourth of July for those of us with disabilities.

Katherine suggested that libraries might like to put together displays that celebrate and inform people about the disability experience. She sent along a few suggestions for books to pull for display, I will be happy to forward the whole list if you would like it--it has materials for adults and youth on it. In the meantime, a great starting place is to display the books that have won the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, for authors and illustrators who have created a book that embodies the disability experience.

You might also like to adapt the following into a bookmark or handout, for people looking for more information or resources:

For Further Information:

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Blind and Visually Impaired Information and Services

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Alzheimer’s Association of Eau Claire

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