General Accessibility Information and Resources
In-depth Resources and Learning Tools
The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The website provides many online learning opportunities, FAQs, and other information, along with contact information for specific questions.
ASGCLA Toolkit: The Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) created eighteen toolkits to help librarians “understand and manage access issues” related to a variety of physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities, as well as mental illness. The toolkits are now at the RUSA division of the ALA. You can link here:
- Accessible Communication Styles
- Assistive Technology
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Blindness and Low Vision
- Children with Disabilities
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Developmental, Cognitive, and Intellectual Disabilities
- Learning Differences
- Library Staff with Disabilities
- Mental Health Issues
- Multiple Disabilities
- Patrons with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
- Service Animals
- Virtual Accessibility
- Volunteers with Disabilities
Project ENABLE is a self-directed learning opportunity from Syracuse University for librarians to learn about creating accessible services and programs for students with disabilities.
Training modules from San José Public Library for creating inclusive programs and services for children (201
Autism resource list in our article index.
From the DPI
Inclusive Services Resources from the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology, including the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide.
DPI’s Inclusive Services Statement was created in 2017 and updated in 2018. It provides guidance for libraries about what an inclusive library looks like.
Quick Tips and Checklists
ASGCLA Virtual Accessibility Tips: Includes tips to help library staff plan, market and implement programs, either in-person or virtual, with accessibility in mind.
Tips for hiring a sign language interpreter and lists of qualified Wisconsin interpreters.
Accessibility checklist for one-time events. It’s not a perfect match (it’s for schools) but would be a good start.
National Center on Disability Journalism Disability Language Style Guide (also available in Spanish).