People with Disabilities

Authored by: Amelia Koford

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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This entry discusses people with disabilities in relation to libraries and other information institutions. It briefly summarizes the social category of disability, the disability rights movement, relevant laws, and the history of disability in the literature and practice of information studies. It focuses largely on libraries, with some discussion of archives, museums, and for-profit information professions. The United States is the primary geographical focus, although other countries and international bodies are discussed. In addition to addressing accessibility of physical spaces, print resources, and electronic resources, the entry discusses disability as subject matter, library staff members with disabilities, and outreach. The entry emphasizes the importance of involving people with disabilities, both in scholarly research that concerns them and in accessibility evaluation and planning.

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