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Opening access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families

31 Oct 2015
Description

Within the library profession there is widespread support for access to libraries for people with disabilities. However, literature on the topic of access to public libraries for people with disabilities has largely overlooked children with special needs and their families. This report investigates the factors influencing access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families.

The objectives were to: • Identify what public libraries are currently doing to improve access for children with special needs and their families. • Identify the barriers to access for children with special needs from the perspective of the public librarian. • Identify the barriers public libraries face in addressing the issue of access for this group of the community. • Make recommendations of strategies that public libraries can employ to improve access for children with special and their families.

Results of data showed: • Library staff attitudes and sensitivities were considered by library staff be the greatest barrier to access for children with special needs and their families. • Lack of knowledge on how to address access issues for children with special needs was listed as the greatest barrier for libraries. • Libraries had attempted to address the issue of inclusive programs above all other barriers to access for this group. • Staff training in disability was listed as having the greatest impact on increasing access. • The majority of libraries focusing on inclusion had very supportive management.

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2015
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