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Disability and Ableism

How do we better support persons with disabilities? What access needs have you seen in your community?

In the United States, one in four adults have some type of disability. Even though a quarter of the population is included, this issue can be difficult to talk about. There are a number of factors that may lead people to avoid this conversation: uncertainty around proper terminology, feeling like you don't know enough about it, or feeling fatigued by having to explain what living with a disability is like. Society has a responsibility to acknowledge and care for all its members. This conversation is a step in that direction, an opportunity to explore topics associated with ableism and disability, and share how our life experiences inform our understanding of this subject.

Note: For this conversation we are using the term "disability" rather than "differently-abled" as it may be more recognizable.

background information: This guide is included in the American Library Associations’s LTC: Accessible Small & Rural Libraries Initiative! If you are having this conversation at a library or other institution, how could this library/institution become more accessible to you or others within your community? Leave your response below!

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