Accessibility from Legal Compliance to Disability Justice

$175.00

Dates: July 5 - August 1

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

How do we make our libraries more accessible for people with disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, but barriers still exist for both patrons and staff with disabilities. Some activists and scholars have suggested that we need a more radical approach than the rights-based framework of legal compliance, an approach called disability justice. In this course you will learn different frameworks for understanding disability and achieving accessibility, and practice identifying these frameworks in your own work. You will think critically about your own approach to accessibility and make concrete changes to a project or area of work to increase access for marginalized individuals including those with disabilities.

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Course Information

Session

Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

How do we make our libraries more accessible for people with disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, but barriers still exist for both patrons and staff with disabilities. Some activists and scholars have suggested that we need a more radical approach than the rights-based framework of legal compliance, an approach called disability justice.

In this course you will learn different frameworks for understanding disability and achieving accessibility, and practice identifying these frameworks in your own work. You will think critically about your own approach to accessibility and make concrete changes to a project or area of work to increase access for marginalized individuals including those with disabilities.

Learning Goals

As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the differences between legal compliance approaches, and disability justice approaches, to accessibility
  • think critically about your own approach
  • make concrete changes to a current project or area of work in order to substantially increase access for marginalized users

Methods of Instruction

  • Readings: online written lecture prepared by the instructor with reference to and excerpts from key texts in the field
  • Discussion forum: participation in an online discussion thread (using the discussion board feature on the learning platform) that responds to a weekly prompt

Stephanie Rosen

Stephanie RosenStephanie Rosen is a librarian scholar who brings insights from disability studies (and its intersections with feminist, queer, and critical race studies) into library administration and digital education. She is Senior Associate Librarian and Accessibility Specialist at the University of Michigan Library and holds a PhD in English from University of Texas at Austin.

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Special Session

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