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Exciting Preconference on the ADA At ALA Annual

Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is open and ASCLA wants to make you aware of an exciting preconference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and libraries.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the same time as ALA Annual, the ADA is a monumental civil rights law that helps ensure equal access to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Understanding the ADA is important for all types of libraries.  The preconference session presented by the Pacific ADA Center will answer many of the questions you have about serving people with disabilities, and even questions you didn’t know you had!

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA.

Preconference session topics will include:

• An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?

• Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library patrons with disabilities

• Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities

• Accessible technology and how libraries can use it

• Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities

• The basics about service animals

• The ADA quiz – how much do you know?

While registration may be a long time from now, this email is an invitation for anyone interested in attending the preconference to sign up for email updates and alerts as we get closer to the registration period.

The cutoff period between opening of registration and the decision to cancel a preconference is short. Now that it is time to register, please consider adding this informative preconference to you plans for Annual.

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