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8 Reasons Information Professionals Should Care About Accessibility

This "blog" post (9-23-2011) by a Masters student in Library and Information Studies emphasizes, "A frequent positive side effect of accommodating people with disabilities is creating better usability for non-disabled customers." The author discusses many other relevant points for library professionals and educators.

Charlotte Flynn, Syracuse iSchool community

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Posted by: aura on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.

Great article with several resource links.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability