ERIC Number: ED081460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
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Improving Library Services to the Blind, Partially Sighted, and Physically Handicapped in New York State: A Report Prepared for the Assistant Commissioner for Libraries.
New York State has a longstanding commitment to library and media service to the blind and visually handicapped; in fact, the service is generally known to be the first such program organized by any state. Going back to 1896, it was another of the innovations of Melvil Dewey. This report describes the present state of library service to the blind and visually handicapped in New York State, examines the environment in which it functions, and recommends further improvements through State legislation and the cooperative efforts of libraries and other public and private agencies. Its purpose is to inform and stimulate discussion among interested parties so that a more comprehensive program for this group of readers can be developed at the State, regional, and local levels. To realize this objective, careful planning and additional funding will be needed. The conclusions and recommendations proceed from data and insights gained from reports and statistics provided by a number of agencies; from study of plans and programs of other states which appear to be taking or planning significant steps in this area; from a review of the important literature on the subject; from visits to agencies involved in work with the visually and physically handicapped; and from conversations with people who are themselves so handicapped. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Library Development.
Identifiers - Location: New York