ERIC Number: ED296499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Library Services for Persons Who Are Mentally Retarded: Guidelines.
Hodges, Laura J.
These guidelines are intended to assist library staff in making provisions for mentally retarded patrons. An initial assessment of the staff attitudes is recommended, followed by disability awareness exercises. Establishing contact with group homes and developmental centers is discussed, including specific steps to follow in making initial contact with potential patrons. A needs assessment is suggested for working with residential or day treatment staff and parents. Interactions with mentally retarded patrons are discussed, and the topic of building an appropriate collection of reading materials is examined. It is suggested that materials for families, caregivers, and other professionals also be made available. Finally, in-library programs are discussed. The bulk of the document consists of lists of residential centers in Florida, public and private organizations and agencies, and bibliographies of parent materials, as well as publishers of related materials and sample catalogs. (JW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Florida Dept. of State, Tallahassee. Div. of Library and Information Services.