ERIC Number: ED482241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Adults with Special Needs. A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin's Public Libraries.
Huntington, Barbara; Swanson, Coral
This publication is intended to assist Wisconsin's public libraries and public library systems in providing service to adults with special needs (ASN). Twelve chapters cover the following topics: (1) planning for success, including planning services and measuring progress; (2) a Wisconsin vision for the future, including creating the vision and community needs; (3) effective strategies, i.e., plan, train staff, diversity collections and services, collaborate, ensure accessibility, and market services and materials; (4) cognitive disabilities, including causes, demographics, and related issues; (5) mental illness, including types of mental disorders, demographics, and barriers to services; (6) mobility, including causes of some mobility impairments, and parents of children with mobility limitations; (7) speech and hearing, including deafness and the deaf community, causes of deafness, hearing loss and literacy, and tips for communicating with deaf or hard-of-hearing people; (8) vision, including causes of blindness, related issues, and parents of children who are born blind; (9) literacy, including people in Wisconsin who have literacy needs, literacy in the state corrections system, agencies providing literacy instruction in Wisconsin, and the role of public libraries; (10) poverty, including hunger, homelessness, health care insurance, and parents and children living in poverty; (11) aging, including health issues; and (12) supporting data, including census data on age, race and ethnic background, living arrangements for people over age 65, literacy indicators, poverty status, and disabilities. A copy of the survey questions and a summary of responses for the Survey of Library Services to Adults with Special Needs are included. Chapters 4 through 11 discuss results of the survey related to barriers to service, planning and collaboration, staff training, collections and services, accessible buildings and services, marketing, as well as suggestions for getting started with little money and time. Appendices include appropriate vocabulary when talking or writing about people with disabilities, a list of agencies and people contacted, Wisconsin public library standards, and a glossary. (Most chapters contain references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adults, Disabilities, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, Physical Mobility, Poverty, Public Libraries, Questionnaires, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
WI Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning-Public Library Development, 125 S. Webster St., Madison, WI 53707-7841. Tel: 608-267-5077; Fax 608-267-1052; Web site: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us. For full text: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dltcl/pld/special/asn.html/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.