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ERIC Number: ED511034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-15
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
How a Library Can Develop the Ability in Disability
Jaworski, Susan
Online Submission, Paper presented at the NYLA Annual Conference & Trade Show, NYLA Diversity Fair. (Niagara Falls, New York, October 15, 2009)
Staff members at E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State College, have collaborated with the College-Based Transition Program to help students with disabilities achieve a more rounded, fulfilling college experience. The CBTP program is a partnership between the Buffalo Public Schools, People Inc., Parents for Public Schools, and Buffalo State College. It allows young people ages 18-23 who have completed high school and have a wide range of developmental disabilities to participate in an inclusive, age-appropriate learning environment, acquiring job skills as well as social skills that will prepare them for the workplace. Butler Library staff members mentor many of these students with internship opportunities in different departments, offering training in specific tasks, experience in job readiness, exposure to office protocol, and an introduction to workplace conduct and attire. Student interns work in many departments, circulation, stacks and Interlibrary Loan. The transitions program at Buffalo State reaches beyond the scope of race, religion, and gender to include individuals with a vast array of disabilities. Not only do the transitions students benefit from their experiences, our own college students learn to overcome their stereotypes about people with disabilities and find they not only can work with them, they can help them as well. The college environment is a great place for all young adults to realize their place in the world, and the faces of diversity at Butler Library help make the experience richer.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York