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ERIC Number: ED376855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
ADA Compliance: What Are We Doing?
Scheimann, Albert
The purpose of this study is to identify strategies, policies, and practices of Ohio public libraries in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Small to medium public libraries were surveyed to gather information about the ways libraries are providing equal access to materials and services for patrons with disabilities. One hundred and four libraries responded to questions about their planning for compliance; physical access to the building; alternative materials and services such as audiotapes and large print books; attempts to solicit patron input concerning ADA compliance; funding for adaptive equipment; and creative solutions for providing equal access such as delivery and retrieving materials for patrons, installation of bells, additional lighting, and computer terminals with larger screens. The results of the survey indicate that libraries are trying to provide quality services to their public. The strongest areas of compliance are with physical access to the building and provision of materials in alternative formats. Areas of concern include the fact that 40% of libraries have not performed the mandated self-evaluation of ADA compliance, some libraries' perception that they have no disabled people in their communities and their anger at being mandated to comply with the law. The appendix contains the questionnaire and cover letter. (Contains 8 references.) (DGM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990