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ERIC Number: EJ997941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
Are the Deaf a Disabled Group, or a Linguistic Minority? Issues for Librarians in Victoria's Public Libraries
McQuigg, Karen
Australian Library Journal, v52 n4 p367-377 Nov 2003
Presents a brief overview of the sociological forces shaping the discourse of disability; examines the part that public libraries have played, or failed to play, in addressing issues of exclusion as they relate to people with disabilities. Focuses on Australia's deaf community and its particular informational needs. The low impact of the "Disability Discrimination Act" on public library services in Victoria is examined and comparisons made with some American public library initiatives. The author suggests improvements to services to individuals with disabilities including the deaf, and the importance of public libraries formulating Action Plans which address the issue of exclusion, is discussed. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; North America