Academic Library Services for Users with Developmental Disabilities: Partnership of Access and Syracuse University Library
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24 Pages Posted: 7 May 2009 Last revised: 8 May 2009
Date Written: May 2, 2009
Syracuse University Library and Access partnered to provide library orientations to six Syracuse University students who have developmental disabilities. Access is a service that supports college course attendance for students who have developmental or cognitive disabilities. Students with developmental disabilities are being included in college life more and more. As this occurs, academic libraries will be providing more services to this population. We hope Syracuse University’s experience will be useful for other libraries to build on as they develop services. Additionally, we discuss opportunities to improve services for all students by focusing on students with developmental disabilities.
Keywords: academic libraries, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cognitive disabilities, services for people with disabilities, library instruction, minorities, underserved populations, nontraditional students
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