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DRM WebWatcher has an extensive section
on deafness and hearing impairments. The following links
deal specifically with serving deaf patrons in libraries.
Zak and the members of DEAF-L offer tips for making libraries
accessible and for serving deaf kids in Libraries
and the Deaf.
Library Trends article by Melanie Norton on Effective
Bibliographic Instruction for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired College
Students is reprinted in the EASI "Library Without Walls."
out Gail Kovalik and Frank Kruppenbacher's article on Libraries
and the ADA: Providing Accessible Media to Deaf and Hard of Hearing
People (MC Journal: The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship,
Vol. 2 #1, Winter 1994).
communications technology in the United Kingdom is facilitating
deaf people's access to information at their local library, as
well as to business resources for those who wish to set up their
own companies. Read this press
- The June
1996 issue of Link-Up has an interesting article entitled
"The Helping Hands Project: Exploring Public Library Services
for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired."
Trace Resource Center gopher site has several fact sheets from
the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Compliance Board about
equipment which you should have in your library, including
Listening Systems and Visual
Alarms to Alert Persons with Hearing Loss.
fact sheet on Obligations
of Theaters and Lecture Halls Under the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 provides information about the ADA requirements
for assistive listening systems and sign language interpreters
under title III (public accommodations) of the ADA, which also
applies to libraries that are not considered government entities.
time captioning is another good way to make library programs
and meetings accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Check out The Caption Center's Making
Meetings Accessible to find out more.
Kobayashi, who has a hearing impairment, works in a public
library in Japan; his interests are services to children and
people with disabilities. If you visit his bilingual home page,
you'll discover that the difficulties deaf and hard of hearing
people have in libraries are universal.
- For examples of the kinds of specialized services
public libraries can provide to individuals who are deaf or hard
of hearing, check out the Seattle Public Library's services
for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing users and the Morris
County Library's deaf
you want to visit the web pages of libraries in schools or universities
for deaf students, try:
- Disability Resources Monthly has
reviewed several publications
about library services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- This Month in DRM
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