May 6, 1998
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- 2,000 LIBRARIES TO RECEIVE FREE DISABILITY RESOURCE INFO FOR A YEAR
- Two thousand public libraries throughout the United States will receive the award-winning collection development guide Disability Resources Monthly (DRM), along with a new insert called The DRM Spinal Center, free of charge for one year. The expansion of DRM and the free distribution to libraries are supported by a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Spinal Cord Injury Education and Training Foundation to the nonprofit organization Disability Resources, inc.
- The project is part of Disability Resources’ ongoing effort to make information for independent living more widely available to people with disabilities, their family mem-bers, and service providers. According to Julie Klauber, managing editor of Disability Resources Monthly, “Approximately one out of every five people in our country have a disability. More than a quarter of a million people face the challenge of living with a spinal cord dysfunction. Approximately 10,000 individuals-most of whom are under 25 years of age-survive a spinal cord injury every year.
- “These people can lead very productive, fulfilling lives, but they often need infor-mation – information about adapting their homes, learning new work skills, selecting and using specialized equipment, participating in school and recreational activities, and more. Libraries are in an ideal position to provide this information. The purpose of DRM, and of The Spinal Center in particular, is to provide librarians and other informa-tion providers with a fast, easy, authoritative tool to help identify and select appropriate materials for their collections.”
- Published since 1993, Disability Resources Monthly (DRM); The Newsletter That Monitors, Reviews and Reports on Resources for Independent Living provides informa-tion about books, videotapes, pamphlets, and other resources that can help people with disabilities live independently. The DRM Spinal Center, a series of twelve topical buying guides, will feature standard and new resources relating to spinal cord injury and dysfunction that are especially appropriate for public libraries. Disability Resources’ publications do not contain any advertising.
- Klauber, who is Outreach Services Administrator of the Suffolk Cooperative Li-brary System in New York, has taught, presented workshops and written extensively on library services for people with disabilities. She has served as a volunteer and consult-ant for numerous disability-related organizations.
- Due to funding limitations, only the largest libraries in the country have been se-lected for the free subscriptions. They will be notified by mail within the next few months. However, any library can subscribe to DRM for just $30 a year and receive The DRM Spinal Center at no extra charge. The Spinal Center will begin with Disability Resources Monthly‘s new volume year in August. An annual subject index is included in the July issue.
- For additional information, contact Disability Resources, inc., Four Glatter Lane, Centereach, NY 11720-1032, or call or fax (631) 585-0290 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time.
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