Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

The Accessibility Assembly has released two new toolkits, Accessible Communication Styleswww.asgcladirect.org/resources/…, and Virtual Accessibility, www.asgcladirect.org/resources/virtual-accessibility. These new topics are part of the Library Accessibility Toolkits: What You Need to Know series, available at www.asgcladirect.org/resources.

Accessible Communication Styles provides guidance for choosing Inclusive language to celebrate the diversity of experiences. The toolkit discusses use of “people-first” and “identity-first” language  to address the concerns of disability advocacy groups while promoting human dignity. This toolkit offers current best practices which promote an inclusive library environment.

Virtual Accessibility includes tips and resources to ensure that library events are welcoming and accessible for everyone who is interested in participating. The Virtual Accessibility toolkit offers specific tips for video meetings and presentations, webinars, group discussions, an accessible documents and handouts. When online programs and classes are planned with accessibility in mind, it is possible for many people who have previously found barriers to enjoy and benefit from the opportunities their libraries provide.