Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
People First: Disability Awareness for Libraries
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
9:30:00 AM - 4:00:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Board
of Mental Retardation


$25 CAMLS Members
$35 Affiliate Members
$75 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Veggie Available

Deadline: Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Limit: 35
Registered Now: 7
Contact Hours: 6

Fee includes lunch and materials

Your library building may be ADA compliant, but are your communication and interaction skills? Learn how to speak effectively and respectfully to people with disabilities and their families when they come to you for information. This practical workshop offers educational tidbits and etiquette not only for public libraries but everyday community life as well.

The morning session of this all-day class will include general information about disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and sensory impairments. There will be handouts, brochures and try-on-a-disability role-playing experiences. The afternoon will provide age-specific information such as working with the parent of a young child with special needs or speaking to the adult with a disability as opposed to the person who may be accompanying him or her. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and interaction with the experienced panel employed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and an opportunity to tour the organization’s Instructional Media Center.

Choose Title

  • Descriptions, causes, common characteristics and behaviors
  • Diversity, acceptance, and disability awareness
  • Communication and “People First” Language
  • Tips for the Children’s staff
  • Tips for the Adult staff
Audience: Circulation and Reference staff, School Librarians/Media Specialists and anyone who assists people with disabilities
Lisa Stevens is the Media Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. She worked in a public library for ten years as a page, clerk, juvenile assistant and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of her local system.

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