An African-American male employee in a wheelchair working at a computer.

Originally presented May 17, 2023

Join JJ Pionke to learn about the disability accommodation process in libraries. JJ covers the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how the accommodations process works, and issues surrounding the process. 

This is a general introduction to the topic and will be useful for both people looking to request accommodations as well as administrators, supervisors, and managers who are curious about the process.

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.  


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Disability Accommodations in Libraries Slides

Disability Accommodations in Libraries Chat Transcript 

Disability Accommodations in Libraries Audio Transcript 

JJ's 2022 presentation with Niche Academy on Accessibility in Your Library

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