by Chris Corrigan

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference, in San Francisco, ASCLA is bringing you an  exciting preconference for anyone who wishes to learn more about the

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects them in their library.

Understanding the ADA is important for all types of libraries. The

preconference session presented by the Pacific ADA Center will answer many of the questions you have about serving people with disabilities, and even

questions you didn’t know you had!

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA.

Preconference session topics will include:

  • An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?
  • Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with      library patrons with disabilities
  • Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities
  • Accessible technology and how libraries can use it
  • Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities
  • The basics about service animals


Registration is open now. You can register for the preconference as you are registering for annual or you may register separately at


If you have additional questions email ASCLA’s Designated director of special populations, Chris Corrigan at:

Feature Image: California_08 121 – San Francisco by Lloyd Gerry