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ASCLA Guidelines for Library & Information Service for the American Deaf Community Committee Committee

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by Jolene Bertloff on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

The last Guidelines for Library & Information Services for the American Deaf Community was published in 1996. The same year as the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Both ironic and sad, as there's been little to nil action taken on either issue. Please consider the warp speed of technology, especially communications. Seventeen years from the time of the first Guidelines for serving deaf people in libraries, and these areas are few if not completely unavailable:

The last Guidelines for Library & Information Services for the American Deaf Community was published in 1996. The same year as the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Both ironic and sad, as there's been little to nil action taken on either issue. Please consider the warp speed of technology, especially communications. Seventeen years from the time of the first Guidelines for serving deaf people in libraries, and these areas are few if not completely unavailable:

- Equal access to all the media; audio visual resources, captioning on all web sites, e- readers' content, notices to schools with deaf programs and agencies serving deaf (OSDs) about interpreted local library programs.

-Libraries will be held responsible to provide details on Maker Spaces to teachers of Deaf programs in the countie's schools. They will provide the contact number for securing an ASL interpreter when deaf students RSVP.

- Establish age appropriate resources & digital collections for the various linguistic and visual needs.

-The Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) is still in progress in Maryland. Thanks to HB653 a DCDL will be established as a primary go to resource for access to information on various, if not exhaustive areas of D/deafness.

-Education Administrators in American counties seek out Deaf leaders in academics or national deaf organizations to establish outreach committees composed of Deaf & hearing members. The committees would oversee the communities' anchor institutions to ensure quality standards are being met in the education and access to deaf populations. 

-The outreach committee would act as a liaison between Organizations serving D/deaf populations (OSDs) and all county, government, and business entities. They would establish a database of the counties' deaf citizens. To ensure public information is being made aware and access provided information will be sent via the citizen's preference.

I look forward to more discussion/ideas.

Jo Bertloff 

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