Library access for disabled readers

Ensuring accessibility (in a global sense) for disabled readers is not only a legal requirement, but also an opportunity to broaden the profile of library users. Library users with special needs are better served when libraries make efforts to improve accessibility, especially through assistive technology, and there is no reason why such programmes should be confined to larger establishments. The success of such programmes depends above all on the degree of professionalism in their implementation. The conclusions drawn from such experiments are the basis for recommendations for library staff, who act as mediators, trainers, and programme co-ordinators with responsibility for disability issues.