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Celebrating National AccessAbility Week: Embracing Inclusivity in Reading and Beyond

by Lucas Rigamont Braganca on 2023-05-29T15:34:00-07:00 | 0 Comments

We are delighted to highlight the significance of accessibility in literature and to honour the unique perspectives of people with a wide range of abilities in recognition of National AccessAbility Week. This yearly celebration highlights the importance of equal access to resources and opportunities for everyone. At UNBC, we want to discuss the significance of National AccessAbility Week. Presented here, we have a list of books chosen for their ability to foster compassion, dispel stereotypes, and motivate readers to embrace diversity.

You can also join us for a special event in honour of National AccessAbility Week on Wednesday, May 31, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. UNBC is hosting a conference, and the keynote speaker will be athlete Joel Ewert. In both wheelchair rugby and basketball, Joel has reached the highest levels of competition. Joel, a native of Prince George who graduated from UNBC, has a powerful story of personal growth and perseverance. Take advantage of the chance to hear his story.

You can join online through Zoom: click here or attend in person at the UNBC Bentley Center.

Suggestions for reading:

Cover ArtDemystifying Disability by Emily Ladau

Call Number: HV3011 .L33 2021
ISBN: 9781984858979
Publication Date: 2021-09-07

Cover ArtThe Oxford Handbook of Disability History by Michael Rembis (Editor); Catherine J. Kudlick (Editor); Kim Nielsen (Editor)

Call Number: HV1552 .O94 2018
ISBN: 9780190234959
Publication Date: 2018-07-18

Cover ArtRedefining Disability by Paul D. C. Bones (Volume Editor); Jessica Smartt Gullion (Volume Editor); Danielle Barber (Volume Editor)

Call Number: HV1568 .R395 2022
ISBN: 9789004512689
Publication Date: 2022-02-22

Cover ArtDisability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism by Michael Gill; Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Call Number: HV1568 .D568 2014
ISBN: 9781472420916
Publication Date: 2014-06-11

Cover ArtDis/ability Studies by Dan Goodley

Call Number: HV1568 .G66 2014
ISBN: 9780415827225
Publication Date: 2014-06-16

Cover ArtDisability Histories by Susan Burch (Editor); Michael Rembis (Editor)

Call Number: HV1552 .D57 2014
ISBN: 9780252080319
Publication Date: 2014-12-16
If you`re not in Prince George, you can also find these online resources:

Cover ArtContours of Ableism by F. Campbell

ISBN: 9780230245181

Cover ArtDisability, Avoidance and the Academy by David Bolt (Editor); Claire Penketh (Editor)

ISBN: 9781317511090
Publication Date: 2017-07-14

Cover ArtAcademic Ableism by Jay T. Dolmage

ISBN: 0472123416
Publication Date: 2017-11-22

The Geoffrey R. Weller Library is dedicated to welcoming people of all backgrounds and abilities. All of our public areas, including the library, are wheelchair-friendly. We have installed a motorized height-adjustable desk in our Assistive Technology Room (Room 9) on the second floor to serve our diverse students better. Study rooms 02, 05 and 15 are also accessible-friendly.

The desktop computer in our Assistive Technology Room is loaded with various assistive technology software, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking for speech recognition, Kurzweil 3000 for text-to-speech capabilities, and JAWS for screen-reading. Accessible digital content is now within reach for people with disabilities, thanks to these software aids.

A book magnifier has been installed in the room to accommodate guests with visual impairments. Two ethernet ports are provided so that users can connect their laptops to the internet, wi-fi, and, in addition, there are ten available electrical outlets for charging various electronic devices, including those used for mobility assistance.

Finally, we have a whiteboard in our Assistive Technology Room, which can be used for various purposes, such as group work or individual creativity. We work hard to make this a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to learn.

In honour of National AccessAbility Week, we encourage you to check out the accessible materials and adaptive equipment available at your local library. Our goal is to allow everyone to learn new things, expand their horizons, and enjoy reading the way they want.

Remember that at our university library, we prioritize making our resources available to everyone. Let's keep working to eliminate prejudice, expand opportunities for everyone, and honour the unique contributions that each member of our community makes.

Let us celebrate National AccessAbility Week by recognizing the potential of literature to encourage diversity, combat prejudice, and cultivate compassion. We hope you enjoy these book recommendations and the upcoming event featuring Joel Ewert, where we will celebrate the courage, perseverance, and viewpoints of people of all abilities. Please help us spread the word about how critical it is that everyone has the chance to learn and grow from books by joining us in advocating for universal literacy and informational access.


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