Accessibility for Everyone: Thinking about Universal Design

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In this webinar, participants will get a broad introduction to types of disabilities as well as a brief examination of disability theory. There will also be a longer discussion about how Universal Design can be used to increase accessibility in services, spaces, and interactions, with an emphasis on including accessibility in the planning stages rather than as a value add or required retrofit.

About the Speaker: JJ Pionke (he/him/his) is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a BA in English and History and a MA in English from Truman State University. He got his MSI at the University of Michigan where he spent his internship in Singapore and Uganda. He is currently on the Journal of the Medical Library Association Editorial Board. His research focuses on disability and accessibility in libraries.

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Organizer African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus, Medical Library Association

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AAMLA has a long history of providing leadership and support for minority librarians in MLA, particularly those of African American descent. AAMLA is committed to addressing challenges and issues such as recruitment and retention, and the development of mentoring and leadership opportunities for minority information professionals. The group aims to help all medical information professionals understand and appreciate the dynamics of cultural diversity, and also to recognize and address the need for cultural competence in the healthcare environment.

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