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ARL has been engaging issues relating to accessibility for several years.

In 2012, ARL formed a Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities to investigate technological, legal, and service challenges for the research library community in providing access for the print disabled. Print disabilities include visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities that render print inaccessible. The Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (PDF) outlines a framework, identifies critical partners, and raises awareness in the community around inclusive design of technology and services.

ARL advocated strongly over a number of years at the World Intellectual Property Organization for a treaty for the visually impaired, which was approved in June 2013. The “Marrakesh Treaty” will significantly improve access to books for millions of people who are blind, visually impaired, and print disabled.

On the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), May 15, 2014, ARL launched a new resource for the library community—a Web Accessibility Toolkit for research libraries. ARL’s toolkit shares the fundamental goal of GAAD which is to ”raise the profile” of digital accessibility and provide resources for improving access to information to “the broadest audience possible.”

ARL is strongly committed to providing access to its own web content to people with disabilities and is currently working to comply with the requirements of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA). View ARL's accessibility policy.

 ARL Publications and Resources

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Accessibility Policies and Practices

Associations and Organizations

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