30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Posted on July 26, 2020

by Julie Wadle

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

This legislation expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and reduced barriers to participating fully in community life. It’s hard to imagine days without simple accommodations like sidewalk curb cuts, visual screen readers, closed captioning, and audiobooks.

At LPCPL we strive to increase accessibility to library locations, resources, and services. Aisles at all locations are at least 36 inches wide with accessible entryways and restrooms. JAWS Screen Reader software and a large font keyboard are available for use in the Indiana Room.

Outreach Services, like Doorstep Delivery and Lobby Stops, bring the library to customers who may be unable to visit an LPCPL location. The Mobile Library and Mobile Classroom both provide wheelchair lifts, so all customers can board the vehicles.

The Exchange construction project has considered ADA to be sure we can accommodate all in our community. LPCPL is committed to evaluating our services to maintain and improve on the progress the ADA has come these last 30 years.

Julie Wadle

Julie Wadle

Julie is the Public Services Assistant Manager. She enjoys building community partnerships and helping others learn new things. When she is not on the sidelines cheering on her family, she enjoys being outside, baking, and reading the latest James Patterson.
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