Happy Disability Pride Month and happy 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act!
Register to join the Accessibility & Disability Section for our first SAA annual meeting on Thursday, July 30th, 1-2:15 CT! This meeting is open to everyone, not only SAA registered attendees, and will be recorded. We are pleased to feature the following presentations:
- Nicole Joniec: Universally Designing for Accommodation: Accessibility at the Science History Institute
- Tyler Stump: Collecting Intellectual Disability Records in a Time of Deinstitutionalization
Following the presentations, we will hold a brainstorming session to identify section goals for this coming year. We look forward to seeing you there!
For SAA attendees, be sure to check out Archivists with Disabilities, Friday, August 7, 2:30-3:15pm CT, which features presenters Veronica Denison, Ann Abney, Michelle Ganz, and Chris Tanguay!
Learn more about disability and accessibility in new and recently released resources:
- Toward Inclusive Outreach: What Special Collections Can Learn from Disability Studies by Kevin O’Sullivan and Gia Alexander in RBM, vol. 21, no. 1 2020
- Toward Inclusion: Best Practices for Hiring People with Disabilities, edited by Lydia Tang, Bridget Malley, Chris Tanguay, and Zachary Tumlin on behalf of the SAA Accessibility & Disability Section, Archival Outlook, July/August 2020, p. 4, 17
- Beyond Accommodation: Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Disabled Library Workers by Jessica Schomberg and Wendy Highby
- The ADS will be joining forces on Twitter with #CripLib spearheaded by Katie Manwiller (@librariankqm) on August 18 for a discussion of the intersection of the precarity of temporary positions and disability
- 30 Awesome Things to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act: Particularly helpful points about disability and the workplace
- Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project recently released a book, book launch celebration (July 25, 4pm PT), and 30th Anniversary of ADA: #ADA30InColor (July 26, 4pm PT)
- Being Heumann by Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner
- Crip Camp is now available for streaming on Netflix! Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience has been doing free online webinars every Sunday until August 30th. View the schedule and register!
- In addition to the SAA Guidelines on Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities, the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) just recently released two new accessibility modules, Accessible Communication Styles, and Virtual Accessibility
Not a member of the Accessibility & Disability Section yet? Join us in SAA Connect!
On June 2, 2020, the SAA Council stated:
“We, the Council of the Society of American Archivists, unanimously condemn harassment and violence against the Black community. As archivists, we learn from history that this country was founded on genocide and slavery. We continue to witness the legacy of this history with systemic and structural racism that lead to marginalization, disenfranchisement, and death. The murder of George Floyd, and countless others, at the hands of the police manifest the continuing atrocities faced by Black Americans today. As a profession, we stand by our community and acknowledge, unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter.”
Read the full statement on the SAA website. Additional resources provided in the SAA Council statement are listed below. For further anti-racist actions archivists can take, consider reading the AWE Fund Organizing Committee open letter to the archival community.
DocNow: Ethical Considerations for Archiving Social Media Content Generated by Contemporary Social Movements: Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations
WITNESS: Community-Based Approaches to Archives From the Black Lives Matter Movement
Last updated March 19, 2020
Working From Home Resources
Archivists at Home began as brainstorming advocacy tool by the Accessibility & Disability Section of the Society of American Archivists for developing a more flexible concept of archival labor, whether it is archivists working from home due to COVID-19 or archivists with disabilities. The document has evolved in scope to address needs of the archival community grappling with COVID-19 broadly, ranging from the workplace, choosing to temporarily close an archives, to working from home, and notes on supporting student and contingent workers.
Archives Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) is organizing support and mutual aid for contingent archival workers who may be affected by COVID-19, have limited workplace protections or sick time, and may suffer the loss of hours and income as institutions close, reduce hours, and move to remote work in response to the spread of the virus.
The Green Mountain Self-Advocates produced a plain-language booklet on COVID-19. It was created by and for people with disabilities and is shared by the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center. A Spanish translation of the COVID-19 booklet is also available.
Disability Scoop reported on “unique [COVID-19] concerns for caregivers and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The International OCD Foundation has compiled resources for dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and COVID-19. For parents, the site also shares information on talking to kids about COVID-19.
For those unable to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, there is a google document compiling online AA Meetings.
Medical Care and Family Resources
The American Association of People with Disabilities has written about insurance restrictions and prescription drugs and the challenges people with disabilities are now facing to get necessary medication.
More information from the Administration for Community Living, including information for older adults and for disability networks.
Accessibility resources for the 2020 Annual Society of American Archivists Conference at the Hilton Chicago
Chicago, Illinois – August 2-8, 2020
Wheelchair accessibility guide to Chicago