45 SPEC Kit 358: Accessibility and Universal Design Because we are such a large institution, we have a great many facilities and considerable expertise at our disposal from professionals outside the library. For example, our Center for Students with Disabilities employs numerous disability-specific professional counselors, as well as a full-time specialist in adaptive technology. In the past, when we had students who requested Braille, for example, we were able to produce hard copy braille versions of books, class readings, etc. We participate in and support the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Library E-Resource Accessibility Group and the work they do on behalf of the consortium. As a result of the work of this group, the Big Ten libraries have funded a pilot to provide selected vendors with third-party accessibility evaluations. This program provides vendors with the information and opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products and gives members of the library community information about the accessibility of these works. The BTAA has also adopted model accessibility license language that can be found on the BTAA’s Standardized Accessibility License Language page. Library e-resource vendors may be approached about inserting this (or similar) text into BTAA Library consortial licenses or institutions’ individual licenses to ensure these contracts address accessibility concerns. We strive for more inclusive practices and have removed specialized workstations and procedures in favor of Universal Design and accessible-for-everyone setups. Please note that the law library did not participate in this survey.
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