Library and Information Services
Reference Services Review
As librarians strive for inclusivity in their services and spaces, it is important to remember those with visible and invisible disabilities. This special issue of Reference Services Review focuses on the ways in which librarians have developed services and programs to better serve people with disabilities.
The Disability Rights Section of the US Justice Department defines a person with a disability as:
[...] a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment (US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 2009).
The World Health Organization’s “International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health” (ICF) also addresses the importance of context in defining disability, including environmental factors, cultures and settings (World Health Organization, 2018).
Arndt, Theresa S., and Anna Schnitzer. "Guest Editorial: Library Services for People with Disabilities." Reference Services Review 46, no. 3 (2018): 321-324. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/RSR-08-2018-089