Kent District Library is always striving to make our library branches welcoming and safe for all individuals who visit. Accessibility is very important to our organization, and we know anything we can do or implement to assist our patrons with disabilities adds value to the user experience in the library. As assistive technology changes and gets better, as we remodel, update, and build new branches, KDL continues our goal to provide accessibility options to our patrons in both our physical spaces and virtual spaces.
Here’s some of the things we’ve already put in place:
- A full accessibility audit of all our branches with Disability Advocates of Kent County in 2016, earning KDL the Community Champion Award
- Implementation of Sensory Storytimes and Sensory Playtimes at some of our locations
- An Adaptive Technology Room for public use located at the KDL Wyoming Branch
- Creation of custom card decks on the MagnusCards app to provide step-by-step instructions on using the library for people with disabilities.
- Braille library card registration forms and welcome brochures at every branch
This is just the tip of the iceberg and we have many projects in this area on the horizon. Accessibility is an ever-evolving, on-going process and we are excited to bring more to our patrons in the future!