xxiv Introduction history of the movement to achieve information access and on the basic principles of universal design and practical applications. Chapters in Part II provide basic information to help a librarian under- stand the effects of specific disabilities and how to address the infor- mation needs of individuals with an awareness of those effects. Chapters in Part III consider ways to develop inclusive collections in a wide array of formats and how to develop programming designed to be accessible to all clients. Part IV addresses important considerations in designing inclusive facilities, physical and virtual. Part V focuses on people with differing abilities working in an inclu- sive, accessible environment. How can a library develop inclusive policies, practices, and environments for all library staff? In sum, this book is a collection of useful and important chapters written by experts in the field to help librarians at all kinds of libraries best serve each and every one of our patrons: those who identify as having disabilities and those who identify as being typically able. Because there are many differing but equally valuable perspectives on disabilities, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, the goal of this book is to present many of these different perspectives, many of which have been developed and expressed based on the authors’ lived experiences. Readers will note that terminology differs through- out the book. All terminology and perspectives are respected and valued, as each chapter represents the autonomy of each contribu- tor to use terminology and share perspectives that align with their beliefs. The intention of this work is not to dictate what each reader should believe or the terminology each reader should use, but rather, to provide multiple perspectives and helpful tools and resources. True inclusion—and true accessibility—requires everyone working together. Together, this book’s authors and its readers can offer IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Solutions). As the Zimbabwean proverb says, “If you want to go far, go together.”
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