Syracuse University Library and Access partnered to provide library orientations to six Syracuse University students who have developmental disabilities. Access is a service that supports college course attendance for students who have developmental or cognitive disabilities. Students with developmental disabilities are being included in college life more and more. As this occurs, academic libraries will be providing more services to this population. We hope Syracuse University’s experience will be useful for other libraries to build on as they develop services. Additionally, we discuss opportunities to improve services for all students by focusing on students with developmental disabilities.
Mulliken, Adina and Atkins, Ann, Academic Library Services for Users with Developmental Disabilities: Partnership of Access and Syracuse University Library (May 2, 2009). This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Reference Librarian © 2009 copyright Taylor & Francis; Reference Librarian is available online at informaworldTM . Also available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1398085 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1398085