The Bard High School Early College Queens (BHSEC Q) serves high school students who are simultaneously earning college associates degrees. The library works in partnership with a student affinity group called the Abled-Disabled Alliance (ADA). During the 2021-22 school year, the ADA has recommended a library renovation and a disability studies course, among other initiatives. The librarian taught “Disability and Equity in the Library,” to 13 students, many of whom identified as neurodiverse or disabled, and invited them to reflect on their learning needs. The course culminated in research-based proposals to redesign library space and services. This work complements one of our student ADA leaders’ citywide advocacy efforts in special education.
Bahrampour, N., & deCourcy Hinds, J. (2022). Neurodiverse Navigation and Disability Equity in a NYC DoE Early College Library. Urban Library Journal, 28 (2). Retrieved from https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ulj/vol28/iss2/1