Disability Pride Month

“Disability” is not a bad word!

It is estimated that more than 25% of adult Americans have a disability, including physical and mental disabilities. Disability Pride Month started in 1990 as a celebration each July to commemorate President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Disabilities can be physical, mental, visible or invisible. Many who would fit the label of disabled do not identify as disabled because of the negative connotations previously associated with the word “disability.” Many disability rights activists stress that disability is not a bad word, and aim to increase support of disabled people by providing platforms for their stories and experiences.

The ALA’s Library Bill of Rights states that “a person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of a disability, whether actual or perceived” and that “physical access to the library should also not be a barrier to library use.” As such, spaces like our Canton Public Library are designed to be accessible and inclusive to everyone. Below are some resources to promote accessibility both here at the library and elsewhere.

Local Disability Resources in Southeast Michigan

Services and Tools at CPL

  • Low-vision magnifiers, large print items, and more for those with vision disabilities.
  • An introduction to the Braille & Talking Book program through the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS); Canton’s provider is housed in the Taylor Community Library.
  • A wheelchair is available near the Check Out Desk; ask a staff member if you’d like to use it.
  • Wheelchair-accessible computer stations are available at the bank of computers closest to the Check Out and Information Desks.
  • Reasonable accommodations are available, and the Canton Public Library affirms its support of access for persons with disabilities in our policy.

Library Books and Resources

For Adults

For Teens

For Kids