The Accessibility and Disability section steering committee is pleased to announce the launch of a blog for the section! We aim for the blog to be a community resource where you can discover links to information on accessibility and disability in archives, and to serve as an informal space to share your stories and allyship tips on your experiences with professional colleagues.
The first posts include a COVID-19 resources page, featuring helpful links for staying safe and managing mental health, as well as links to the Archivists at Home document, an international effort to organize options for navigating institutional closures and managing staff. The post also includes information on the Archives Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF), a support and mutual aid effort to assist contingent archives workers affected by COVID-19.
As an introduction to our Advocacy series, Head of Special Collections at University of Missouri-Kansas City and AD section steering committee member Lindy Smith writes about initiating accessibility changes in conjunction with the SAA Guidelines on Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities. This and other categories will be updated regularly, and will be open to member feedback, participation, and contributions.
The AD section steering committee