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Guidelines for Library Services for People with Mental Retardation
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8000-2
Publisher: ASCLA
Price: $14.00
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19 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8000-2
Year Published: 1999
Due to a number of factors, many libraries have neglected the needs of people with mental retardation. A primary factor is misunderstanding about the population as a whole. Assumptions are made that people who are mentally retarded live primarily in residential institutions; therefore, they do not reside within library service areas. Many consider people with mental retardation as nonreaders who would not use library resources. These assumptions are false.

These guidelines have been developed to assist all libraries including school, public, academic, and specialized libraries such as prison and institutional libraries to better service the needs of people of all ages who are mentally retarded.
Table of Contents

2. Service Needs of People with Mental Retardation
3. Needs for Information and Mental Retardation
4. Service Outcomes
Reference Cited
About the Author
Subcommittee members: Marilyn M. Irwin, Margaret L. Kirkpatrick, Dennis A. Norlin, Ruth E. O’Donnell, Elizabeth Ridler, Marilyn Karrenbrock Stauffer, Linda Lucas Walling, and Stewart Wells.

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