It’s been 30 years since President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. In that time, the Dayton Metro Library - along with the rest of the country - has made great strides toward accessibility and inclusion.
Dayton Metro Library’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower our community. Inherent in that mission is a commitment to full inclusion and support for people with physical disabilities - including facilities that exceed ADA compliance levels, adaptive technology, and trained staff. Collaborating with local agencies that serve people with disabilities helps us ensure that everyone has access to all the information and enrichment opportunities the Library has to offer.
The Libraries for a Smarter Future systemwide facilities improvement project, made possible by a 2012 bond issue, ensures that each newly constructed or remodeled Dayton Metro Library is ADA compliant, with features including accessible entry/exit and wide aisles for browsing. All DML locations, with the exception of Brookville and New Lebanon, are situated on (or very near) RTA bus routes.
Each new Branch with a Community Room, large Meeting Room or performance space is equipped with an Assistive Listening System that can rebroadcast sound in the room to a patron’s earpiece or telecoil-enabled hearing aid or implant.
DML’s collection of course includes both digital and print media for all ages and interests. Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are enjoyed by a wide cross-section of our patrons, and large-print books have long been a popular reading format.
Adults and children with developmental disabilities, however, can also enjoy a large collection of high-interest/low-vocabulary books. These books have more complex themes or mature subjects, written at accessible reading levels. The hi/lo collection was recently expanded through a Disability Foundation grant awarded to the Library.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Much of the Library’s regular programming and ongoing services promote inclusion and access:
Sign language interpretation can be arranged for any Dayton Metro Library program - from children’s storytimes to adult computer classes - through the Library’s coordination with Community Services for the Deaf. DML also empowers our staff to better serve patrons with hearing challenges. A staff training session called “Sign Language for Library Workers” gave staff techniques for making each Branch Library more welcoming to patrons with hearing difficulties.
DML works closely with the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS) to educate staff, create inclusion opportunities for all visitors, and offer special support for patrons with developmental disabilities:
Other community partnerships that support people with developmental or intellectual disabilities include:
Dayton Metro Library’s Strategic Plan for the next five years (2020-2025) further prioritizes building equity, diversity, and inclusion in Library services and practices by:
Dayton Metro Library brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to discover new things about the world, themselves, and each other. The Library is proud to be an advocate for exploration, a champion of literacy, and an active facilitator of empowerment, inclusion, and positive change for everyone.