Library supports people with disability

Article image - Library supports people with disability Councillor Mindy Russell joins local residents to test out some of the new features of the updated Logan North Library Accessibility Centre.

Logan City Council, Queensland, has created a new sensory-friendly space at Logan North Library that will help break down learning barriers for people with disability.

The library’s Accessibility Centre re-opened to the community after a recent facelift. 

Updated assistive technology and equipment includes a hand-held text-to-speech device and a Braille label maker.

The centre supports the learning needs of young people and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory disabilities.

The reopening of the facility comes as Logan City Council considered the first annual progress report for the Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2022 which guides practices across the organisation.

Councillor, Mindy Russell said the plan included the Accessibility Centre upgrade.

“Council consulted the centre’s users about what would improve their learning experience.

“The needs of the disability support workers who visit the centre were also considered.

“The City of Logan is proud to celebrate its diversity. It’s important that everybody has the opportunity to participate and enjoy the wonderful literary works Logan Libraries offer.”

Features include new seating and tables, acoustic panels and adjustable lighting and multi-user computer software.

An art wall showcases works created by people with disability.

Financial support for the project came from the State Library of Queensland.