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Here are some improvements the Library has made during 2017-18 based on the Inclusion Advisory Committee's advice.
The State Library NSW's Inclusion Advisory Committee was established in 2017 in response to the Library's Disability Inclusion Action Plan. The Committee, formed of 8 people with lived experience of disablity, provide direct input to the Library about how it can make its facilities and services more inclusive and accessible. Its current members are Dr Naomi Malone (Chair), Mr Ben Ackland, Dr Breda Carty, Mr Timothy Hart, Ms Sarah Houbolt, Mr Mark Kunach, Ms Gaele Sobott and Mr Mark Tonga. The Committee is now coming up to the end of its 2-year term. A new call for membership will be circulated shortly.
Over its two-year term, the Committee has provided pertinent advice to the Library . The following is a selection of improvements that the Libary has made in response to this advice:
New accessible signage
A raft of accessible signage has been installed in the Macquarie and Mitchell buildings. The signage features tactile lettering, braille and appropriately contrasted text for improved readability. The design for this wayfinding was reviewed by Vision Australia and Guide Dogs NSW. A new sign was also installed at the entrance of the Library carpark to prevent those with limited mobility from entering given that the exit is only via stairs, with advice for alternative arangements. A new signage package was also developed to promote the Library's adaptive technology facilities.
Height adjustable desks
Height adjustable desks have been installed in LG1 and LG2 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. These desks are accessible to people who use a wheelchair. In addition to this, a height adjustable desk has been installed in a study room with priority for people who use a wheelchair. A new height adjustable service desk has also been installed.
A glass barrier was installed beneath the staircase on LG1 of the Macquarie Building to eliminate the risk of people bumping their head. On the same floor, new stickers were placed on glass partitions with appropriate contrast for improved visibility.
Disability Inclusion Action Plan registered with NSW Disability Council and Australian Human Rights Commission
Through the networks and advice provided by the Committee, the Library officially registered its revised Disability Inclusion Action Plan with the NSW Disability Council and Australian Human Rights Commission.
Oral history interviews of people with mental illness and disability
The Library is highly appreciative of the feedback and advice given by the Committee that led to these improvements. We look forward to the contribution and ideas from Committee members during the next two-year term between 2019 and 2020.