ALIA Disability

ABOUT THE GROUP                                                                                     

ALIA Disability was established as an ALIA Special Interest Group in May 2021, following a talk about Latrobe Community Health Service research into public libraries supporting people living with disability on 30 April, which attracted nearly 50 participants. The research found that libraries had the second highest satisfaction level, after museums and art galleries, for community-based activities - but more can be done. ALIA Disability was formed to progress this agenda, with ALIA President Vicki Edmunds heading the Group, in line with her presidential theme of diversity.

To add your name to the Group alert, email your contact details to [email protected].  We will send you information about forthcoming events direct to your in-box. We also advertise these opportunities in ALIA Weekly and meetings are open to all.

State ACT

Contact Convenor Amy Rake



Past events

30 April 2021 Presentations by Frances Riggs, Latrobe Community Health Service; Dr Jo Kaeding, Adelaide Hills public libraries; Lisa Bateman and Kerry Griffith, Moreton Bay public libraries, describing how public libraries support people living with disabilities. The session recording is here.

29 June 2021 Sarah Runcie, CEO of the Brisbane Writers Festival, shared her insights into the work of the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI), which she spearheaded in her previous role with the Australian Publishers Association. View the meeting recording here.

11 August 2021 Sam Kingsley, from The Brainary introduced us to three assistive technologies for libraries. You can watch the recording to see find out about the TAPit Touch Accessible Platform Interactive Technology supporting people with a disability to access a computer and communicate; UbiDuo communication for people with deafness and significant hearing loss, and Skoog Music Assistive Music Technology providing people with disabilities access to music and music creation.

2 September 2021 Launch of the Australian Government National Disability Gateway. Helen Green, Director Information and Inclusion for the Australian Government Department of Social Services, hosted a webinar about the National Disability Gateway. You can watch the recording here

29 November 2021 ALIA hosted a webinar for the ALIA Disability Group and Online Storytime community, bringing together an expert panel to talk about creating inclusive storytimes in the online environment. Watch the recording here

2 December 2021 Open mic session. Following some great meetings this year, with speakers from libraries, government, publishing and tech companies, for the last meeting of the ALIA Disability Group in 2021, we opened things up to you to participate in a quick fire round of big, small, clever things that you've done in recent times to improve services to people living with disability and to improve employment conditions for members of your own team.

16 February 2022 Programs and services for people with disabilities in libraries. Watch the recording here.

11 May 2022 Training for library staff to better understand and meet the needs of children and adults living with disability. Watch the recording here.

17 August 2022 Website accessibility. Watch the recording here.

16 November 2022 Learning from disability and inclusion officers working within libraries; supporting staff living with disability. Watch the recording here.

14 December 2022 Open mic session with the opportunity for you to share your stories

14 March 2023 What is disability? Watch the recording here.

17 May 2023 Neurodivergent learners. Watch the recording here.

Upcoming events   

 Meetings for 2023, click on the event name to register.

All meetings will take place from 1pm-2pm Sydney AEDT.