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National Library Service Publishes Regulations for Students with Reading Disabilities

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The Library of Congress has updated its regulations regarding loans of library materials for blind and other print-disabled persons to amend terminology, the description of services, and certification requirements, as well as to memorialize existing practices in the Library of Congress's National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS).

Examples of changes include:

  • Updating terminology to refer to individuals as “blind and print-disabled” rather than “blind and other physically handicapped” persons
  • Adding internet-enabled/electronic services to the description of services
  • Expanding the list of professionals who may certify eligibility for NLS services to include certified psychologists, educators, certified reading specialists, and school psychologists

These changes are intended to increase accessibility and access of materials from the NLS.

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Posted:  5 March, 2021

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