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Washington, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): The Library of Congress (LOC) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion LOC reports said.
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LOC -- the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office -- is the world’s largest library and offers on-site and online access to the creative record of the United States (US) and extensive materials from around the world.
The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through the Arts” discussion will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
In this event LOC will highlight its current practices towards patrons and staff who have disabilities and its efforts to include people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.
Travis Painter, Interpreting Services Program manager at the Library, will introduce the speakers, who are listed below:
Judy Dixon -- the 2005 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award from the American Library Association (ALA) and the 2009 recipient of the American Foundation for the Blind's Gallagher Award for his outstanding role model to people with vision loss -- is the consumer relations officer at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) at the LOC.
Besides publishing numerous articles, she edited the volume "Braille into the Next Millennium," published by the NLSBPH in 2000.
Betty Siegel is director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
National and international disability, arts and education programs overseen by her including the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference; the VSA Network of organizations engaging in disability arts and education; and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network of cultural arts administrators which address access to cultural experiences.
Kerry Thompson is founding executive director of Silent Rhythms, a nonprofit established in 2008 to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through inclusion in the arts.
Beth Ziebarth, current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s accessibility program, develops and implements accessibility policy and guidelines for the Institution’s 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research centers.
She also makes sure that the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors experience a welcoming environment that accommodates individuals of all ages and abilities.