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Student Name : Asha Mahabir Student I.D .: 92059981 Faculty: Humanities and Education Course Code : EDSL 0104 Course Title : Special Services for Adolescents Lecturer : Dr. Dennis Conrad Assignment : Design an “ideal” library space that will meet the needs of the students in your school.
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Student Name: AshaMahabirStudent I.D.: 92059981Faculty: Humanities and EducationCourse Code: EDSL 0104Course Title: Special Services for AdolescentsLecturer: Dr. Dennis ConradAssignment:Design an “ideal” library space that will meet the needs of the students in your school.
Special needs students are those who are disabled, or at risk for developing problems as well as those who are gifted and talented.
Source: Personal Research • There is a total School population of 768 students
LIBRARY CHALLENGES • One of the major challenges to special needs students is presented by the physical aspects of the Library, – both in its location as well as its layout. • With respect to the Library’s Collection there is no equipment and just one or two resources that can be accessed by the physically disabled
Recommendations FOR SCHOOL • Physical infrastructure that caters to special needs students and staff needs to be constructed. These should include ramps and lifts, specific bathrooms to accommodate wheelchair access and also designated parking spaces for the physically disabled. • The school be provided with at least one Safety officer, one Nurse and one Guidance Counselor. • Routine and ongoing eye and hearing tests as well as vaccinations. • School lunches should also cater for those students who are diabetic.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIBRARY • The Library needs to be moved to a ground floor and the layout needs to be • re-designed according to the guidelines of the Universal Design for School Libraries -a wide entrance and exit, wide paths through tables and chairs, wheelchair accessible tables and study carrels and low shelving. • The number of qualified Library Staff must be increased so that allclients will be able to be provided with professional services - a reference service that includes Library Staff retrieving materials for clients who are unable to do so or assisting with photocopying services. • With reference to the Library’s collection, when purchasing materials and • equipment the Librarian and School Administration must include items that are • accessible to meeting the needs of all clients.
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