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Linda Lucas Walling

Linda Lucas Walling Collection for Universal Access

The mission of the Linda Lucas Walling Collection for Universal Access is to improve understanding of how to evaluate materials for their usefulness with children and young adults who face challenges.

Purpose

The purpose of the Collection is to help librarians, educators, parents, guardians, and other professionals effectively evaluate materials for their usefulness with children and young adults with differing abilities.

Goals

To promote positive, accurate messages and portrayals of various challenges and abilities and aid in selecting, evaluating, and modifying materials to enhance accessibility and enable multimodal learning.

Why Does Universal Access Matter?

Over 14.8% of children and young adults in South Carolina ages 3-21 are reported to have one or more disabilities. Most notable among barriers to early literacy skill development and access to information for children and young adults who are differently-able have been educational or professional development opportunities for teachers, librarians, parents, guardians, and caregivers.

Overcoming Barriers to Library Services and Materials

Through the physical collection and its webpage, the LLW Collection is used nationally and internationally.

The Collection is available to anyone with a desire to learn how to make books and other materials accessible to all children and young adults, including those who have differing abilities or struggle with reading. Doing so can powerfully impact access, early literacy skill development, and a love of reading.

The Collection also provides books and other information sources that offer positive portrayals of various challenges and abilities experienced by children and young adults.


Support the Collection

It is our hope that the Linda Lucas Walling Collection will be well used by people who are interested in equity of access to information and the accessibility of materials for those who are differently able. Everyone can help support the Collection and its work in one or more of the following ways:

  • Contribute ideas, articles, links, titles of books and other materials to include on the  Collection’s website and/or in the Collection. Suggestions for improving the website are always welcome.
  • Consider making a monetary donation to help update and maintain the collection.
  • Publishers are encouraged to consider donating copies of their materials to be added to the Collection.

Contact Us for More Information?

Dr. Clayton A. Copeland
Email: copelan2@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-4311


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