Cybercommunities and Persosn with Disabilities
The role of libraries in relation to cybercommunities seems to be tied up in discussions of the digital divide. Is it simply enough for libraries to provide access to the Internet or must something more proactive be required? The economic of the digital divide might be beyond the control of the library but libraries could help to provide the equipment required for persons with disabilities to access computers and participate with a cybercommunity. Let me finish by talking about persons with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities are mentioned on pages 67, 73, 76, 87, and 95 are not included in the discussions about diversity. I find the omission problematic because there are 49.7 million persons with disabilities according to the US Census compared to 39 million Hispanics or Latinos. In order to make community diversity more encompassing persons with disabilities must be discussed along with other minority groups.