Project ENABLE Webinar: Supporting K-12 School Librarians to Provide Inclusive Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities

May 1, 2015

A Two Part Webinar Series

Part 2: Awareness, Collaboration, and School-wide Buy-in of Inclusive Practices

Presented by Project ENABLE
A collaboration of the Center for Digital Literacy and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services
Grant No. RE-06-13-0071-13 / 45.313 (2013–2015)

On May 1, 2015, Project ENABLE will offer the second of two free webinars for K-12 School librarians everywhere to learn about creating inclusive library services and programs to effectively serve all students with disabilities. This webinar, “Awareness, Collaboration, and School-wide Buy-in of Inclusive Practices”, will present strategies for: 1) District-wide disability awareness raising, 2) General and special education teacher collaboration, 3) Developing inclusive library collections, 4) Applying Universal Design for Learning in library programs and services, and 5) Creating buy-in for the adoption of Universal Design principles, assistive technologies, and creating more inclusive library spaces.


Demetria Graham
Demetria Graham is the Technology Support and Training Coordinator for the Glendale Union High School District in Glendale, Arizona. The district is comprised of nine high schools and approximately serves 16,000 students. In her current position, she works with all nine Media Center Directors in the district. Prior to becoming a district coordinator, Demetria served as Media Center Director at Thunderbird High School, and taught English and reading to high school students. Demetria has her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education in English and her Masters in Secondary Education in Reading. Currently she is pursuing a second Masters in Educational Leadership.

Kay E. Hones
Kay Hones has been a teacher-librarian in the San Francisco Unified School District since 1986. She has worked in K-12 school libraries, and has taught night school and summer school classes for high school students and K-12 students with moderate to severe disabilities. Kay has earned the National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential from the National Education Association, and its practices of analyzing, reflecting and continually adjusting her teaching to meet student needs. A key part of her work includes collaborative teaching, mentoring and guiding teachers with pedagogy, resources, research and strategies for optimal lessons to meet diverse students’ learning styles, linguistic abilities and academic challenges. Kay is a support provider for National Board candidates at Stanford and as an adjunct instructor of master’s candidates at National University. In 2008, Kay was the first librarian to receive a “20 to Watch” award from the National School Boards Association.

Amy Rusk
Amy Rusk holds a Masters in Library Science and a K-12 teaching certificate with a bilingual endorsement in Spanish. For 20 years, she has been a teacher-librarian at Tucson High Magnet School, an urban high school in downtown Tucson that serves over 3200 students. Since 2008 she has co-chaired the Tuscon Unified School District’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and in 2014 became the district’s Coordinating Librarian for the 70+ libraries that are run only by library assistants. She is the advisor for the Tucson High Poetry Club and facilitates the school’s literary journal.


William N. Myhill, M.Ed., J.D., Co-Principal Investigator of Project ENABLE
Mr. Myhill, Director of Legal Research & Writing for the Burton Blatt Institute, has worked on the issues of effectively serving and advocating for persons with disabilities in education and through the law for over 25 years. For the past five years, he has been actively involved in training librarians to provide effective services and programs to patrons with disabilities.


This webinar will be close captioned and provide audio, video, text, and telephone participation options. It will be digitally recorded, and audio, audio/video, and transcription versions will become available in June 2015.

Upcoming Webinar

May 22, 2015
Supporting Public and Academic Librarians to Provide Inclusive Programs and Services for All Patrons with Disabilities