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American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement

December 2003

Introduction

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries (UHM Libraries) are committed to a policy of equal access to their collections, facilities, and services. These policies and procedures ensure that persons with disabilities will not, on the basis of that disability, be denied equal access to library resources. It is the responsibility of all library staff to adhere to this policy of equal access to library resources.
UHM Libraries recognize their legal obligations to make available reasonable and appropriate accommodations designed to provide access to library resources for library users with self-disclosed disabilities. For UHM students with disabilities and related extensive need for accommodation, the library will coordinate services with the KOKUA program.

This document is subject to change. This current version is available online at ada_policy.doc. Individuals should contact the Head of the Public Services Division to inquire about any revisions or updates to this document.

Definitions

"Persons with disabilities" means persons who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such impairment, or are regarded as having such impairment.
"Reasonable and appropriate accommodations" means facilities modifications and/or service adjustments determined by library staff in consultation with the disabled library user, KOKUA Program, or other appropriate resource. Assistive technology and assistance with book retrieval and photocopying are examples of reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Part I: Policy Statement

In compliance with federal civil rights law relating to persons with disabilities the University of Hawaii is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination solely on the basis of disabilities status.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, and veteran status. This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment and employment in the University's programs, activities, and services. Sexual harassment is prohibited under this policy.
This policy applies to all UHM Libraries materials and facilities, including but not limited to its physical collections, electronic resources, and computer access.

Part II: Rights and Responsibilities

A. The Libraries
UHM Libraries recognize that their basic responsibility is to identify and maintain the academic and technical standards that are fundamental to providing quality resources while ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities. To meet this obligation, UHM Libraries:
B. Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities have the right to an equal opportunity to use and benefit from resources at the libraries. To ensure this right, persons with disabilities:

Part III: Resources

UHM Resources

Public Services Division
University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries
2550 McCarthy Mall, Hamilton Library
Honolulu, HI 96822
Voice: 808-956-7206
FAX: 808-956-5968
Email library@hawaii.edu

Ann Ito
Director, KOKUA
Disability Students Services Program
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services 013
Voice/Text: 808-956-7511
FAX: 808-956-8093
Email: aito@hawaii.edu

UHM Resources

Mie Watanabe
Director
EEO/AA Office
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Administration Services Building 1-102
Voice/Text:808-956-6423
FAX: 808-956-5804
Email: mie@hawaii.edu

Community Resources

Francine Wai
Executive Director
Disability and Communication Access Board
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96814
Voice: 808-586-8121
Text: 808-586-8130
FAX: 808-586-8129
Email: accesshi@aloha.net

Sue Sugimura
Head Librarian
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
402 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Voice/Text: 808-733-8444

 
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