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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), celebrated on the third Thursday of May each year, is a pivotal reminder of the importance of creating inclusive spaces and utilizing technology for all people. At Lewis Library, we aim to continuously strive to ensure equitable access to information and go beyond the standards of ADA compliance. From education resources and events to adaptive tools implemented by library staff, we use GAAD to share and reaffirm our commitment accessibility. Learn more about our events, tools, and resources below. 


Our library presents a comprehensive DEI guide, a collaborative effort among our staff. This guide serves as a curated collection of resources, language, and topics pertaining to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the healthcare context. Notably, it includes a dedicated section on accessibility, covering topics such as deaf and hard of hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and visual impairment.


In observance of Disability Book Week, celebrated annually from April 23rd to 29th, our dedicated library staff curated a comprehensive list of books. These books prominently feature characters with disabilities or explore the challenges faced by individuals navigating political and healthcare environments. Our list includes a featured work by an HSC author and top recommendations from our librarians. This list was created in collaboration with the HSC Office of Disability Access.


Lewis Library’s PAWS therapy dog program exemplifies our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Our furry companions play a vital role in fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of all abilities. Whether offering much needed comfort during high testing or providing companionship to our visitors, the therapy dog program promotes emotional well-being. Accessibility goes beyond physical accommodations to encompass emotional support and connection.


Our building and archival displays are proudly designed to meet ADA compliance standards. Our archival displays are carefully arranged to ensure easy navigation and visibility for all visitors, regardless of mobility or sensory needs. We are committed to providing an environment where everyone can fully engage with our exhibits and resources.


Enhancing accessibility within our physical space, Lewis Library features an interactive navigation map conveniently located in the lobby. Utilizing a ViewSonic touchscreen interface, users can effortlessly select their destination and receive clear instructions for navigating the library. This intuitive system facilitates seamless access for all patrons, fostering an inclusive environment.


Equidox is an essential online platform available exclusively for Lewis Library use. It efficiently converts non-accessible PDFs into accessible content, including both PDFs and HTML formats. By utilizing Equidox, our library staff ensure visually appealing documents are accessible for screen readers, contributing to a more inclusive environment in our UNTHSC Scholar repository.