Sharing Best Practices for Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in Public Libraries in Barcelona

In November 2018, the U.S. Mission to Spain invited Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at the Dakota County Library System in Minnesota, to participate in several events around the country. In Barcelona, Ms. Grassi focused on building inclusive library services for young people with disabilities via presentations to librarians, public officials, and representatives of the disabled communities. In particular, she introduced several innovative customer service strategies and inspiring programs addressed to young adults with disabilities that are being implemented in American public libraries. In collaboration with the American Space Barcelona, Ms. Grassi also led a workshop for high school students on assistive technologies and design tools for people with disabilities using 3D printing.