Disabled Member Policy
Executive Committee decided to set aside a small amount of money annually
for disabled members to attend LLNE programs. This money will be
available to any disabled member who elects to apply for it and who can
show his or her need for special services or equipment necessary to participate
in an LLNE program. For purposes of this policy, a "disabled
member" is any current LLNE member with a physical impairment resulting
from anatomical or physiological abnormalities demonstrable by medically
acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. For example,
"disabled" would include a member confined to a wheel chair,
one who needs assistance walking, a blind member,
a deaf member. The financial assistance that LLNE would provide
is limited to physical disability and necessary to allow the disabled
member to participate in an LLNE program. Such special services
or equipment include wheelchairs, deaf interpreters, etc. The financial
assistance could not, however, be applied to transportation, food, hotel,
or registration costs normally associated with attending an LLNE meeting.
Committee allocated $200 for this fund for 1988-89 and will decide at
the beginning of each fiscal year the amount available for that
year. The Committee's decision will relate to the financial health
of the association and the amount designated may vary from year to year.
The Committee also reserves the right to re-evaluate this policy and discontinue
it if it is not successful. Applicants for
financial assistance for program attendance costs incident to a physical
disability should keep in mind that the annual amount available is modest
and must be apportioned fairly among applicants. Application may
be made to the Executive Committee through the LLNE President.
policy first appeared in Law Librarians of New England News, March
1989, at 4.