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As more disabled people join the archival profession and current employees disclose disabilities, archival employers must commit to supporting and developing this talent. Conversely, disabled employees must know their rights andhold employers accountable.

In this follow-up to its article on inclusive hiring practices in the July/August 2020 issue of Archival Outlook,1 SAA’sAccessibility and Disability Section (ADS) shifts to focus on inclusive work environments for people with disabilities. Both of these articles contribute to a “third wave” of archival literature2 that prioritizes the needs of archives staff, especially those who belong to marginalized groups.

ADS members have compiled recommendations, best practices, and resources that encourage the retention and advancement of archivists with disabilities. Although these ideas center disability, many are relevant in supporting other marginalized identities in archives.


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Archival Outlook July/August 2021.

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