Outreach Disability Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA ensures people with disabilities equal opportunity for employment and access to transportation, services and public and commercial facilities.

Special Needs

Library Accessibility The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) provides a toolkit, “Library Accessibility –What Trustees Need to Know” that covers access issues including but are not limited to patrons who have cognitive, mental, or emotional illnesses; learning and/or developmental disabilities; physical disabilities; service animals; and patrons needing assistive technologies.

Adults with Special Needs: A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin’s Public Libraries
Planning document for developing library services for adults with special needs.

Serving Special Populations: - A guide to good planning that identifies all the library's potential constituencies, including individuals with special needs, and specific strategies for reaching them and providing materials in formats they can utilize.

Special Needs: Best practices - Covers public library service to individuals who are displaced or live in residential care, foster care, deten­tion, or treatment facilities and their families and caregivers. This includes families affected by personal disaster during a community emergency; seniors transitioning to or living in residential care facilities; foster and kinship care; teens in detention facilities and treatment centers; and youth with a parent in jail or prison.

Family Village  provides a variety of resources for children and adults on more than 300 disabilities.

Special Needs Programming
A series of articles for planning and presenting library programs adapted for children with special needs. The series is posted on the Association for Library Service to Children blog.

Public Library Services for Youth with Special Needs: A Plan for Wisconsin
Planning document for developing library services for youth with special needs.

Libraries and Autism: We're Conencted - Offers resources to help library staff more effectively serve individuals with autism and their families.

Vision Impairment

Assistive Technology


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Hearing Impairment