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Internet Resources

Links to internet sources that provide information that may be useful to librarians, parents, teachers and others who work with children and young adults who have differing abilities. Click on each heading to discover the links.

Arky, Beth. Twice-Exceptional Kids: Both Gifted and Challenged. 2e kids, as they are called, have a unique set of issues that need addressing. 

Echolilia: A Father’s Photographic Conversation with His Autistic Son.  Timothy Archibald uses his camera to find an emotional bridge to his son. Photographs and text from the book Echolilia: Sometimes I Wonder.

LaZotte, Ann Clare. September 20, 2021. “How a Prelingual Deaf Child Learned to Love Books,” Horn Book. 

Mama Bibliosoph, Picking Picture Books for Kids with Autismm, blog, Kitaab World accessed September 4, 2019Hollins, Sheila, Jo Egerton, Barry Carpenter.

Book clubs for people with intellectual disabilities: the evidence and impact on wellbeing and community participation of reading wordless books, Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 10 Issue: 5, pp.275-283. 

Accessibility Support Collection. Bloomfield Township Public Library, Troy Michigan

Copeland, Clayton A. And Karen Gavigan. Examining Inclusive Programming in a Middle School Library: A Case Study of Adolescents Who Are Differently- and Typically-Able

Conducting a Storytime for Children with Special Needs

Grassi, Renee. Serving Children with Disabilities in Libraries: A Beginner’s Guide. ALSC blog. July 2, 2016.

Nomura, Misako, Gyda Skat Nielsen and Bror Tronbacke. Guidelines for easy-to-read materials. (Guidelines for easy-to-read books for adults begin on page 5).

Research Shows that Books without Text Can Increase Literacy, Vocabulary Skills in Children with Developmental Disabilities

Parrott, Kiera. Stories on the Spectrum: Adventures in Outreach, Planning, and Programming for Kids with ASD

Rhythm and Rhyme: A Storytime for Children with Special Needs and their Families

Skold, Beatrice Christensen. 2007. Picture Books Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Children. World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council, Durban, South Africa. 

Special Needs. Charlotte Mechlenburg Library, North Carolina

Storytimes for Autistic Children

Tips on Storytimes for Children with Special Needs. Toronto Public Library. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Walling, Linda L., Ability, Disability and Picture Books, The Whole School Library Handbook, edited by Blanche Woolls and David Loertscher, Chicago, American Library Association, 2005.

Free Spirit Publishing  “young people need social and emotional guidance”

Magination Press Books that would help children deal with the challenges and problems they face as they grow up.

Orca Book Publisher -  “Orca …  offers five different series of high-interest, low-reading level (hi-lo) fiction for those readers facing literacy issues.”

Star Bright Books  - “We believe that all children should see themselves in print and we make a concerted effort to include children of all colors, nationalities, and abilities in our books. In addition to seeing themselves, children should also hear familiar language in the books they choose. In pursuit of that goal, we publish engaging books in twenty-nine languages.”

Woodbine House - Books especially for parents and children.

American Printing House for the Blind - books, writing and drawing aides, maps, etc., for people with severe visual impairments.

Bookshare - Downloadable books for children and adults with severe visual impairments. The site includes many new books and several in Spanish.

Indestructibles - As sturdy as a board book but with soft pages that feel like paper but will not rip or wrinkle. All the books in the series are wordless picture books to encourage dialogic reading.

Learning Ally - Audio books

National Braille Press - print/Braille books for kids.

National Caption Institute - A source for captioned videos.

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Seedlings Braille Books for Children - Also, a source for Print-Braille-and-Picture Books (sometimes called twin vision books).

Accessible University 2.0 - This site demonstrates a web page with numerous problems, documents all of the issues, and then shows a corrected version.

Apple/Mac - Built-in Assistive Technology

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs - “Mission and purpose: Maintain and enhance a strong, effective, and efficient national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs. Enable individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology (AT) needed for education, employment, and community living.”

Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)

Clickspeak - “CLiCk, Speak is an open source, freely available extension for the Firefox web browser. It is part of the CLC-4-TTS Suite of products, it features a mouse driven interface, and it reads web pages - hence its name.”

Closing the Gap - Assistive technology strategies and solutions.

Fire Vox - “an open source, freely available talking browser extension for the Firefox web browser. Think of it as a screen reader that is designed especially for Firefox.”

Microsoft - Built-in Assistive Technology

Natural Readers - Upload text and documents or convert to mp3 to listen to anywhere anytime.

Intro to Assistive Technology from The Center on Technology and Disability

Maza, Luis. Examples of Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Slocombe, April. Dyslexic Fonts: The Top 10 Dyslexia Friendly Styles. 

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) - A federally funded program concerned with getting technology into the hands of people with disabilities so that they might live, work, learn and be a more independent part of the community. As part of a national network of technology-related assistance programs, SCATP’s goal is to enhance independence, productivity and quality of life for all South Carolinians through access to assistive technology devices and services.

AblePlay - Provides access to authoritative ratings and detailed reviews from National Lekotek professionals on toys and other play products. Product information is categorized by disability to simplify toy-buying. AblePlay is a free resource provided by National Lekotek.

Lekotek Top Ten Things to Consider When Buying Toys for Children with Disabilities


Top 10 Developmental Toys for Children with Special Needs by Lindsay Hutton

20 Toys Great for Kids with Special Needs by Hilary Braaksma

American Foundation for the Blind Website for Children - Offers a reading club, some games and secret messages, and information for parents and teachers.

Blind Net

CAST - Universal Design for Learning “… helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation”

Center for Disability Resources Library, University of South Carolina - CDR is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in developmental disabilities education, research and service, located in major universities throughout the U.S. We function as a bridge to connect the knowledge, expertise and resources of the university to persons with disabilities and the service delivery systems of the community.

Center for Parent Information & Resources

Center for Universal Design in Education - “…free tools or downloads that can assist teachers [or parents] to meet the needs of all students.”

Children’s Disabilities Information - Articles and resources empowering parents of children with disabilities and special needs

Deaf Linx: Fighting audism through empowerment and education

Deaf Resource Library

Homeschooling Special Needs, Homeschooling from A to Z

LD OnLine - LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

Pacer Center - “The mission of the PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.”

Parents Helping Parents

Paul Brookes - Books for educators and other professionals

Resources to use at home with kids with special needs.

South Carolina Center for Disability Resources -  “We're proud to serve as a bridge between the university and the community for the benefit of people with intellectual, developmental and related disabilities. Our efforts focus on addressing meaningful issues, finding solutions and advancing research related to the needs of people with disabilities and their families.”

Woodbine House - Books especially for parents and children.


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