Disability & Special Needs

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.

Vision Impairment

Assistive Technology


  • Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired offers vision rehabilitation services for Wisconsin residents providing knowledge and skills to enable independent living. Web resources include links to organizations, government services, and educational resources designed to assist the blind and visually impaired.
  • Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, part of the Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress, provides braille and recorded books and playback equipment for those Wisconsin residents who for any physical reason cannot read normal print. Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library is located in the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Milwaukee:
    813 W. Wells St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

    414.286.3045 (Milwaukee)
    800.242.8822 (Wisconsin toll free number)
    414.286.3548 (TDD)
    414.286.3102 (FAX)

Hearing Impairment

Special Needs

Planning Resources for Librarians

Planning Tools

  • Amazon Large Print Children’s Books
  • AbleData – Objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.
  • Reading Rockets – An educational initiative with resources to make it easy for librarians to support children’s reading achievement including themed and seasonal booklists, literacy calendars, library literacy toolkits, video interviews, and hundreds of inspirational articles.