Marianjoy Library


Below is a listing of Accessibility/disability Web sites selected by the library staff. They are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.  Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.

Accessibility Resources


Accessible Design Resources

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

By developing standards, offering design and technical assistance services, and advocating building code initiatives, PVA's Architecture program promotes accessible design everywhere.

Accessible Home Design

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Learn about constructing a new accessible home—or retrofitting an existing home

ADA Standards for accessible Design

U.S. Department of Justice

Disability Resources


Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, ABLEDATA provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment.


Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
ADD is the Federal organization which implements the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and ensures that the disabled have access to services, supports, and other assistance and opportunities.


American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is the largest organization dedicated to economic self-sufficiency and empowerment for the disabled. Membership includes full range of financial services, assistance in obtaining insurance, and the quarterly newsletter AAPDnews. 


American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
This Web site focuses on the legal concerns of persons with mental and physical disabilities; it includes a directory of disability lawyers, current disability law news, links to state & federal agencies, and employment resources.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page
ADA provides access to information and technical assistance on the American with Disability Act. Also available in Spanish

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a coalition of over 100 disability organizations working together to advocate for the public policy to ensure integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Disability.Gov is an award-winning federal Web site that provides access to comprehensive disability- related information and resources.

Disability Resources, Inc.
Disability Resources disseminates information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, organizations and other disability resources.

Entry Point!
A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), it offers disabled students internship in industry and government agencies in the areas of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and business.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD )
This site has links to Parent Centers which help families obtain education and services for their children. Emphasis is placed on programs, seminars, and speaker services in the Chicago area.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
LDA is the largest volunteer organization advocating for people with learning disabilities. It provides cutting edge information, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of Internet resources.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
This site addresses early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with LD, public policy, and advocacy tools. The Resource Locator provides a list of disability organizations and their Web sites in your particular state.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
NCPAD promotes the benefits of physical activity for the disabled. This site includes exercise ivideos, lists of organizations and medical suppliers, and the monthly online newsletter NCPAD News. A set of personalized tools, My NCPAD, can help you set goals and track progress.

National Council on Disability (NCD)
NCD promotes policies and programs to guarantee equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and integration into all aspects of society. The Web site includes A/V broadcasts and presentations, state & federal resources, and legislative acts.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is a source of information on aspects of childhood disability, including IDEA (the law authorizing special education) and No Child Left Behind as it relates to disabilities. There are also links to NICHCY on Facebook and Twitter.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
NOD promotes the participation of people with physical, sensory, or mental disabilities in all aspects of life. This site contains resources covering topics such as housing, transportation, assistive technology, employment, and NOD’s online monthly newsletter.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
NARIC offers resources covering independent living, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, and more. Information specialists are available via toll-free call, email, or live chat to assist in locating resources. There are also downloadable information brochures and the newsletters RehabWire and reSearch.

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