Disability Resources

General resources for people with disabilities
ADA-affiliated resources
Adaptive technology
Resources for hearing disabilities
Resources for visual disabilities

General Resources for People With Disabilities

Links to information on federal government programs, services and resources for Americans with disabilities and their families.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY, the national information and referral center for information on disabilities and disability-related issues, is a great resource for families, educators, and other professionals. They maintain a helpful "State Resources" page, including a page for Illinois.

This website companion to New Mobility magazine which is dedicated to the disability culture and lifestyle contains related articles, a message board, an "Ask an Expert" section and a collection of disability related links.

Skokie Human Services: Disability Services
The Village of Skokie's Human Services Department provides support and assistance to persons with visual challenges and other disabilities. A Low Vision Support Group, news tapes for people with visual challenges, assistive technology Lending Closet, and Home Delivered Meals are among the other services. For more information about these and other Village disability services, call 847. 933.8208 Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Skokie Directory of Services for Persons with a Disability
From SkokieNet, this topical directory to assistance covers topics such as abuse, adult daycare, ALS, diabetes, Down Syndrome, meals, MLS, suicide, therapy and much more.

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ADA-Affiliated Resources

ADA Hot Links and Document Center
The National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has sponsored the development of these links to the ADA Statute and Regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), and other helpful resources as part of the federal government's plan to provide technical assistance to help implement the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Illinois ADA Project
Part of the Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, ADA for Illinois serves as a centralized and statewide vehicle for disbursing information that promotes compliance with the ADA throughout Illinois.

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Adaptive Technology

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this website contains a catalog of over 29,000 assistive technology products, detailed descriptions of each product, pricing, and company information.

Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP)
The IATP is directed by and for people with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to break down barriers and change policies that make getting and using technology difficult for Illinois residents. The website includes helpful information, a Device Loan Program, a Used Equipment Website, and more.  Call 800.852.5110 v/tty, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm for more information.

Microsoft Accessibility Home Page
Microsoft provides news, information and tools that can help remove barriers and make the world of information resources accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Woodlake Technologies
A catalog of assistive technology and training resources.   The site also contains information on funding and financing assistive technology and a guidebook with useful links, a training calendar, forms, and news.

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Resources for Hearing Disabilities

The Deaf Resource Library
This comprehensive collection of online resources and links about deafness and topics related to hearing loss seeks to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States.

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: Directory of National Organizations of and for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Gallaudet University is one of the most respected sources of information related to deafness, hearing loss, and sign language. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, you are encouraged to send email to public.relations@gallaudet.edu.

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Resources for Visual Disabilities

The Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The official web page of the Library of Congress talking books program, the NLS offers a free program of Braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries. The catalog of talking books and Braille materials is available online.

Voices of Vision Talking Book Center
Serving the Village of Skokie and other north suburban communities, the Talking Book Center has a collection of over 50,000 books and dozens of popular magazines. Voices of Vision is one of six talking book centers funded by the Illinois State Library. For more information or to request an application, call 630.208.0398.

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For more information about disability resources at Skokie Public Library, contact Gary Gustin by phone at 847.324.3163 or by .