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Disabilities Information for Library Assistance

Assistive Technology Web Sites

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology can be devices or services. An Assistive Technology device is "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT service is directly assisting an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device." ("Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988," Public Law 100-407, August 9, 1988.)

University of Delaware Library Assistive Technology

The University of Delaware Library offers a variety of assistive technology services for users with disabilities. There are sensory enhancers such as scanners, closed captioning videos, and screen reader programs. There are computer adaptations such as large monitors with speech output and recognition capabilities. There is a Coordinator of Services to Users with Disabilities to assist in the operation of equipment in the Assistive Technology Center. See the University of Delaware Library "Library Services for Users with Disabilities" fact sheet.

Selected Web Sites for Assistive Technology

Abledata is a searchable database of information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available in the U.S.

Alliance for Technology Access
This page is a network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

American Sign Language Browser
An online American Sign Language browser where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs.

Blindness Resource Center
This blindness resource center is created by the New York Institute for Special Education. This listing includes University disability programs, vendor sites, and eye conditions.

Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum's mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities. The searchable archives contain historic images, documents, and other artifacts. The online library is added to daily. provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation and independent living.

Learning Ally (Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
Learning Ally has a new App available for members to get their Downloadable DAISY titles on iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Special Notes: Learning Ally offers FREE Individual Membership for eligible people with visual impairments or dyslexia who experience difficulty in reading print material.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.  There are separate entries for health information, research, and funding. 

Local Selected Web Sites for Assistive Technology

Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
A statewide network of resources to help Delawareans with disabilities. DATI's goal is to help people with disabilities identify appropriate assistive technology.

The Division for the Visually Impaired (Delaware Health and Social Services)
Description of the Division's services for blind and visually impaired.

Delaware Association for the Blind
The center offers a wide variety of items for sale for both the totally blind and those with low or impaired vision. Their Recording Services Program produces audio tapes for Delawareans unable to read print material that are unavailable through the Talking Book Program. Other services such as recreational are noted on their web site.

Delaware Library Access Services
DLAS is the Delaware regional branch of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress. As such, DLAS has access to over 2,000 new titles recorded by the NLS each year. Currently the library has over 50,000 volumes, which comprise more than 36,000 different titles. The library has audio playback devices that are loaned to patrons to listen to the audio books.  Braille readers receive service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore
Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person with disabilities and special needs overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.