Recommended Books Available at the State Library
Recommended Electronic Resources
The following databases include information resources about Disabilities and may require a patron ID. Many electronic resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.
OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses. In 2012, patrons downloaded over 1.5 million full-text articles in OhioLINK’s collection.
(EBSCO) The world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.
Please note: OhioLINK libraries collectively share a license to 100 simultaneous users of Safari Books Online. If you get an error message or can’t open Safari Books Online, it means that all 100 licenses are in use. Please try the title in a few minutes, when a license may be available. When you have finished using the Safari eBook, remember to log out, which will free up a seat for the next waiting user. If you accidentally close the Safari window without logging out first, your session stays open and is unavailable to others for another twenty minutes. To close your Safari Books Online session: Look for the OhioLINK tab in the blue bar at the top of the Safari page. It is next to the Help tab. Click on OhioLINK and then click on Sign Out.
A collection of fiction and non-fiction books and eAudiobooks available in a variety of formats available to download.
Recommended eBooks and Journals
The following websites have additional resources and information. The list may include websites from governments, organizations affiliated with the topic, and for-profit companies. Inclusion on this list of organizations and commercial websites does not constitute an endorsement.
The State Library of Ohio provides access to reading materials to individuals with disabilities through several programs. The State Library, along with the Cleveland Public Library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provide audio, braille and downloadable books to eligible residents. The Talking Book Program provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled and reading disabled Ohio residents.
The State Library and the Ohio School for the Deaf partner to provide the Deafness Outreach Collection maintained at the State Library.
Information and Technical Assistance on the American with Disabilities Act Home page. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. DODD does this by developing services that ensure an individual’s health and safety, encourage participation in the community, increase opportunities for meaningful employment, and provide residential services and support from early childhood through adulthood.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free national library program that provides braille and recorded materials to people who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. The website includes news, information, and resources.
The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
The National Autism Association is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.