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ACCessible Library Services: Resources for Students

Highlighted Library Resources

Below are a few highlighted resources you can find in the library. Many other materials are available and can be found by searching the library catalog or the library databases. Some ideas of example keywords to search could be things like:

  • autism AND college
  • ADHD
  • learning disabilities
  • college AND disabilities

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ACC Resources

  • Student Accessibility Services: Each campus has a Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office. You can find the room number for their physical location on each campus here, as well as phone numbers, email addresses, and hours of operations. They can work with you on accommodations, as well as with assistive technology.
  • Library Services for Students with Disabilities: Assistive technology and adaptive equipment are available for your use in any campus Library and Learning Lab. Computers in ACC libraries have enlarging and screen-reading software. Headphones are also available for use. Some libraries have text enlargers and other adaptive equipment. Please call or chat online with us for information on available equipment at specific locations.
  • ACCess Autism: ACCess Autism is a student organization created by and maintained for students on the Autism spectrum. Through weekly events we meet to learn and grow on our social cognition skills including; building and sustaining relationships, developing self advocacy and leadership skills, provide training for students, faculty and staff for individualized supports, collaborate with our surrounding community all in the efforts to promote equity and inclusion. 

External Resources

Here are just a few external resources that may be helpful. Don't see something that you need? Please contact a librarian and they will be glad to help you find the resources you need!

  • Autism Society of Texas: The Autism Society of Texas changes lives by connecting families and individuals to community resources and support throughout Texas. Offerings include support meetings; on-line networking opportunities; Sensory Friendly films; and fun family activities.
  • Autism Society: "Connects people to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming."
  • Bookshare: A free ebook lending library for all qualified U.S. students with reading barriers and schools funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Qualified individuals who are not students pay a nominal annual fee for their membership, including reduced fees in some countries outside the U.S.
  • Career Guide for Students with Disabilities: Understanding the ADA, Knowing Your Rights & Finding Disability Resources.
  • Described and Captioned Media Program: Funded by the U.S Department of Education, the DCMP strives to provide equal access to communication and learning to people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind, through its library of videos.
  • Directory of Community Resources in Texas: A community managed, searchable (by location, type of resource, age of individual, etc.) directory of many different kinds of resources for persons with disabilities.
  • National Association of the Deaf: State and Local Colleges and Universities: State and local colleges and other post-secondary institutions have obligations under two federal laws to provide effective communication with their students and other individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: A program through the Library of Congress, "NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for [U.S. residents and citizens living abroad] with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page."
  • Relay Texas: "A service that provides telephone access for people with speech or hearing loss who find it challenging or impossible to use a traditional telephone."
  • Texas Health and Human Services: Information about services provided for people with different disabilities.
  • U.S. Dept. of Education: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.

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