Adaptive Books
Adaptive books by Leap into Literacy
Interactive storybooks by Beth E. Breakstone

Blind and Visually Impaired
Paths to Literacy

Blogs & Websites
ALSC Blog: Special Needs and Awareness
Inclusive Early Literacy 
Information Connections 
Libraries and Autism
Opening Public Libraries to Children with Special Needs
Targeting Autism
YALSA's Serving Diverse Teens Wiki - Serving Disabled Teens

Disability in Children's Literature
Disability in Kidlit
ALA Schneider Family Book Award

Grant Opportunities
ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant sponsored by Baker & Taylor
Autism Welcome Here Grant sponsored by Libraries and Autism
Light the Way Grant presented by ALSC and Candlewick Press
Youth Literacy Grant presented by Dollar General

Adapting the Child Care Environment for Children with Special Needs by eXtension
Including Children with Special Needs: Tips for Child Care Providers by California Childcare Health Program
Library Service to Diverse Populations and their Caregivers: A Toolkit for Librarians and Library Staff by Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) LSSPCC Committee

Sensory Storytime
Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism archived ALSC webinar presented by Barbara Klipper
Storytime for the Spectrum American Libraries Magazine
Sensory-Friendly Storytime ALA program model by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski
Sensory Storytime: A Brief How-To Guide by Ashley Waring
ALSC's Sensory Storytime Pinterest page

Sign Language

ASL Browser
Using American Sign Language in Storytime by Jbrary

Webinars & Videos

Accessible to All: Serving Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities presented by Holly Jin and Renee Grassi

Autism 101 for Libraries presented Mary O'Brian

Beyond Assistive Technology: Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities presented Kate Todd

Serving the Underserved: Children with Disabilities at Your Library presented by Renee Grassi 

Tech on the Spec(trum): Making Libraries More Accessible for Children with Special Needs, presented by Holly Jin, hosted by TechSoup

Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Special Needs presented by Renee Grassi

What's After Storytime: Programming for Children and Tweens with Autism, presented by Barbara Klipper, hosted by ALSC

Reflecting on 25 Years of the ADA by Skokie Public Library 

Online Learning through ASCLA

Current and archived Lekotek webinars

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders & The Library archived webinar by Ashley Waring

"Libraries for All: Expanding Services to People with Disabilities" by Renee Grassi. The Reporter. (February, 2017).

"Diversity & Disability: Let's Start Talking About it" by Christyna Hunter. Public Libraries. (January/February, 2016).

"Special Needs Storytime, Separation & Accommodation" by Sara White.  Public Libraries. (January/February, 2016).

"A Special Needs Approach: A Study of How Libraries Can Start Programs for Children with Disabilities" by Denice AdkinsChildren and Libraries. (Fall, 2015).

"Making Makerspaces Work for Everyone" by Barbara KlipperChildren and Libraries. Fall, 2014.    

Reaching Out: Library Services to the Developmentally Disabled" by Leslie Lea Nord. Public Libraries. (September/October, 2014).

"Technology in Children's Programming: Apps for Children with Special Needs" by Melanie A Lyttle.  Children and Libraries. (Summer, 2014).

"Program Diversity: Do Libraries Serve Kids with Disabilities?" by Carly Okyle.  School Library Journal. (May, 2014).

"Implementing Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Rebecca Cruz. Public Libraries.  (April, 2014). 

"Sensory-Enhanced Storytime at Douglas County Libraries: an Inclusive Program" by Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Sheila Kerber, Ruth Ann Krovontka, & Laura Root Olson. Public Libraries. (January/February, 2014).

Autism? There's an App for That by Renee McGrath.  Young Adult Library Services. (Winter, 2013).

"Making the Wheel Bigger: Programming for Teens with Special Needs" by Katie Mitchell.  VOYA. (October, 2012).

 "Rated E for Everyone: Expanding Services to Children with Special Needs" by Peggy Wong and Allen McGinley. SLJ.  (December, 2010).

"The Building Bridges Project: Library Services to Youth with Disabilities" by Lisa Wemett.  Children and Libraries. (Winter, 2007).

"Is Your Early Childhood Literature Collection Disabilities-Inclusive and Current?" by Crystal E. Kaiser.  Children and Libraries. (Winter, 2007).

"Small Steps, Big Results: Preparing a Storytime for Children with Special Needs" by Antoinette D'Orazio.  Children and Libraries.  (Winter, 2007).

"Where is it? ¿Dónde está? Spanish Language Resources about Children with Special Needs."  Children and Libraries.  (Winter, 2007).


Assistive Technologies in the Library by Barbara T. Mates

Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities by Ann G. Roberts

Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities by Courtney Deines-Jones

Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, revised by Carrie Scott Banks

Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Lesley S.J. Farmer

The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded by Carol Gray

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Programming for Children and Tweens with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Barbara Klipper

Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers by Christy Isbell and Rebecca Isbell  


  1. Hello,
    I am a mum from Bristol and I have been writing children's stories for young children which are based on our own experiences with our son who has Aspergers.
    I have four titles to date, these being:- Suzie Goes On An Aeroplane.
    Suzie goes To a funeral.
    Suzie's Toilet time.
    Suzie's Dressing Up Day.
    Take a look at my website, and you will see the above titles and get a taster page.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best wishes.


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