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This guide provides information and resources to educate our library users about issues related to disability.

October is National Disability Employment Month

In 2020, America celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – landmark legislation designed to ensure a more inclusive America, where every person has the right to participate in all aspects of society, including employment.


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly book cover

In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of "locked in syndrome." Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye.   

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Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. 

The World's Strongest Librarian book cover

Although Josh Hanagarne wouldn't officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old when he first began exhibiting symptoms. When he was twenty and had reached his towering height of 6'7", his tics escalated to nightmarish levels.

My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020 Poster

Increasing Access and Opportunity poster

ACCESS Services Made a Difference!

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Anakarina started her college education at Miami Dade College North Campus. She graduated with an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Miami Dade College in August 2020 thanks to the support of Access Services.  Most importantly, she is working at an animal clinic in Miami Dade County where she cares for pets with love and patience.  She is very grateful to Access Services for giving her the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.

My Life, My Plan

A transition Planning Resource for life after high school for students with disabilities and their families.

Invitation to Dance - Disability in 21st Century America

In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted insidious forms of discrimination she couldn't have imagined before. 


Temple Granding book cover

Discover Temple's "big message" and her ideas about what makes the biggest difference for children with autism.

Perfectly Able book cover

More than 22 million of the almost 173 million working-age individuals in the United States have one or more disabilities. Perfectly Able offers practical guidance for companies large and small on how to hire and retain talented and motivated people from within this largely untapped pool of potential employees.

Windows Accessibility

Learn more about built-in Windows accessibility features and their use as a job accommodation.

iPad Accessibility

Learn more about iPad accessibility features and their use as a job accommodation.

Alternative Mice

Learn more about alternatives to traditional mice and their use as a job accommodation.

Color Coding

Learn more about Color Coding and its use as a job accommodation. 

Resources and Information

JAN provides expert guidance, training, and resources to individuals and employers on all aspects of accommodations at no cost.

Commemorating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1990 to present.


Job Accommodation Network. (2019, April, 29). Alternative Mice [Video].YouTube.

Job Accommodation Network. (2020, August, 21). Color Coding [Video]. YouTube.

Job Accommodation Network. (2019, April, 29). iPad Accessibility [Video]. YouTube.

Job Accommodation Network. (2019, April, 29). Windows Accessibility [Video]. YouTube.

Office of Disability Employment Policy. (n.d.). National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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