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The Greensboro Public Library offers a range of programs, materials, and services for people with disabilities and those unable to take advantage of traditional library services. Below, are links to the services, programs, and materials the library offers to persons with disabilities and the community's senior population.

Assistive Technology

DREAMMS for Kids Inc. 
Founded in 1988 by the parents of a child with Downs Syndrome, DREAMMS is committed to facilitating the use of computers, assistive and adaptive technologies, and quality instructional technologies for students and youth with special needs in schools, homes, and the community. On this site, you can find contacts for the Tech Act Project from your state.

Assistive Media
If you have a sound card and speakers, you can download and install RealPlayer from RealNetworks. This site offers readings from the New Yorker, short stories, and more.

Partnerships in Assistive Technology / AT Community Services in North Carolina
This site includes information about computer access, a calendar of educational / training opportunities, funding resources, and the Technology Exchange Post. You may find bargains on used wheelchairs, computer equipment, scooters, and more.

ABLEDATA
This is a federally funded project that provides voluminous information on assistive technology and equipment for persons with disabilities and caregivers. An information specialist can offer brief answers and referral information at 800-227-0216.

Consumer Information & Fraud

National Fraud Information Center/Internet Fraud Watch 
This site includes information about telemarketing fraud, Internet fraud, elder fraud, scams against businesses and counterfeit drugs, as well as provides the latest fraud news. You may file complaints through the site, which also includes a toll free telephone number.

Public Citizen
This public-interest watchdog organization founded by Ralph Nader details current consumer issues.

WorstPills
This site lists the drugs withdrawn from the US market and features "Glossary," "Drug," "Search by Drug Family," "Disease," "Side Effect," and "Drug Policy Issue" sections.

North Carolina Department of Justice Consumer Fraud
This site offers advice for avoiding consumer fraud schemes as well as several outlets for filing complaints.

Quackwatch
This is a nonprofit corporation founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett, whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

Etiquette

Disability Etiquette
This site shows how to avoid using words with negative connotations and provides alternate, positive vocabularies.

Disability Accessible Symbols
This site is not only for persons who use the symbols, but also for entities that provide services or accommodations. These symbols help educate the public and help advertise access services to customers and staff. You are encouraged to place these symbols next to pertinent information.

Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Association
This site is a good starting point to find resources, advice, and referrals.

Caring Connections
This is a good site to learn about how to be a caregiver and provide comfortable care. You can download the Advance Directive of NC Formand find information about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive.

North Carolina Adult Day Services Association
Find names of the directors, telephone numbers, addresses, and capacity of 107 centers in North Carolina, located in 58 counties with this site.

Health

Drugs.com    Prescription drug information, interactions and side-effects; includes a pill identifier tool.

Healthline  Health information, free tools, news and doctor reviewed resources. Includes a pill identifier tool and symptom search tool.

RxList  A prescription drug identifier and pharmacy locator.

WebMD  Health and medical news and information. Includes a symptom checker and pill identification tool.

 N.C. Health Information  Consumer health information for North Carolinians. Provides links to local health services and agencies.

Medline Plus  A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. Features more than 165 interactive tutorials covering a wide variety of health issues and conditions.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook  Medical information in layman's terms. Based on the widely-used medical textbook, The Merck Manual.

 The Treatment Center  Start your recovery from substance abuse by calling or chatting online with a confidential counselor.

Learning Disabilities

A Guide to the Individualized Education Program
This guide assists educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Learning Ally
Formally named RFB&D, this nonprofit organization serves people who can’t read or have difficulty reading standard printed book versions. Its audio books cover various topics, in all levels.

The ARC 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Dyslexia
This site provides basic information about dyslexia and links to various organizations, toll free numbers, and telephone numbers.

Learning Disabilities Online

Learning Disabilities Association of America 
This is the largest nonprofit, volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. It has more than 200 local affiliates in the US and around the world.

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center
This nonprofit organization provides services and training to families in North Carolina. A variety of free information packets are available by request.

Service Animals

Service animals are working animals, not pets. Organizations, businesses, and private sectors that serve the public have to comply with federal law and allow persons with disabilities to enter the premises with their service animals.

ADA Business Brief About Service Animals 

Frequently Ask Questions About Service Animals

Visual Impairment

North Carolina Directory of Blind and Low Vision Services
Download a directory of services for blind and low-vision individuals in North Carolina.

American Foundation for the Blind
This site features the ADA Guide for Lodging, a checklist for healthcare facilities, hotels and motels, and more. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology and elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss. 

ECAC Parent Center/NC Deaf-Blind Project
A project of Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC), in collaboration with the NC Department of Public Instruction, the Exceptional Children Division, and East Carolina University, this provides free services designed to meet the needs of families with children from birth to age 22 who are deaf or blind, as well as their educators. 

National Federation of the Blind
This site provides public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
NLS provides the free loan of recorded and braille books, magazines and music scores in braille and large print. United States residents who are unable to use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment can request this service through NLS or the state library.

Prevent Blindness America
This site is designed to promote and educate public awareness about eye health and eye safety.

Space Camp for Visually Impaired Students
"Just because I can't see the stars, doesn't mean I can't reach for them." -- a quote from a Space Camp alumnus.

Hearing Impaired

American Sign Language Browser
Look up live hand movements of thousands of ASL signs.

North Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NCRID)
Local chapter and contact persons, Code of Ethics, and more.

Gallaudet University
This is the only accredited four-year liberal arts university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Teachers’ Certification of the American Sign Language
This site offers certification procedures and standards for teaching American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. 

AT&T Internet Relay Services
AT&T Internet Relay Service allows you to place free text relay calls to telephone users within the US and its territories—over your web browser. The online service also offers personal user settings such as speed dial, adjustable fonts and sizes, save capabilities and more.

Deaf-Blind

 A person who is deaf-blind can make phone calls using Telebraille equipment. Relay users with impaired vision often use special TTYs equipped with Telebraille. AT&T has a toll free number specifically designed for Telebraille users.

Once you have accessed the Telebraille number - 1-800-855-2883 - you will be connected to communications assistants who are familiar with deaf-blind users and trained to provide unique and effective solutions to your calling needs.

ECAC Parent Center/NC Deaf-Blind Project   A project of Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC), in collaboration with the NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division and East Carolina University, the NC Deaf-Blind Project provides a variety of free support and services designed to meet the needs of families with children from birth to 22 who have deaf-blindness and their educators.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is a national rehabilitation program serving youth and adults who are deaf-blind.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness A national technical assistance center funded by the US Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based family association. NFADB assists individuals who are deaf-blind and their families.

Public Schools of NC/ Disability Resources/ Deaf-Blind Resources from the Public Schools of North Carolina Deaf-Blind Project provide technical assistance to children and youth with deaf-blindness from birth through 21 years of age and to their caregivers. 

American Council of the Blind ACM is a national advocacy organization that provides opportunities for the visually impaired as well as support services to families. ACB also collaborates with Vision Rehabilitation Service providers. 

American Foundation for the Blind This is an information and support resource for families and businesses. It produces a guide to accessibility products and a connection to publications and e-Learning courses. AFB strives to continue the mission of Helen Keller, who championed the rights of individuals with disabilities during her 44 years at AFB.

American Printing House for the Blind Inc. This is a nonprofit organization that creates educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind or visually-impaired.

Governor Morehead School for the Blind This school's mission is "to educate, advocate, and provide resources for all NC students with visual impairment, their families, and the professionals who serve them."

Industries of the Blind This Greensboro organization provides opportunities for employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired so they can achieve greater independence.

NC Department of Health and Human Services The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a state government agency responsible for ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. DHHS provides human services for special populations including individuals who are deaf, blind, developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and economically disadvantaged.  

The Caption Center 
FAQs about captioning. Addresses are provided for major TV and cable networks. Viewers are encouraged to promote the closed-captioned programs by sending in their ideas and comments.

Autism

Sensory Storytime & Autism Afternoons
Check out the Children's calendar for more information about these inclusive kid's programs.  As always, all abilities are welcomed at all programs and storytimes.

Programs for Young Adults

Young Adults

Transportation and Travel

The City of Greensboro Department of Transportation has three bus lines for special needs populations:

  • SCAT (SCAT is the Greensboro Transit Authority's shared-ride transportation service for eligible riders who have a disability that prevents them from riding the fixed route bus.)
  • Career Express 
  • Evening and Sunday Routes 

Guilford County Community Transit
Find the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for public transportation serving Guilford County.

PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)
Find low-cost or free ride to a non-emergency medical appointment. You can schedule the appointment through this site or by calling toll-free 866-349-2571.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) People Saving People
NHTSA is an authorized federal government agency to regulate the manufacture of automotive adaptive equipment and modified vehicles used by persons with disabilities. This site offers interesting statistics and consumer information for those searching for modified/adaptive vehicle equipment.

Access-able Travel Source
This site provides travel tips, cruise lines, and ships which are handicapped accessible, relay and voice mail phone numbers for hotels, car rentals, airlines, travel agents and much more.

Employment

See Greensboro Public Library's Job and Career website for information about job opportunities, career development, and resume creation. Be sure to check out ResumeMaker, a resume creation service that includes interviewing tips, cover letter assistance, and more.

Your Ticket to Work
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. Part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, this legislation is designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage.

AARP Employment Planning
Features job search tools and advice specifically for seniors.

Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management includes information on federal employment for people with disabilities.

Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions and Answers
Contains basic information regarding the federal equal opportunity employment laws.

EARN - Employment Assistance Referral Network
Assists employers in hiring Americans with disabilities.

JAN (Job Accommodation Network)
JAN is one of the service projects of the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). It is a central resource for employers, employees, and rehabilitation professionals to find information on relevant options concerning job accommodations.

Job Access
An online system to help job seekers find positions based on their skills and experience, not their disabilities.

American Foundation for the Blind
Lists recent job vacancies, gives job descriptions, qualifications, duties, and salary with additional information about how to send in applications.

Funding and Wish-Granting

Beaumont Foundation of America
This foundation supports digital inclusion for under-served individuals. Visit this site and find out whether you are eligible for this grant.

US Department of Education, Grants Information
Use this site to become familiar with education grants. You can download the grant application package and even go to grant award databases.

Wish Foundations for Children of America
This site lists wish-granting organizations worldwide.

Housing

Fair Housing Resources for People with Disabilities

Descriptions of rights and protections, complaint forms, housing opportunities (HUD homes) and more.

Movies

InSight Cinema
A non-profit organization focused on distributing open-captioned film for the hard-of-hearing population. There are more than 300 open-captioned, big screen movies distributed in more than 500 US cities. Provides listing of open-captioned movies currently showing in Greensboro.

Radio

TIRS (The Triad Information Reading Service)
This radio station broadcasts readings of major magazines and newspapers, such as the New York Times, Time, and People Weekly.

Triangle Reading Service
TRS lends SCA receivers free of charge to those living in the broadcast area (covers significant parts of Guilford County).

National Federation of the Blind Newsline
This organization provides national and local audio versions of daily newspapers through a toll-free telephone number and from any touch-tone telephone. Featured national newspapers include USA Today, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Scholarships

American Council of the Blind
This website provides the applicant with an online application form and instructions. This process must be completed online. Other required supplements should be mailed to ACB by March 1, 2012. 

National Federation of the Blind
Each year the NFB offers about 30 scholarships to visually impaired students who are interested in pursuing their academic goals. Criteria and an application form can be downloaded at this site.

Special Activities

Parks and Recreation MainStream Resources Unit
Offers recreational programs and special events for individuals identified as having special needs, including, but not limited to, mental, physical and visual.

Special Collections

The Greensboro Public Library maintains special collections for residents with disabilities, located at the Central Library. These collections include:

Large-Type Books
We have more than 13,000 titles comprised of classics, current fiction, biography, non-fiction, etc. Housed primarily on the first floor of the Central Library, this collection is rotated among the Greensboro Public Library branches.

Braille Books
Child educators often make use of this assortment. By touching and feeling the Braille alphabet, numbers, and music scores, children are able to realize how difficult it is for a visually impaired person to learn to read and gain knowledge. 

Audio Books
This popular collection includes classics, current fiction, non-fiction, and works produced specifically for this format. Children's titles are also available at the Children’s Room on the first floor.

Closed-Captioned Videos
Many titles in the video collection are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Captioning is usually noted on the cover. Ask at the Circulation Desk if you are uncertain.

Compact Discs
More than 2,000 CDs of classical, jazz, show tunes, bluegrass, and country and western music are included in this assortment. The BBC Sound Effects collection is another interesting tool to use for a vivid and lively presentation.

DVDs
The library offers DVDs, which have a video playback quality that is far better than videotapes and laser discs. 

Books-by-Mail
This is a special service designed for our library customers who are unable to access or have difficulty accessing our library holdings. The library mails Large-Type books, CDs, audiotapes, and videotapes to customers who meet the requirements for this service. Call the Reference Desk at 336-335-5430 for an application.

Talking Books Service
The library also provides access to the Talking Books Service, a federally funded program that supplies cassette players and sound recordings by mail to those with vision impairments and certain physical and learning disabilities. For more information and an application call the State Library at 888-388-2460 or visit the State Library Talking Book Service.

DVS Movies
DVS movies have an extra voice on the sound track describing action, scenery, setting, and actions during the time when there is no dialogue. When time permits, the Library will show DVS movies while the Greensboro Council of the Blind holds its monthly meetings at the Central Library.These movies are available through the DVS Club of the Friends of North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Audio Books on Compact Disc
Our audiobooks in CD format feature non-fiction, popular fiction and young adult fiction. 

Open-Captioned Media Catalog
Another exciting service provided by the library is the Captioned Media Program (CMP) catalog. The CMP has more than 4,000 free-loan, open-captioned videos. Videos can be ordered for you upon request.