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Information for everyone:

The Arc: Autism Now  Autism Now fact sheets on topics of importance to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. ( ~10 pages)

The Arc: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities  Basic information on intellectual disabilities. (PDF, 3 pages)

The Arc: Learning about Intellectual Disabilities Definitions of intellectual disabilities. (2 pages)

Tourette Syndrome  (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics. Website, number of pages, some articles-varying lengths, some videos-most about 3 minutes long, some 30 minutes or more.

University of Illinois Library libguide to Tourette’s A Resource Guide from the University of Illinois on Tourette’s syndrome with suggested reads, websites, databases, and assistive technology. Some links are to sources at the University of Illinois so may need to be checked to see whether access is available in Minnesota.


Amazing Things Happen: Autism Awareness  Amazing Things Happen YouTube video on Autism. (05:30)

Developmental Disabilities Association Video  Developmental disability awareness video.(02:50)

A Day in the Life  An Educational resource about the experiences of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. (03:26)

Learning About Learning Disabilities  The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District (LDATD) video on learning disabilities. (09:39) PSA  CoorDown, Italy's national organization for people with Down syndrome, examines the euphemistic term "special needs" in a PSA, using humor to highlight how their needs might not be so different from those of anyone else. (1:27)

Cerebral Palsy Foundation: Just Say "Hi" — A PSA on the importance of communicating respectfully with all people. (2:00)

The Key Training Center Video  A Question of Understanding: A Look at Developmental Disabilities. What a Developmental Disability is and facts and myths related to developmental disabilities. (12:33)


For librarians: 

What You Need to Know  ALA ASCLA Tips, materials, assistive technology and resources for Developmental, Cognitive, and Intellectual Disabilities. (2 pages)

The “Many Faces of Autism” course, free through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, describes characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and highlights simple strategies and skills for interacting with people with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  (90 minutes)  Access to additional course available by emailing to request a free subscription.   

ALA Webinar Providing Services to People Living with Alzheimer’s

Library Programs for Teens with Disabilities Presented by Renee Grassi from Dakota County Library, Joe Houlihan from St. Paul Public Library, and Gao Yang from St. Paul Public Library (5/9/17)   Learn about providing teens with disabilities a great experience in your library. Gain insights on how to adjust for potential barriers and ways to be inclusive and engaging. See examples of tools and apps. (1:31:25)

Libraries and Autism

Targeting Autism

Autism 101 for Libraries


Webinars and papers: 

Memory Care and Technology  A PLA on-demand webinar on Innovative Ideas to Reach Senior and Alzheimer’s Communities.

Rails: Inclusive Programming  Free webinar on developing inclusive library programming. This webinar will provide participants with the tools to make basic, yet effective changes to their programming in order to create an inclusive library atmosphere for adults with developmental disabilities.

Library Programs for Dementia Clients  Library Programs for Dementia Clients: A Literature Review

Dementia Friendly Libraries  A guide on how to create programs, services and provide resources to better serve those with dementia. 


The easy to use My House of Memories: US app is free and allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their caregivers.


Understanding the Diversity of Library Customer Needs  The Ontario Library Association provides a tactful and common sense approach to recognizing that some patrons require different means of accessing information.

Finding help:

MNDA Council on Developmental Disabilities  Information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

MN Disability Benefits 101  Disability Benefits 101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan. (website)

MNEED Vocational Resources  Assistance with preparing for, finding and keeping a job, and living as independently as possible. (website)

The Arc: MN Disability Programs & Resources  Listing of programs and resources in Minnesota for those with disabilities.

PACER: Disability Organizations Resource List  List of disability organizations is updated annually by PACER Center. (14 pages)

Dementia Friends  Global advocacy changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. (website)


Interacting with people with intellectual/developmental/cognitive disabilities:

Developmental Disabilities Health Care E-Toolkit  Effective communication practices. (5 pages)

Accessible Customer Service Brochure  Serving customers with intellectual or developmental, learning or mental health disabilities guide from the University of Windsor. (2 pages)

People With Intellectual Disabilities: A Digital Story Video addressing the stigmas of people with intellectual disabilities to build public awareness. (03:28)

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) Disability Awareness video - Tips to remember when working with individuals with an intellectual disability. (02:15)