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Take the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge

Published: July 21, 2022

Take the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge


VISIONS Fair Showcases Disability Access Products and Services

Published: May 21, 2022

The 2022 VISIONS Vendor Fair takes place on Wednesday, June 8th from 11-4pm at the Ann Arbor District Library and features a variety of Michigan exhibitors who will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled. Electronic readers, magnifiers, support services for the blind, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display. The VISIONS Vendor Fair is presented by and is held at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (which also serves as …


Youth Fiction with Disability Representation

Youth Fiction that feature characters with diverse disabilities.

I am Not a Label: 34 Diabled artists, thinkers, athletes, and activists from past and present. Figures such as Frida Kahlo, Stevie Wonder, and Stephen Hawking are featured.
Youth Nonfiction with Disability Representation

Youth Nonfiction books about living with a learning, cognitive, developmental or physical disability.

I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood. % kids, one of whom is in a wheelchair, dance together.
Picture Books with Disability Representation

Picture Books that feature characters with diverse disabilities and offer an opportunity for meaningful discussion.

The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging. 4 young adults stand together in solidarity.
Teen Nonfiction with Disability Representation

Teen nonfiction books about living with a learning, cognitive, developmental or physical disability.

Accessibility Improvements to Libby

Published: December 20, 2021

YDL’s digital service Libby (Overdrive) has made some accessibility improvements to the Libby app. After partnering with the accessibility platform Fable, and based on research and direct feedback from users with visual, motor and cognitive disabilities there are several new updates that make the Libby app more accessible for all users. Check them out!



Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films.

What are Whale Eyes?

Published: July 27, 2021

What are whale eyes? It is not a technical term, and shouldn’t be mistaken for a lazy eye. It’s the term James Robinson uses to describe his own visual disability, and it is the title of his short film.


Voters with Disabilities: Know Your Rights

Published: October 6, 2020

The Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws protect the rights of voters with disabilities. Know your rights and make a plan to vote on or before November 3rd. Check out these helpful websites. Michigan Secretary of State: The Rights of Voters with Disabilities U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division: Disability Rights Section American Association of People with Disabilities: REV UP the Vote Program National Disability Rights Network: Voting Power at the Polls


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Visions 2020 Features Technology and Services for the Blind, Visually Impaired & Physically Disabled

Published: October 1, 2020

For several years, AADL and the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons have hosted the day-long event featuring the latest technology and services for the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled and 2020 is no different.  Visions 2020 will be entirely online starting at 9am on October 7.  Highlights include inspirational speaker Ingrid Ricks, learn about services for Michigan residents, and attend a technology talk with accessibility consultant J.J. Meddaugh. Find the full list of the day’s offerings at


Paralympics Coming Soon!

Published: August 17, 2020

The Olympics are not over! The Paralympic Games begin on August 24 and run through September 5.


COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

Published: May 11, 2020

There is a lot of information and resource material being published about COVID-19 and it can be overwhelming to say the least. Below are some helpful links dedicated specifically to those living with a disability. The following resources provide information on what precautions and preparations those living with a disability can take, and how to best support a student with an Individualized Education Plan in a remote learning environment.   Be well and stay safe.   CDC – People with Disabilities Administration for Community Living – COVID-19 Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute – Wayne State University Michigan Alliance for Families – COVID-19 …


American Girl Doll releases first doll with Hearing Impairment

Published: January 2, 2020

This week American Girl announced their new doll for 2020. Joss Kendrick is “a fierce athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer. Whether she’s on her surfboard or in the gym, Joss shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes, and being a good team player.” The doll will come with a removal hearing aid. With this announcement also comes the news that American Girl has teamed up with the Hearing Loss Association of American (HLAA) to help support HLAA’s educational programs by donating $25,000 to the organization. American Girl will …


Teen with Asperger’s is Time Person of the Year

Published: December 19, 2019

Greta Thunberg has become the face of the climate change movement. At only 16, this young person with Asperger’s is changing the world. Click here to read the full article.  


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New Grant Offers Ceiling & Stair Lifts for Children with Special Needs

Published: February 20, 2019

Families with special needs children can apply to a $50,000 grant that provides ceiling and stair lifts, under the Children with Special Needs Fund.


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Ypsi Family Read: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Published: January 10, 2019

This season’s Family Read selection, Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, is an unforgettable multicultural coming of age story.


Ann Arbor Housing Voucher applications will be open Nov. 12-16

Published: November 8, 2018

The Ann Arbor Housing Commission will accept applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List from Monday, November 12 through 4pm on Friday, November 16. From these applications, 600 will be randomly selected to obtain a place on Ann Arbor’s Section 8 Waiting List. Of the 600 selected, 300 applications will have at least one household member between the ages of 18-61 with a disability. The other 300 applications will be randomly selected from all other households meeting the preferences listed below.   The Ann Arbor Housing Commission has three preferences: Households who live in Washtenaw County Households …


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