Special Education HOME - Subjects

Americans with Disabilities Act: "Americans with Disabilities Act Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Tech Sheets, Documents, and Links to Sources of Information."

 

Blindness Resource Center: "The Blindness Resource Center has thousands of links related to Braille, eye conditions, vendors and access technology for the blind and visually impaired."

 

Blind Readers Page: "This site is a guide to sources of information in alternative formats (braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities--those with visual and physical handicaps as well as dyslexia. It is also a guide to information about blindness, visual handicaps and other physical handicaps, with a special collection of Wisconsin resources. There are about 2,300 individual links, all evaluated, annotated and organized by subject."

 

Braille and Talking Book Library: The California State Library loans braille, cassette and talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print. Check the web site for those who meet the criteria established by the California State Library in order to access the talking book and braille collections.

 

DeafBlindinfo: "Introduction to deafblindness, or combined vision and hearing losses of all kinds."

 

Deaf Resource Library: "A virtual library -- an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics."

 

Deaf Education Resources: An extensive guide list of links provided by Sherri Cook, Director of the Midwest Gallaudet University Redional Center. Included are sites on deaf education, deaf culture and sign languages.

 

Free Download Center: A selection of links to find text-to-speech software for free access or subscription cost. The software allows the user to make their computer talk or allows them to talk to their computer.

 

Free Text-to-speech Software: Use the links available on the freewarefiles web site to search and download a selection of free text-to-speech software programs available for use on the Internet.

 

Gutenberg Audio Book Collection: Browse by subject category for books read by human-beings listed by author. These E-Books can be downloaded free of charge. An assortment of titles is also available in a selected of foreign languages.

 

Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."

 

Learning Disabilities Association of California: LDA-CA is the California affiliate of LDA, a national organization of parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities.  The site contains extensive information about learning disabilities; click on Resources and Links for a list of Websites.

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Community Center: The Rochester Institute of Technology provides Deaf Cultural Studies and has prepared videos that demonstrate the expressiveness of American Sign Language in everyday situations. The Center "recommends viewing the conversations without captions to enjoy the full beauty of ASL, but the videos may also be viewed with English captions."

 

Audio Books: A small selection of free audio books available for download in the following formats: mp3, m4b(for ipod). The selection of books are available with human narration. The remaining selection of classic audio books are available for purchase.

 

Awesome Talking Library: This site can be used for the blind as well as children who are learning to read to develop reading skills via online books. The audio portion of this site enables blind students to hear someone reading the book.

 

Gallaudet University for the Deaf: This is an extensive list of links covering deaf-related research guides prepared by the librarians at the Gallaudet University Library. Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students.

 

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "LDA is a national organization of parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities. LDA's purpose is to help parents and individuals of all ages with learning disabilities to improve their quality of life by promoting advocacy, education and research into the causes of learning disabilities. This site contains extensive information about learning disabilities."

 

Librivox: This site provides free audio books in the public domain, especially for the blind. By browsing the title catalog, audio files can be heard directly online via quicktime software. This web site encodes all files into mp3 format, making it possible to download the free audio books to an ipod.

 

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: "Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail."

 

National Science Foundation: The NSF has developed a site on language and linguistics throughout the world. This site has special reports on speech, language learning, language change, dialects, endangered languages, and sign languages.

 

Second Speech Center: This text-to-speech player can be downloaded from this website for a free 30 day trial. The player allows users to "listen to documents, e-mails or web pages instead of reading on screen. In addition to text, this player also allows the user to convert text to MP3 or WAVE files for listening later with a portable MP3 player." The player is available for purchase online at a cost of $39.95. It is also possible to save e-text library files in PDF format in order to open them in the player for audible playback.