Gaston County Public Library

Resources for the Disabled

Library Resources

The public library has several resources available to assist you:

  • ZoomText, a screen magnification software, is available on a computer at the Main Library. This computer is equipped with internet access, Microsoft Office, and more.
  • Finding Free eBooks & eAudiobooks
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    • OverDrive Accessibility Guide: Accessibility features are included in OverDrive Media Console for Windows and Mac, including compatibility with popular screen readers and keyboard shortcuts.
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  • 331.7 BRO. Learning a Living: A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding a Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Dyslexia.
  • 332.024 ELI. Special needs trusts : protect your child's financial future (NOLO Guide).
  • 362.3 SIB. The sibling survival guide : indispensable information for brothers and sisters of adults with disabilities.
  • 362.38 GRE. Life Planning for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Guide for Parents & Family Members.
  • 363.5 IND. Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America.
  • 368.4 MOR. Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability.
  • 613.9 KAU. The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Life with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness.
  • 635.0540816 ADI. Accessible gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants.
  • 635.087 WOY. Accessible Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Seniors and the Disabled.
  • 635.04 MOS. Stand Up and Garden.
  • 643 SCH. Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier.
  • 643.7 ACC. Accessible Home: Updating Your Home for Changing Physical Needs.
  • 649.151 THO. Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled.
  • 681.761 ROB. The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently.
  • 728.087 KRU. Knack Universal Design: A Step-By-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible Living.
  • 728.087 PIE. The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities.
  • 745.502 G. Crafts for the Disabled: A New Kind of Crafts Book for People with Special Needs.
  • 917.304 HAR. 22 accessible road trips : driving vacations for wheelers and slow walkers.
Other Libraries

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. See the eligibility guidelines for membership.
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Local Resources

  • ROSS Elderly and Disabled Program: A service offered by the Gastonia Housing Authority, the purpose of the program is to provide for the delivery and coordination of supportive services for elderly and/or disabled.
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  • ARC of Gaston County: A list of resources that focus on individuals with developmental delays. Includes several local organizations.
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Online, State & Federal Resources

Other Resources

  • Choice Magazine Listening
    A free audio magazine for adults with impaired vision or other disability. Choice Magazine Listening's editors select articles, stories and poems from more than 100 publications.
    Phone toll free: 1 (888) 724-6423, 9 am - 4 pm
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  • "Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced" by Vanessa Friedman (July 19, 2016)
    A New York Times report on developments in adaptive clothing for the disabled.



Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Resources for the Disabled
Revised: 10 August 2016