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Disability Studies Resources: Online Resources

This guide will help you locate resources related to Disability Studies in Schewe Library.

ADA The Americans with Disabilities Act

Disability rights are civil rights. From voting to parking, the ADA is a law that protects people with disabilities in many areas of public life.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -

The ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of their disability.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Illinoisans greater access to assistive technology.

Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). 

Database Tools and Compliance

ADA Compliant Databases


All HTML Full Text articles in EBSCOhost databases have a text-to-speech option and an option to download the audio file as an MP3. However, many articles are not available in HTML.


HTML full-text documents in Gale databases can be read aloud. Articles may also be downloaded as an audio file in MP3.


Many ProQuest documents are ADA compliant.


JSTOR’s image based PDFs have been automatically tagged so that they can be read with screen readers like JAWS. Where tagging is not sufficient, manual tagging can be requested for a limited number of articles. See the JSTOR accessibility policy for details.

Other Databases with ADA Compliance Policies

Adobe Accessibility Guides

Creating Accessible Word Documents

Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations