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Library Accessibility Services

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collage of photos showing people of all ages utilizing the Accessibility Services room at Switzer Library

The Accessibility Services Department implements inclusive programs and services that are considerate of the needs of patrons living with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. Additionally, we assist patrons in connecting to state and local resources beneficial to their individual needs.

Check out sensory-friendly events designed to make the holiday season enjoyable for all! Also, remember that you can enjoy the events at the Center for Puppetry Arts by checking out a pass at your local Cobb County library!

Materials and Equipment Available for In-Branch Use

Listed below are accessible materials and equipment available at our libraries.

Switzer Library Other CCPL Locations All CCPL Locations
  • C-Pen Exam Reader (text to speech)
  • Magnilink Reader (text to speech)
  • Merlin Magnifying Reader
  • Freedom Scientific magnifier
  • iPads and tablets with accessible games and apps
  • iOS accessibility features with iMACs
  • Merlin Magnifying Reader
  • Windows 10 accessibility features on all public PCs
  • Large Print and Audiobooks
  • Sensory board books
  • Information and applications to participate in the Georgia Library Service (GLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled

 

Local and State Resources

Cobb County Paratransit Services

Paratransit service is an ADA, shared-ride service for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities who are unable to access the local fixed-route bus. 

Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

GCDHH’s mission is to provide support, technology, education, communication, and employment services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, Deaf-Blind and non-verbal individuals and their families in Georgia.

Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Accessible reading materials for those unable to read standard print due to a disability. Accessible technology, e-books, large print, free talking book players and telephone books clubs. Staff is able to certify applications!

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

GCDD's mission is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for the wide spectrum of diverse people/persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play, and worship in their communities.

Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS)

Stream local and national newspapers, books, magazines and events. Free and available 24/7 online, on the app, radio or telephone.

Georgia Relay

Georgia Relay is a free public service provided by the State of Georgia to make communicating by telephone easy, accessible, and reliable for everyone, including people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking.

Georgia Tech Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Services for individuals with disabilities include on-demand braille services, e-text in accessible formats, captioning and described audio and assistive technology solutions. 

National Federation of the Blind Newsline

Free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision or deafblind. Access more than 500 publications, job listings and emergency weather alerts. 

The Tommy Nobis Center

Job training and employment assistance for people with disabilities. Hands-on training, technical skills and career support. 

Staff Picks

July is Disability Pride Month! This annual observance is used to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities by celebrating disability culture and the unique experiences of people with differing abilities and the contributions that they offer society. We've compiled a booklist featuring stories with disabled characters.

Disability Pride Month Booklist with links (PDF)

Disability Pride Month Booklist (webpage)

 

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts for Understanding Autism

  • Autism in Black
  • TILT Parenting
  • Inclusive Education Project
  • The Autism Helper
  • AT Parenting Survival Podcast
  • 5 Minute Solutions-Your Anxious Child
  • In It: Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Mental Health Podcasts

  • The Anxiety Podcast
  • The Anxiety Coaches Podcast
  • Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
  • Checking In with Michelle Williams
  • The Happiness Lab
  • The Hilarious World of Depression
  • Latinx Therapy
  • The Lavender Lifestyle
  • Mental-The Podcast to Destigmatize Mental Health
  • Mental Illness Happy Hour
  • Stories of Stigma
  • The Struggle Bus Podcast
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Therapy for Black Girls
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking with Nora McInerny