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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
‘My Thinker’s Not Working’ A National Strategy for Enabling Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Affected by Dementia to Remain in Their Community and Receive Quality Supports
This report is about dementia and people with intellectual disabilities. It provides a national action plan. You can download it as a PDF file.
101 Tips for the Parents of Boys with Autism The Most Crucial Things You need to Know About
This book has tips to help parents with an adolescent boy who has autism.
2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities
This report shows how well employers are doing with accommodating their staff members who have disabilities.
504Plan - School Intervention and Strategies Plan for Selective Mutism
This manual has information on developing and using a 504 Plan to help students who are selectively mute. It has ideas for achieving both social and academic success.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities Blueprint for Governors
This report proposes what state governments need to do to increase employment among people with disabilities.
A Client Called Noah
This book tells about Noah's transition from living with his family to living in a variety of institutional and group home settings during his teenage and young adult years. It shows how difficult it is for families to get support.
A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2nd Edition
This is a textbook with a broad range of information about people with intellectual disabilities. It also has information helpful to family members, educators, social workers, researchers, and health professionals.
A Home of Your Own Guide
This manual helps people with disabilities and families to understand what they need to do when preparing to buy a house.
A Part or Apart? Disability and Inclusion in the Faith Community
This photo essay shows people with disabilities being included in their faith communities. There are also written stories about disability and inclusion, and a discussion guide to help everyone talk about what they see.
A Pattern of Silent Tears
This is the first novel by a Latina woman who has cerebral palsy. It is about women in Costa Rica and their struggle to survive among people reluctant to give up suffocating traditions of male oppression and strict interpretation of religious doctrine.
A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities
This guide gives event planners guidelines for the inclusion of people with disabilities in temporary events. Most information is about accommodating people with physical disabilities, but there is some information about other groups.
A Practical guide for Facilitating Behavioral/Psychiatric Assessment for Persons with Mental Retardation
This book provides a simple outline for the assessment of problem behaviors, general criteria for the most common psychiatric disorders, and tips for helping with diagnosis.
A Practical Guide for Health Management of Aging Adults with Mental Retardation
This book provides an outline of physical, and mental health issues common in older adults with developmental disabilities.
A Practical Guide to Assessing Medical Issues Associated with Behavorial/Psychiatric Problems in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
This book explains how medical issues may cause behavioral issues.
A Practical Guide to Assessment and Management of Sleep Disorders in Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This book provides a general discussion of normal sleep function and sleep disorders. It explains normal sleep, and problems with sleep both for the general population and for persons with developmental disabilities.
A Taxonomy for Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties
This research summary describes the features of college-based education programs that serve students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the US.
Adults with Down Syndrome
This book covers many areas. It has some chapters written by researchers and others written by self-advocates who have Down syndrome.
Advice for Advisors: People First
Written by People First of Canada, this is a handbook for those who act as advisors to self-advocacy groups. Explains what self-advocacy is, how to make it work, the People First movement, empowerment, and qualities of a good advisor.
Aging with a Developmental Disability
This paper explains the special needs of elders who have developmental disabilities. It was written in Canada to advocate for better services.
Aging with Intellectual Disabilities and Later-Life Family Caregiving
This chapter, located in volume seven of an eleven-volume set entitled "Comprehensive Clinical Psychology" looks at caregiving of older adults with intellectual disabilities and how aging affects families, services and supports and future planning.
America According to Connor Gifford
This is an easy to read book on American History. It was written by a man with Down syndrome.
An Ounce of Prevention: Law Enforcement Training and Mental Health Crisis Intervention
This report focuses on the training law enforcement officers in California receive for addressing mental health crisis calls.
Apostrophe is a quarterly magazine that publishes stories by, about and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This magazine highlights the abilities and talents of people with disabilities.
ASD and Culture: LEND Brief
This research brief looks at the role of culture when helping families who have members with autism spectrum disorder.
Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety
This book has advice on ways people who have Asperger's can effectively manage anxiety.
Aspies on Mental Health Speaking for Ourselves
This book has stories of people with ASD talking about their experiences with mental health issues.
Assessment of Parenting Competency in Mothers with Mental Illness
This book has a comprehensive approach for deciding whether or not a person with mental illness will be a good parent.
Assuring Health Equity for Minority Persons with Disabilities: A Statement of Principles and Recommendations
This report is about the health disabilities felt by people of color with disabilities.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4th Edition)
This book explains communication technologies that help people meet their communication needs.
Aunt Katie's Visit
This is a great first book for children to read and have a conversation about people with disabilities.
Australasian Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals
A guide for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) on how to work in the best interests of people with disability, especially where difficult decisions have to be made and people's values and priorities are challenged or questioned.
Autism & Alleluias
A book written by the mother of young adult with Autism. She uses the stories gathered over many years to explain what her life has been like. The author also explains how Christianity helped her.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC
This textbook is about helping children and adults with autism learn to talk using assistive devices and alternative methods.
Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis, and More
This book is a resource guide for symptoms, definitions, assessments and diagnoses of the variety of autism spectrum disorders. It has information for parents and professionals, and is also available in Spanish.
Away From the Public Gaze
This is an extensive document that chronicles the history of the Fairview institution in Oregon and the experiences of the residents.
Be Healthy Information Program (B-HIP) brochures
The Be Healthy Information Program (B-HIP) includes 6 colorful FREE brochures to help children and adults with disabilities understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. Each is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free.
Behavioral Supports: Individual Centered Interventions, A Multimodal Functional Approach
This book tells how to use many medical features to develop ways to treat people with behavior problems.
Building a Joyful Life with your Child who has Special Needs
A book for parents about staying healthy and strong while raising a child who has special needs.
Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
This guide summarizes lessons learned in successful community-building initiatives across the United States.
Building New Worlds: For Students with Disabilities in Transition from High School to Adult Life
This book has stories of young adults with disabilities who are active members of their communities. It shows how person-centered planning helped.
California Direct Support Professional Training Curriculum
A two-year curriculum for those who work in residential care environments.
Can I Tell You about Autism?
This book explains what it is like to have autism. The first part is written for children, while later chapters are written for adults and explain how they can help.
Career Development, Employment, and Disability in Rehabilitation: From Theory to Practice
This book is about employment and people with disabilities. It is written for vocational rehabilitation students.
Characteristics of Selective Mutism: Evidence For An Anxiety Related Etiology
This book provides the answers to many questions about Selective Mutism. The information is based on survey research done involving over 400 families.
Children with Disabilities, Seventh Edition
This is a college textbook about different types of disabilities.
Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation
This book is a classic photo essay of living conditions in institutions. It was first published in 1964 and was a foundational work in reform efforts.
Citizenship: A guide for providers of support
This guide describes how to best support people who have intellectual disabilities.
Combating Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Call to Action
A book about helping people with disabilities fight violence and abuse—and take charge of their bodies and lives.
Comfort Training Manual
A manual to help people help other persons with developmental disabilities and phobias to overcome their fears.
Coming Out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence
This book explains the many benefits and risks of telling people you have Asperger Syndrome (AS). There are chapters written by professionals and family members, but most come from people who have AS.
Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us
This report describes how AUCD and AAIDD think the next 25 years should look like for people with disabilities. It was written as the Americans With Disabilities Act turned 25 years old. The entire report can be downloaded for free.
Community Recreation and People with Disabilities: Strategies for Inclusion (2nd edition)
A book showing the best ideas to design, implement, and evaluate inclusive recreation programs.
Contemporary and Innovative Practice in Palliative Care
This book is about end-of-life care. You can download it online for free and it has a chapter devoted to older adults with intellectual disabilities.
Cooking by Color: Recipes for Independence
This is a cookbook made so it is easy for everyone to use. It uses colors and words to help people find the information they need, and learn to be good cooks.
Costs and Outcomes of Community Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The main focus of this book is on community services in the USA, but there are also contributions from the UK and Australia.
Costs and Outcomes of Community Services for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Policy Research Brief)
This brief brought together available research on the costs and outcomes of community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Counselling People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Sexually Abused
A book and video designed to assist professionals who provide treatment.
Creating Blue Space: Fostering Innovative Support Practices for People with Developmental Disabilities
This book is about how agencies and systems can best provide individualized support to people with developmental disabilities.
Crisis: Prevention and Response in the Community
This book provided a look at crisis services for people with developmental disabilities and how they impact the surrounding community.
Critical Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Contemporary Research, Practice, and Policy
This manual explores emerging issues in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities in ten areas.
Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics
This book tells the stories of women who were told not to have their babies. They were told that because of perceived disabilities in themselves or their unborn children.
Developing Cross-Cultural Competence A Guide for Working with Children and Their Families, Fourth Edition
This book is about supporting families from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid
This book shows how to establish and sustain inclusive sports programs that are fun and welcoming for children and youth with a wide range of special needs. It is written for educators.
Disability and Employer Practices
This book provides research-based documentation of policies and practices that lead to the successful recruitment, retention, advancement, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
Disability Through the Life Course
This academic book explains the issues people with disabilities face at each stage of their life. It also explains a lot about how this has changed since 1900.
Disability: Dispelling the Myth
A guide for employers that explains the steps to follow in hiring people with disabilities. It also tells the many things that happen in an organization when people with disabilities are hired and begin working.
Disabling Diversity: The social construction of Disability in 1990s Australian National Cinema
This book examines popular Australian films from the 1990s that considered disability as a problem with society rather than a damaged body.
Discovering Trinity in Disability: A Theology for Embracing Difference
This book uses Christian teachings to argue that churches must be inclusive. Its authors are biblical scholars who are also parents of two daughters who have significant disabilities.
Down Syndrome: When to Worry About Mental Health And What To Do About It!
This book is about noticing mental health problems in people with Down Syndrome.
Dr. Thompson's Straight Talk on Autism
This book has practical advice about supporting children who have autism.
Dual Diagnosis: An Introduction to the mental health needs of persons with developmental disabilities
This is a book about mental health aspects in persons with developmental disabilities. The entire book can be downloaded for free as pdf files.
Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This report highlights the benefits of hiring people who have developmental disabilities.It is written to businesses.
Enforcing the ADA, A Status Report
From 1994 to 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued these quarterly status reports. They covered selected ADA activities of the Department. All of the reports are available in both electronic format and printed versions.
Essential for Living
These assessment tools are helpful for teaching children and adults communication and functional living skills. They are also helpful in addressing challenging behaviors.
Essentials of Transition Planning
This book explains the basics in planning for the transition from being a high school student and adult life. It is the first of a series of books on this topic.
Evaluation of Case Management Model: Hennepin County Developmental Disabilities Program
Evaluation of a new case management model being used in Minneapolis area (Hennepin County), Minnesota.
Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act
This report is about using Affordable Care Act funding to provide transportation for older people and adults with disabilities. Information is provided online, through a web blog, podcast, or policy paper.
Exploratory Study Of The Perspectives Of Midlife Adults With Intellectual Disability, Their Parents, And Case Managers Regarding Quality Of Life And Needed Supports And Services
This doctoral dissertation looked at the possibilities for quality of life for aging individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Exploring Self-Advocacy from a Social Power Perspective
This book provides an analysis of self-advocacy and social power.
False Confessions from 53 Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: The List Keeps Growing
This research article looks at the problem of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities confessing to serious felonies that they did not commit. There is also a follow-up piece written in 2011.
Families, Infants, and Young Children at Risk: Pathways to Best Practice
This academic book is about helping infants, preschool age children, up to age 8, grow to be healthy.
Feeling Good About Yourself: A Guide for People Working with People Who Have Disabilities or Low Self-Esteem
This book has information and activities on self-esteem, social skills, sexuality, decision making, assertiveness, and preventing victimization.
Foundations for Freedom: International Perspectives on Self-Determination and Individualized Funding
A report from a historic conference that was entitled "International Perspectives on Self-Determination and Individualized Funding."
From Institutions to Individuals: On becoming person-centred
This book has stories written by, for, and about people who have intellectual disabilities.
Getting to Community: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities in their Pursuit of the Good Life
This book is about promoting self determination and great lives for people with disabilities.
Getting to Grips with Asperger Syndrome Understanding Adults on the Autism Spectrum
This book is about adults with Asperger Syndrome.
Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness
This report advocates for the rights of persons with serious and persistent mental illness to have jobs in the community. It urges the use of supported employment strategies as an alternative to day treatment programs.
Go for the Gold: Empowerment for Life
This six-part training curriculum is on personal empowerment
Going to Out-Patients (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to have different medical tests done. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit
This toolkit is designed to help self-advocacy organizations apply for grants. It is available online.
Growing up with Parents Who Have Learning Difficulties
This book presents narrative research about the lives of adult children of parents with developmental disabilities.
Guide to Using State Longitudinal Data for Applied Research
This new guide highlights the opportunities and restrictions that researchers may have when using state longitudinal data systems. The guide also offers ways to address some common problems.
Handbook on Quality of Life for Human Service Practitioners
A book about the quality of life concept with many practical applications. It is appropriate for human service practitioners, educators, legislators, advocates, program administrators, and researchers.
Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community
This report explains the challenges that states and providers were having in serving people in community-based settings.
Home and Community-Based Setting Requirements
This bulletin helps state discern when a setting meets the requirements as "community-based." That means it can receive HCBS funding.
How to Teach Daily Living Skills to Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This book shows how to help people who have intellectual disabilities learn to care for themselves. It can be purchased in print or as an e-book.
How To Understand Autism- The Easy Way
This book provides many ideas and examples that help the reader to understand Autism.
Human Needs and Intellectual Disabilities: Applications for Person Centered Planning, Dual Diagnosis, and Crisis Intervention
This book is about people with disabilities who have mental illness.
I Can Get Through It (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be the victim of abuse. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
I Matter - So Does Your Cause - Starting a Nonrpofit
This book takes you through the steps of starting a non-profit organization. It was written by an expert in development, management and fundraising.
Impact: Feature Issue on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities
This newsletter has stories, summaries of research, and strategies to help assure success for postsecondary students with disabilities.
Implementing Person-Centered Planning: Voices of Experience
This book presents several ways to think about person-centered planning. The book talks about its limitations, the conditions for its success and its contributions.
Inclusive Games: Movement Fun for Everyone
This book describes over 50 games and activities that encourage active participation by young people with differing abilities.
Increasing Person Centered Thinking: Improving the Quality of Person-Centered Planning
This manual is for people who want to conduct person-centered planning and for those who want to improve how they do person-centered planning.
Integrated Multidisciplinary Primary Healthcare: Tailoring Healthcare to the Needs and Experiences of Individuals with IDD
These PowerPoint slides present a model for providing healthcare to people with IDD. It emphasizes preventative care and wellness activities.
Intellectual Disabilities: Raising Awareness and Combating Stigma - A Global Review
This report is about how people with intellectual disabilities are treated in different parts of the world.
Intellectual Disability and Faith Communities: Perspective of Catholic Religious Leaders
This scholarly paper examines the views of some Catholic leaders on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Intellectual Disability and Ill Health: A Review of the Evidence
This textbook is about some health problems that go untreated in persons with intellectual disabilities.
Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook
This book explains mental health problems as they occur in people with intellectual disabilities.
Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports (11th Edition)
This book is the most recent classification and diagnosis system for persons with intellectual disability.
Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization and a New Moral Community
This book traces the roots of society's disrespect for people with disabilities.
Interim Report: Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
This report has recommendations of what the federal government can do to help people with intellectual disabilities find good jobs in the community.
Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States
This book provides a history of services for persons with intellectual disability in the United States.
IQ of 63 - So What!: Going Beyond Everybody Else's Expectations
Ben is a man with cerebral palsy. His story shows how important it is for people with disabilities to move beyond labels.
Issue Brief: New Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities to Expect Better Quality Services and Outcomes
This report reviews how states are using their Home and Community-Based Services funding. It warns that many of the people with disabilities being supported are still isolated from their communities.
It's My Choice
This self-guided workbook can help people prepare for their person-centered planning meetings. It is available for free as a PDF download.
Jamaica Development Plan for People with Disabilities
This document summarizes a 20-year plan for Jamaica to become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Jenny Speaks Out (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to help people talk about sexual abuse. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities
This book has ideas on how to choose the kind of job you want. It also has ideas on how to land a job.
Just Say Know!
This book explores the victimization of people with disabilities and help reduce the risk of sexual abuse.
Just this side of normal
This is a powerful story of a parent's search for understanding in a world that sometimes makes no sense. It was one of the first books written by a parent about what it is like to raise a child with autism.
Justice in Aging: A Right to Person-Centered Care Planning
This report provides background on the new person-centered planning and service plan rule for people who are aging and need long-term services and supports.
Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability A Social Approach
This book gives ideas on how to help people with intellectual disabilities guard against abuse.
Learning Disabilities and Dementia
This fact sheet talks about dementia and people with intellectual/developmental disabiities.
Learning to Listen
This book offers different ways to help people who use challenging behavior.
Letting in the Light: Reflections on Leaderships, Ethics and Human Services
This book is a collection of essays that explain how service systems tend to take control away from people with disabilities.
Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood
This guide reviews many considerations as young adults with autism transition from high school into adult life. It is written to parents and can be downloaded for free.
Life on Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues 2nd Edition
This book is about how to have a full life as a person who uses a wheelchair.
Living Well With CMS Funding: A Study of Mortality in Wyoming
A report on health and welfare of Wyoming citizens on Medicaid.
Living Your Own Life With People You Can Count On
This booklet talks about how support teams can help in supporting self-determination.
Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don’ts Hi-Lo Stories about Real Life
This book has interesting stories that are easy to read.
Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights
This book looks at the case against disability rights.
Making School and Community Recreation Fun for Everyone: Places and Ways to Integrate
This book can help community members to support people with disabilities in community and school recreation programs.
Making Self Employment Work for People with Disabilities (2nd Ed.)
This book has ideas to develop, design, and finance a small business. It is helpful for individuals, families, and professionals.
Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees - 2015 Edition
This is a guide for anyone who is managing a Special Needs Trust for a person with disabilities.
Maryland Housing and Disability Services Resource
This guide provides information about organizations that provide services and/or housing resources to people with disabilities.
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: The First 20 Years (Policy Research Brief)
This Brief reports on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver program during its first 20 years, from 1982 through 2002. It is available online in full text.
Medicaid Innovations— Meeting Summary Report
This report summarizes a 2012 meeting in which state Medcaid directors asked for help from the Feds in managing their costs.
Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities: Policy and Implementation Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers
This report makes twenty-two recommendations to the President about Medicaid Managed Care for people with disabilities.
Members of Each Other: Building Community in Company with People with Developmental Disabilities
In 1996, this book set a strong values-based foundation for providing supports for individuals with disabilities. It is still a strong resource about person-centered planning and self-directed supports.
Minnesota Medicaid HCBS "Waiver" Evaluation
This report provides findings from an evaluation of quality, access and costs of services provided in Minnesota's Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services ("waiver") program.
Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride
This book is a set of essays is about living with a disability. They are written by a person whose disability is physical.
My Body of Knowledge: Stories of Chronic Illness, Disability, Healing and Life
This book is a collection of writing by people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, depression, Crohn's disease, CFIDS, Lyme disease, muscular dystrophy, RSI, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, AIDS, etc.
My Body, My choice
An empowering sexual abuse prevention mini-book for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
NADD Bulletin
A collection of articles that address clinical, programmatic, research or family oriented information related to mental health and intellectual disability.
National Autism Indicators Report: Transition Into Young Adulthood
This report focuses on the transition into young adulthood. It experiences and outcomes of young adults on the autism spectrum between high school and their early 20s.
NCI Performance Indicators: Guide for HCBS Requirements and Assurances
This guide is a tool to help states understand and comply with new HCBS requirements.
New Voices: Self-Advocacy by People with Disabilities
This seminal book explains how the self-advocacy movement was started by persons with developmental disabilities.
New York State Disability & Employment Status Report
This report is about the employment rates of people with disabilities in New York state.
Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Optimizing Choice and Change
textbook about supporting older adults with developmental disabilities
On Target: Disability and Health in New York State
This series of newsletters gives information and advice to individuals with disabilities on matters of health and well-being.
One Candle Power: Building Bridges into Community Life for People with Disabilities
This book explains how to organize circles of support. It shows how they can change the lives of people with disabilities.
One Person at a Time
This book is about an agency that changed how it provided services. It tells life stories and explains agency changes that occurred when each person was listened to and supported one person at time.
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child
This book will help the parents of children with challenging behaviors and special needs learn how to best support them, and improve family harmony.
Organizational Entry: Recruitment, Selection, Orientation and Socialization of Newcomers, 2nd Ed.
This book is about recruitment, selection, orientation and socialization of new employees.
PATH: Planning Positive Possible Futures (Second Edition)
This seminal book explains the PATH process. PATH is used for person-centered planning and stands for "Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope."
Pennsylvania Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Training Summaries
This training curriculum is for direct support individuals to learn about supporting individuals with dual diagnosis.
People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a Good Life?
This book looks at how well changes like moving to smaller homes or having individualized budgets really are helping people to have a better quality of life. Though set in the U.K., the lessons apply everywhere.
Person-Centered Planning With the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult Version: A Guide for Planning Teams
This book helps service teams create individualized support plans that enhance quality of life for individuals.
Person-Centered Planning: Helping People with Disabilities Achieve Personal Outcomes
This book is designed to help managers and support staff develop person-centered plans.
Person-Centred Thinking with Older People: 6 Essential Practices
This book explains six practices used in person-centered thinking. It gives real-life examples of how to use them in the care of older people.
Planning Now: A Futures and Estate Planning Guide
This book helps families clarify important financial and legal issues, and develop a plan for the future.
Position Paper on Medication Management for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association)
This paper proposes best practice guidelines
Positive Behavior Supports For Adults With Disabilities In Employment, Community, And Residential Settings: Practical Strategies That Work
This non-technical book was written for Direct Support Professionals. It gives information about providing positive behavior supports for adults with disabilities in community, residential, and vocational settings.
Positive behaviour support for people with intellectual disabilities: evidence-based practice promoting quality of life
This book is a guide for Direct Support Professionals and others involved in developing support plans for people who use challenging behavior.
Practical Guide: Psychopharmacology Revised for 2007
This book describes brain development, and the ways drugs act on the brain. It also includes information about epilepsy.
Project MED educational booklets
This is a series of eight booklets with basic information about patients' rights and medications. They are written in words that are easy to understand.
Promoting Self-Determination in Students with Developmental Disabilities
This book tells how to teach people with disabilities to have control over their lives.
Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual Disability
This book explains how to provide psychotherapy treatment for people who have intellectual disability.
Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress 2013-2014
This document highlights the areas needing attention by our 113th Congress to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Raising Roby
This is a self-published book written by the mom of an adult who has Down Syndrome. It shows both the challenges and wonders of raising a child with disabilities.
Raymond's Room: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities
A book that questions "the way have always done things." It then calls for a new look at how America provides services for people with disabilities.
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers
This resource guide helps employers through all steps of the employment process. It has a lot of information about how the U.S. Federal government can help.
Red Book on Employment Support
A web-accessible federal publication that provides A - Z information on employment supports for people who receive SSI or Social Security benefits.
Reflections From A Different Journey: What Adults With Disabilities Want All Parents to Know
This book has a collection of 40 essays written by adults with various disabilities. Each has advice for parents of children with disabilities.
Removing Barriers: Planning Meetings That Are Accessible To All Participants
This guide helps organizations make their meetings accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. It can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Researching Researchers: Interviews with researchers about disability
This book was written by a self-advocate. She interviewed researchers about their meaning of disabilities and person-centered support.
Resource Packet on Disability, Spirituality, and Healing
This resource packet presents articles, an annotated bibliography, a course syllabus, and handouts on disability and spirituality.
Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness
This web-based article concludes with many resources on disability access issues in disaster preparedness and response.
Respectful Relationships and Effective Teaching
This book helps us understand what people with significant disabilities may be saying through their behavior.
Responding to the Challenge of a Changing Workforce
This article discusses recruitment strategies for non-tradional groups such as Baby-Boomers, Generation Xers, and members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
Riding The Bus With My Sister: A True Life Journey
A true story about a woman with a developmental disability, her professor sister, and the city bus trip that brings them back to each other.
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children
This report is about the many barriers faced by parents who have disabilities. It also suggests ways to make things better.
Role of spirituality and religion in family quality of life for families of children with disabilities
In this scholarly article, the authors looked at how spirituality and religion helped with family quality of life.
Ron's Feeling Blue (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to experience depression. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
SAFE BEGINNINGS: Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse
This book helps parents and child care providers prevent sexual abuse.
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
This book is written by a father about his experiences with his daughter Schuyler and her disability.
Self Before Sex–Perspectives on Support, Self-Esteem and Sexuality
This book chapter is written from a parent point-of-view, with invited contributions from five adults who have Down syndrome. It appears in Dr. Sig Pueschel's book, "Adults with Down Syndrome."
Self-Advocacy for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making it happen in college and beyond
This book give advice to students, parents and counselors about how to select and gain acceptance to college. It also covers how to succeed once the student is enrolled.
Self-Employment: From Dream to Reality, Third Edition
This book explains the steps in planning and starting any small business.
Setting the Bar for Quality: The Personal Outcome Measures National Database
This report has key findings from 20 years of data collection about the quality of services being received by people with disabilities.
Seven Days at Oak Valley
In this murder mystery book, the main character is a person with a disability.
Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Standing in My Shoes
This book gives an international view on sexuality and people with disabilities.
Sibling Stories: Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum
This book is made up of excerpts from interviews with 20 siblings of people with autism. They are about their experience growing up with a brother or sister on the autism spectrum.
Son Rise
This book and movie tells the true story of the first 30 months of life of Raun who has autism.
Son Rise: The Miracle Continues
This book tells the story of a boy with autism and how his family supported him.
Sonia's Feeling Sad (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what depression feels like, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Special Education: A Parent's Guide to a Child's Success
This book presents the complexities of the special education experience in a simple-to-understand way. It offers practical tips, checklists and strategies on how to make the system work to insure the educational success of all children.
Staff Recruitment, Retention, & Training Strategies
This is a book for managers and others who supervise direct care staff for people with disabilities.
Statewide Transition Plan Toolkit for Alignment with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Regulation’s Setting Requirements
This information brief helps states comply with regulation changes made in January, 2014. These new regulations said that HCBS services needed to be truly community-based.
Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain A Report on Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS), 2011
This 2011 report summarized how people with disabilities were faring in the community. It covers schools, jobs, housing, and support for families.
Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel
This book helps college faculty and staff support students who have Asperger syndrome.
Style Guide - National Center on Disability and Journalism
This style guide offers journalists and other writers suggestions on how to write about disability in their professional work. It is available online.
Successful Transition Programs: Pathways for Students With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Second Edition
This book is about the best ways to help high school students with disabilities prepare for adult life.
Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in their Communities
This guide explains four of the employment options commonly available to youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Supporting Individuals and Families Information System Project (FISP)
The FISP report is about Medicaid-funded services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who live in the community, including with families.
Systematic Instruction Of Functional Skills For Students And Adults With Disabilities
This textbook has ideas for teaching people with disabilities skills they can use.
Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders
This book is about living with Asperger Syndrome. It is written directly to teens.
TalentScout: Unlocking the Talents of Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This toolkit is a resource for employers to tap the full potential of an employee with autism spectrum disorder.
Talk About Sex
This illustrated "minibook" is intended for young people aged 16-24, and covers a wide range of sex and sexuality issues. It is not designed for youth with disabilities but the language is easy to understand. You can download a copy for free.
TASH Connections Issue on Agency Transformation
This issue of TASH's Connection publication explains how seven agencies transformed themselves to offer higher quality services.
The ABC's of Ability
This book uses pictures and simple words to explain what is important to people with disabilities. It covers work, play, and contribution.
The Art of Welcoming Booklet
This booklet explains how to welcome new individuals to a group.
The Autism Encyclopedia
This textbook defines many terms important to those who care about people with autism.
The Autism Spectrum and Depression
This book is about how depression can affect people who have autism.
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
This book is about the science of autism.
The Case for Inclusion
This annual report looks at how well Medicaid spending is doing with creating more inclusive communities. Results are given for each state.
The Company of Others: Stories of Belonging
This book shows how caring relationships can reduce loneliness and isolation. It does so by sharing five life stories.
The Current State of Health Care for People with Disabilities
This report talks about the healthcare being received by people with disabilities in the United States. It shows that there were problems.
The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle
This book explains many possible reasons why the employment rate for people with disabilities has been declining It also discusses policy implications of this decline.
The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation-Updated Edition
This book chronicles the Disability Rights Movement from the 1930's through 2011. It explores how the movement has changed over time, and how different kinds of disabilities have been brought into the movement's mix.
The Evolution of State Operated Services
A document of the history of public institutions in Minnesota. There are many pictures and stories going back to the 1800s.
The Faces of Intellectual Disability Philosophical Reflections
This book examines the reasons why people with intellectual disabilities have been treated badly over time. It is grounded in philosophy.
The Frst-time Manager, Sixth Edition
This book contains expert information on the basics of management. It also talks about the most important issues in management.
The Goode Life: Memoirs of Disability Rights Activist Barb Goode
This is the autobiography of Barb Goode, a self-advocate and leader in the disability rights movement of Canada for more than 35 years.
The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This book reviews research and gives ideas on supporting people who use challenging behavior.
The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This is a graduate-level textbook.
The Mars Pathfinder: Approach to "Faster-Better-Cheaper"
This book offers ideas about improved approaches to management. It uses the NASA Pathfinder mission to Mars as an example of how to implement these strategies.
The National Evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Grant Program
This report reviews the strategies used by a sample of six states since introduction of Money Follow People demonstration in 2007.
The New Home Buying Strategy: Solve Your Cash Crunch with Team Buying Power
This book advocates 'team buying' as a strategy to help people without a lot of money become homeowners. It usually results in joint ownership of a property.
The New Supervisor: Strategies for Supporting and Managing Frontline Staff
This book is for supervisors, new or veteran, promoted from a direct support role into a supervisory position.
The Normalization Principle (from Changing Patterns in Residential Services for the Mentally Retarded)
This is the seminal description of the "principle of normalization" for persons with intellectual disabilities.
The Origin and Nature of Our Institutional Models
Book exploring how institutions have traditionally treated persons with intellectual disabilities.
The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development
This is a book about intellectual disability based on research done in recent years. It is written in a very dense, academic style.
The Rehabilitation Act: Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth
This report looked at how well Vocational Rehabilitation services were helping to improve outcomes for transition-aged youth. It focused on postsecondary education and employment.
The Story of Beautiful Girl
This book tells a fictional love story about a woman with a developmental disability and a man who is deaf. The story begins in the late 1960s and continues for forty years.
The Successes and Struggles of Closing a Facility-Based Employment Service
This publication tells about organizations that have closed a segregated program and replaced it with integrated employment (or other activities) for people with disabilities. Available as a monograph (two volumes) or a two-page summary.
The Support Broker Manual - A Resource Guide
This book is for people who serve as Support Brokers for people with disabilities.
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability For All of Us Who Live With Disabilities, Chronic Pain & Illness
This is a self-help book about sex for the many people who have disabilities, live with pain, or who are often sick.
The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's, 3rd Edition
This book explains what it is like to live with Autism.
The Way to Work: How to Facilitate Work Experiences for Youth in Transition
This book is about the best ways to help young adults with disabilities to find good jobs. It is written for teachers and transition specialists.
The Willowbrook Futures Project: A Longitudinal Analysis of Person-Centered Planning
This study found that person-centered planning helped people with disabilities have better outcomes than a more traditional service approach.
The Willowbrook Wars: A decade of struggle for social justice
This book traces the history of reforms and litigation at the infamous Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York from 1972 to 1983.
There Are No Words
This is a fictional book about a girl with autism. It helps the reader learn about autism from the perspective of a character with autism.
They Created Us
This book is about the Mercado family and what happens when they find their son has a condition called Hflu Meningitis. The book shows how the social service system, and the school system presented barriers that the family needed to overcome.
Training Person-Centered Planning Facilitators: A Compendium of Ideas
This manual has resources for training people to facilitate Person Centered Planning meetings.
Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive Practice
This manual and DVD explain how to help people gradually build an active and socially inclusive retirement lifestyle.
Trends and Challenges in Publicly-Financed Care for Individuals with IDD
This report describes nine dilemmas in arranging service systems for people with disabilities. The full text can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Eight States, 2004–2011
This report shows how many young people with intellectual disabilities have a job, how many hours they work, where they work, and how much money they make.
Under Cottonwoods: A Novel of Friendship, Fly Fishing and Redemption
This novel is about two Wyoming friends who are drawn together by their love of flyfishing and the outdoors. Both have difficult challenges,one has a traumatic brain injury, the story shows how they help each other.
Understanding & Expressing Sexuality: Responsible Choices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Published in 1992 and no longer in print, this is nevertheless one of the authoritative works on sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy A Guide for Parents and Professionals 1st edition
This book explains cerebral palsy, and the support needs of people who have it.
Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life: An Interactive Guide for Individuals with Autism or Asperger's and their Loved Ones
A book to help people with autism with questions they may have after the death of a loved one.
Understanding Disability: Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights
This is an introductory textbook about disability. It discusses many aspects of how people with disabilities get along in the world, including their social role.
Understanding Diversity: An Introduction to Class, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Disability, 2nd Edition
This book helps people think about diversity. It is written as a college textbook.
Unlocked, A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism
This book is about a mother and her son, who has autism. It shows how autism can affect parents and families.
Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson
This is the true story of Junius Wilson's life, a deaf Black man put into an institution at a young age after being accused of rape.
Use of Emergency Departments Among Working Age Adults with Disabilities: A Problem of Access and Service Needs
This research article is about the large number of emergency room visits made by people with disabilities.
What to Know About Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This fact sheet offers information on work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities.
What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This fact sheet has information on transition tasks for youth with disabilities.
What's Possible: 9 Stories of Changed Lives
This booklet tells the stories of people who now call the community home after living in an institution for decades.
When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals
This book is about people have both Down Syndrome and Autism.
Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
This book presents a collection of essays on how people with disabilities can gain a stronger voice and shape their destinies. It was the winner of the Betts Award from the American Association of Persons with Disabilities.
Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs
This is a handbook for special education and drama teachers with the nuts and bolts on bringing theatre arts to students with special needs.
Work, Life, and the Mental Health System of Care A Guide for Professionals Supporting Families of Children with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
This book helps parents keep balance in their lives when they a child with an emotional or behavioral disorder.
Working with Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder A Guide for Professionals
This book is written for professionals. It is about developing positive and supportive relationships.
Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact
This short, web-based report is about the cost and benefits of providing accommodations in the workplace. It is based on information reported by employers.
World Report on Disability
This report looks at the status of people with disabilities around the world. It shows that the number of people with disabilities has grown.
Ya Got People: Helping people with developmental disabilities deal with grief, bereavement and loss
This book is for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have experienced loss. Both authors are people who have disabilities themselves.
You And Your Disabled Child - a practical guide for parents
A practical guide written for parents who have recently been told that their child has, or is likely to have, a disability or developmental delay. It aims to help them cope on a day-to-day basis and gives ideas for encouraging the child's development.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
ABA Educational Resources Ltd.
This website shares resource materials for families and community persons using Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Adults with learning difficulties in England 2003/04
This is the report of the first national survey of adults with learning disabilities (intellectual disability) in England. It tells us how much more needs to be done if people with Learning Difficulties are to be more included and have a better life.
An Analysis of Expenditures and Outcomes of Different Residential Settings in Minnesota
This study looks at the costs of deinstitutionalization and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities who moved from large residential facilities to community programs. It was published in an academic journal but you can download a summary here.
Beyond Our Boundaries Virtual Tours
These DVDs present opportunities to see other places for people not able to travel.
Consumer Roles in Monitoring Community Services for People with Developmental Disabilities
This report summarizes the work of Community Monitoring Boards for Community Supported Living Arrangements in eight states.
Coping with Disaster: A Second Guide for Parents and Other Caregivers of Children with Cognitive Disabilities
This article explains how parents can support their children with disabilities after a disaster. It emphasizes that parents need to manage their own stress in order to help their children.
Counselling People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Sexually Abused
A book and video designed to assist professionals who provide treatment.
Dual Diagnosis: A Guide for Caregivers
This on-line guidebook explains the dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental illness. It is written at a very technical level.
HEATH Resource Center
HEATH Resource Center: Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals With Disabilities offers a breadth of information for students with disabilities who are transitioning into postsecondary education or are already there.
Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
This book provides information about young children who have sensory processing difficulties.
Retirement and Older Adults with Intellectual Disability
This PowerPoint presentation shows a model to help people with disabilities retire. It was developed in Australia.
Son Rise
This book and movie tells the true story of the first 30 months of life of Raun who has autism.
Source: International Online Resource Centre on Disability and Inclusion
A website that provides free access to information about disability and inclusion from around the world. It is intended for practitioners and academics.
This website has many resources for families with children with disabilities.
The Willowbrook Futures Project: A Longitudinal Analysis of Person-Centered Planning
This study found that person-centered planning helped people with disabilities have better outcomes than a more traditional service approach.
Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability
This online report provides information about poverty and people with disabilities. It shows how poverty makes it hard to find a good place to live.
Weingart Foundation Developmental Disabilities Initiative
This initiative helped 16 service providers in Southern California become stronger organizations.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Beyond Our Boundaries Virtual Tours
These DVDs present opportunities to see other places for people not able to travel.
Center for Disability Information and Referral
This Center is a primary source of quality information on disability for residents of Indiana.
New York State Disability & Employment Status Report
This report is about the employment rates of people with disabilities in New York state.
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children
This report is about the many barriers faced by parents who have disabilities. It also suggests ways to make things better.
Source: International Online Resource Centre on Disability and Inclusion
A website that provides free access to information about disability and inclusion from around the world. It is intended for practitioners and academics.
Weingart Foundation Developmental Disabilities Initiative
This initiative helped 16 service providers in Southern California become stronger organizations.
Online Forums
The Right of People with Disabilities to Volunteer
This blog post tells about the discrimination that people with disabilities sometimes face when they want to volunteer in the community.
Learning Disabilities and Dementia
This fact sheet talks about dementia and people with intellectual/developmental disabiities.

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