The Library of Congress celebrates 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month by recognizing the contributions of Americans with disabilities to our society and workforce.

The Library of Congress celebrates 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month by recognizing the contributions of Americans with disabilities to our society and workforce.

New Mobile App

The BARD Mobile app is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress that provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).

Representative Tammy Duckworth

Veterans History Project interview with Representative Tammy Duckworth, a former helicopter pilot who was grievously wounded during the Iraq War.
Watch the interview »

Stevie Wonder

Blind since shortly after birth, this Grammy Award-winning singer has had more than 30 No. 1 singles to hit the charts.
Watch ”Sketches of a Life” Concert »
Read More about Stevie Wonder »

A Letter from Helen Keller

A letter sent from Helen Keller to Mabel Hubbard Bell, August 20, 1893. In it, Helen Keller describes her visit to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Read the Letter »

Veterans History Project

Disabled Veterans: The Unhealed Wounds. For disabled veterans, their wounds of war are daily facts of life. They are obstacles or impediments, but for the men and woman in these stories, they are not roadblocks.
Read more about veterans with disabilities »

Americans with Disabilities Act

Signed into law by Pres. Geor ge H.W. Bush, the ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
Full text of the law »

For Teachers 

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.
Educational Resources »

2014 Theme

Events

  • Wednesday, October 1
    Feature Event
    “Making a Difference on the Hill: People with Disabilities Serving in Congress”
    1:00pm – 2:00 pm, Montpelier Room, James Madison Memorial Building

  • Participants       
    The Library of Congress:
    Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian

  • National Council on Disability:
    Jeff Rosen, Director NCD
    Anne Sommers, Director of Legislative Affairs

  • Panel:
    Congressional Staffers and Interns with Disabilities

  • Tuesday, October 7
    Book Talk
    “Seen and Unseen Disabilities”
    Sue Wiygul Martin, author of  Out of the Whirlpool, discusses the seen and unseen disabilities of depression and blindness.
    1:00pm – 2:00 pm, Montpelier Room, James Madison Memorial Building

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Presentation
    "Understanding Copyright and Accessibility: The Marrakesh Treaty"
    12:00pm – 1:00 pm, Montpelier Room,
    James Madison Memorial Building.

  • Participants
    Copyright Perspective, Karyn Claggett, U.S. Office of Copyright
    Consumer Perspective, Lou Ann Blake, Consumer

  • A discussion about the importance of copyright protection in balance with the access needs of persons with disabilities.

Profiles