The Library of Congress celebrates 2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month by recognizing the contributions of Americans with disabilities to our society and workforce.

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 »

2013 Theme


  • October 23, 2013
    Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back
    Harilyn Rousso, disability advocate, psychotherapist and feminist reads from her memoir reads and discusses excerpts from her memoir.
    (12:00 noon in the Mumford Room)

  • November 19, 2013
    Diversity Within Diversity: The Blind Community
    A conversational panel based on personal and work related experiences among employees at the Library of Congress who are blind.
    (12:00 noon in West Dining Room)

  • November 20, 2013
    Featured speaker Rep. Tammy Duckworth, speaks on the theme "Because We Are Equal to the Task."
    (1:00pm in the Montpelier Room)

  • November 26, 2013
    Assistive Technology Demonstration Fair
    (10am - 2pm, in the Madison Hall)