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Accessibility Awareness Month Resources

NCSF honors Accessibility Awareness in December by providing resources to assist your group or event in being more accessible. Note: The language used to describe people with disabilities changes over time, as it should. Some terms and phrases that are currently considered disrespectful/offensive were, at a previous time, considered acceptable. “Person first” language and more current, respectful terms to describe people with disabilities have been replaced in many legal documents. If you find that one of the shared resources is exclusionary, offensive, outdated, or troubling, please feel free to use our CONTENT REPORTING form towards the bottom of the page to let us know.

Transcription Apps and Setup

Live Transcribe for Android – When presenting, you can put this app on a tablet/phone/device that is visible to attendees or offer devices to audience members with the application loaded. Note: Most transcription applications make mistakes. This can be confusing, humorous, or problematic. It helps to have staff offer corrections.

Live Transcribe & Notification – Apps on Google Play Help with Otter: Transcribe an online meeting, webinar, or virtual event

Google Translate

Zoom: Ways to enable live automatic transcription or to assign a manual transcriber: Managing automated captions – Zoom Support and Using closed captioning in Zoom Rooms

Offering (More) Accessible Meetings

Creating Accessible & Inclusive Meetings or Events

ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities

How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community – Rooted in Rights

General Information and Resources

The 2011 U.S. World Report on Disability reviewed evidence about the situations of people living with disabilities all around the world. The summary report has been made available in easy-to-read, audio, and screen reader compatible formats. Braille versions (English, Spanish and French) can be ordered by contacting [email protected].

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public are covered under this law.

Project SHINE envisions a world where youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities have equitable access to high-quality information and affordable health care, with supportive laws and policies that ensure the greatest autonomy and informed sexual well-being possible across the lifespan.

Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. You can find: reports, blog posts, and original essays on topics like ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people.

National Disability Rights Network works on behalf of the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs), the nation’s largest providers of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.

GLAAD Media Reference Guide – People with Disabilities is a collaboration between GLAAD and RespectAbility.

RespectAbility, is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.

Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Among People with Disabilities is the CDC’s effort to prevent violence. provides an online resource for legal professionals, continuing legal education courses, law schools, students and others dedicated to protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Disability in the Criminal Justice System | The Arc serves as a bridge between the criminal justice and disability communities for people with IDD, especially those with hidden disabilities and marginalized identities. Their sexual violence initiative can be found here: Talk About Sexual Violence

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) provides information about assistive technology and more.

General Resources on Disabilities – National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)

MADIF – Mid-Atlantic Deaf & Interpreter Fund provides access to the Deaf LGBTQ /leather and Fetish Community.

Disability & Socioeconomic Status shared by the American Psychological Association, addresses how socioeconomic status affects our society and impacts the lives of people living with one or more disabilities.

Sexuality and debunks myths on this page: Mythbusting – Sexuality and Disability

Autistic Self Advocacy Network produced a Provider Toolkit with information about how to improve accessibility, access, and attitudes surrounding sexual health care for people with disabilities. The webinar slides for Real Talk: Improving Quality of Sexual Health Care for Patients with Disabilities are available.

Sexual Health Information Hub | Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights provides a resource called Sex, Sexual Health and Disability

LoveAbilities Virtual Sexuality and Disability Festival (Online Conference)

Getting Sexy with Disabilities w/ Dr. Mitch Tepper — Sexual Health Alliance

Military and Veteran Caregiver Network | American Red Cross

Moving at the Speed of Trust: Disability Justice and Transformative Justice | Barnard Center for Research on Women

Sex Life for Disabled People

A Few Resources on Kink and Chronic Pain

Violence against women with disabilities | Office on Women’s Health

National Organization for Women[1] [2]  sharesThe Disability Community & Sexual Violence

The HEAL Project is a QTBIPOC, Disabled, and Survivor-led educational initiative using media to prevent and end Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) through healing the wounds of sexual oppression and embracing sexual liberation

Hotlines and Direct Support

Academic Papers

Advancing the discourse: Disability and BDSM. S Tellier – Sexuality and Disability, 2017 – Springer

Disability and BDSM: Bob Flanagan and the case for sexual rights. D Reynolds – Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 2007 – Springer

” Healthy Sexuality”: Fucking with Notions of Disability (In) Justice: Exploring BDSM, Sexuality, Consent, and Canadian Law. CE Goldberg – Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 2018 –

Chronic pain as fluid, BDSM as control. E Sheppard – Disability Studies Quarterly, 2019 –

Pleasure, power, and pain: A review of the literature on the experiences of BDSM participants. BL Simula – Sociology Compass, 2019 – Wiley Online Library

Kinked and crippled: disabled BDSM practitioners’ experiences and embodiments of pain. E Sheppard – 2017 –

Critical research and policy debates in disability and sexuality studies. R Shuttleworth – Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 2007 – Springer

Kinky & queer: Exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals who practice BDSM. M Speciale, D Khambatta – Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 2020 – Taylor & Francis

Exploiting the Fifty Shades of Grey craze for the disability and sexual rights agenda. A Hollomotz – Disability & Society, 2013 – Taylor & Francis

“Getting it”: Identity and sexual communication for sexual and gender minorities with physical disabilities. SK Kattari – Sexuality & Culture, 2015 – Springer

Sexual experiences of adults with physical disabilities: Negotiating with sexual partners. SK Kattari – Sexuality and Disability, 2014 – Springer