Special Needs Resources

A guide to library resources for parents, teachers, and other adults looking for information for and about gifted individuals and those with special needs. The many resources available in the library include books, magazines, audio-visual materials, and electronic databases. Materials are located in both the children’s and adult collection. Please ask a librarian for additional assistance.

Autism & Asperger Syndrome
Resources and fiction and nonfiction reading suggestions relating to autism and Asperger syndrome for parents, kids, and educators.
Please ask a librarian for a copy.

Kids Like Us (Children with Disabilities)

Picture books and non-fiction featuring children with disabilities.
For children in preschool – grade 3.
Please ask a librarian for a copy.

Our Collection:
Parent-Teacher Collection
This collection of circulating books is located in the Children’s Library and is primarily for parents and teachers. These books cover a range of sensitive topics and are specifically designed to be shared with children. Also included are resource books for daycare, preschool, and elementary school teachers. Books shelved here are designated by call numbers followed by “P-T”. Other resources for parents and teachers may be found in the adult section of the library.

Circulating & Reference Resources
Books circulate for three weeks and include nonfiction as well as fiction.
Magazines, DVDs, CD-ROMs, music CDs, and audiobooks are also part of the circulating collection. Reference materials are located in the children’s and adult libraries, but do not circulate.

iPads & Kindles
The library has children's iPads and Kindles available for checkout. The iPads include several assistive apps, and the Kindles allow text size and spacing to be adjusted.

Computer Resources
Online resources:

Special Needs and Gifted Resource Links
The Special Needs and Gifted Resource Links is a collection of websites selected and maintained by parent volunteers and the Mt. Lebanon School District.

Health Websites
Scroll down to “Health Websites” to search our subscription databases and other electronic health resources.

Assistive Technology available at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library:
  • A mouse with a large track ball and enlarged buttons.
  • Kurzweil Readers scan your printed material and convert it into high quality synthesized speech.
  • Optelec Equipment magnifies your printed material and projects it on a computer screen in several choices of color schemes.
  • MAGic software enlarges computer software programs, Windows, and the Internet in type sizes ranging from 2 to 20 times the normal size.
  • JAWS reads the words on your computer screen.
Special Print Formats
Many titles are available in large print or Braille formats. Search the catalog under “Braille” or “Braille books” or “large type books” to find these resources.

InterLibrary Loan Service
Books not available at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library or in Allegheny County may be requested from other libraries free of charge. See a librarian to request a book from another library, or click here.

How to find what you want:
Look for these call numbers for books on the following subjects:

016.3 – Bibliographies

155.4 – Child psychology

362.1 – Physical illnesses

362.2 – Mental & emotional illnesses

362.3 – Mental retardation

362.4 – Problems of & services to people with disabilities

371.9 – Special education

371.95 – Gifted students

419 – American sign language

616.042 – Genetic diseases

616.7 – Diseases of the musculoskeletal system

616.8 – Diseases of the nervous system & mental disorders

649.15 – Parenting exceptional children

Catalog Searches
All library materials may be found by searching our online catalog. If you have trouble finding appropriate resources, please ask a librarian for assistance. Search under these subject headings in the Library catalog. Please note that this is only a suggested list; search also under individual disabilities, illnesses or needs.

  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Autistic children
  • Blindness
  • Blind-deaf children
  • Children Blind
  • Children with visual disabilities
  • Vision disorders in children
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children’s diseases
  • Children with disabilities
  • Children with mental disabilities
  • Deafness
  • Children deaf
  • Hearing impaired children
  • Developmentally disabled children
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Educational Acceleration
  • Exceptional children
  • Gifted children
  • Human chromosome abnormalities
  • Learning disabled
  • Mainstreaming
  • Mental retardation
  • Mentally ill children
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parents of children with disabilities
  • Parents of gifted children
  • Physically handicapped
  • Sensorimotor Integration
  • Sign language
  • Special education