Type: Books

A collection of resouces for decision makers and advocates for disability rights worldwide.
  • علم طاقت ہے
    • Urdu language
  • 受 聘: 之 路 残疾求职者指南
    • This guide is intended for individuals with disabilities who are looking for salaried or paid employment in the formal sector. It has information about job-seeking and exercises to help people develop job-finding skills. (Chinese translation)
  • A Handbook on Mainstreaming Disability
    • This handbook aims to give practical guidance to support development organisations to mainstream disability into their work. PDF format.
  • A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities (Hesperian)
    • This book will help women with disabilities overcome social barriers and improve their general health, self-esteem, and ability to care for themselves and participate in their communities. PDF format.
  • Assisting disabled persons in finding employment: a practical guide - Asian and Pacific edition
    • Intended for vocational guidance and placement personnel in governmental and non-governmental employment services, provides general advice on helping job-seekers with disabilities.
  • Building for Everyone
    • Checklists, detailed specifications, and color photographs demonstrate how you can design an accessible bathroom, install a ramp into your office or home, widen doors. design accessible elevators, and create an accessible external (outdoors) environment. PDF format.
  • Capacidad Jurídica de las Personas con Discapacidad
    • Un libro de la capacidad jurídica de las personas con discapacidad escrito por un abogado mexicano, el libro está en español. A legal capacity book on persons with disabilities written by a Mexican lawyer, the book is in Spanish.
  • CBR as Part of Community Development
    • This book was developed from presentations and discussions that took place in Malawi at a conference "CBR as part of Community Development", in 2004.
  • CBR Stories From Africa: What Can They Teach Us?
    • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is an evolving concept. Its effectiveness depends on continuous reflection, debate and learning. This book aims to facilitate this process through the stories of five CBR programmes in Africa.
  • CBR: Inclusive Policy Development & Implementation
    • This publication was developed from conference presentations and discussions that took place in South Africa in 2007. This book seeks to address such questions as: What are the relevant international guidelines and policies? How can they be implemented? How do they (or even 'do they?') relate to CBR? How can they be used to support the development of CBR?
  • Change Your Life With Human Rights
    • This handbook is aimed to explain how to advocate for your human rights. Learn what human rights can do, what advocacy is, and how to take action to help yourself and other people with disabilities. This publication is designed for use by people with intellectual disabilities, their families, friends, and organizations.
  • Changing Social Policy: The Child Support Grant in South Africa
    • This article charts the generation of the Report of the Lund Committee, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Child Support Grant in post-apartheid South Africa. PDF format.
  • Developing Literacy with Deaf Adults
    • This book chapter argues that the most effective way to improve the reading and writing literacy skills of Deaf adult students is to teach them through their native signed language. PDF format.
  • Disability and Schooling in South Africa
    • This book chapter examines how discrimination against people with disabilities and apartheid have both affected South Africa's investment in education for students with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Disability and Social Change
    • A South African agenda
  • Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda
    • This book challenges readers to ensure all South Africans are covered by the nation's constitution. Topics include the disability rights movement in South Africa, HIV/AIDS and disability, language policy and South African Sign Language, disability and education, disability and poverty, disability and service provision, disability and accessibility, entrepreneurship, and others. PDF format.
  • Disability, Poverty, Gender, and Race
    • This book chapter argues that gender compounds and reinforces the link between disability and poverty. It also argues that disability, poverty, gender, and race are intimately associated with each other causing extreme vulnerability for poor disabled women of color. Focuses on context of South Africa. PDF format.
  • Disabled Students and Higher Education in South Africa
    • This book chapter argues that students with disabilities in South Africa, particularly black learners with disabilities, continue to be vulnerable to exclusion from the education system, including the higher education system. PDF format.
  • Disabled Village Children
    • A pratical guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families to include disabled children in everyday village life.
  • Effective Mobility for Children with Motor Disabilities
    • Assistive technology, especially powered mobility, makes it possible for even very young and severely involved children to have the motor skills that promote all other areas of child development. By Charlene Butler, 2010.
  • Entrepreneurship, Employment, and Skills Development: Ari Seirlis in Conversation
    • This book chapter shares an interview with Ari Seirlis, the National Director of the QuadPara Association of South Africa, about how entrepreneurship can be a valuable path to employment for workers with disabilities.
  • Equal Opportunities for All: Respecting the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
    • This booklet provides an introduction to interacting with and respecting persons with disabilities, the power of language, etiquette, and information on accessibility. PDF format.
  • Family Friendly!
    • This book aims to raise awareness of the important role that parents and families can play in the lives of their deaf children and in their communities. It provides practical examples showing how families, service providers and deaf people can work together to support deaf children.
  • Getting Hired: A Guide for Job-Seekers with Disabilities
    • This guide is intended for individuals who are looking for salaried or paid employment in the formal sector. Can be used by individuals or by groups in a workshop setting.
  • Grassroots Comics: A Development Communication Tool
    • The book gives an in-depth orientation to grassroots comics as a tool for advocacy and education. Includes a comprehensive manual as an appendix.
  • Helping Children Who are Blind
    • This book contains information how to help blind or low vision children learn, provides examples of activities to help them learn new skills, and contains information to help caregivers support one another and to help parents learn from one another and work together. PDF format.
  • Helping Children Who Are Deaf
    • This book was written primarily to help parents and other caregivers of young children who are deaf or cannot hear well assist deaf children in living life successfully. PDF format.
  • Helping Children Who Are Deaf
    • This book was written primarily to help parents and other caregivers of young children who are deaf or cannot hear well assist deaf children in living life successfully. PDF format.
  • HIV Health and Your Community (Hesperian)
    • A thorough, easy-to-understand guide for health workers throughout the world. Designed as a manual for people confronting the HIV pandemic in their communities, it is easily accessible to those with little medical or technical knowledge.
  • HIV/AIDS and Disability: New Challenges
    • Discusses why there needs to be more research into HIV/AIDS among people with disabilities, why people with disabilities are at higher risk, the stigmatization of HIV and disability, and disabled caregivers of people with AIDS. Chapter 9 in the book "Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda." PDF format.
  • House of Wisdom: Knowledge is Power -- Sindhi (سندھی) translation
    • These illustrations tell an uplifting story of rediscovering life after hearing loss. It can be accessed in pdf format as well as a movie version with English narration and sign language translation. Also available in several languages.
  • How could She Possibly Make it in Court? An Intervention Program Assisting Complaints with Intellectual Disabilities in Sexual Assault Cases in the Western Cape
    • Case study from a book chapter examining how a program in Western Cape, South Africa is working to empower sexual assault victims with intellectual disabilities who pursue justice in court. PDF format.
  • Implementing Inclusive Education
    • A commonwealth guide to implementing article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (second edition). By Richard Rieser. PDF format.
  • Implementing Inclusive Education
    • A commonwealth guide to implementing article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (second edition). By Richard Rieser. Word format.
  • It's About Ability: An Explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • A guide to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for children. Each article is summarized and explained in terms which children may understand.
  • It's About Ability: An Explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • In this book you will find a summary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the reasons it was created. You can learn about everyone’s rights and responsibilities, and about the steps and actions governments must take to help children with disabilities realize their rights. And you can learn what actions you can take to make a difference. PDF format.
  • It's About Ability: Learning Guide on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
    • The purpose of this guide is to empower children and young people with and without disabilities to speak out on the CRPD, to advocate for rights, and to make communities more inclusive. The activities in this guide are to be used by peer educators, teachers and other educators to facilitate learning among 12- to 18-year-olds about the Convention and how it applies to children. PDF format.
  • Language Policy and SASL: Interpreters in the Public Service
    • This book chapter argues that South African Sign Language (SASL) is central to the advocacy of the South African Deaf community's advocacy for equal human rights. It also argues that professional SASL interpreters must become an integral part of the public service and should be readily available in public areas. PDF format.
  • Linking CBR, Disability and Rehabilitation
    • This book is the fourth in a series of conferences organized by the CBR Africa Network (CAN), that focus on issues related to Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the African context. The contents of this book have been developed from conference presentations and discussions that took place in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 2010.
  • Making PRSP Inclusive
    • This handbook presents experiences, proposes ideas, and comments on how Disabled People's Organizations and people with disabilities may enter and participate in national poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) processes. PDF format.
  • Managing Success: An Instruction Manual for the APPT Database and Management Information System
    • The project aimed to raise the income of people with disabilities and their families so that they could lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
  • Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Disability
    • These guidelines are intended to provide practical advice to media on how to promote positive, inclusive images of women and men with disabilities and stimulate a climate of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for people with disabilities at all levels of the economy and society. PDF format.
  • Promoting Mental Health in Scarce-Resource Contexts: Emerging Evidence and Practice
    • This document first addresses barriers to good mental health in resource-scarce areas and then goes on to address how to promote good mental health to people of all ages. PDF format.
  • Replicating Success: A Manual to Alleviate Poverty through Peer Training
    • This manual is designed to assist organizations and agencies to learn how to replicate or adapt a successful program in Cambodia using local entrepreneurs with proven income-generating activities and small businesses to train others in replicating their businesses. PDF format.
  • Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines
    • This book provides guidelines for designing and evaluating websites with information on: optimizing user experience, accessibility, hardware and software, page layout, navigation, content organization, and usability testing.
  • Rumah Kearifan - Pengetahuan adalah kekuatan
    • Buku cerita ini dikembangkan berdasarkan Projek Cerita berdasarkan Manajemen Pengetahuan, atas kerjasama Danishkadah dan Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) - Pusat Pengembangan Asia-Pasifik dalam Disabilitas. (Indonesian)
  • Schools for All: Including Disabled Children in Education
    • These guidelines are primarily aimed at education staff trying to develop inclusive education practices, focussing on including disabled children in schools.While this book focuses on disabled children, we hope it will be useful for developing general inclusive education practices.
  • Se trata de la capacidad: Una explicación de la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (Traducción al Español)
    • Una guía a la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad para los niños. Cada artículo se resume y explica en términos que los niños pueden entender.
  • Sign Language among North American Indians Compared with that among Other Peoples and Deaf-Mutes
    • This paper is a brief look into the pervasiveness of gesture speech among American Indians and how it compares to the level among other native groups. This paper was originally published in the 19th century.
  • Strategies for Skills Acquisition for People with Disabilities in Southern Africa - Malawi
    • The document is intended as a contribution to the effective implementation of Malawian legislation and policy concerning people with disabilities, and more broadly, as a contribution to the achievement of the targets set in the Plan of Action of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. PDF format.
  • Strategies for Skills Acquisition for People with Disabilities in Southern Africa - Zambia
    • The document is intended as a contribution to the effective implementation of Zambian legislation and policy concerning people with disabilities, and more broadly, as a contribution to the achievement of the targets set in the Plan of Action of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. PDF format.
  • Training for Success: A Guide for Peer Trainers
    • This is a guide to help villagers teach others to operate a business. This project was designed to reduce poverty among people with disabilities in Cambodia by using village-based peer trainers to teach others. PDF format.
  • Un Manual de Salud para Mujeres con Discapacidad
    • Este libro ayudará a la mayoría de las mujeres con discapacidad a cuidarse mejor, a mejorar su salud en general, a volverse más hábiles e independientes y a participar más activamente en la comunidad. This book helps women with disabilities care for their health.
  • Vocational Education and Training in Southern Africa
    • This volume is intended to develop and share knowledge regarding the challenges faced by vocational education and training systems within the southern African region and the responses to these challenges. It examines the complexities through a unique comparative study of seven countries in southern Africa. PDF format.
  • We Have Human Rights
    • This is the explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in easy-to-read form. Learn what a Convention is, why it is important, understand your human rights, and how to be a self-advocate. PDF Format.
  • We Have Human Rights: A Human Rights Handbook for People with Developmental Disabilities (Chinese Translation)
    • A guide for people with developmental disabilities to understand their rights as stated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Included are activities for peer discussion to best understand concepts of rights as expressed in the convention. (Translated in Chinese)
  • We Have Human Rights: A Human Rights Handbook for People with Developmental Disabilities (Spanish Translation)
    • Una guia para las personas con discapacidad respecto a la Convencion para los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad. SPANISH A guide for people with developmental disabilities to understand their rights as stated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Included are activities for peer discussion to best understand concepts of rights as expressed in the convention. ENGLISH
  • Where There is no Psychiatrist (Selected Chapters)
    • Chapters 1-4 of "Where There is no Psychiatrist" provide an introduction to mental illness as well as assessment and treatment techniques and a glimpse into particularly troubling behaviors. PDF format.
  • Where Women Have No Doctor (Hesperian)
    • This book combines self-help medical information with an understanding of the ways poverty, discrimination and cultural beliefs limit women's health and access to care. Chapter nine was written for women with disabilities. PDF format.
  • WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation.
    • This resource book aims to assist countries in drafting, adopting and implementing disability rights legislation. It does not prescribe a particular legislative model for countries, but rather highlights the key issues and principles to be incorporated into legislation. PDF format.
  • Zip Zip My Brain Harts
    • Photographs and text describe the challenges and joys of being a parent of a person with a disability in South Africa. by Kathleen McDougall; Leslie Swartz; Amelia van der Merwe