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Artist using adaptive hand tool to carve a sculpture

* This list is intended to provide information, not service as a recommendation or endorsement.

Art Supply Stores

Below is a short list of the largest and most well-known art supply stores, some of which have brick-and-mortar shops across the nation as well as extensive online catalogs. These vendors offer supplies for all art media.


Adaptive Tools

Below are vendors that specialize in adaptive devices, tools, and supplies.

  • Ability Hub - Assistive Technology Solutions
    Adaptive equipment and alternative methods for accessing computers such as screen readers, speech recognition software, large print keyboards, and more.

  • AbleNet, Inc.
    Assistive technology and curriculum solutions, including communication aids for nonverbal individuals, access aids for all ages and situations, and special education classroom curriculum and software.

  • Alimed
    Medical and ergonomic products, supplies, and tools.

  • ILT Source
    Assistive living products and technologies such as ergonomic furniture, hearing and vision aids, and adaptive computer products.

  • Madenta
    Assistive technology and products for computer use, including head pointers, on-screen keyborads, switch access, and more.


For Music

  • Arts4All, Ltd.
    A provider of digital arts, arts education, and entertainment content for students, teachers, and audiences.

  • Coalition for Disabled Musicians
    The website includes information about modified instruments, adaptive tools for musicians and a national referral service for musicians with disabilities.

  • Dancing Dots
    This company specializes in the sales, support and training for assistive technology and adaptive music supplies.

  • National Resource Center for Blind Musicians


For Performers

  • Damon Brooks Associates
    Damon Brooks is a talent agency that specifically represents performers and speakers who have disabilities.

  • Media Access Office
    Primarily West coast-based, the Media Access Office "promotes the employment and accurate portrayal of persons with disabilities in all areas of the media and entertainment industry." The Web site includes links to job and networking opportunities, news, and other resources.

  • Mixed Ability Dance Resource Directory
    Mixed Ability Dance Resource Directory includes dance companies and groups are comprised of dancers with and without disabilities.

  • Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
    The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts an for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television.

  • Professional Enrichment Program (PEP)
    PEP is a coalition of partners (in the San Francisco Bay area) sponsoring activities to build bridges, enabling and supporting people from non-traditional groups, especially people with disabilities, to engage in professional theatre work.



Below are magazines and publications about arts, resources, education and disability.

  • Ability Magazine
    Ability Magazine focuses on arts, current events, and entertainment issues from the perspective of the disability community.

  • The Disability Rag
    The Disability Rag is a Web site with news and viewpoints on the disability community.

    Kaleidoscope magazine explores the experience of disability through literature and the fine arts.

  • New Mobility Magazine
    This magazine's Web site includes links to recent articles, an "expert online" section, and a classified section.


Advocacy Organizations

Links to local resources, information about how to use technology, career guidance-these organizations and Web sites have a lot to offer.

  • Ability Hub
    This Web site offers ways to find adaptive equipment, answers to questions about AT, and resources for alternative solutions to using computers.

  • American Association of People with Disabilities
    This national nonprofit organization of people with disabilities is dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for people with disabilities.

  • Art Beyond Sight Collaborative
    Art Beyond Sight is an international collaborative that provides a forum for ongoing interdisciplinary dialogues among researchers, artists, museum professionals, educators, parents, artists, and art lovers.

  • Association for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (AMFPA)
    AMFPA is an international association of self-supporting artists who paint either with the mouth or the foot.

  • Blindskills, Inc., and Dialogue magazine
    The Web site and magazine includes job-hunting resources and information on large-print books for people who are blind or have low vision.

  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center
    This extensive Web site provides comprehensive information, resources and referral services for people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis.

  • Deaf Nation
    Aiming to be the online resource for the deaf and hard of hearing community, Deaf Nation provides news, video clips with sign language, and "the latest in deaf sports."

  • Disability Online
    Disability Online offers a comprehensive resource center for all disability related resources, topics and services.

  • Infinitec
    A joint project of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and Washington, D.C., Infinitec's Web site focuses on assistive technology.

  • The International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers
    The guild is a global network of artists and performers with disabilities.

  • Mainstream Online
    Mainstream is a longstanding advocate for the general disability community. The Web site offers news, commentary and information on technology, products, and resources for people with disabilities.

  • The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC)
    NADC is a national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability.

  • National Endowment for the Arts Office for Accessibility
    The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.

  • Zot Artz: Arts for All Program
    Zot Artz designs and makes adaptive art tools so that children with disabilities can create huge art pieces.