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Disability Resources

International Disability Resources
 

International Center for Disabilities Resources

TheInternational Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) has a wealth of resources for everything from technology to travel to students with disabilities financial aid. ICDRI’s mission is to collect a global knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.

 

United States Disability Resources
 
Government Disability Information for Adults
 

Social Security Administration Disability Benefits Guide

If you want to know more about the various kinds of disability benefits available from Social Security, this booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies furnish a wide variety of services to help people with disabilities return to work. These services are designed to provide the client with the training or other services that are needed to return to work, to enter a new line of work or to enter the workforce for the first time.

U.S. Labor Department Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

https://www.disability.gov/

This is the White House comprehensive guide to federal disability-related government resources. Topics include employment, education, housing, transportation, community life, health, income support, technology, and civil rights. For example, the community life section covers such topics as homeland security and the disabled, national park accessibility standards, and provides a link to the government TTY directory.

National Council on Disability

National Council on Disability provides resources for everything from disabilities legislation to service agencies. 

 

 
Disability.gov’s Transportation section has a broad range of resources about transportation-related issues. We have developed this guide to connect you to programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you find the transportation resources you need.

 

Resources for Families and Children
 

Social Security Benefits for Children

Is your child eligible for Social Security disability benefits? This booklet provides information for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and of adults who were disabled as children.

The Department of Education publication Including Your Child provides an overview of the many issues and services listed below:

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Resources Services

The U.S. Dept. of Education, The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states. It offers explanations of the No Child Left Behind agenda and New Freedom Initiatives as they relate to special needs children.

Going to College

This interactive website is an excellent resource for preparing students, parents and educators with college planning for special needs individuals.

College Information for Students with Disabilities

 

Community and Non-governmental Resources
 

NotAccessible.Com

The goal at notaccessible.com is to help everyone obtain access to public facilities, regardless of physical limitations.  The site provides a place to express frustrations, compliment someone or some facility that has made life a little bit easier, post a message, or share a story. They have a chat room and a section for current news of health issues.

The resource below is a unique, educational one that offers fantastic support for mothers living with autoimmune diseases.


The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms

AutoimmuneMom.com was born out of a frustration with a lack of online information about autoimmune conditions beyond the surface-level articles and blog posts, even on the top health websites.  Believing there must be a way to develop content that dug into current research and examined deeper questions, the planning for the site began. 

 

GlobalGenes.org

Global Genes offers RARE Toolkits - interactive educational resources that provide critical information on various topics within the rare disease landscape. Some of which include:
 
*  Parenting a Child with a Life-Limiting Illness
*  Genetic Testing: Is This My Path to a Diagnosis?
*  Searching for Answers: Contacting Biopharmaceutical Companies Effectively


Tips For Travelers with Disabilities

Information on what 15 major airlines do for travelers who need extra support when flying.


Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Changing, remodeling or making additions to your home to accommodate people with disabilities can be done in a variety of different ways. Use this cost guide to help renovate your home affordably.
 

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

This booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies...People with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. This resource guide was created specifically for people with disabilities, with recommendations on how to prevent, prepare and recover from fire.
  
 
Tips for advocating for yourself and asserting your rights. It’s important for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to understand their rights and know how to advocate for themselves in day-to-day situations. These tips will help you be prepared to assert your rights and obtain the accommodations you require to communicate successfully in any situation.


Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities

Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities.  Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.

 

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

This fact sheet from AARP explains home modifications and how they can increase accessibility and safety for older adults so they can stay in their homes. It also addresses common home modifications needed for older adults and how to get assistance to pay for them.


Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises

This article looks at how exercise, and more specifically swimming, can make a positive difference for chronic pain sufferers.


Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health, including people with disabilities. Getting active can help you: strengthen your heart, build strong muscles and bones, improve coordination and relieve stress, improve your mood, and feel better about yourself.


Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

The 2004 study, “Disabled People's Costs of Living,” found that disabled people have higher expenses in almost every aspect of life—from food to medical care to utilities—and have additional costs due to their disabilities. This resource guide is for people with disabilities to help them manage their finances and meet their financial goals.

 

Assistive Technology Organizations and Vendors
 

ABLEDATA
EnableMart
ADA Technical Assistance Centers

 

Last update: 8.18.2016