This is our listing of Links to Other Disability Resources in alphabetical order. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact The Center on Human Policy. You may want to view a listing of this resource list by subject category. Please note that there are many sites listed here and they cover a broad range of information. While every attempt has been made to keep this listing up-to-date, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the accessibility and availability of all the sites listed here. We do periodically check our links to be sure they are correct. We appreciate your patience.
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AbilityHub Assistive Technology Solutions
"AbilityHub.com's purpose is to help you find information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. Searching the Internet for accurate information on Assistive Technology is much like "looking for a needle in a haystack." This web site attempts to reduce the size of the haystack and bring you the information in an organized fashion."
The ADA WATCH campaign is a nonprofit informational online network designed to activate the disability community's grassroots in response to threats to civil rights protections for people with disabilities; educates and informs people with disabilities, disability advocates, members of the general public, the business community, policy makers, and the media regarding threats to civil rights protections for people with disabilities; seeks to build an online community of empowered citizens united against attempts to roll back civil rights protections for people with disabilities; and provides support to the ADA WATCH coalition, a network of disability rights, service, and consumer organizations united to protect and strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
A non-profit organization, AE was founded in 1978 to address the environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people. Adaptive Environments promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.
Advocates in Action
This is the web site of Rhode Island's statewide self-advocacy organization, Advocates in Action.
Advocating Change Together
Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a nonprofit disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. We are committed to freedom, equality, and justice for all people with disabilities.
AMERICAN DISABLED for ATTENDANT PROGRAMS TODAY (ADAPT)
"There's no place like home, and we mean real homes, not nursing homes. We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions."
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Program
The ADA Technical Assistance Program is a federally funded network of grantees which provides information, training, and technical assistance to businesses and agencies with duties and responsibilities under the ADA and to people with disabilities with rights under the ADA. This program also coordinates ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs), which provide information and referrals, technical assistance, public awareness, and training on all aspects of the ADA.
The Arc of the United States
The Arc (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States) is the country's largest voluntary organization committed to the welfare of all children and adults with mental retardation and their families. This is a very large and developing site. It offers an impressive assortment of articles, position papers, links, legislative alerts and more.
Autism is a World
This is the companion web site for this documentary about Sue Rubin who is autistic. The documentary takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her world and her obsessions. Autism is a World explores Sue's world, her writings, and the remarkable friendships she has created while in college. Contains links to clips, reviews and a discussion guide.
Autism National Committee (Autcom)
This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.
Barrier Breakers has served the Disability Rights Movement since 1990, selling posters and manuals about disability issues. Barrier Breakers is committed not only to excellence in its products and services, but also to disability rights, to freeing our people from nursing homes and institutions, and to removing barriers to work for people with disabilities.
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
"The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. Our name honors the federal appeals court judge whose landmark decisions pioneered the field of mental health law, and our advocacy is based on the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. For many people with mental disabilities, this means something as basic as having a decent place to live, supportive services and equality of opportunity."
The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with mental retardation by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
This four hour documentary radio series shares the experiences of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. This web site includes excerpts from the shows as well as many of the primary source documents--extended interviews, images, and texts--from which the on-air programs were developed.
Broadreach Training & Resources (formerly Axis Consultation &
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift provide keynote addresses, workshops, professional in-service and training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, conflict resolution, and other disability rights issues. They use humor, personal experience, poignant stories to reveal how people with disabilities can become contributing members of our schools, workplaces, and communities
- California Alliance for Inclusive Communities, Inc. (CAIC)
"The California Alliance for Inclusive Communities, Inc. (C.A.I.C.) is a state-wide family based organization committed to advocating for high quality community-based services and supports for individuals of all ages with developmental and other related disabilities, and their family members, throughout the individual’s life span."
- Capacity Works
Books and posters to inspire person-centered work by Dr. Beth Mount.
- The Center for an Accessible Society
Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The Center for An Accessible Society is designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living. The Center for An Accessible Society is a project of Exploding Myths, Inc. a media enterprise company.
- Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies
"The Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, Maine's University Affiliated Program, is a partnership of people bringing together the resources of the community and the University to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and those they consider their families. We support self-determination and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout their lives. As agents for social change, we are committed to the principles of community inclusion, interdependence and the inherent abilities of each person to contribute to society. These principles are realized through interdisciplinary educational activities, applied research and research and policy analysis, technical assistance and dissemination of information."
- The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) is a research center that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse, and independent living. CROWD's purpose is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to expand the life choices of women with disabilities so that they may fully participate in community life. More specifically, researchers develop and evaluate models for interventions to address specific problems effecting women with disabilities.
- The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP)
CSADP provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
- The Center for Universal Design
The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.
- The Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
The Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, located at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, is part of a national network of developmental disabilities programs established to support individuals with disabilities and their families. The Center on Disability & Community Inclusion has adopted a conceptual framework that reflects our values, philosophy and commitment to individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Center on Disability Studies
Recognizing that every individual has unique dreams and values, the mission of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii is to support the quality of life, inclusion, and empowerment of all persons with disabilities and their families through partnerships in training, service, evaluation, research, dissemination, and technical assistance. This mission is accomplished by nurturing, sustaining, and expanding promising practices for people with disabilities.
- The Center for Housing and New Community Economics (CHANCE)
CHANCE was established in March of 2001. CHANCE's mission is to improve and increase access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and supportive services. CHANCE's purpose will be to offer alternatives to approaches that segregate, congregate, and control people with disabilities.
- Centre for Research and Education in Human Services
"The Centre is a charitable, non-profit organization that offers community research, program evaluation, needs assessment and planning expertise using a participatory, action-oriented approach."
- Central England People First (formerly Northamptonshire People First)
An organization from the United Kingdom of people with disabilities speaking up for themselves. This site includes links to several other self-advocacy organizations, and has two internet mailing lists on self-advocacy, one for self-advocates to speak with each other and one for self-advocates and the people supporting self-advocates to speak with each other.
- The Child and Family Services (CFS) Team @ HSRI
The Child and Family Services (CFS) Team provides program evaluation, consultation, training and technical assistance to child-serving agencies with the ultimate goal of promoting best practices among such agencies.
- Clearinghouse on Aging and Developmental Disabilities
Located at the University of Illinois' RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, this is an international resource for information on aging and developmental disabilities. It disseminates the research findings and translates them into products for policy makers.
This is the web page of David and Faye Wetherow, who as independent facilitators and teachers, conduct planning, training and design sessions for individuals and families, government and community agencies, schools, parent associations and self-advocacy groups throughout the United States and Canada.
- Concrete Change
"An international effort to make all homes visitable. Visitability is a movement to change home construction practices so that virtually all new homes, whether or not designated for residents who currently have disabilities, offer a few specific features that make the home easier for people who develop a mobility impairment to live in and visit."
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensure the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
- Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. The information addresses local (Buffalo & WNY), state, national and international audiences. Submissions are welcome from these communities. Areas include education, statistics, government documents, computer access, legal, publications, bibliographic references, aging, assistive technology, and universal design.
- The Council on Quality and Leadership
"The Council provides a continuum of services and resources that increase the effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and systems. The Council accomplishes this mission by working collaboratively with its customers and in partnership with public and private organizations to: Develop quality measures, performance indicators, and evaluation methods that are person-centered; Provide consultation, education, and other learning tools to build individual and organizational capacity; Conduct research and promote the availability of data for decision making and policy development; and Provide access to the latest information, developments, trends and best practices to consumers, their families, support and service organizations, and governmental organizations."
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
Located at the University of Washington, the Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) program enlists volunteer mentors to help students with disabilities pursue careers in science, engineering and math. DO-IT participants use computers, adaptive technology and the Internet to join an electronic community and tap the program's mentoring, tutoring and networking services.
DisabilityInfo.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.
- Disability Advocacy Work With Networking (DAWWN)
This site has links to several sites related to disability advocacy, assistance, education, and more.
- Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
The Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) is charged with developing, analyzing, evaluating and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health and long-term care needs of children, working age adults and older persons with disabilities.
- Disability Cool
This web site challenges all the preconceived notions about what it's like to live with a disability.
- The Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Disability Resources on the
"We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently."
- The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement
This web site developed by the University of California at Berkeley is a "rich collection of primary sources exploring the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present."
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
- The Disability Rights Movement
Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this virtual exhibit examines the history of activism by those who have fought for the civil rights of people with disabilities. This Web site is a reproduction of the interactive kiosk that accompanies the physical exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. To view the virtual exhibit, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher is required, and to listen to the audio description, an audio player that supports the MP3 format is also required.
- Disability Social History Project
People with disabilities have an exciting and rich history that should be shared with the world. The ways in which disabled people have acted and have been treated and viewed must be examined within the social, political, economic, and religious climates of the times and cultures. This project will present images and information about disabled historical figures and events in an attempt to give an introduction to disability social history.
- Disability Studies in Education
This is a new Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association whose purpose is to encourage Disability Studies in education; to provide an organizational vehicle for networking among Disability Studies researchers in education; and to increase the visibility and influence of Disability Studies among all educational researchers.
- DISC: Disability Studies Academic Community
Features scholarly resources, DS-HUM listserv information, syllabi, announcements and web links on Disability Studies. This site, especially the interdisciplinary bibliography, is frequently updated.
- Disability Studies for Teachers
This web site contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.
DisabilityWorld is a web-zine dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities. The web-zine is the heart of a larger project, IDEAS for the New Millennium, funded in 1999 by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a five-year project.
- Diverse City Press Inc.
Diverse City Press Inc. produces and distributes inspiring and informational books, audio CD's and video tapes, dealing with persons with developmental disabilities, and a range of social issues. Diverse City Press aims to provide educational materials for people with disabilities and their care providers and is informed by the disability rights movement, and is closely linked with organizations and individuals fighting for the rights of all people with disabilities to take control of their own lives and control their own fate.
- Electric Edge: Online Edition of Ragged Edge Magazine
This online edition of Ragged Edge magazine (the successor to Disability Rag) includes the best writing today about the most "ragged issues"--assisted suicide, long-term care, rights, access, and covers the disability experience and what it means to be a crip at the turn of the millenium.
- Employment Support Institute
An organization that helps people make better decisions about employment options and policies affecting people with disabilities.
- The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)
The ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC) was disbanded by the US Government as of December 19, 2003. This is an archive of the material available on that site at that time created by Hoagies' Gifted Education Page for general use, updated with current links wherever possible.
- Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
"EASI maintains an extensive web site with information about information technology, education and disabilities; online training courses; Internet captioning; ITD e-journal; disability legislation; hardware and software; libraries; distance learning; and more."
- Facilitated Communication Institute
The Facilitated Communication Institute conducts research, training, and public education designed to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to be heard and to participate fully in society. Faculty, staff and students at Syracuse University founded the Institute in 1992; its purpose is to focus attention on individuals with developmental disabilities who have traditionally been silenced as a result of their own communication disabilities and by social policy and human service practices that ignore their communication potential.
- Faith And Light
"Faith and Light is an international movement located in 75 countries on 5 continents comprising more than 1350 communities. This spiritual movement supports persons with developmental disabilities, their families and friends. The movement was founded in France by Jean Vanier and Marie Helene Mathieu in 1971. Although Faith and Light began in a Roman Catholic context, it has become increasingly ecumenical through the participation of members of different denominations. One of the goals of Faith and Light is to integrate its members in the churches."
- Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) (formerly the Coordinating Council for Handicapped Children) was a pioneer as a coalition that covered all disabilities. FRCD was organized in 1969 by parents, professionals, and volunteers who sought to improve services for all children with disabilities.
- Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
Family Village is a glocal community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and supports.
- Family Voices
"We are families from throughout the United States who have children with special health needs. We are also caregivers, professionals, and friends whose lives have been touched by these children and their families. We are a diverse group, representing a wide variety of children, health conditions, families, and communities. Our concern for children brought us together."
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.
- Freedom Clearinghouse
How would you like to spend the rest of your life in a nursing home or other institution? Neither would we. Let's do something about it NOW. Activate your license to change the system! Sign up to be part of our team of advocates across the nation. Or browse this site to learn more about how people can stay in their own homes and out of nursing homes and other institutions. Become part of our network of friends who support our work.
The Global Applied Disability and Information Network on Employment and Training, better known as GLADNET, brings together research centres, universities, enterprises, government departments, and other groups together for the promotion of research as well as the collection, analysis and exchange of information concerning people with disabilities and work.
- imagine - Finding New Stories for People Who Experience Disabilities
This is the home page of David Pitonyak's imagine. imagine is dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities and exhibit, what some have called, "difficult behaviors." In David's view, what's most needed when supporting someone who engages in difficult behaviors is imagination.
- Inclusion Daily Express
"Every day, more and more people with developmental and other disabilities are taking control of their lives! After centuries of being removed from their communities and being abused and exploited, they're meeting this new century by breaking down barriers and building up new connections. They're getting involved and showing how they can improve the world around them while making their own dreams become reality. We're the 'once-a-day' email news service that keeps you up to date on this exciting movement toward full community inclusion, self-determination, and human rights!"
- Inclusion Press International
"Inclusion Press is a small press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community."
- Independent Living Resource Centre
Located in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, the Independent Living Resource Centre is a consumer controlled organization committed to providing supports, resources and opportunities for empowerment, which enable persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their lives.
- Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Formerly the Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities, The Institute has long been invested in disability and community issues with a mission to improve the lives of people with disability in typical settings. The mission of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is to provide leadership that enables communities to include, support, and empower people with disabilities and family members. The Indiana Institute accomplishes this by promoting innovative practices, and policies that facilitate community membership.
- Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario
"The world is changing and these pages are dedicated to change. Empowering people with disabilities with individualized funding that supports their action plan for independent living."
- Individualized Funding Information Resources
This site provides comprehensive information about the development of ways that people with disabilities can gain control over the funds to pay for the supports they need--a crucial step towards self-determination and citizenship.
- Information Technology and Disabilities
"Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD) is an electronic journal devoted to the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the development and effective use of new and emerging technologies by computer users with disabilities. Founded by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information), ITD features articles on issues affecting educators (K through college), librarians, adaptive technology trainers, rehabilitation counselors, human resources professionals, and developers of adaptive computer hardware and software products. In addition to refereed, in-depth feature articles on issues of concern to our target audience, ITD features a number of regular departments, each edited by an expert in the field. ITD is intended for educators, librarians, academic computing staff, job accommodations/human relations professionals, and others interested in new technology and its effective use by people with disabilities."
- Institute for Human Development
The Institute's misssion is to improve the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities across this entire age span by promoting community inclusion, community membership, independence, productivity, and social participation; and promoting high quality and effective community-based services and individualized supports for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.
- Institute on Community Integration
"We believe that persons with developmental disabilities should live as valued members of our communities, receiving the services and supports they need to fully develop their potential."
- Institute on Disability
The Institute is a University Affiliated Program (UAP) located at the University of New Hampshire that promotes full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.
- Institute on Disability Culture
"People with disabilities have forged a group identity. We share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature, and other expressions of our lives, our culture, infused from our experience of disability."
- Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
IHDD works with others to create opportunities that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. The IHDD advances the understanding of the abilities of all people through education, research, and public service.
- Institute on Independent Living
The Institute's purpose is to promote the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain more personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality, both in Sweden and internationally through educational activities. These activities may consist of the production and dissemination of educational materials and information, planning and organizing of courses, seminars and study visits.
- Issues in Developmental Disabilities
A web based distance education course providing information and insights into the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their family, friends and service providers.
- Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
"Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots network of youth with special needs and our friends, speaking on behalf of ourselves. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues. We are an organization created by youth with disabilities for youth to educate society about issues concerning youth with a wide spectrum of disabilities and special healthcare needs. KASA believes in supporting self-determination, creating support networks and proactive advocacy for all youth with disabilities in our society."
- Kids Together
This non-profit organization, co-founded by parents and organized by volunteers, supports the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities. This site is designed to provide helpful information and resources to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities, and communities as a whole.
- Laura Hershey's Web Site
This web page contains the weekly web column by Laura Hershey. Laura Hershey is a committed advocate, a published writer and poet, and a skilled trainer with over fifteen years' experience working professionally in the fields of disability rights and journalism. She offers services to help organizations succeed in their efforts to serve people with disabilities, to increase accessibility and accountability, to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act, to understand the complexities of current disability issues, and to educate staff, volunteers, and members.
- Mainstream Magazine
Online version of the well-known disability magazine.
- Mouth - Voice of The Disability Nation
This thought-provoking magazine features investigative journalism, news, and interviews with disability rights activists, reserving some of its harshest criticism for the "helping professions." Mouth also publishes essays written by people with disabilities, and does not include commercial advertisements.
- MS Central Support
This is a web site providing support and information concerning Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
- National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils (NADDC)
The NADDC promotes national policy which enables individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to make choices regarding the quality of their lives and be included in the community.
- National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc.(NASDDDS)
"The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities (NASDDDS) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1964 to improve and expand public services to people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The Association's goal is to promote and assist state agencies in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish high-quality supports to people with developmental disabilities."
- National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD)
The National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) is a bipartisan, professional, nonprofit organization of representatives of state Medicaid agencies (including the District of Columbia and the territories). The primary purposes of NASMD are to serve as a focal point of communication between the states and the federal government and to provide an information network among the states on issues pertinent to the Medicaid program.
- National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
The NCDDR's purpose is to enhance the dissemination efforts of NIDRR-funded research projects and to increase the accessibility of research outcomes for the benefit of their consumers, particularly those from minority backgrounds.
- National Center on Disability and Journalism (formerly The Disability Media Project)
The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) is a journalism-based organization that fosters fairness, accuracy and diversity in news reporting about disability issues and people with disabilities.
- National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. NCD's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature of severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
- National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.
- National Disability Rights Network (formerly National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems)
NAPAS is a national voluntary membership organization for the federally mandated nationwide network of disability rights agencies, protection & advocacy systems (P&As), and client assistance programs (CAPs).
- National Disabled Students Union
The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU) is a national, cross-disability, student organization. The NDSU works to mobilize and organize students with disabilities throughout the nation and works to ensure that all disabled students have the opportunities they need to learn, the opportunities they need to live and work, and the opportunities they need to be full participants in their communities and full members of American society.
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a Canadian consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right.
- The National Home of Your Own Alliance
The National Home of Your Own Alliance is a partnership between the Federal government and nationally recognized advocates and leaders whose goal is to create housing and support opportunities that people choose and control.
- The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
"Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function."
- The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).
- The National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
- National Organization of Social Security Claimaints' Representatives (NOSSCR) Online
"Established in 1979, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives is an association of over 3,300 attorneys and paralegals who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants. Our members are committed to providing high quality representation for claimants, to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant, and to advocating for beneficial change in the disability determination and adjudication process."
- National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
NARIC is a library and information center on disability and rehabilitation, and collects and disseminates the results of federally funded research projects.
- New Mobility Magazine
"Disability is news, art, politics, humor, healing, recreation, travel, show-biz and rehab-biz, and that's what we do."
- New Paradigm of Disability: Bibliography
"From disabled activists using civil disobedience for social justice to university professors with disabilities researching and teaching disability studies a new, clearly articulated analysis of the disability paradigm has emerged and is taking root throughout the nation and around the world. This new perspective on the human condition needs to be integrated into mainstream media. Following on the successful Disability Messenger project of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, this bibliography is intended as a catalyst to further articulate amplify, and promote this new perspective of disability to allies, potential allies, academics, and policy makers and the media. This bibliography is further demonstration of the power of a community defining itself and articulating its members own collective and individual identity."
- New York SAFE
SAFE is a national coalition of families, consumers and advocates united in an effort to promote the availability of quality educational services to all students, including those with disabilities, in their neighborhood schools. New York SAFE's web page includes information about all its active chapters and the names and phone numbers of each chapter's officers and contact people. New York SAFE is looking to provide information to people who are interested in inclusion throughout New York State.
- The Nth Degree
The Nth Degree is about turning light bulbs on. We are about helping folks to recognize that there is no such thing as "Us and Them," just one big "Us." We're about increasing awareness and understanding; as much about the celebration of our individuality and our differences, as the search for commonground: the search for shared truths, interests, histories, goals, fears. We want The Nth Degree catalog to be a place where folks can come to find Solidarity and to share talents, skills and stories. We have lots and lots of "Awarewear" and "Awareware": shirts and stuff for Disability Culture, the Inclusion and Independent Living Movements, and for the "Human Connection" we all share.
- Not Dead Yet
Not Dead Yet is a national activist organization which opposes the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and places emphasis on the value of life.
- Opening Doors: A Housing Initiative for The Disability Community
Opening Doors is a housing initiative designed to provide information and technical assistance on affordable housing issues to people with disabilities, their families, advocates, and service providers across the United States.
- Options in Community Living
Options' mission is to provide support and coordinate services to enable adults with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes. The agency assists people to make informed choices and reach their own goals, with support available to the extent and for as long as it is needed. Options strives to help people with disabilities, their families, and the larger community learn from one another, in order to promote mutual understanding, personal satisfaction, and fulfillment of the potential of each individual.
Paradigm is a consultancy and development agency with a difference--formed by people with a wealth of real current experience in inclusion, health, social services, community care and organisational development. Everyone has demonstrated clear leadership in their line of work - always ensuring that we have the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge to offer.
- Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center
PACER Center is a nonprofit, tax exempt Minnesota statewide organization begun in 1977. PACER's mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with all disabilities--physical, mental, emotional, learning--and their families. PACER now offers 20 major programs, including Parent Training programs, programs for students and schools, and technical assistance to parent centers both regionally and nationally.
- Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
"The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center assists the families of children with disabilities through education, information and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life through: Information and assistance to families in understanding and negotiating the education and service systems for their children with disabilities; Training for families and professionals that model partnerships and encourage active learning; and Collaboration with and technical assistance to schools, state and local agencies, parent resource centers and community organizations."
- Parents with Disabilities Online
"For too long, people with disabilities had been told that having families of our own was not an option. As people with disabilities have become more integrated into our society, more and more of us have been able to successfully raise families of our own. It is expected that as more opportunities become available to people with disabilities, more of us will choose to become parents."
- Partners in Policymaking for Developmental Disabilities
Partners in Policymaking was created in Minnesota by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1987. Partners is an innovative, competency based leadership training program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with disabilities. The purpose of the program is twofold: To teach best practices in disability, and to teach the competencies of influencing and communication.
- PEAK Parent Center
"Our mission is to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities by providing training, information, and technical assistance, including best practices, to families and the professionals working with them."
QualityMall.org collects and disseminates information related to or useful in promoting quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. It uses the format and theme of a shopping mall to help connect visitors to the best products and services available.
- Radio Independent Living
ILI’s project Radio Independent Living produces documentaries about the struggle for our emancipation, new insights and approaches that make us stronger as persons and as a political movement and about policies and services for self-determination, equal opportunities and citizenship that can be replicated elsewhere.
- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Diabilities
Located the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) is a national resource for researchers, planners, providers, self-advocates, families and students in the field of aging and developmental disabilities.
- Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Workplace Supports
"The purpose of this center is to identify factors that enhance or inhibit businesses from tapping into a pool of potential employees. Let us be your gateway to information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities."
"Our mission at RehabTool.com is to help children and adults with disabilities enhance their lives, increase their independence and productivity, and gain greater social inclusion through the use of leading-edge assistive technology."
- Research Information on Independent Living (RIIL)
This database contains reviews of research materials concerning independent living issues. RIIL is a joint effort of the Research & Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas and the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program of TIRR.
- The Rural Institute
The Montana University Affiliated Rural Institute on Disabilities is guided by values of independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Institute is also home to the Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation Services, whose goal is to solve problems of access to transportation and housing, employment and self-employment, independent living, health and wellness, community planning, and integration faced by people with disabilities living in rural areas and those who serve them.
- Self-Advocate Leadership Network
The Self-Advocate Leadership Network is a team of self-advocates and professionals who will travel anywhere to train others on self-determination, community integration, participant-driven supports, and systems change. The purpose of the Leadership Network is to prepare self-advocates to play a leadership role in guiding developmental disabilities systems change in ways that promote self-determination, community integration and participant-driven supports.
"This is the home page of the SelfAdvocateNet. We are based in the lovely Fraser Valley of Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Recently we have begun networking across our region. The region is quite large, about 50 kilometers from one end to the other. We have worked hard to develop this web site as a way of staying in touch not only across our region, but across the province and the world beyond."
- Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
"OUR MISSION: To ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes."
- The Self-Determination Synthesis Project
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a grant from the Office of Special Education Projects/US Department of Education, is conducting a review and synthesis of the knowledge base and best practices related to self-determination (SD) and self-advocacy (SA) interventions in order to improve, expand, and accelerate the use of this knowledge by the professionals who serve children and youth with disabilities and the parents who rear, educate, and support their children with disabilities.
- Society for Disability Studies
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization composed of social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, providers, and agency personnel concerned with people with disabilities.
- Spaulding for Children
Spaulding for Children believes every child is adoptable and every child deserves a permanent family. This multi-faceted organization provides help to children who wait the longest for permanency and support services for their adoptive, foster and kinship families. Nationwide, Spaulding's NRC provides training, consultation and informational materials for professionals, organizations and parents.
- State of the States in Developmental Disabilities
Established in 1982 to investigate the determinants of public spending for mental retardation/developmental disabilities (MR/DD) services, this project maintains a 20-year longitudinal record of revenue, spending, and programmatic trends in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Analysis of the rich detail of the data base reveals the impact over time of federal and state fiscal policy, and illustrates important service delivery trends in the states in community living, public and private residential institutions, family support, supported employment, supported living, Medicaid Waivers, demographics, and related areas.
- The Strength Coach
Syndicated radio host Greg Smith is the one-in-a-million, African American power wheelchair user, born with muscular dystrophy, who despite extremely limited physical strength has used his “inner strength” to establish himself as a rising “crossover” media talent with star potential.
- Supported Life Institute
"A supported life is a life that is rich in qualities a person most desires, and one which shows how connected we all are to each other. It is a life which: grows from a person's own choices, desires and dreams; it is not controlled by what kind of services are currently available; goes beyond just meeting a person's basic needs, to reaching a rich quality of life; includes all areas of a person's life; is always changing throughout a person's life; is the kind of life we all want and is not unique to people who happen to have disabilities."
- TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps)
TASH is an international advocacy association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and people who work in the disability field. TASH believes that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work, or learn in a segregated setting; that all individuals deserve the right to direct their own lives. TASH's mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity, and quality of life.
- Through the Looking Glass (TLG)
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized non-profit agency and first National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. They provide direct services, training, materials and research concerning families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.
- The Trace Research & Development Center
The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1971, Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability. The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
- Training Resource Network (TRN)
Publisher that offers resources on the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities, especially on the topics of supported employment, person-centered planning, supported living, and self-determination.
- Web Accessibility Survey Homepage
This private web page complies results of several surveys concerning web page accessibility of several colleges and universities.
- The Web Site of Irving Zola
Irving Kenneth Zola was a prolific writer and activist in the field of disability rights and medical sociology. His wife, Judy Norsigian, created this web site to enhance access to his many contributions.
- Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR)
"WeCAHR advocates for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. We are an association of families and children building communities that respect and welcome people. We educate the public consciousness and promote the understanding of human similarities.
- Women and Disability Resources
These are social, academic, activist, and just-for-fun online resources collected on women and disability by Barbara Robertson.
- womenshealth.gov website on illnesses and disability
To help women overcome social, financial, physical, or other kinds of barriers to health care services and information, the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) created this web site. It puts a wealth of useful information together into one place for women with disabilities, caretakers, health professionals, and researchers. This site addresses numerous issues of particular interest to women with disabilities, such as abuse, parenting, and sexuality. It also offers general resources about critical health issues for a variety of disabilities, including physical, neurological, hearing, speech, and visual impairment. It will also provide information on psychiatric, learning, and developmental disabilities. You will also find information on federal laws and regulations that protect disabled citizens, services and support resources, news about medical research, statistical information on disabled women, and information for healthcare professionals on improving healthcare access for women with physical limitations.
- World Institute on Disability (WID)
WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.
- World Wide Web Resources on Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
This is a comprehensive bibliography on self-determination and self-advocacy. It contains two sections: references to journal articles, books, instructional materials, and inservice educational material; and a variety of web sites. This document is currently only available in PDF format. Files in Adobe "PDF" format can be downloaded with the Acrobat Reader Plug-In program which is available free from Adobe Systems. Access.adobe.com is a free server that enables people with visual impairments to read any Acrobat document on the web using any standard web browser.