National and International Links
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Access Board Electronic Newsletter
Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for
people with disabilities. It operates with about 30 staff and a
governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public
members appointed by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board
A Global Activist Listserv:
Traditional disability rights activists have largely been missing from
the anti-globalization movement. Since disabled people in countries
forced into structural adjustment- a process in which public
structures are privatized and social programs are eliminated order to
raise capital-- are in mortal danger of death of serious illness,
disability rights activists should naturally play a major role. This
list will discuss ways disabled people are affected by globalization
and the ways in which we as disabled people can participate in the
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Justice for all E-mail Network
The National Council on Disability (NCD)Listserv
NCD's new listserv will provide up-to-date information on issues affecting
54 million Americans with disabilities and their families. This will include
NCD's monthly newsletter, NCD Bulletin, and news releases and media
advisories on NCD activities and current issues before the Administration,
Congress, and the Supreme Court. To subscribe, simply send a blank e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to write anything in the subject
line or body. Subscribers will receive approximately five e-mails a month
from NCD. For more in-depth information, visit the NCD Web site at:
Disability Rights Advocates
Rights Advocates has begun a new national listserve called
Disability-Civil-Rights. This listserve is intended to be a national
forum for news, discussion, and strategizing concerning disability
rights and access issues. To join the listserve, please send a message
with the subject heading "Join Listserve". The listserve includes
lawyers, activists and other people interested in working on
enforcement of disability rights laws, as well as defending and
advancing the disability rights movement. The listserve welcomes
postings and discussion on all issues relating to disability rights.
There is no editing of what is posted - all members are free to post
and respond to postings without restriction. The only rule is that all
members must be respectful of other members.
THE ACCESS BOARD - a federal agency committed to accessible design
site contains pretty much everything you would ever want to know about
access standards. It includes new standards for web access. It is easy
to use and has a pile of information.
Provides access information about cultural programs around the country
US Department of Justice
ADA DOCUMENT PORTAL
AN on-line library of ADA documents available on the Internet.
We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community
with real supports insted of being locked away in nursing homes and
Many years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), people with disabilities -- and all Americans -- are faced with
threats from those who seek to eliminate these important federal
protections. ADA WATCH online is our answer to these threats.
Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA)
works collaboratively with other organizations around the world serving
the needs of late–deafened people and extends a welcome to everyone,
late deafened or not, who supports our goals.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member
organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic
self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million
Americans with disabilities.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS UNIVERSAL DESIGN SITE
This AARP site has a primer on universal home design.
Organization of and for people with cognitive, intellectual, developmental disabilities, and their families.
BENDER CONSULTING SERVICES, INC.
At Bender Consulting Services, Inc. our mission is to provide superior
technology consulting services to our customers while creating
employment and career opportunities, independence and freedom for
people with disabilities.
This National Council on Aging site will help older and disabled people identify benefits that are available to them.
BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED TOLL FREE COMPUTER ASSISTANCE LINE
The Chicago Lighthouse's assistive technology support line helps blind
and visually impaired people in the United states and Canada
successfully resolve many computer problems. New inquiries are welcome.
10 AM to 5:30 PM (Eastern time)
Monday through Friday
is a new online community that enables people in the United States with visual or other
print disabilities to legally share scanned books.
National Brain Tumor Foundation http://www.braintumor.org.
The patient information line is 800-934-CURE
The American Brain Tumor Association, patient info 800-886-2282, email: email@example.com
The Healing Exchange Brain Trust: http://www.braintrust.org
"We are a community of equal partners coming together to provide a
circle of support for ALL children from birth to adult life with a
special focus on those who have disabilities, special needs, or who are
A very active Michigan based website.
CENTER FOR AN ACCESSIBLE SOCIETY
The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization
designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living
issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded
research to promote independent living.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS
...Working for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities.
CENTER FOR THE STUDY AND ADVANCEMENT OF DISABILITY POLICY (CSADP)
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (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.
CHEMICAL INJURY INFORMATION NETWORK
focuses primarily on education, credible research into Multiple
Chemical Sensitivity and the empowerment of the chemically injured.
An international effort to make all homes visitable.
DAC - DISABLED ACTION COMMITTEE
A Virginia based site with much useful information. Produces an email newsletter.
This government site lists most, or all, US Federal Government resources.
This site has information about where to find accessible dining and entertainment in the Washinton D.C. area.
They also provide accessibility information about many popular tourist
sites in the city. The site owners hope to expand the site and
eventually provide information about other areas of the country.
DISABILITY HISTORY MUSEUM
The site is currently under construction (December 2001). This link
takes you directly to exhibits on the library page. Use the second link
to enter the splash page. The third link takes you to the text only
Text only: http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/text.php
This informational site promises to be updated Monthly. It has absolutely gobs of links and information, enjoy!
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.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SECRETS
The purpose of this site is to distribute information——crucial
information that, nine times out of ten, it's impossible to get from
the person taking your claim for Disability and ssi benefits offered
through the Social Security Administration.
DISABILITY SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
The Disability History Project is a community history project and we
welcome your participation. This is an opportunity for disabled people
to reclaim our history and determine how we want to define ourselves
and our struggles. People with disabilities have an exciting and rich
history that should be shared with the world.
EMERGENCY INFO ONLINE, FOURTH EDITION
A resource directory for emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and accessible communications
An extensive and useful guide from Bridge Multimedia.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
The EEOC coordinates all federal equal employment opportunity
regulations, practices, and policies. The Commission interprets
employment discrimination laws, monitors the federal sector employment
discrimination program, provides funding and support to state and local
Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs), and sponsors outreach and
technical assistance programs.
Any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against in
employment may file an administrative charge with the EEOC.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is a new initiative sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to
promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction
A site dedicated to the implimentation of the Olmstead decision.
The GovBenefits Web site asks citizens to answer a series of simple
questions about their own personal circumstances. The system then
provides the citizen with a list of government benefits for which they
may be eligible to receive along with information on how to apply.
Handicaching aims to improve the accessibility of Geocaching for disabled people all over the world.
By rating caches using a simple system, disabled geocachers can quickly
find the caches they are able to do. Too often a 1 star or 2 star rated
cache turns out to be impossible, causing dissapointment. Our ratings
aim to avoid that.
US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
This link connects directly to HUD's disability page.
HUD'S LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT DATABASE
Connects to the HUD database. You can search for available low income housing.
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
For parents and educators who are looking for guidance, assistance, and
best practices in the implementation of IDEA;check out this online
monthly newsletter at:
IDEA - SPECIAL EDUCATION & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES IDEA 2004 Resources
News and information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), the nation's law that works to improve
results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
INSTITUTE FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE - SOCIAL SECURITY SUPERPAGE
INTERSEX SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic
change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people
born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or
JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK'S SEARCHABLE ONLINE ACCOMMODATION RESOURCE (SOAR)
The Job Accommodation Network's Searchable Online Accommodation
Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various
accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and
KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION MEDICARE AND MEDICAID GUIDES
KIDS AS SELF ADVOCATES
KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with special needs and our friends, speaking on behalf of ourselves.
MEDICARE RIGHTS CENTER
The Medicare Rights
Center (MRC) is a national, not-for-profit, non-governmental
organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with
disabilities get good affordable health care.
This Support Coalition International affiliated site provides mental health consumers and their allies with information.
MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY REFERRAL AND RESOURCES
Professional outreach, patient support, and public advocacy devoted to
the diagnosis, treatment, accommodation and prevention of MCS disorders.
NATIONAL CENTER ON DISABILITY AND JOURNALISM
National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) is a new non-profit
organization whose mission is to improve the fairness, accuracy and
diversity of news reporting on disability. We do this by developing
tools to help journalists and educators examine the complexity of
disability issues from differing perspectives.
NATIONAL CENTER ON SECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRANSITION
Creating Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities to Achieve Successful Futures
National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange
A comprehensive one-stop resource for people with disabilities,
exchange and disability staff interested in study, work, intern,
volunteer, research or teach abroad programs, a project sponsored by
the U.S. Department of State.
NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE AGING
They have created a confidential, on-line service designed to help older Americans identify Federal and state
assistance programs and provide application information.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY
An independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the
President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with
NATIONAL HOME OF YOUR OWN ALLIANCE
The National Home of Your Own Alliance is funded by the Administration
on Developmental Disabilities to promote opportunities for people with
disabilities to own and control their homes.
NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON PSYCHIATRIC ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are relatively new legal
instruments that may be used to document a competent person's specific
instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment,
in preparation for the possibility that the person may lose capacity to
give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of
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. Funded entirely by private sector
contributions, N.O.D. is the only national disability network
organization concerned with all disabilities, all age groups and all
THE NATIONAL SPINAL CORD INJURY ASSOCIATION (NSCIA)
NSCIA is the oldest national organization serving civilians with spinal
cord injury and disease (SCI/D). Extensive information on SCI/D can be
found there through its Resource Center as well as news, studies and
NEW ENGLAND ADA & ACCESSIBLE IT CENTER
A comprehensive source for information on the Americans with
Disabilities Act and accessible Information Technology (IT). Providing
toll-free technical assistance (800-949-4232 Voice/TTY), training and
materials on the ADA, Sections 508 & 255 and accessible IT.
Providing "Barrier Free Recreation" to individuals with physical
disabilities, friends, and families for over 12 years. Located in
Durham, New Hampshire.
NOT DEAD YET
Disabled people opposing assisted suicide.
OASIS: Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support.
ODD SHOE EXCHANGES
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the
quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and
their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
A Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) allows a person with a
disability to set aside income and/or resources for a specific period
of time to realize a work goal.
REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
The (RSA) oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help
individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment
and live more independently through the provision of such supports as
counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other
individualized services. RSA's major Title I formula grant program
provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to
provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities,
giving priority to individuals who are significantly disabled.
THE ROLLING GOURMET
Your Guide to New Hampshire Restaurant Accessibility
Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality
Service & Inclusion: A Multimedia Resource for Inclusive Community
Service. Service & Inclusion documents in text, sound and image the
active participation of people with disabilities in community service.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST)
BEST is to help people identify any benefits for which they may be eligible.
It takes only a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire. No
identifying information is requested (such as your name or Social Security
number) and all information is erased when you exit the site.
How to figure your retirement benefit:
Disability Report Tool: This wizard takes you through the process of
filing a new adult disability claim (SSA-3368). It can help you gather
information for your claim.
The "Blue Book" provides disability definitions and
medical criteria for evaluating Social Security disability
Representing Clients - Information about Social Security's hearings and appeals process.
SPEACH TO SPEACH
Telephone access for people with speech disabilities
Disability Advocacy Worldwide (formerly The Association of Persons with Severe Handicaps)
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (TLG)
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that
has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a
child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.
US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION (EEOC)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, ADA HOME PAGE
WIRED ON WHEELS
Wiredonwheels.org offers an online community where you can rate accessibility, find out
what other reviewers think about a destination, and make informed
decisions about where to go. Together We Can Rate America for Accessibility, One Destination at a Time.
http://www.wiredonwheels.org, or AOL Keyword
WorldEnable is an Internet accessibility initiative in support of the
international goals of equalizing opportunities for, by, and with
persons with disabilities.
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for
accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children
Zuzu's Place is a housing co-op for people who have struggled with overwhelming emotional experiences.
A multi-featured news, jobs,
and discussion resource for students from around the world studying to
support and work for individuals with disabilities.
INDEPENDENT LIVING INSTITUTE
The Independent Living Institute offers resources for persons with
extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for
self-determination, self-respect and dignity.
AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's technology magazine is now a free, web-only publication.
Deaf-Blind Perspectives is a free publication with articles, essays,
and announcements about topics related to deaf-blind people.
DISABILITY STUDIES ONLINE MAGAZINE
A bimonthly web-zine of international disability news and views
A National magazine style site with lots of articles
INDEPENDENT LIVING USA
A source for National disability news.
LISTEN TO OUR STORIES
Listen to Our Stories is an anthology of words, pictures, and songs by
children and young adults with disabilities. It includes poetry,
essays, interviews, songs, journal writing, letters, and pictures.
Contributors range in age from 5 through 21 and have widely varied
backgrounds and disabilities.
Magazine of the Able-Disabled
Voice of the disability nation.
British online Mag of disability humor
RAGGED EDGE MAGAZINE ONLINE