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Useful Links


Here is a list of free on-line resources for people with disabilities:

Disability Resources

ABLEDATA - http://www.abledata.com/
ABLEDATA is a division of NARIC that maintains a database of more than 20,000 assistive devices ranging from eating utensils to wheelchairs. ABLEDATA has the capacity to conduct product searches based on a variety of key words or phrases such as architectural elements, communication, education management, sensory disabilities, etc. Searches can also be constrained by such factors as price and manufacturer.

Adaptive Environments, Inc. - http://www.adaptenv.org/
A non-profit organization 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.

ADD Resources - http://www.addresources.org/
A national, non-profit organization recently founded for people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Disorder Resources has a mission of helping people achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities. They have free articles available at their website authored by national ADD authorities as well as adults with ADD. In addition, they host the National ADHD Directory which has over 1100 service providers listed on the site.

Alliance for Technology Access - http://www.ataccess.org/
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based resource center, developers and vendors dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center - http://www.jan.wvu.edu/links/adalinks.htm
A comprehensive site with extensive links to ADA documents and disability-related websites.

American Printing House for the Blind - http://www.aph.org/
Provides materials, alternative media, tools, and resources for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Apple Education Disability Resources - http://www.apple.com/accessibility/
The Worldwide Disability Solutions Group has a long history of providing technology and learning resources for people with special needs. Also includes a catalog of Apple products and computer software designed to make computers more accessible.

Assistive and Adaptive Computer Technology in Special Education - http://web.archive.org/web/20010604123905/http://at-advocacy.phillynews.com/index.html
Provides information for famlies and advocates about special education laws and legal definitions. This stie also provides an avenue for reporting special education law violations.

Bobby - http://www.cast.org/bobby/
This site provides a free service to web page authors by helping them identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities.

Closing the Gap - http://closingthegap.com/
Closing the Gap, Inc., is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site. Search the annual resource directory online.

Complete Disability Network/Disability Grapevine Online Newspaper - http://www.disabilitygrapevine.com
Cached page as of April 21st, 2006 http://web.archive.org/web/20060421140217/http://www.disabilitygrapevine.com/ A network run and operated by people with disabilities. To say this site is comprehensive is an understatement! An umbrella composed of twenty different websites, more than 1,000 web pages and over 500 links.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/
The web site of a federally funded project whose mission is to provide technical assistance and information dissemination concerning techniques for preventing and resolving disagreements related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Cornucopia of Disability Information - http://codi.buffalo.edu/
A comprehensive collection of links to disability web sites. Well organized.

Disability Resources – http://kansasjoblink.com

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - http://bapd.org/gdiand-1.html
DREDF does advocacy at local, state, and national levels through policy reform, legal representation, and education.

Family Village - http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/
A global community that integrates information and resources and provides communication opportunities on the Internet for people with mental retardation and other disabilities, as well as their families and those who provide services and support. Offers informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability related media, literature and much more.

IBM Accessibility Center - http://www-03.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/ibmcommitment.html
Uses technology as a way to enhance the employability, education, and quality of life of people who have disabilities. Also includes information about assistive devices developed by IBM in order to make software and computers more accessible and user friendly.

IDEA Practices - http://www.ideapractices.org/
A technical assistance site to support the efforts of administrators and service providers who are implementing IDEA

Independent Living Resource Utilization (ILRU) - http://www.ilru.org
The ILRU program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.

Info Grip Options Catalog - http://www.infogrip.com/
Lists a variety of products designed to make all aspects of computer use accessible to people with disabilities.

International Disability News Ticker - http://www.abilityinfo.com/ticker.html
This site provides up-to-date news reports about issues related to all types of disabilities. These easy to access reports are divided into three searchable areas of interest.

Job Accommodation Network - http://www.jan.wvu.edu/
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is not a job placement service, but an international consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. JAN is a free service that provides information on how to accommodate specific functional limitations, with a database of more than 16,000 specific accommodations.

Legal and Advocacy Resources - http://www.makoa.org/legal.htm
An extensive list of links, legal issues and advocacy concerning disability-related issues

MedWeb - http://www.webmd.com/
Search or browse for information on disabilities and various medical conditions.

Microphones.Com - http://www.microphones.com/
Offers comparative information about microphone technology such as voice recognition, computer/telephone microphones, and computer transcription microphones.

Microsoft Accessibility - http://www.microsoft.com/enable
A catalog of innovative products designed to make computers accessible to all.

National Health Information Center - http://health.gov/nhic
The National Health Information Center is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. They maintain an extensive database of resources on disabling health conditions.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) - http://www.nichcy.org/
NICHCY is a national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals focusing on children and youth, birth to age 22.

National Institute of Mental Health Information Line - http://www.nimh.nih.gov

National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke - http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

National STD Hotline - http://www.ashastd.org

Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences - http://www.communicationdisorders.com
A well-organized Internet guide to speech and language resources on the web

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic - http://www.rfbd.org
A national non-profit organization that serves people who cannot read standard print because of a visual, perceptual or other physical disability--RFB&D is a library of academic and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. They also offer the nonprofit sale of dictionaries, reference materials and professional books on computer disk (E-Text) and specially adapted tape players and recorders to use with audio books.

Regional Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC's) - request your region's website by calling (800) 949-4232 Regional offices provide individuals, businesses and government entities with information, materials and technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

WebAble - http://www.webable.com/
This site is dedicated to making the Internet accessible to people with disabilities. Extensive information is provided on accessibility software.

Yahoo! Society and Culture, Disability - http://dir.yahoo.com/society_and_culture/disabilities

Foundations and Associations

Alzheimer's Association - http://www.alz.org

American Association on Mental Retardation - http://www.aamr.org

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association - http://www.aarda.org

American Cancer Society - http://www.cancer.org

American Council for the Blind - http://www.acb.org

American Diabetes Association - http://www.diabetes.org

American Foundation for the Blind - http://www.afb.org/

American Lung Association - http://www.lungusa.org

American Parkinson's Disease Association - http://www.apdaparkinson.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - http://www.asha.org/

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association - http://www.alsa.org

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) - http://www.ahead.org
AHEAD is an international organization promoting excellence through education, communication and training. Founded in 1977, AHEAD addresses the need and concern for upgrading the quality of services and support available to persons with disabilities in higher education.

Autism Society of America - http://autism-society.org
Serving the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy, education, public awareness, and research

Brain Injury Association - http://www.biausa.org/

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) - http://www.chadd.org

Council for Exceptional Children - http://www.cec.sped.org/
Professional organization devoted to all areas of special education.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America - http://www.ccfa.org

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - http://www.cff.org

Epilepsy Foundation of America - http://www.efa.org

Health Resource Center - National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities - http://www.heath.gwu.edu
Heath serves as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational/technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

Huntington's Disease Society of America - http://www.hdsa.org

Immune Deficiency Foundation - http://www.primaryimmune.org

International Dyslexia Association - http://www.interdys.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America - http://www.ldanatl.org

Lupus Foundation of America - http://www.lupus.org

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation - http://www.msfacts.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association - http://www.mdausa.org

National Association of People with AIDS - http://www.napwa.org
NAPWA is dedicated to improving lives of people with HIV disease at hone, in the workplace, and in the community.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - http://www.nami.org

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association - http://www.add.org

National Center for Disability Services - http://www.ncds.org
A center dedicated to the advancement of people with disabilities. Works to create environments that are inclusive of all people and where people with disabilities live simply as people, with the same benefits and opportunities as everyone else.

National Center for Stuttering - http://www.stuttering.com

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information - http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/

National Down Syndrome Congress - http://www.ndsccenter.org/

National Down Syndrome Society - http://www.ndss.org

National Easter Seal Society - http://www.easter-seals.org

National Federation of the Blind - http://www.nfb.org/

National Kidney Foundation - http://www.kidney.org

National Mental Health Association - http://www.nmha.org

National Neurofibromatosis Foundation - http://www.nf.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders - http://www.rarediseases.org

National Parent Information Network - http://www.npin.org/
A national organization designed to provide research-based parenting information in the form of articles, links and newsletters.

National Stroke Association - http://www.stroke.org

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) - http://www.pacer.org
PACER's website provides information about the coalition and their mission. Users can sign up to receive newsletters and other publications. The site also includes a set of informative links.

Spina Bifida Association of America - http://www.sbaa.org

Tourette's Syndrome Association - http://www.tsa-usa.org/

United Cerebral Palsy - http://www.ucp.org

Special Education Resources

Don Johnston, Inc. - http://www.donjohnston.com
Provides intervention products that struggling students and students with disabilities need to achieve literacy. Offering reading, writing, word-study and computer access products, as well as professional development services for educating teachers on using technology in the classroom to teach reading and writing.

Education World: Where teachers go to learn - http://www.education-world.com/
Search a database of over 100,000 web sites to locate information most relevant for your work and interests.

Family and Advocates Partnership for Education - http://www.fape.org
Provides information to educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Also includes information about transition from secondary to post-secondary settings.

Inspiration - http://www.inspiration.com
This extremely unique site provides students with a tool for brainstorming and outlining. Ordering information and an on-line trial are provided.

Intellitools Activity Exchange, learning technology for a diverse classroom - http://www.intellitools.com
Search for ready-to-use teacher-made materials for use with Intellitools products. Download the file and you are ready to go! Materials are also adaptable to meeting individual student needs.

Intervention Techniques - http://special.edschool.virginia.edu/information/interventions.html
Valuable information about effective instructional practices in special education.

National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum - http://www.cast.org
A not-for-profit organization using technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities. The site includes information, products, and software.

National Center on Educational Outcomes - http://education.umn.edu/NCEO/
The NCEO provides national leadership in the identification of outcomes and indicators to monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities. Specific topics include the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standard-setting efforts and graduation requirements.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) - http://www.naric.com
Complete literature collection, including commercially published books, journal articles, and audiovisuals - averages about 200 new documents per month. Serves anyone, professional or layperson, who is interested in disability and rehabilitation, including consumers, family members, health professionals, educators, rehabilitation counselors, students, librarians, administrators and researchers.

Publications for Parents from the US Department of Education - http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml
Extensive library of articles and publications for all parents on a variety of educational issues. Especially helpful for parents of youth with disabilities who want to learn more abut disability-related governmental education issues, including college.

Special Education Resources on the Internet - http://seriweb.com/
A collection of Internet information for those involved in fields related to Special Education. The information is categorized by disability.

Virtual Center on Study Skills - http://www.studygs.net/studyskills.htm
This site features downloadable materials and resources that support students in improving their study skills.

Virtual Field Trip Site - http://www.field-guides.com
This site provides an alternative form of presenting information. Students can go on virtual field trips without ever leaving the classroom!

Yahoo! Special Education - http://dir.yahoo.com/education/special_education/

Adult Literacy Resources

Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web - http://www.eslcafe.com/
A resource for teaching and learning English. Features homework help, links, forums, chats, information on obtaining jobs, and much more.

National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education - http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/

On-line Books Page - http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
A directory of over 9,000 books that can be read for free online.