According to a study conducted in 2010 by the U.S Federal Census Bureau, 1 on 5 people and 53 millions of Americans are suffering with some type of disability ; a staggering increase of 2.2 millions from 2005. Under the light of these facts, we think it is of paramount importance to play our part in providing disabled people with the ressources they need in order to live a fulfilling life and to unleash their full potential.
In this article we'll provide tools & ressources of all types national & international to help the disabled across the country to get the respect they deserve. Ressources will range from social associations and organisations, to federal and governmental ressources and programs, to innovations in disabled assistance technologies and much more.
Again, we are proud to be able to provide value to people and to contribute to a more harmonious society where everyone has the right to live their lives fully.
Law Related :
U.S Department Of Labor : You can find a wide variety of resources and information regarding disability in the working environment. This section is focused on law & legislation related issues regarding disability in the working environment. If you're looking to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment for disabled people, this website will come in handy.
HG.org Legal Resources : Extensive Information on the Social Security Disability Law & Legal consulting services.
Equal Opportunity Employment Commission : A Q&A page on federal laws prohibiting job discrimination.
Legal & Advocacy Resources : A Database including Advocacy Resources, Regional Disability, Business Technical Assistance Centers and Legal Resources.
U.S Department Of Labor : You can find a wide variety of resources and information regarding disability in the working environment. If you're looking to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment for disabled people, this website will come in handy.
U.S Department Of Transportation : A wide variety of resources, information & job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) : The Job Accommodation Network provides people with disabilities guidance on issues related to accommodation & employment.
JobAccess and ABILITYJobs : The Goal of JobAccess and abilityJOBS is to enable a person with a disability to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. If you’ve searched: Jobs for disabled, this is the right place. Companies, by posting job opportunities, or searching resumes, your business can find qualified persons with disabilities as well as demonstrate OFCCP Compliance, affirmative action and open door policies.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult : Resources to enhance the ability of the Workforce Development System to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
SourceAmerica : Source America creates jobs for people with disabilities by connecting customers to a national network of nonprofits who hire talented people with disabilities.
EARN | The Employer Assistance and Resource Network : Resources to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities.
Social Security Administration (SSA) : Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program from the SSA that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.
Work Support : Worksupport is a web portal that highlights the funded projects of Virginia Commonwealth University on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. This includes the RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities, Autism Center for Excellence, School 2 Work, and the Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities.
Office Of Disability Integration & Coordination : Resources including tools, strategies & methods regarding assistance to disabled people victims of natural disasters.
Canadian Disability Resources : A Canadian Based Charity Offering programs and services to disabled people such as providing them with educational material as well as affordable mobility solutions. They also do research and innovations.
U.S General Services Administration : They describe themselves as "advocate for ensuring facilities are designed and built to meet the needs of persons with disabilities".
MIUSA Mobility International : Ressources to facilitate the process of travelling, studying & working abroad for people with disabilities.
University Of Illinois's Disability Resources & Educational Services : Provide academic support, accommodations, programs and wide variety of services to disabled students.
Center For Parent Information & Resource : An immense directory of various ressources for disabled individual. Ressources ranging from employments, recreation, assistive technologies to independent living. This website is truly of great value.
ADA National Network : The ADA National Network Provides informations, guidance & training on the American with Disabilities Act.Their mission is to "assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation : National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is working to increase access to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.
Goodwill Industries International : Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families (including those with disabilities) by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.
Access Board : The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.
Disabled Sports USA : Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) : The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped : Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) : Learning Ally is a national non-profit dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia. Learning Ally improves the way students learn at home and in the classroom.
United States Adaptive Recreation Center : The United States Adaptive Recreation Center was founded in 1983 (as California Handicapped skiers) to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities.
Independent Living :
AbleData : AbleData is the premier source for impartial, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity. There are almost 40,000 product listings in 20 categories.
Government Benefits : Government Benefits mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to benefit information. They offer a wide array of service for disables individual.
National Council on Independent Living : NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
National Rehabilitation Information Center : The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). They collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR.
Research and Training Center on Independent Living : The RTCIL's mission is to further Independent Living for people with disabilities by collaborating with consumers on productive research and by using innovative methods to disseminate useful knowledge.
Assistive Technology :
Association Of Assistive Technology Act Programs : To maintain and enhance a strong, effective, and efficient national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, which enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology (AT) needed for education, employment, and community living.
Rehabilitation Engineer And Assistive Technology Society Of North America : The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.
Association Of Specialized Of Cooperative Library Agencies : The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members (including disabled individuals), who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, library cooperatives, and library consultants.
Assistivetech.net : Assistivetech.net is a free online database that lists over 20,000 products which can be searched for by function (related functional area or disability), activity (related activity or task) or vendor (manufacturer or distributor name).
Assistive Technology Industry Association : Our mission is to serve as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities
Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) : The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.
Assistive Technology : Informational ressources on assistive technology in order to improve disabled people's lives.
Online Resources :
ABILITY : ABILITY Magazine is consistently ranked on the Top 50 Magazines In The World — and is the leading magazine covering Health, Disability and Human Potential.
Disability Scoop : Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.
e-Bility.com : e-Bility.com was launched in 1998 as a one-stop accessible destination for disability related information, resources, services and products.
New Mobility : New Mobility encourages the integration of active wheelchair users into mainstream society with articles on health, advocacy, travel, employment, relationships, recreation, media, products and more.
Ragged Edge : Ragged Edge is one of the oldest resource/magazine about disability and has been founded in 1981. There are an incredible amount of history and archives available on this database.
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