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General Disability Related Informational Services and Organizations

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
An Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.

Disability Studies: Information and Resources
Disability Studies refers generally to the examination of disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. In contrast to clinical, medical, or therapeutic perspectives on disability, Disability Studies focuses on how disability is defined and represented in society. From this perspective, disability is not a characteristic that exists in the person so defined, but a construct that finds its meaning in social and cultural context.

DisabilityInfo.gov
DiasbilityInfo.gov is your gateway to the federal government's disability-related information and resources. This easy-to-use Web portal is a directory of government Web links relevant to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members.

Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
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.

The Archives and Library on Disability
The Archives and Library on Disability grew out of the personal library collection of Professor David Braddock who holds the Coleman-Turner Chair in Cognitive Disability in the Department of Psychiatry, The University School of Medicine. The purpose of this collection is to acquire, preserve, and catalogue materials on the history of disability.

Disability History Museum
The purpose of this site is to promote understanding about the historical experiences of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories.

Accessibility & Disability Information & Resources
This web site is about disability and accessibility. It provides links to articles and other resources on such topics as accessibility issues in psychology training and practice, the civil rights of people with disabilities, assistive technology, accessibility standards for web sites, disability-related legal issues in higher education and professional licensing, and the American Psychological Association's mentoring program.

Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement
This is UC Berkeley's website on the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement. Discover our rich collection of primary sources exploring the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present.

National Organization on Disability
In addition to keeping you up to date on the National Organization on Disability's most recent developments, the N.O.D. web site provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.

National Arts and Disability Center
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual-, performing-, media, and literary-arts communities.

Disability History
The Disability History Project is a community history project that collects information about disabled heroes, important events in disability history, and resources.

US Disability Events Calendar
Calendar of disability related events across the United States.

Breath & Shadow
Breath & Shadow is a monthly journal of disability culture and literature. A project of AbilityMaine, Breath & Shadow is the only online literary journal with a focus on disability. It is also unique in being the sole cross-disability literature and culture magazine written and edited entirely by people with disabilities.

AboutDisability Bibliography

 

Disability Issues and Education

ACT Tools for Change
Tools for Change is a series of educational materials to promote self-advocacy and disability rights.

Disability Studies for Teachers
This website 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.

Accessibility in Distance Education
The Accessibility in Distance Education (ADE) Web site focuses on helping faculty develop accessible online learning materials for people with disabilities. It is divided into five major sections, targeting common accessibility questions.

Heath Resource Center
The HEATH Resource Center of the George Washington University , Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities (DO-IT)
A comprehensive site of funding opportunities.

Books For Children Concerning Disabilities
Children's Services in Monroe County Public Library, Indiana.

 

Employment

National Business & Disability Council
The National Business & Disability Council is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.

Ticket to Work
This section of The Work Site contains information on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-170), and the Ticket to Work Program. Since the establishment of the office in 1999 and The Work Site in 2000, our goal has been, and will continue to be, to provide a focus within the Social Security Administration on matters affecting the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.

eSight Careers Network 
eSight Careers NetworkTM provides online information and guidance for job seekers, career counselors, job developers and prospective employers about what works best for a range of disability employment issues.

 

Adaptive Technology

Media Access group at WGBH
The Media Access Group at WGBH has been pioneering and delivering accessible media to disabled adults, students, and their families, teachers, and friends for over 30 years. The Media Access Group continues to develop new means of access each year. Members of the group's collective staff represent the leading experts in their fields.

Web Content Accessibility Guideline
These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web Content Developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility.

EASI - Equal Access to Software & Information
EASI is the Premiere Provider of Online Training on Accessible Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities reaching more than 4,000 people in over 3 dozen countries since 1993.

HiSoftware® Cynthia Says™ Portal
The HiSoftware Cynthia Says portal is a web content accessibility validation solution. It is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines. This free tool meant for educational purposes, is an online test which only validates one page at a time.

 

Blind and Low Vision Resources

Digital Talking Book-Talk
The purpose of this list is for the discussion of Digital Talking Books for the Blind. The list is sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind.

Voice Print
The flagship service of N.B.R.S.(National Broadcast Reading Service). Most of each program day consists of verbatim readings of newspaper and magazine articles packaged into topical program segments.

Assistive Media
The mission of Assistive Media is to heighten the educational, cultural, and quality-of-living standard for people with disabilities and help achieve independence and become better integrated within the mainstream of society and community life in general. Assistive Media accomplishes this by providing free-of-charge, copyright-approved, high caliber audio literary works to the world-wide disability community via the Internet effectively, inexpensively, and efficiently.

SOUNDPRINT
We at Soundprint seek documentaries of substance. We call Soundprint the aural equivalent of photojournalism. We like stories which engage the listener's mind, imagination and heart. We encourage the creative and inventive use of sound to develop a contemporary art of story telling. Our programs range from the hard investigative to the evocative experiential documentary.

ACB Radio (American Council of the Blind)
ACB Radio showcases the work of blind broadcasters and musicians from around the globe. ACB Radio is heard by a worldwide audience via the internet, and has visitors from over seventy countries.

InfoEyes
InfoEyes is a virtual reference and information community for the visually impaired. You can ask questions via email or ask a librarian in real time via chat. The service is provided by a group of talking book libraries. InfoEyes allows users to ask a librarian to help you find information about absolutely anything! From locating a list of symptoms for common eye diseases, to finding a gingerbread cookie recipe, our librarians can find the information you need.

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
An architecturally barrier-free lending library.

Ocusource.com 
OcuSource.com is the parent of a series of websites dedicated to the vision impairment industry. The mission: provide quick and concise access to resources within the blindness and low vision industry, empowering consumers, agencies, resellers and manufacturers.

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) is a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.

National Association of the Deaf
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Northeast Technical Assistance Center
The Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) provides outreach and technical assistance to postsecondary programs in the Northeast serving individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Postsecondary Education Programs Network
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Centers are supported by contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The goal of PEPNet is to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Sorenson Video Relay Service
Sorenson VRS is a high-quality video relay service that enables the deaf and hard-of-hearing to effectively and naturally communicate with the hearing world.

Access Resource Guide

 

Psychiatric Disability Resources

Handling Psychiatric Disabilities
An interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. This is the only site designed exclusively to provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Accommodations for Psychiatric Disabilities
This site supplies practical information to employers and educators about reasonable accommodations for people who have psychiatric disabilities.

 

Learning Disability Resources

LDOnLine
The leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.