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Disabilities Resources

Resource Database Development

In cooperation with the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, we developed a web-based resource list, a database and a bibliography of resource materials.   The web-based resource list includes private, state and Federal resources as well as vendors.   The resource list is provided below.  Periodic additions to the list have been provided by other interested persons and organizations. Note that it has been a number of years since this list was first compiled and some of the links may be broken at this point.

If you would like to contribute information and resources to the list or make suggestions feel free to contact us.  We acknowledge the use of materials from other sources and websites.

Contact Us for further information on how to help us make a difference for those with disabilities.  

Disabilities Resources

Annotated Lists Compiled by Disabilities Task Force of the New England United Methodist Conference,  IPRS Volunteers and other interested parties.
Version 11/4/2016


Web Sites that Address Making Web Pages Accessible
and Other Accessibility Issues

Webmaster Resources
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General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
http://gbgm-umc.org
Making Your Web Pages Accessible - a tutorial

National Council of Churches of Christ, Committee on Disabilities , c/o Ministries in Christian Education. Web site contents, Mission Statement, NCC Policy Statement, "Disabilities, the Body of Christ and the Wholeness of Society", Composition
http://www.ncccusa.org/nmu/mce/dis/

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
From: http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content3/ada.idea.html#Americans
This digest created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
www.nih.gov/
Vision Disorders & Blindness
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/visiondisordersblindness.html

http://www.nei.nih.gov/ National Eye Institute (NEI) - Est. 1968
NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages.

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/ National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) - Est. 1988 NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical research and research training on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language that affect 46 million Americans.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Est. 1949
NIMH provides national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.

The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
www.icdri.org
Lots of references. See also testing tool for web site accessibility: Cynthia Saysô at IGIVE.com or log on to test your site to: www.icdri.org/test_your_site_now.html

U.S. Department of Education
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/NIDRR/
Participants in WAI

The Making Connections Unit
School of Social Science at Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 OBA.
Tel: 0141 331 3893, E-mail: info@mcu.org.uk
Executive Director of the Unit: Jim Byrne: jim@mcu.org.uk
Since 1996 the MCU has provide information to local and national government as well as the voluntary sector, not for profit and private sector.
Article: What is an accessible website? An article by Jim Byrne
http://www.mcu.org.uk/articles/whatisaw.html

AWARE Center
email to aware@hwg.org!
http://aware.hwg.org/tips/icons.html

EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information
http://www.rit.edu/~easi/

Trace Research & Development Center: Making Information Technology more usable for everyone
http://trace.wisc.edu/
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.
Trace Center Mission Statement:To prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible.
The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. This work is primarily funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (U.S. Department of Education). See www.trace.wisc.edu/world/computer_access/software for a comprehensive guide to creating accessible software. Publication of the Trace R&D Center, the Application Software Design Guidelines is available at www.trace.wisc.edu/docs/software_guidelines/ software.pcs/cover.htm and written in 1994.

The National Center for Accessible Media
NCAM's mission is: to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
Phone: 617.300.3400 TTY: 617.300.2489 Fax: 617.300.1035
Email:ncam@wgbh.org

  • Boston public television station WGBH has created the logo for use on websites to indicate an interest in accessible web authoring. Alternate sizes and versions of the symbols as well as other resource materials are available at http://ncam.wgbh.org/cdrom/guideline2000/tips.html

University of Toronto - The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre advances information technology that is accessible to all; through research, development, education, proactive design consultation and direct service.
http://atrc.utoronto.ca/ or more directly http://atrc.utoronto.ca/sitemap.html
See the Technical Glossary of Adaptive Technologies from ATRC at University of Toronto and numerous other resources at:
http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/accessible/fernunihagen/pub_resources.htm

Boston University
http://www.bu.edu/disability/resources/designlinks.htm
Accessible website design and links

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), at MIT, Cambridge, MA
http://www.w3.org/WAI/, resources /WAI/Overview.html

Boston Public Library
Access Services
www.bpl.org
Concourse Level, Johnson Building, Central Library
617-536-5400 ext. 2295
(TTD) 617-536-7055
See details in Appendix.

Harvard University
Student Disability Resources, Louise H. Russell, Director
20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Tel: (617-496-8707); Fax: (617-495-0815) V/TTY (617-496-3720) (services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students) Email: sdr@fas
See also: www.fas.harvard.edu/~sdr
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~sdr/resources.html

Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation, http://www.microsoft.com/
Participants in WAI. Collection of resource materials contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press is accessible through:
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. http://www.rfbd.org/ 866-RFBD-585 (866-732-3585)
See appendix for additional details.

IBM
www.ibm.com/able
Web accessibility offerings include IGS service offerings and other IBM assets that are available to enable customers to provide intranet and internet sites that reach a larger percentage of the population. Current web sites can be assessed for adherence to design principles and remediated, new sites can be designed from the ground up, and sites can be monitored through their product life cycle. Participants in WAI
http://www-306.ibm.com/able/solution_offerings/gso.html
Evaluate customer's Web sites, Identify non-compliant pages, Generate results and reports
Consult with client to help he / she understand current compliance gaps from Web to enterprise applications
For more information about these offerings, contact:
John Burg for Accessibility Testing Services, jpburg@us.ibm.com, 301-240-8621
Cindy Drummond for Accessibility Design and Development Services, cdrummon@us.ibm.com, 757-435-3893
IBM's accessibility Center may also be accessed where a wealth of information is provided under the heading of "Developer Guidelines:" http://www-3.ibm.com/able/guidelines/index.html
See appendix for additional offerings.

Analytic Rehabilitation
Web Page http://www.analyticrehab.com/links.htm
Many web sites regarding disabilities and other topics.

  • Disability Resources
  • Specific Disabilities
  • Products & Resources
  • Special Education
  • Government Links

Note: go to their web site to get active links.
 

Verizon
Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
Marlboro, Massachusetts. Select Massachusetts to get listing.
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.
www.verizon.com/disabilities or https://www22.verizon.com/ForYourHome/sas/res_cat_accessiblity.asp

AT&T
www.att.com
Visit their web site for a lot of links to other sites mostly but not exclusively for hearing issues. For an excellent background paper with references and linkages regarding workplace adaptations see: Burks, Michael, (Principal Member of the Technical Staff, AT&T Worldnet Service) at:
http://www.att.com/telework/article_library/workforce.html

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Blind and Visually Impaired Specific
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General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
http://gbgm-umc.org
http://gbgm-umc.org/churches/faq_memberservices/acchtml.cfm
Making Your Web Pages Accessible - a tutorial

American Council of the Blind
Web site:
http://www.acb.org
A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired by Jennifer Sutton , Copyright 2002 American Council of the Blind
Resources have been compiled for informational purposes only, and the American Council of the Blind makes no guarantees regarding the accessibility or quality of the cited references.
This document is available online, in regular print, large print, braille, or on cassette tape.

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

Braille Institute of America
http://www.brailleinstitute.org/

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

Vision Disorders & Blindness
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/visiondisordersblindness.html

http://www.nei.nih.gov/ National Eye Institute (NEI)
Pamphlet: Don't lose sight of diabetic eye disease. National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD For more information on diabetic eye disease contact: National Eye Health Education Program, 2020 Vision Place, Bethesda, MD 20892-3655.
 

Pamphlet: Don't lose sight of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). National Eye Health Education Program, 2020 Vision Place, Bethesda, MD 20892-3655. http://www.nei.nih.gov/

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
http://www.rfbd.org/
866-RFBD-585 (866-732-3585)
Collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press.

The Carroll Center for the Blind http://www.carroll.org/
The Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a private, non-profit agency which serves persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing
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Massachusetts Commission For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing
http://www.state.ma.us/mcdhh/Guide.htm
download in pdf format http://www.state.ma.us/mcdhh/textversion/indextext.html

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
http://www.agbell.org/

Deaf / Hard of Hearing
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/lib_deaf.htm

Deaf Resource Library
http://www.deaflibrary.org/

Deaf Schools and Colleges
http://www.hc.cc.tx.us/library/deafsch.htm

Hearing Disorders & Deafness http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hearingdisordersdeafness.html

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/ National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

National Association of the Deaf

http://www.nad.org/

The United Methodist Congress of the Deaf, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive Room 330, New York NY 10115. Publishers of Booklet: "Breaking the Sound Barrier in Your Church." Ministry & Mission with people who are hard of hearing and late-deafened. [request copy from NE conference library] http://gbgm-umc.org
 

Newsletter: Deaf International News. From The Signer's Network, 74 Mayfair Crescent, Brampton, Ontario L6S 3N4, Canada. Voice/TTY 905 792-9889 Fax (905) 792-1116 email: signnet@rogers.com website: www.deafinternational.com

iCommunicator
iCommunicator V.4.0 software converges spoken word, sign language and written text to created a personal information highway for persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Uses Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional, V.7.0 for speech to text conversion.
www.myicommunicator.com
888 933-0001

Sprint Corp.
Video-conferencing available by joint venture between Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) and Sprint on their Video Relay Service. Requires a videophone such as D-Link i2eye, a high speed Internet connection and a television monitor. See website: www.SprintVRS.com

Verizon
Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
Marlboro, Massachusetts
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.
www.verizon.com/disabilities

AT&T
Dozens of links are provided dealing with hearing issues
http://www.consumer.att.com/relay/links/

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Mobility/Amputation/Loss of Limbs
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AboveKneeAmputee.com
http://www.abovekneeamputee.com/

Amputee Coalition of America
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/

Amputee Information Exchange
http://www.amp-info.org/

Amputee Online
http://www.amputee-online.com/

Amputee Resource Center
http://www.usinter.net/wasa/arc.html

Amputee Resource Foundation of America, Inc.
http://www.amputeeresource.org/

Amputee Treatment Center
http://www.amputee-center.com/

Amputee Website for New Amputees
http://hometown.aol.com/alegnomore/amputee/amputee.htm

The Barr Foundation
http://www.oandp.com/resources/organizations/barr/

Limbless Association
http://www.limbless-association.org/

National Limb Loss Information Center
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/nllic_about.html

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
http://www.medmark.org/pmr/

Stumps 'R Us
http://www.stumps.org/

United Amputee Services Association
http://www.oandp.com/resources/organizations/uasa/index.htm

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Mental Health
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New England Conference of United Methodist Church
Eileen Noyes-Verchereau - Conference Coordinator on Mental Health
Contact: email: Ennistymen@rcn.com

Mental Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mentalhealth.html

Mental Health Infosource
http://www.mhsource.com/

Mental Health Net
http://mentalhelp.net/

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Est. 1949
NIMH provides national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
http://www.nmha.org/

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
http://www.mhselfhelp.org/

National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Provide support and advocacy for families of mentally ill. Call for location of a chapter nearest you.
www.nami.org
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Main: (703) 524-7600 Fax: (703) 524-9094 TDD: (703) 516-7227
Member Services: (800) 950-NAMI
You may also call our Information & Service Center: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
 

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Developmental Disabilities
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American Association for Mental Retardation
http://www.aamr.org/

The ARC of the United States
http://www.thearc.org/

Birth Defects Research for Children
http://www.birthdefects.org/

Cerebral Palsy -  Ask the Doctor
http://www.about-cerebral-palsy.org/

Cerebral Palsy Tutorial
http://galen.med.virginia.edu/~smb4v/tutorials/cp/cp.htm

DDS directory of Regional Centers
http://www.dds.cahwnet.gov/regctrs/main/rclist.cfm

Developmental Disabilities
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/developmentaldisabilities.html

Easter Seals
http://www.easter-seals.org/

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
http://ericec.org/

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC)
http://www.irsc.org/

March of Dimes
http://www.modimes.org/

National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils
http://www.igc.apc.org/NADDC/

NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
http://www.nichcy.org/

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Appendix (Additional details of Resources)
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Microsoft
Accessibility of Microsoft Windows
Many accessibility features have been built right into Microsoft Windows, starting with the introduction of Windows 95. These features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, are blind or have low vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The features can be installed during setup. Learn more about the various accessibility features of Windows 2000, Windows Millennium, Windows 98, and Windows 95 at the Microsoft Web site: www.microsoft.com

Accessibility Aids for Windows
A wide variety of accessibility aids, or assistive technology products, are available to make computers easier to use for people with disabilities.
Microsoft provides a searchable catalog of accessibility aids that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems at the Microsoft Web site.
Among the different types of products available for the MS-DOS, Windows, and Windows NT operating systems are:

  • Programs that enlarge the information displayed or alter the color of information on the screen for people with visual impairments.
  • Programs that describe information on the screen in Braille or synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading.
  • Hardware and software utilities that modify the behavior of the mouse and keyboard.
  • Programs that enable people to type by using a mouse or their voice.
  • Word or phrase prediction software that allow users to type more quickly and with fewer keystrokes.
  • Alternative input devices, such as single switch or puff-and-sip devices, for people who cannot use a mouse or a keyboard.

Microsoft Reader for Windows-based PCs and laptops boast accessibility features that are bringing eBooks to more communities and providing a richer on-screen reading experience with additional TTS and Verbosity functionality. To enable Microsoft Reader to take advantage of existing speech technologies, you must install the new Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech (TTS) Package 1.0. Note: You must have Microsoft Reader 2.0 installed on your machine before Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech Package 1.0 can be installed.

Order additional Microsoft product documentation in accessible formats
You can obtain additional Microsoft publications from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. These documents are distributed to registered, eligible members of their distribution service on audiocassettes or on floppy disks. The collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press.  For information about eligibility and availability of Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press, contact:

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone from within the United States: (800) 221-4792
Phone from outside the United States and Canada: (609) 452-0606
Fax: (609) 987-8116
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Web site
http://www.rfbd.org/
866-RFBD-585 (866-732-3585)

IBM Global Service Offerings
http://www-306.ibm.com/able/solution_offerings/gso.html

  • Evaluate customer's Web sites
  • Identify non-compliant pages
  • Generate results and reports
  • Provide one time or ongoing assessment designed to ensure compliance is maintained
  • Consult with client to help he / she understand current compliance gaps from Web to enterprise applications
  • Assess development and production code
  • Design ongoing and future state of IT infrastructure - technology, tools and environment
  • Create a strategy that encompasses entire life-cycle approach
  • Fix, test and run (re-architect, redesign, redeploy) code on Web sites
  • Code / presentation layer Web pages and applications - update to meet compliance standard
  • Re-architect infrastructure environment and roll out

For more information about these offerings, please contact:
John Burg for Accessibility Testing Services, jpburg@us.ibm.com, 301-240-8621
Cindy Drummond for Accessibility Design and Development Services, cdrummon@us.ibm.com, 757-435-3893
See also: www.ibm.com/able

Boston Public Library
The Access Services Program is part of the Adult Readers and Information Services Department and is located on the concourse level. Access Services allows people with disabilities to use library resources within the library. Computers in this area are restricted to those with disabilities.
This area maintains a reference collection of disability-related materials, including Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, education, health, housing, parenting, travel, as well as resource directories.
Highlights of the Collection

  • Talking Books are on loan from the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind. They are not listed in the PAC (on-line catalog) as use is restricted.
  • Talking Books may circulate only to individuals registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and can be used only on equipment provided by NLS.
  • Periodicals in Braille, produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and current back issues of Braille Forum, Braille Monitor, Dialogue with the Blind, and Journal of Visual Impairment are available, as well as popular titles such as The New York Times and Science News.
  • Periodicals on a range of issues related to physical and mental disabilities are also located in the Access Center.
  • Videotapes that offer closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for deaf and hard-of-hearing people and descriptive narratives for blind and visually disabled people (DVS videos) are available in the adjacent Audio-Visual Services Department.
     

Large Print Books
The large print collection is located on the first floor of the General Library. Non-fiction in large print is shelved against the back wall to the far left of the Catalog Desk. Large print fiction is on the first floor of the Johnson Building around the center walls. The latest large print fiction can be found at the end of the new fiction section.
 

Equipment

  • Optilec Magnifier (CCTV)
  • Reading ADVANTAGE
  • Reading Edge - English and Spanish
  • Duxbury Braille Translation Software (DBT)
  • Braille Printer Juliet PRO 60 (Interpoint - prints on both sides of page)
  • HP Scanner 5200 C
  • Scanning Software: Kurzweil 1000
  • Computer Printer, HP Laser Jet 4 plus
  • Speech Automated Software: JAWS
  • Large Print: Zoomtext Xtra
  • Microsoft Word 97
  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows NT

The BPL and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network are pleased that the following equipment was provided by the Community Information Network for Individuals with Disabilities (CINID). CINID is funded through grants from National Library of Medicine, The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, & The Boston Foundation. For more information about CINID go to www.disabilityexchange.org

  • Height Adjustable Keyboard Trays
  • Anti-Glare Screens with Document Holders
  • Kensington Expert Pro Wireless Trackball
  • Roller Plus Joystick Mouse
  • Low Profile Mini Keyboard
  • Onscreen Virtual Keyboard
  • Dragger Dwell Software
  • TextHelp! ScreenReader 4
  • CAST eReader Software

Computer use for adults with disabilities is limited to two hours per day. Customers must have a Boston Public Library card to sign up for computer time. Telephone reservations are permitted. Please call: (617) 536-5400, extension 2295. When requesting a particular computer, refer to these computer stations:
 

  • ACA1: JAWS, Kurzweil, Zoomtext, scanner, printer, Internet use
  • ACA2: JAWS, Kurzweil, Zoomtext, printer, Braille printer, Internet use
  • PC1: Internet use, CINID equipment as listed above.
  • PC2: Internet use, CINID equipment as listed above.

For program assistance and for general information or to make an appointment call (voice) 617-536-5400 extension 2295 or (TTD) 617-536-7055 or fax us at 617-266-8948.

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Acknowledgments

The efforts of many people and organizations is gratefully acknowledged in the development of the resource guides on disabilities and their web-based equivalents. This is a work in progress with different forms of presentation being under development including an Access database that may be distributed to organizations serving the needs of the disabled. This project was spearheaded by the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church (NEUMC). The NEUMC has hosted the web-based materials in the past. The Task Force was joined by volunteers working with Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc. (IPRS), a non-profit foundation incorporated in Massachusetts (http://www.iprsinc.org). The point of contact for both entities is Dr. Donald Job, Project Director (email: DonJob@enbede.com).

A special thanks to Linda C. Brown, a blind musician, whose advocacy for the blind prompted the church leaders to take action and to John Blackadar who advocated for her at the conference level and to Bishop Susan Hassinger who supported the formation of the Task Force. Additional thanks are due to the following persons:

Rev. Lee Carpenter
Julie Daley
Pastor Susan E. Daneau
Michael Hickcox
Dr. Donald Job
Harry and Nancy Johnson
Rev. James McPhee
Eileen Noyes-Verchereau - Conference Coordinator on Mental Health
Gale O'Neil
Eileen Rev. F. William (Bill) Schuster, Jr
Rev. Michael R. and Peggy Stotts
Cynthia Sulesky
Rev.Joan-Anne Westfall,
Walter Woitasek

IPRS and Other Volunteers & Resource Persons:
Daniel J. Berkowitz
Larry Espling
Dr. Donald Job, IPRS President (email: DonJob@enbede.com )
Bruce Luhrs
Theresa Mullins
John Williams
 

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Disclaimer of Warranties

Information provided on these web pages and/or data files came from many different sources and was the result of many people's efforts. The members and friends of the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church (NEUMC) and staff and volunteers for Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc. (IPRS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, all contributed. We also drew heavily from the listings from other web sites including that of Analytic Rehabilitation (http://www.analyticrehab.com/links.htm) and others.

Neither NEUMC nor IPRS makes any express or implied warranties about the currency or quality of the information. Nor is there any guarantee that the information will be updated. It is made available "as is" and "as available" without warranty against inaccuracies, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

NEUMC or IPRS assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the information, software, products and/or services which are referenced by or linked to this site. References to other corporations, their services and products, are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.

The downloading or other acquisition of any materials through the site is done at your own discretion and risk and with your agreement that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from such activities.

This site and Information contains links to third party web sites that are not under the control of either NEUMC or IPRS. NEUMC and IPRS make no representations whatsoever about any other web sites which you may have accessed through this site. When you access a non-NEUMC or IPRS web site, you do so at your own risk and NEUMC or IPRS is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements made on these sites or for the quality of any products or services available on such sites. NEUMC or IPRS provides these links merely as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply that NEUMC or IPRS endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content or use of such web sites.

NEUMC or IPRS does not warrant that the NEUMC or IPRS sites will meet your needs, or that they will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. NEUMC or IPRS also makes no warranty that the results obtained from the use of the NEUMC or IPRS sites will be accurate or reliable, or that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the NEUMC or IPRS sites or distributed materials in electronic or print form will meet your expectations.

As a condition of your use of the NEUMC or IPRS sites and information related thereto in whatever form, you agree to indemnify and hold NEUMC and IPRS harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liability, costs and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys' fees) arising from your use of the information provided.
 

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Vendor Information

There are numerous types of vendors who serve the disabled communities.  These range from the major computer hardware and software manufacturers such as IBM, HP and Microsoft to the major telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon, and others.  In addition there are major Retailers like Radio Shack who sell equipment through their stores and catalogs like talking clocks and thermometers, talking Bibles, large button telephones, telephone amplifiers, etc.  The next tier down are the manufacturers of specialty hardware and software exclusively to the disabled persons.  These include the producers of software for text reading like JAWS and Window Eyes and special wheel chair adaptations, etc.

We have used volunteers to develop a list of some of the suppliers in New England.  Inclusion on our list  is not an endorsement of the products or their manufacturers.  Likewise, not including a manufacturer on the list is not an indication of their unacceptability.

Addendum of June, 2015

From Jasmine Dyoco

http://educatorlabs.org/ | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

Nearly 1 in 5 people - 56.7 million - in the US has a disability (1).   People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report having poorer overall health, less access to adequate healthcare and more engagement in risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity (2).  
1) https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html 
2) http://www.cdc.gov/features/disabilities/ 

Home Accommodations

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living
https://www.disability.gov/resource/home-modifications-to-promote-independent-living/ 

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide
http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/disability-accommodation/

Home Safety for People with Disabilities
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities

Guide to Moving for the Disabled
http://closetbox.me/guide-to-moving-for-the-disabled

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.html

Guide to Traveling for the Disabled
http://www.luggagepros.com/travel/guide-to-traveling-for-the-disabled.shtml

Disability.govís Guide to Transportation
https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-transportation/ 

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Addendum of July, 2016

From Sara Bell
http://educatorlabs.org/ | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

Guide for Disabled Homebuyers
https://www.redfin.com/blog/guide-for-disabled-home-buyers

A Guide to Keeping Your Home for the Newly Disabled
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/keeping-your-home.php

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.html

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/obesity/stay-active-with-a-disability-quick-tips

Depression and Disability
http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/uploads/media_items/depression-and-disability.original.pdf

Helping Alzheimerís Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved One
http://www.neptunesociety.com/resources/helping-alzheimers-sufferers-cope-with-the-loss-of-a-loved-one-a-guide-for-caregivers

1) https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html
2) http://www.cdc.gov/features/disabilities/

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Patricia Sarmiento who is with Public Health Corps has provided the following list of resources.

340 S. Lemon Ave. #5780  Walnut, CA  91789

http://publichealthcorps.org

 

Various housing related and other links and resources.

 Disabled Rentersí Housing Rights

 Disability Rights in Housing

 The Guide to Securing Lifelong Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs

 Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

 Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide

 Learn About the Different Types of Service Dogs

 How to Cope with Sudden Illness or Disability

 Depression and Disability: A Practical Guide

 The 45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

 How to Stay Physically Active: Aging Well with a Physical Disability

 Top Tips for Getting Fit if Youíre Disabled

Routines and Children with Disabilities

Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs

The Ultimate Guide to Flying with Autistic Children

Teaching Students with Special Needs

Home schooling and Special Needs Children

College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD

Disability.govís Guide for Family Caregivers

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

Obesity and Children with Special Needs

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians

A New Savings Plan for the Disabled

A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers

Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications

Home Accessibility Costs

 

Patricia provided the following addendum in September, 2016

Grants for Home Modifications: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/grants-for-home-modification/

The Room-by-Room HomeFit Tour
http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/what-is-universal-design.html

Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know
https://www.expertise.com/remodeling/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs

Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities Who Want Them to Succeed in School
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-laszlo-mizrahi/tips-for-parents-of-child_b_11717882.html

The Guide to Securing Life-Long Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/04/the-guide-to-securing-life-long-accommodations-for-adult-children-with-special-needs.html

Substance Abuse Among Physically Disabled Individuals
http://sunrisehouse.com/addiction-demographics/physically-disabled/

Children with Aspergers: Developing Social Skills at Home and School
http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/04/developing-social-skills-at-home-and.html

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From Claire Castillo

A website/resource: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/disability-benefits-guide/.

Claire Castillo
clairea.thesimpledollar@gmail.com
TheSimpleDollar.com
1525 4th Ave. #500
Seattle, WA 98101

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From Kelsey Brown

BestColleges.com, an online, college planning resource for current and prospective students. The site seeks to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, they build user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. Recently, the site published a college guide for students with vision loss. Fewer than 15% of people with vision loss earn their bachelor's degree as compared to about 30% of the general population. Whatever the reason, one way to mitigate this education gap is to give students with vision loss the information needed to successfully transition to college with additional support given by financial aid resources such as scholarships and grants. Our guide serves to give students with visual impairments the tools necessary to tackle their education with confidence. For more information, the guide can be found here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-visual-impairments/.  The new College Guide for Students with Visual Impairments includes:

  • An in-depth look at the transition to college
  • A guide to accommodations & assistive technology
  • An insightful interview with a student affected by vision loss
  • A listing of scholarships worth a total of $45,000 annually

Help more students with visual impairments earn their degree by sharing this student guide.

Kelsey Brown
Community Outreach Coordinator | BestColleges.com
P.O. Box 52755 | Houston, TX 77052 | Facebook
 

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October, 2016

Cyrus Dylan from Caring4OurKids.com writes:

We are a group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a few co-morbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  We've come together and are creating a site of original and curated resources to help others like us. 

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

Resources for Military Families

Academic Accommodation Resources

Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids
 

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October, 2016

Angela Hanners
Director of Communications with AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org provides the following information.

My team and I have just created a comprehensive guidebook specifically for those completing an education with a chronic condition. Inside this online guide, you will find information for several conditions including - asthma, celiacs, epilepsy, and diabetes, tools for how to manage these conditions while in school, and expert advice pieces for students to read. You can find the entire guidebook here: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/chronic-conditions-in-school/

Community for Accredited Online Schools is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education. This message is intended for U.S. audiences only. Further information is available at Community for Accredited Online Schools P.O. Box 77041, San Francisco, CA 94107.

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November, 2016

From Caroline Hampton of Sanford, NC shared the following list of resources.  She is affiliated with
http://openeducators.org

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
http://www.calculators.org/savings/people-with-disabilities.php

8 Steps for Learning Disabled Students Who Want to Go to College
http://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2010/12/02/8-steps-for-learning-disabled-students-who-want-to-go-to-college

The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles
http://www.lagrangecountrydodge.com/blog/2016/october/12/guide-buying-used-accessible-vehicles.htm

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities
http://www.trade-schools.net/careers-for-people/who-are-disabled.asp

Travel Tips for Workers with Disabilities
https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/travel-tips-for-workers-with-disabilities

The Disabled Job Seeker's Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/02/the-disabled-job-seekers-guide-to-becoming-a-real-estate-agent.html

Types of Service Dogs
http://caninesforkids.org/service-dogs/

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