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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, IPRS 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. See the appended lists at the end submitted by interested persons and organizations. Note that it has been a number of years since this list was first compiled and although it has been recently updated, there may still be some obsolete links.

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 4/9/2019


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

Webmaster Resources
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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 Says™

The National Rehabilitation Information Center ( NARIC ) at www.naric.com is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

AWARE Center
Provide information on use of Accessibility icons and graphics
http://aware.hwg.org/tips/icons.html

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
EASI is a non-profit organization, committed to the belief that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.
http://easi.cc/

Trace Research & Development Center
Making Information Technology more usable for everyone  http://trace.umd.edu/
The Trace Research & Development Center is now a part of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. 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 National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)at Boston public broadcaster WGBH is a research and development facility dedicated to addressing barriers to media and emerging technologies for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. NCAM is part of the Media Access Group at WGBH which includes two production units, The Caption Center (est. 1972) and Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®) (est. 1990).
One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135
Phone: 617 300-3400, TTY: 617 300-2489, Fax: 617 300-1035
Email: ncam@wgbh.org

Boston University
Disability Services
http://www.bu.edu/disability/
Boston University takes great pride in the academic and personal achievements of its many students and alumni with disabilities.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), at MIT, Cambridge, MA https://www.w3.org/WAI/
A new working draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 has been published as of July 2017.

Apple Computer Co.
Accessibility - Apple https://www.apple.com/accessibility/
Every Apple device is built with powerful assistive technology, making them accessible to everyone.  This includes the Mac,  iPads,  iPhones, et al.

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. which is now Learning Ally http://www.LearningAlly.org/

Note that a current excellent resource is Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft. Follow her on twitter: @jennylayfluffy. A tweet this past year (2017) highlighted a blog from Perkins School, in Watertown, MA [http://perkinselearning.org/]. The Blog is by Veronica on November 24, 2016 for Perkins School. Access at http://perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/accessibility-settings-windows-10.  Highlighted is one of many articles on assistive technology. In the tweet it is shown how computers using Windows 10 can be made easier to use for people with low vision. Most of these can be found in the Ease of Access Center in Control Panel. One might also follow the twitter account for Perkins School: #a11y @perkinsvision.

IBM Accessibility Research
https://www.ibm.com/able/
Website provides a variety of links to Tools and Guidance, Research Projects and Cognitive Eldercare. IBM is a participants in WAI.

Verizon
Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.
https:/www.verizon.com/about/accessibility/overview 
Contact the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities:
Toll-free at 1.800.974.6006 Voice or TTY 508.251.5301 Videophone
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at: vccd@verizon.com

AT&T
www.att.com
Their main website is not as friendly as it used to be.  The accessibility button is at the bottom of the page in small print.  Here is the link you need (as of January, 2021). https://about.att.com/sites/accessibility

 

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Blind and Visually Impaired Specific
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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
https://www.afb.org/

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

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

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

https://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. https://www.nei.nih.gov/

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.  is now Learning Ally http://www.LearningAlly.org/
Their collection contains more than 80,000 titles.

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.

Perkins School for the Blind [http://perkinselearning.org/].
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
The Perkins School for the Blind addresses multiple needs for vision, hearing and other disabilities.
One might also follow the twitter account for Perkins School: #a11y @perkinsvision .

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing
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Massachusetts Commission For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/mcdhh/
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing home page provides a number of links to resources including communication access, training & technology services and American Sign Language (ASL) information and regulations.

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

Deaf Resource Library The Deaf Resource Library is a virtual library offering an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. They can reached at: http://www.deaflibrary.org/

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
The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America. https://www.nad.org/

Sprint Corp.
Sprint Relay Solutions offers a variety of services under their "Solutions" tab and provides links to topics on Hearing loss, Speech disability, Deaf services, Business communications, Spanish communications and Vision loss services.  See website: www.SprintVRS.com or   https://www.sprintrelay.com/news

Verizon
Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.
www.verizon.com/disabilities  Fios Accessibility Services.
Contact the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities:
Toll-free at 1.800.974.6006 Voice or TTY 508.251.5301 Videophone
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at: vccd@verizon.com

AT&T
www.att.com
Their main website is not as friendly as it used to be.  The accessibility button is at the bottom of the page in small print.  Here is the link you need (as of August, 2017). https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/mobile-accessibility.html

See additional resources for the hearing impaired submitted by viewers in the chronological section below.

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Mobility/Amputation/Loss of Limbs
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Amputee Coalition of America
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/

Amputee Online Include links of resources for women.
http://www.amputee-online.com/

Amputee Resource Foundation of America. Includes a number of links to suppliers/services specific to particular conditions.  http://ww7.amputeeresource.org/. We cannot vouch for the referees.

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

The Barr Foundation See O&P Edge.  This site provides many useful links; but, does not provide any description.

Limbless Association
General community support.
http://www.limbless-association.org/

National Limb Loss Information Center
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/limb-loss-resource-center/

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Developmental Disabilities
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American Association for Mental Retardation- Renamed to American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities
Provides education, advocacy, testing resources, etc.
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/

DDS directory of Regional Centers - California state Dept. of Developmental Services
http://www.dds.ca.gov/RC/RCList.cfm

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

Easter Seals General Programs
https://www.easterseals.com and
Easter Seals Accessibility programs
https://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/making-life-accessible/

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
https://nacdd.org

NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
Center for Parent Information and Resources c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, 35 Halsey St., 4th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.  Tel. 973-642-8100
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/nichcy-gone/

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

Mental Health Net
MentalHelp-
Comprehensive Mental Health and Mental Illness information on topics like Depression, Bipolar, Suicide, Anxiety, Addiction, Schizophrenia, and more.  Includes articles, blogs and news. http://mentalhelp.net/

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) -https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
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) Now MHA (Mental Health America)
http://www.nmha.org/  now http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
Offer resources, publications, technical assistance, news, etc.
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   or https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI,
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Main Telephone: (703) 524-7600  Fax: (703) 524-9094  TDD: (703) 516-7227
Member Services: (800) 950-NAMI (6264)

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Mental Health Therapeutic Options (working with animals)
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In recent years there has been increasing interest in addressing various mental and developmental conditions by engaging patients with horses and other animals.  This new section lists a few of the studies and organizations involved in this approach.

Columbia University, New York, NY
Columbia University has undertaken a study working with individuals having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to help them rebuild relationship skills by teaming them with a horse. The study has been named the Man O’ War Project. It is co-directed by Dr. Prudence Fisher, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).
Her co-director is Dr. Yuval Neria a military veteran, and Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

The Man O’ War Project aims to determine how equine-assisted therapy can be most effectively used to help veterans with PTSD.  For more information see contact information below.
https://mowproject.org/ Tel. 888 -MOW-4041 info@mowproject.org

One may also access the following.  http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2017/08/equine-therapy-for-ptsd-studied-at-columbia-university.aspx

Hearts for Heroes United States
Mission: H4HUS assists Military Veterans with the process of re-acclimating to life back home through participation in therapeutic Canine and Equine programs.
Visit our website at  http://h4hus.org/ or email us at info@H4HUS.org or write to:
Hearts for Heroes Corp.
PO Box 394
Bedford, NY 10506

Hope-Thru-Horses, Inc.
162 Schmidt Lane, Lumber Bridge, NC 28358. Tel. 910 494-5888
http://www.hope-thru-horses.org/

Healing Power of Horses
A heartwarming account of the potential relationships between humans, horses and healing may be found in Wendy Beth Baker's book The Healing Power of Horses.  It is devoted to the world's greatest horsepeople, the Oglala Lakota Indians of South Dakota.  The Indians who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation have grown spiritually and as a community through their relationship with their horses, and it is through this connection to the natural world that the power of healing and ultimately, health, flows. Product Details  ISBN: 9781889540894  Publisher: Companionhouse Books, Publication date: June 15th, 2004

Service Animals
Hayley Armstrong from “thesimpledollar’ writes that they have done extensive reviews into expanding access to service animals for individuals on a budget given that the right remedy isn't always the most affordable one.  The American Psychological Association found animal therapy increased feelings of emotional well being in individuals with autism, medical complications or behavioral issues. Unfortunately, this form of treatment may be out of financial reach for many.  We created our guide to ensure that anyone can secure meaningful access to animal therapy regardless of their economic status. We compare the types of animal therapy, the general costs of each, and the financing options available. Here's a link: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/financial-wellness/how-to-afford-animal-therapy/

 

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Appendix (Additional details of Resources)
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Apple Computer Co.
Accessibility - Apple https://www.apple.com/accessibility/
Every Apple device is built with powerful assistive technology, making them accessible to everyone.  This includes the Mac,  iPads,  iPhones, Apple Watch and Apple TV.  See the following site for users and/or developers:   https://support.apple.com/accessibility

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 various Windows operating systems by going to 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. Among the different types of products available are the following.

  • 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.

Boston Public Library
Telephone 617-536-5400
The following description of services may be outdated.  Check with the library directly or visit their website for the latest updates.  https://www.bpl.org/users-with-disabilities/

The Access Services Program 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 have been

  • Talking Books are on loan from the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind.
  • 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 has been located on the first floor of the General Library.
 
   Adaptive Computer Station Software and accessories: (updated August, 2017)

Windows 7 with Microsoft Word 2010 and Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome browsers, including a Large Screen PC, Large Print keyboard, and Magnifier with the following additional tools:

  • Jaws 15
  • Narrator
  • Zoomtext for Windows
  • Duxbury Braille Translator Pro 60
  • Braille Printer Juliet
  • Braille Pen USB
  • Kurzweil 1000 and 3000

Additional adaptive software is available on other computers. Computer use is limited to two hours per day, but it may be extended. Customers must have a Boston Public Library card or a visitor pass to sign up for computer time. Telephone reservations are permitted. Please call (617) 859-2255 to make reservations or for more information about the adaptive computer station.

Other computers in Tech Central have proprietary software for screen reading and magnification. Staff at the desk can assist patrons with any of the computers.

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

Other Major Libraries
There are numerous other public libraries (including the Library of Congress in Washington, DC) that have collections of material and resources for those with disabilities. Check with your state library or libraries in major cities or those associated with major universities (like U. of California Berkeley, California).

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Acknowledgments

The efforts of many people and organizations are gratefully acknowledged in the development of the resource guides on disabilities and their web-based equivalents. Initially this project was spearheaded by the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church (NEUMC). However, for many years now, the task of hosting and maintaining the list has been taken on as a service by Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc. (IPRS), a non-profit foundation incorporated in Massachusetts (http://www.iprsinc.org). The point of contact 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.

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.  NEUMC is no longer involved in either the hosting or maintaining of this document.

 IPRS makes no 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.

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  IPRS.  IPRS makes no representations whatsoever about any other web sites which you may have accessed through this site. When you access a non-IPRS web site, you do so at your own risk and 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. IPRS provides these links merely as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply that  IPRS endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content or use of such web sites.

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

As a condition of your use of the  IPRS site and information related thereto in whatever form, you agree to indemnify and hold 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.

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 Apple, IBM, HP and Microsoft to the major telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon, and others.  In addition there are major Retailers like Amazon and 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.

Copyright Information

This compilation of resources as presented on this extensive web page is protected by U.S. Copyright law as of 2017.  The manner of presentation of resources and commentary are owned by IPRS, a non-profit corporation chartered in Massachusetts. Use of the material is for personal use only and any duplication for commercial use or re-publication in any form is strictly forbidden.  Allowance of duplication by non-profits for non-profit purposes may be made on a case-by-case basis.  Maintenance of the database requires considerable effort, and we have overhead too; so, please respect our restrictions.

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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

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Addendum of Subsequent Additions

7/29/2015
Michelle Dayto
michelle9.expertise@gmail.com
1525 4th Avenue Suite #700
Seattle, WA 98101
(877) 769-7769

I’m Michelle, and I work for Expertise.com.  We have developed a guide that aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and disabled people much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs

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7/30/2015
From Sara Bell
http://educatorlabs.org/ | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

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 Alzheimer’s 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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12/21/2015
Ashley Knowles
Outreach Manager, AdvocatesForHealth.org.  Email: outreach@advocatesforhealth.org
PO Box 3204
Santa Monica, CA 90408

Ashley writes: “I recently found a great resource, written by a clinical psychologist  Sarah Williams, on a top treatment website, and I thought you may be interested in adding this to your page:

http://www.rehabs.com/guides/substance-abuse-and-anxiety-disorders/

Anxiety is widely considered one of the leading causes and contributing factors to drug and alcohol addiction. Considering that, resources for managing and treating anxiety are crucial for helping individuals overcome their addictions.

This guide, written by clinical psychologist Sarah Williams, is a fantastic collection of the latest research on the relationship between anxiety and addiction, as well as the best practices for treatment. It is written and designed specifically to address the most common concerns of individuals seeking help and their family members. It is both highly accessible and well-researched, including visual illustrations and citations of landmark studies.”

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1/22/2016
Rachel Baltazar
AccreditedOnlineColleges.org
Rachel writes: “Here at AccreditedOnlineColleges.org, we recently published our 2016 College Resources for Students with Disabilities. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act enacted in the late 90's, many social barriers have been removed or reduced, yet there is still a ways to go. In the course of our research, we found that most student with disabilities were not fully aware of educational rights, grants, and education resources that are available for them. So we decided to create a user-friendly guide that explores legal provisions as well as a comprehensive listing of scholarships and grants designed specifically to support their higher education pursuits. We hope our guide will not only answer common questions, but allow those living with disabilities the opportunity to leverage educational benefits and feel empowered to continue to lead fulfilling lives.  You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/resources/accredited-online-colleges-and-disability-education/

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7/7/2016
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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9/20/2016
Patricia Sarmiento from Public Health Corps, Walnut, CA  http://publichealthcorps.org
provided the following list of resources.

Various housing related and other resources.

 Disabled Renters’ 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 You’re 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.gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

AbilityPath - Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs See https://abilitypath.org/parenting-resources/

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

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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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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
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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12/7/2016
From chris@hostingfacts.com
Chris writes:
I recently put together a guide on web designs for accessibility.  See the following link: https://hostingfacts.com/website-accessibility-guide/
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1/27/17
Paul Jones writes: "I operate a free helpline for people suffering from alcoholism. The website below
offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from alcoholism and mental health problems. Website: http://www.rehab4alcoholism.com/  

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2/27/17
From Kelly Coleman
http://consumerhealthlabs.com/
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204
Cary, NC 27518

Kelly is an accessibility specialist at ConsumerHealthLabs —I’ve been working on my latest round of resource gathering and thought you might be interested in adding them to your site:

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

 Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

 Addiction Treatment Resources for Americans with Disabilities

 The Disabled Job Seeker's Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

 A How-to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability

 The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles

 Socialization and the Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 Disability Accommodation Cost Guides

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3/18/17
Jennifer McGregor
http://publichealthlibrary.org
Grandville, MI

Jennifer writes: "I recently met a patient with a spinal cord injury that stole her ability to walk and ultimately led to a dependency on her prescription painkillers. She said the stigmatization she sees as both a paraplegic and recovering addict is constant, from accessible housing to seeking gainful employment. She told me having little to no support has simply become her expectation, and it’s really weighed heavily on my mind.

Please consider adding the following resources to your site."

Disability Accommodation Cost Guides

Thriving in Trade School with a Disability

Discrimination And Addiction: How To Overcome Prejudice WIthout Relying On Drugs Or Alcohol

Accessibility and Employment: What People with Disabilities Need to Know

Wheelchair and Handicap Ramp Cost Guide

Dating When Blind or Visually Impaired — From Single and Ready to Mingle to Off the Market

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

Social skills for adolescents and adults with autism

 

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3/21/2017
From David Garcia of  SpiritFinder.org

 David writes :“ Would you show your support for the millions of Americans with a hearing impairment by adding these links to your site?”

 4 Game-Changing Technologies For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

 The 10 Best Cities for Technology-Assisted Living

 Special Considerations for Parents Raising a Teenager with Hearing Loss

 College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

 Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

 Socialization and the Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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3/31/17
From Martin Block of Ablerise.net   ( http://ablerise.net/ )
2885 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Martin shares the following links from his website.  Note that there are more if you visit the site.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

How to Explain Disability to a Child  http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/act/family-life/how-to-explain-disability-to-a-child/

The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles for Disability Accommodation

Life Planning for Children and Adults with Special Needs

 Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities

 Tips for Travelers with Disabilities

 Wheelchair and Handicap Ramp Cost Guide

 Developing an Accessible Workplace

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4/5/2017
From Claire Castillo
A website/resource relating to scholarships for higher education:
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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4/17/17
Jenny Thompson
We created a comprehensive guide to help increase awareness about disabilities and sleep including expert advice for on sleep products and bedroom setup for those with disability, curated resources for all of the five disability categories, caregiver resources and much more.

Check it out here: https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/mattress-and-bedding-guide-disabilities/
We’re trying to get this important information out to as many people as possible and were wondering if you’d help us in that effort.

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4/21/2017
My name is Laura Pipitone and I am a Home Economics teacher. I have been researching for good resource material for my class and came across your page http://www.iprsinc.org/IPRS_disabilResor.htm
It was complete and very useful so thank you for your helpful resource! I came across another page that I am now also using:
http://creditcritics.com/home-moving-guide/.
The page has some great information and I wanted to share it with you.

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5/1/17
Yvonne Olssen
Yvonne has compiled and shares some resources full of useful information to help seniors and anyone with disabilities stay healthy and safe. Here's a quick update for you on that roundup of resources. It's morphed more towards fire safety, and I'll be doing another on senior safety separately.

Printable Fire Safety Tip Sheets from the NFPA

Fire Safety Guides For Kids (Also Includes A Section For Kids With Special Needs)

Fire Safety Tips For Seniors (A Quick, Well-Illustrated Tutorial from the NFPA)

An Interesting Discussion On Quora: How do people in wheelchairs safely exit a multi-level building during a fire evacuation if the elevator is unavailable?

25 Tips To Make Home Safe For Seniors (Especially Those Living Independently)

Fire Safety For Wheelchair Users (including how to evacuate people with limited mobility)

 

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5/15/2017
Angela Hanners
Director of Communications
Community for Accredited Online Schools
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org,
P.O. Box 77041, San Francisco, CA 94107
Publishers of a guidebook for visually impaired students. http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/helping-students-with-visual-impairments/

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3/1/2017
Ryan Kelly
Director of Communications, Affordable Colleges Online, writes:
"Non Profit Degrees and Careers" spotlights information on degrees that can often lead to volunteer and employment opportunities, working at a nonprofit, and how to become a skill-based volunteer. You can find more information here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/volunteering-internships-abroad/ 
About us: Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. You can write to us at P.O. Box 77022, San Francisco, CA 94107

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5/25/2017
Kim Williams
Director of Communications
LearnHowToBecome.org
kim@lhtbcareers.org provided the following resources.

Resources Specific to Disabled Students:

     Resources for Students with Disabilities: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

     Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/financial-aid-for-students-with-disabilities/

Tips and tricks on Professionalism:

     LinkedIn: Creating the best profile for the job - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/
     Internships: Tips, advice, and resources - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/career-resource-center/internship-resources/

     Interviewing: the do's and don't's - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/interview-dos-and-donts/

    Resumes: How to create an eye catcher - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/resume-guide/

General guidebooks and career success tools:

     Student Success: A College Survival Guide - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/online-universities-and-colleges/student-success-guidebook/

     How to Get Hired: A Grads Guide to a Career - http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/grads-get-hired-guide/

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6/12/17
Kayla Johnson from the Tuck Sleep Foundation announces a guide they have produced that covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more. The organization also provides a large range of information on sleep disorders as well as on mattresses. Check out their guide here: https://www.tuck.com/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-sleep/

Kayla Johnson
Community Relations | Tuck Sleep Foundation
PO Box 61293 | Seattle, WA 98141-6293

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6/17/17
Austin represents aRealOnlineDegree.com, a website dedicated to providing students with resources for college. They announce a new resource list for college students with disabilities. It covers everything that students with disabilities need to know before attending college, both in-person and online.
The guide is here: http://arealonlinedegree.com/college-resources/resources-students-disabilities/

Austin Anderson
P.O. Box 70207
San Diego, CA 92167

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7/10/2017
Anne Ritchie from Universities.com in San Diego, CA calls attention to their new resource guide called the Ultimate Guide for Blind and Visually Impaired College Students. This guide not only provides information to students that are blind or visually impaired but also has a ranking of the 10 Best Colleges for Students with Visual Disabilities. One can find the article online at https://www.universities.com/articles/ultimate-guide-blind-visually-impaired-college-students/.

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7/29/17
Thea Datar, Reviews.com
thea9.reviews@gmail.com
Thea writes: "I’m with Reviews.com, a website dedicated to conducting data driven and unbiased research about topics that can help make an impact in people's lives. We have been fortunate enough to be a trusted resource for families, organizations and educational institution throughout the US.  We have developed a helpful resource for students living with disabilities who are having a harder time in a larger classroom setting. This comprehensive guide covers the benefits of tutoring and resources that are available.  All students learn at their own pace and in their own way, this is especially true for students with physical and learning disabilities. But with classroom sizes growing and resources shrinking these students don’t always get the individualized attention they need. This resource highlights how online tutoring service can help to bridge the gap for students with learning disabilities or other disorders that interfere with learning. Learn more about it here: http://www.reviews.com/online-tutoring/#tutoring_disabilities
 

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8/1/17
Jessica Milly writes:
"Your readers may be interested in the following. It's a comprehensive guide to sensory overload and how to make living with it a little easier. Any parent of an autistic child likely struggles with sensory overload and this may be very useful."  In addition to discussing various aspects of sensory overload, it provides several valuable links to other resources.
It can be found at: http://householdquotes.co.uk/sensory-overload/

Jessica Milly previously (5/9/17) suggested a site that provides a comprehensive guide to home adaptations for disabled people: http://householdquotes.co.uk/disability-accommodation-guide/


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8/3/2017
Gin Garton, Director of Communication for MoneyGeek.com
Provides the following list of resources.

Adapting a Home for Disability Accessibility:
caitlin@csccr.org

Resources for Students with Disabilities: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

Disability Resources for College Students: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/best-accredited-colleges-schools-for-students-with-disabilities/

A Guide to Visual Disabilities: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/colleges-helping-visually-impaired-students/

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/students-with-hearing-impairments/

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Also from MoneyGeek, we received the following from
Lydia Poon, Executive Editor
MoneyGeek.com
P.O. Box 77042, San Francisco, CA 94107

A guide explains how to customize a car to accommodate a disability, what kind of auto insurance is needed and how to access transportation for those unable to drive. Car Insurance for People & Families with Disabilities: https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/auto/resources/people-with-disabilities/

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8/6/2017
Oliver Clark from the United Kingdom operates a website  known as Rehab 4 Addiction.  Rehab 4 Addiction is a free helpline and information service for people suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Website: www.rehab4addiction.co.uk Email: info@rehab4addiction.co.uk .

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8/9/2017
Jenny Wise ( jennywise@specialhomeeducator.com ) writes:
As a home-educator to special needs children, I’ve done a lot of research and consulted with parents to make sure we have a safety plan.  Since this info can be a little difficult to find, and since you already have so many great resources on your site already, would you be willing to add the following list of articles to your site?  Thank you.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

Disaster Preparedness For Seniors By Seniors

Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities

Safe travels: Disaster preparedness on the road

How Mortgages Are Affected in Disaster-Prone Areas

Family Communication Plan for Parents

Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology

Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities — Guide and Checklist

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8/21/17
Cassandra Bowen
Cassie writes: I am a volunteer at the Different with Dignity Community Center. (http://differentwithdignity.org/). A couple of the kids in the group wanted to send you another page they found that included some resources for people with disabilities getting into business that they thought you might want to add to your site because it could help your other visitors as well. The heading for the site is:
    Business Ideas For People With Disabilities which can be found at
https://www.commercialcapitaltraining.com/business-resources/business-ideas/business-ideas-people-disabilities/

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8/22/17
Jacob Klein brings to our attention the following from the Sportfacts organization
enquiry@sportfacts.org  Jacob indicated he found it quite useful and informative. https://sportfacts.org/guide-to-attending-a-ballgame-for-disabled-special-needs-senior-citizens/
Update of 5/21/18 - this link results in an error message of site not being secure.
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9/11/2017
Katelyn Chaney's daughter Grace is a young person interested in a possible career working with people with disabilities. She shares the following about making one's home more accessible.
https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/auto/resources/people-with-disabilities/

10/4/17
Megan McDaniel calls our attention to a network for finding centers across the country that deal with drug and alcohol abuse recovery.
http://www.rehabcenter.net/
 

10/12/17
Linda Johnson suggests the following links.

Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs


10/16/17
Bob Tyrell of Center for School, College & Career Resources (CSCCR) https://www.csccr.org/ shared the following links.
     Graduate Resources for Students with Disabilities - https://www.gograd.org/resources/students-with-disabilities/  

     Students With Autism Guide - https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/students-with-autism/

11/8/2017
Holly Perkins from mindfultraveler.net suggests:

    Making Travel Safe and Easy as a Senior
   
    The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Kids

    Travel Safely with Your Pet by Car, Airplane, Ship or Train


11/28/2017
Alicia Miley suggests the Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide that may be found at:
https://www.comparetravelinsurance.com.au/resources/travel-insurance-disabilities-guide.

12/2/2017
Keri Evans is a Hospitality Tourism Instructor and suggests the following:
https://usinsuranceagents.com/car-boat-plane-disabled-travel-review.

12/12/2017
Emily Sorenson, Education Outreach Specialist
Center for School, College & Career Resources (CSCCR)
316 California Avenue #1301, Reno, NV 89509
    https://www.csccr.org/  See also links provided by Bob Tyrell (10/16/17)

    Volunteer and Non-profit Career Guidebook - https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/volunteering-nonprofit-degrees/

    Student Activism Guidebook for Making a Difference in Your Community - https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/student-activism-on-campus/

    Careers to Help the Poor - https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/make-a-difference-careers/poverty/

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1/2/2018
Jennifer McGregor from the publichealthlibrary.org shares the following links:

How to Remodel for Accessibility

How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility
 
Healthy Eating Advice for Wheelchair-bound People

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1/20/2018
Cassandra Bowen, a volunteer at the Different with Dignity Community Center writes about a project to gather information about business opportunities for people with disabilities.  The following resource link is suggested:
https://www.commercialcapitaltraining.com/business-resources/business-ideas/business-ideas-people-disabilities/

2/4/18
Rebecca Moore at Ablerise.net shares the following links:

How Much Does It Cost To Build A Handicap Ramp?

Tips For Parents Of Children With Disabilities Who Want Them To Succeed In School

Childproofing Your Home For A Child With Vision Impairment

How To Cope With Sudden Illness Or Disability

Substance Abuse And Caregiving

34 Great Jobs For People With Disabilities

Comprehensive Guide To Home Accessibility For People With Disabilities In Recovery

What Are Adaptive Sports For People With Disabilities?

American Association Of Adapted Sports Programs

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2/12/2018
Sarah Breckon, Content and Community Outreach for Vast Conference shares a link to a resource guide on how to help colleagues with disabilities in business meetings.
https://www.conferencecalling.com/blog/help-colleagues-with-disabilities-in-meetings/

Vast Conference may be reached at 1960 East Grand Ave. #290, El Segundo, CA 90245
Tel. 888-498-9240

2/15/2018
Phil Adams, Resource Coordinator for the Center for School, College, and Career Resources (316 California Avenue #1301, Reno, NV 89509), writes about the value of volunteering for nonprofit organizations as a means to further one's career (in addition to the value for personal growth and value to the organization). The following link provides details. https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteer-and-nonprofit-careers/

2/15/2018
Colleen Donnelly, Special Needs Outreach Volunteer, Addiction Campuses shares the following link regarding addiction treatment for individuals with a disability:
Addiction Treatment Guide for Individuals with a Disability

More information may be obtained by contacting:
Addiction Campuses
205 Reidhurst Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
888-966-8973
addictioncampuses.com

3/17/2018
Tom Sullivan, Content Marketing for RetirementLiving.com, LLC
601 S Boulder Ave, Suite 1500
Tulsa, OK 74119
In their guide they provide tips for making a wise stair lift purchase, examine the best (in their view) companies in the industry and answer some frequently asked questions. It can be seen here: https://www.retirementliving.com/stair-lifts

3/19/2018
Jesse Adams, Community Outreach at United We Learn.
https://unitedwelearn.org
Mailing address is P.O. Box 77021, San Francisco, CA 94107
Jesse writes:  “Our team at United We Learn has been promoting several helpful guides supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students in school, including in college.”
The following links may be helpful:

Student Guidebook for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/deaf-student-college-career-advice/

Scholarships and Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students   https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-students/

An opinion piece in the Guardian highlights a few of the many obstacles that still remain in academic environments that frequently do not offer enough accommodations for deaf students.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/14/universities-must-listen-needs-deaf-students-disability

4/03/2018
Rebecca Preston, Community Advocacy for the organization www.drugdangers.com
For those persons concerned about side effects of various medications, this would be one site (many) you might want to check out; especially if you are having adverse side effects. The site provides a listing of many current lawsuits against drug and medical device companies.

Editor Comment. The site is hosted by a law firm. No endorsement of the law firm or its services is implied. The FDA site for Adverse Effects provides more technical information.  See https://open.fda.gov/data/faers/  The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication error reports submitted to FDA.

4/16/2018
Jessica Holloway, a senior editor at CollegeDegreesOnline.com
We recently updated our College Education Guides to help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment. One can view the guides here: - https://www.collegedegreesonline.com/ and  https://www.mastersofpublicadministration.org/
Editor note:  For persons with certain disabilities, on-line studies programs may offer an attractive option.

4/22/2018
Nicole Clarke
The Family First Intervention organization at (888) 291-8514.
https://family-intervention.com  provides information for recovering-alcoholics "Alcoholics Recovery Resources."  Here's the web address https://family-intervention.com/resources/recovering-alcoholics-resources/   Anyone suffering from ANY form of substance abuse addiction would be able to find helpful information on the site.

5/10/2018
David Lafferty from Bankrate.com, suggests that people with financial challenges may find helpful information on the Bankrate.com website. Tips on developing good credit are included on the following:
https://www.bankrate.com/personal-loans/bad-credit-loans/#veterans.

5/15/2018
Julia Dunlap
Simple Dollar 1525 4th Ave. | Seattle, WA 98101
Provide a guide, "Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost for Treatment", that outlines how to afford out-of-pocket treatment costs, and provides information on specific rights and services offered to families of children with learning disabilities.
Go to the following link: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/navigating-learning-disabilities-and-the-cost-for-treatment/

5/22/2018
Mike Brown from LendEDU.com recommends a study on internships as reported in his blog. https://lendedu.com/blog/2017-internship-report/

5/23/2018
Kat from Wikibuy.com has brought to our attention a guide titled “Online Shopping For Consumers With Disabilities.” This informative guide was designed to help people with disabilities learn the best ways to navigate the internet as well as regain independence through online shopping. Here’s a brief overview of what the guide covers:
            Improving screen readability
            Regaining hand control
            Supporting cognitive & physical limitations
            Supporting people who are hard of hearing
            Enhancing web experience

See the following: https://wikibuy.com/blog/online-shopping-for-consumers-with-disabilities-f45fffeeb5c2

5/30/2018
Victoria David, Community Marketing Coordinator, Dealspotr.com
1601 Cloverfield Blvd., Suite 1050N Santa Monica, CA 90404
Recommends a guide: "College Resources for Disabled Students: Best Colleges, Gov't Programs, Scholarships & Helpful Apps" by Emily Helwig, See:
https://dealspotr.com/article/college-resources-for-disabled-students

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7/8/2018
Steven Millstein, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the founder of Credit Zeal (https://www.creditzeal.com) recently published a comprehensive article on Special Needs Financial Planning: A Definitive Guide.  You can check it out here: https://www.creditzeal.com/2018/05/special-needs-financial-planning.html

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7/13/18 and 8/3/18
Regarding Stair Lifts, Kay Evans from Consumer Affairs has brought the following web site to our attention and an article about the Best Stair Lift Companies written by Shelley Webb.  The guide features hundreds of verified consumer reviews along with other suggestions.  The plethora of ads are distracting but the intervening text may be of value.  Go to:
    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/stairlifts/
ConsumerAffairs.com a Consumers Unified, LLC property located at Kingsbury Grade, Suite 1025, Mailbox 4470, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449-4470

7/24/2018
Louise Smith has posted a useful article headlined as “Financial Assistance for Disabled Homeowners and Tenants”.  However, it goes well beyond the subject of financial assistance and lists many other resources worth checking out.  Take a look here:
https://www.tradesmenprices.co.uk/financial-assistance/
For further information check out the following
https://www.wiseaccountant.co.uk.
This firm in the United Kingdom has posted a number or articles on legal issues relating to disabilities.

 

8/3/2018
Ann Quinn, Community Outreach for the Assisted Living Research Institute writes that Assisted Living is a community organization that is focused on helping older adults maximize the various stages of life. One mission is helping veterans find proper care options, especially if they are living with disabilities.  Their web page titled: “Assisted Living Options for People With Disabilities” provides useful information.  They also provide a directory of state based contacts including for Medicaid.  https://www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-options-for-people-with-disabilities/

Assisted Living Research Institute:  www.assistedliving.org, Tel. (800) 622-3915 PO Box 45829,  Seattle, WA 98145-0826

8/7/18
Keri Evans,a science teacher, suggests a useful resource on home safety and disabilities that is provided by the firm US Insurance Agents.  https://usinsuranceagents.com/home-safety-homeowners-disabilities
US Insurance Agents, 2885 Sanford Ave. SW #13180, Grandville, MI 49418  tel:(866) 886-6862

 

8/14/2018
Julia Dunlap, Communications Manager from Million Mile Secrets writes:
Our Fully Accessible Guide to Flying With Physical Disabilities by Andrew W and posted August 8, 2018 which provides airport accessibility information for every step of the travel process.  Our guide provides accessibility information for the top 15 U.S. airports and the types of services provided for disabled travelers, such as:

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Service Animal Relief Areas
  • Handicap Parking
  • Wheelchair Service

You can view the guide here: https://millionmilesecrets.com/guides/how-to-make-flying-with-disabilities-less-stressful/
1101 Red Ventures Drive | Fort Mill, SC 29707 
MillionMileSecrets.com

8/31/18 and 8/8/18
Kelly Bowen,is the Outreach Coordinator for BestColleges.com located at 901 5th Avenue, Suite 3220 | Seattle, WA 98164. He shares a recent post to their website:  Guide to College Planning for Visually Impaired Students - https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-visual-impairments/

8/31/18
Robert Wilkins, Outreach Coordinator, Maryville University Online
This is a college that specializes in serving students with a broad range of  Disabilities.  See their helpful guide, definitions, and resources. College for Students with Disabilities Guide at https://online.maryville.edu/disabilities-guide/--
650 Maryville University Drive St. Louis, MO 63141

9/11/18
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft regularly posts Tweets regarding items of interest to the Disabilities Community:  "A phone app for the visually impaired" from Fast Company.  Microsoft's Seeing AI enables smart phones to describe the world around you. Read more at Twitter.

9/18/18
See Tweet from Jenny Lay-Flurrie of Microsoft "How to design Tech So Nobody's Left Behind."  from WIRED magazine.  With mindful design, companies can better serve customers-and employees-with disabilities. Sign on to follow Jenny Lay-Flurrie at Twitter.  (@jennylayfluffy).

10/04/2018
Ethan Miller, Outreach Coordinator for BestColleges.com writes: “We’ve created a free guide to college planning for students with psychiatric impairments, an excellent source of information breaking down the transition process, accommodations, scholarships, and more that psychiatrically impaired students should be prepared with. In addition, we have another great resource for college planning for students with disabilities of any kind.”

Guide to College Planning for Psychiatrically Disabled Students - https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-psychiatric-disabilities/
Guide to College Planning for Students with Disabilities - https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/students-with-disabilities/ 

BestColleges.com is based at 901 5th Avenue, Suite 3220 | Seattle, WA 98164
 

10/4/18
Lily Scott of Digital Advocates refers persons interested in hearing loss to the following:
The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Loss Causes and Prevention
https://cloudcovermusic.com/prevent-hearing-loss/

Cloud Cover Music is in the music business and has compiled an extensive list of resources relating to hearing.  It is an excellent overview of hearing loss risks and prevention technique and includes the latest research, with more than 30 citations of studies from hearing authorities. They are headquartered at:  999 North Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 500, El Segundo, CA 90245

10/4/18
Kelly Coleman from Consumer Health Labs provided some links for Elder Support.  The site published by Eldercare Directory.org provides a useful list of contacts in each state: State Resources for Senior Citizens and Their Caregivers https://www.eldercaredirectory.org/state-resources.htm
Another organization is Senior Living. Org based on the West Coast.  Their number is: Tel: 877-724-4318.  Their website titled Assisted Living for Disabled & Handicapped Seniors. is:
https://www.seniorliving.org/assisted-living/disability/.

10/24/18
Taisha McKellar is with  drugrehab.com. DrugRehab.com  is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems. Located at 1 S. Orange Ave., Suite 503, Orlando, FL 32801.  Their mission is to connect individuals and families affected by addiction with accurate information about substance abuse and co-occurring disorders with a focus on a broad range of mental health issues.  Visit their information at: https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/  and https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/.  Chris Elkins is the author of one of the postings.

10/26/18
Christy Clawson from Wondermoms.org shares some websites they found useful as parents of kids with special needs. The links for the following items are below.
Renters Rights for People with Disabilities
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs
Renters Rights for People with Disabilities
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs

11/6/2018 and 1/2/2019
Marie Villeza  www.elderimpact.org
ElderImpact is to encourage seniors to make the most out of their golden years and not simply let life pass them by - and that includes those with disabilities!
Obviously, it’s not just senior citizens who have disabilities, and there are lots of great ways for those with physical or cognitive limitations to get and stay active at home, in their communities, and in their social lives.  See the links below for suggestions.

100+ Great Jobs for People with Disabilities to Get You Out and Earning

 Fitness Programs for Persons with Disabilities

 Who Me? Self-Esteem for People with Disabilities

 How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities

 Travel Tips for the Elderly and Disabled

21 Tips for Promoting Independence in Adults with a Disability

1/14/2019
Jasmine Dyoco, Educator and Caregiver from www.educatorlabs.org       
Jasmine offers information in support of those dealing with deafness or Hard of Hearing.
 Early Interactions with Children Who are Deaf-Blind - https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2062

 How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities - https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/disability-friendly-backyard-for-kids/

 Sign Language Fun with Games and Puzzles - https://www.verywellhealth.com/sign-language-games-and-puzzles-1048723

 Reading Together: Tips for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss or Deafness - http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-together-tips-parents-children-hearing-loss-or-deafness

Socialization and the Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- http://www.handsandvoices.org/needs/socialization.htm

5 Tips for Teaching a Deaf Child to Swim - https://www.hearinglikeme.com/5-tips-for-teaching-a-deaf-child-to-swim/

College Planning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - https://www.rntobsnprogram.com/college-planning-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-students/

1/21/19
Graham Shorr from squarefoot.com  writes regarding Accessibility-Friendly Office Resources, a resource to help businesses create accessible, accommodating office space for people with disabilities.  See the following link: https://www.squarefoot.com/blog/ada-office-accessibility/
Squarefoot HQ, 48W 21st Street, 4th Floor, New York City, NY 10010  (917) 909-2953.

1/4/2019
Melissa Miles, Digital Consultant, has called our attention to a good resource for wheelchair users.
A Home Safety Checklist for Wheelchair Users
 
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=/home-safety-checklist-wheelchair-users
The guide offers plenty of valuable information such as: 

  • Understanding areas of most concern or particular difficulties frequently experienced by wheelchair users in their own homes.
  • A comprehensive checklist, which includes standards and recommendations, covering all areas of a home (kitchen, bathroom, stairways, etc.) and aimed at improving the overall comfort and safety for those in a wheelchair.
  • Tips and advice on basic wheelchair checks and the importance of regular maintenance.
  • Advice on maneuvering, both inside the house as well as in outside areas and access points, to prevent injuries and accidents.
  • Other helpful resources, downloads, and further information to help maintain a safe and wheelchair-friendly home environment.

2/25/19
Lily Scott from Digital Advocates located at 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers a warning about the connection between many disabilities and over-use of pain killers.  The indicated link offers some additional insights and support options.
https://delphihealthgroup.com/addiction-and-disabilities/
Delphi Behavioral Health Group is headquartered at 1901 West Cypress Creek Rd, Suite 600, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.  Tel. 954-866-9459

3/28/19
Carmen Adams, a masters student at San Diego State University (SDSU) was inspired by a course designed to bring disability awareness to campus. She wrote a paper regarding "Assistive Technology in Cars".  The resulting paper entitled Assistive Technology Makes Cars Accessible for People with Disabilities may be found at the following: Assistive Technology in Cars
Carmen provides a little bit of history as well as detailing the types of adaptations that have or can be made.  She also highlights five different vehicles that carry special assistive features and a list of “discounts” that may be available for having your vehicle modified.  Editor: Feel free to pass along the link to this interesting paper.

4/1/2019
Sarah Graver, Community Outreach, Business.comStaff recently created a start-to-finish guide for entrepreneurs and business owners with disabilities.  It includes information on business plans, marketing strategies, funding, training, networking and more - all tailored specifically for entrepreneurs with a disability.  See the following link:  https://www.business.com/articles/resources-business-disabilities/
Business.com
200 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor, Waltham, MA 02451, Tel. 888.393.5000

4/3/2019
Rachel Martin, Teacher and volunteer
One of Rachel’s students, Liam, did a search on safety of students while on field trips. He found a great website that provides tips for teachers, parents and students to avoid personal injuries on a field trip. Here is the link Liam suggests: https://www.dandalaw.com/resources/avoid-personal-injury-on-field-trips/
If you want to congratulate Liam, you may send a note to his teacher at rachelmsmartin@learninghaven.com who has promised pizza for all the class if this note gets posted.

4/19/2019
Elizabeth Petty from Mattress Advisor highlights a sleep health website.
Here is a link to our all-encompassing Sleep Health Resources page: 
https://www.mattressadvisor.com/sleep-resources/
Specific guides include: 
Sleep and Diet, Sleep and Exercise, Sleep and Mental Health,

4/22/2019
Adam Roger
Security Expert @ SecurityPrivacy.org
Shares an important guide. He found it was very thorough on online safety and liked the way they summarized each section with actionable items:
https://www.safetydetective.com/amp/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/

4/29/2019
Megan Bishop
Outreach Specialist
outreach@alcohol.org

Alcohol.org
Megan works with American Addiction Centers (AAC) – the largest collection of online resource for those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. Their goal is to guide as many people to help as soon as possible before more lives are lost to drug overdoses. She suggests the following links (an example is given of a localized site).
https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide
https://www.rehabs.com/local/sanford-nc/
https://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/sanford-nc/

5/1/2019
Ashley Clark
Digital Resources for Students with Autism has information on assistive technology, digital teaching aids, technology in treatment and a lot more:
https://teach.com/online-ed/psychology-degrees/aba-digital-autism-resources/
Community Coordinator
teach.com
925 4th Ave,
Seattle, WA 98104

5/15/2019
Dorian T < doriant@accel.org>
“SUCCESS STORIES AT ACCEL: Effectiveness of The Model Classroom Program“
This helpful guide tells you everything you need to know about “Model Classroom Program for Special Education”.
https://www.accel.org/blog/model-classroom-program-for-special-education/

5/22/2019
Grace from Teens4Safety explains their mission is to spread safety resources that help people avoid disasters as well as make it a little safer out there for all of us.  She hopes you can help share this resource on home modifications that make life easier and safer for individuals with physical disabilities:
https://www.basementguides.com/home-safety-for-people-with-disabilities/

It includes checklists for specific safety adjustments for the most dangerous areas in a home, including the kitchen, bathrooms, and stairways. Teens4Safety.com

5/22/2019
Sara Bell from educatorlabs.org writes about links that discuss children’s health and safety while traveling.  

A Worry-Free Vacation: Preparing Your Home for Your Time Away
Planning a Family Trip: How to Get Kids Involved
Top Travel Destinations for Families
10 Tips For Planning a Magical Disney Vacation With a Special Needs Child
35 Essentials to Pack for a Family Road Trip
Road Trip Boredom Busters
17 Tips for Flying with Kids to Keep You (and Them) Calm and Happy
Travel Tips for Children with Autism
7 Ways to Enjoy Travel with Teens and Tweens

5/27/2019
Alyssa Ennis from Purple.com writes that they have recently published a guide covering tips and tricks to a good night’s sleep for caregivers of seniors and people with disabilities. The guide covers:

·         Common sleep problems associated with caregiving and how to combat them

·         How caregiving for seniors and people with disabilities differ

·         Tips on self-care for the caregiver and preventing caregiver burnout

·         The benefits of a good night’s sleep on caregiving and life in general

 You can explore the guide here: https://purple.com/blog/caregivers-guide-to-sleep
 Purple , 123 East 200 North, Alpine UT, 84004

5/27/2019 (and subsequently)
Kathryn Allen and Donna Murray from Caring.com want you to know that many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. Their free resource provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available. See the following link:
  https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living
 Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.  Contact Donna Murray or Kathryn Allen, Community Outreach and Senior Advocates at: (800) 204-7132

5/28/2019
Lauren Thomas from Reviews.com writes: I noticed that you link to Big Rentz’s “Keeping Seniors and Special Needs Individuals Safe Around Construction” page.  Our Fully Accessible Guide to Smart Home Tech for Disabled and Elderly explains which smart home tech is most user-friendly for those who may have issues with communication or mobility. This article has been created in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which allow those with impairments to easily access the content through means that work for them: https://www.reviews.com/home/security-systems/fully-accessible-guide-to-smart-home-tech/
Lauren Thomas, Reviews.com 
1423 Red Ventures Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29707

5/28/2019
Ashley Wilson says consider our Scholarships for Students with Disabilities resource:
https://universityhq.org/paying-for-college/scholarships/#scholarships_for_students_with_disabilities

We are a free educational resource helping students find the best scholarships available.
Ashley Wilson
University HQ
Ashley@universityhq.org
14350 N 87th St #110  Scottsdale, AZ 85260

5/28/2019
Don Lewis, Parent and affiliated with AbilityLabs.com.  He shares that his son was in an accident when he was in college that changed his life. He recalls going to support groups and meeting a lot of parents whose amazing children had been differently-abled their whole lives, and it really made me think about how I would have wanted to make sure my son always felt included had he been little when his abilities changed.  As a result, he started his own site to support other families who have a differently-abled member and to identify resources that enable kids to have outdoor fun:
Backyard Camping for Kids with Disabilities
Playground Tips for Children with Special Needs
Teaching Swimming to Children with Disabilities: Benefits & Safety Precautions
Accessible Entertaining: Making Sure Your Disabled Guests Feel Safe and Welcome in Your Home
The Best Bikes for Special Needs Kids
Finding the Right Hotel for Your Child with Special Needs
32 Vacation Destinations for Individuals with Special Needs

5/29/2019
Wes Harris, Outreach Coordinator
We're launching a new campaign to help medical students and professionals maximize their mental health and wellness. Many students and professionals in healthcare deal with demanding schedules and/or traumatic events, which can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness, chronic stress, and other difficult challenges. To help, we've created a guidebook that addresses these issues, and includes common signs a person needs help, places he or she can find that help, and tools and techniques anyone can use to take charge of their own mental wellness. Check out the complete guide here:
Mental health & wellness for medical professionals: https://www.edumed.org/resources/mental-health/
EduMed.org connects students with expert-driven information about education, training, and financial aid opportunities in healthcare and medical support. EduMed.org, 888 W. 2nd Street, Reno, NV 89503.

6/12/2019
Christy C., of Wonder Moms wondermoms.org
In the wake of Autism Awareness Month, I thought we’d pass along some additional Autism resources for your website. They are a great way to increase understanding and acceptance.
Students with Autism
Guide to Helping Kids with Autism Sleep Better
Autism Resource Center
Creating an Autism Friendly Home
Autism Support Network Resources
Moving with Kids with Autism
30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Traveling with Kids with Autism

Wonder Moms is a project by three moms to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.  Their website/blog site has many other great resources.  See http://wondermoms.org/resources

6/11/2019
Amanda Davis, Community Director
InHomeCare.com
Amanda writes: I'm the Community Director for
InHomeCare.com, a premier resource for anyone involved in elder care. Please help us spread the word about the resources we have on our site for people that are looking for more information on elder care.  Our resources:
https://www.inhomecare.com/resource-guide/

6/17/2019
Ashley Wilson University HQ
We are a free educational resource helping students find the best scholarships available.
Just wanted to let you know about our Scholarships for Students with Disabilities resource:
https://universityhq.org/paying-for-college/scholarships/#scholarships_for_students_with_disabilities
14350 N 87th St #110 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

6/19/2019
Kathryn Allen , Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide (https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living)
Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.
(800) 204-7132

6/26/2019
Cheri Shallenberger, Senior Editor - Social Work Explorer
We focus on helping students and job seekers research educational & career opportunities. You can see our Social Work Education Guides here:
https://www.socialworkdegrees.org/
https://www.onlinemswdegrees.org/
These guides were recently published with newly sourced data covering degree program information and employment figures.  We believe these guides are more comprehensive than other online resources covering this area.
Cheri Shallenberger, Collegepartnerships.org
(816) 343-4905

6/27/2019
Jennifer  and Dorian T at Accel.org
Looking at your recent posts, I believe our guide would be complementary.
 “How Learning In Multi-Sensory, Hands-On and Creative Ways Helps Children with Special Needs: An ACCEL Classroom Experience.“
The guide specifically is about:  “Special Need Child Learning Styles”.
https://www.accel.org/blog/special-need-child-learning-styles/
The referenced blog article provides an excellent introduction to seven (7) different learning styles and their application. (Editors Note).
Accel is a private, nonprofit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders and intellectual disabilities.
The Metro Campus is at 10251 N. 35th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051, Tel. 602 995-7366. Website: https://www.accel.org

7/1/2019
Sara Bell from Educatorlabs.org
The information at the link will help parents ensure their children stay safe, healthy and happy wherever their travels take them this summer (and beyond!). A Worry-Free Vac
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preparing-your-home-for-worry-free-vacation/

8/4/2019
Angel Smith represents Parking4Less with respect to Digital Content & Media Planning
Parking4Less created an in-depth guide to help make traveling safer and easier for people with disabilities. Check it out below:
The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability
https://www.parking4less.com/flying-with-a-disability
This guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • Understanding the struggle disabled travelers face when they try to fly. Figures show 57% of these travelers said they had difficulty when accessing an airport or flying. 33% of people also said they were unhappy with the service provided for them at the airport.
  • The barriers disabled travelers face when they fly. Did you know that 26 wheelchairs are damaged across the world on a daily basis? and some of these can cost tens of thousands to replace!
  • Practical advice on the best places to visit as a disabled holidaymaker, how to book up a hotel room which is right for you and how to get special assistant on your flight if you need it. The resource also covers medical information which you might find useful.
  • Other helpful tips and resources that can make planning and taking a trip abroad safe and easy for those with disabilities.

8/27/2019
Jason Shiers, Addictions Specialist, Dip. Psych MBACP
UK Addiction Treatment Centres is an organisation dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and addiction. They currently have multiple rehab locations across the United Kingdom offering treatments to anyone suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.  Their website https://www.ukat.co.uk contains many articles on addictions of various types that can be useful.  One on opiates may be of particular interest:   https://www.ukat.co.uk/opiates/dangers-opiates-back-neck-pain/
UKAT Author Profile  https://www.ukat.co.uk/author/jason-shiers/

8/30/2019
Lily Sanderson writes: I believe there is a significant gap in help for an important aspect of recovery from clinical depression and other mental illnesses – returning to work. For many, returning to work means reintroducing a social life, accountability and a major increase in stress. Would you add a resource that specifically addresses the issue of depression recovery and work. This is the most comprehensive and accessible piece I have found on the matter: https://www.joblist.com/guides/work-and-wellbeing
Digital Advocates (digitaladvocacy.org) 1541 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401

8/30/2019
Mae Richards
Looking for additional scholarship resources? Kindly consider https://honestproductreviews.com/best-scholarship-search-platforms/ - a research guide put together on the Best Scholarship Search Sites.
Marketing Manager at honestproductreviews.com
1228 Harker Ave.  Palo Alto, CA 94301

9/1/2019
Janet Campbell
I’ve always had trouble hearing (ruptured an ear drum when young), and as I’ve gotten older, it’s only gotten worse. So I really appreciate sites like yours that offer helpful information for those of us who are hard of hearing and for those who are deaf. Here are some great resources that I’ve come across:
How to Childproof Your Home When Your Little One Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
8 Ways to Use Lighting to Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable for a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Loved One
Fire Safety for People with Hearing Loss
4 Tips for Driving with Hearing Loss
A Guide to Accommodating Deaf Employees
How to Work With Deaf or Hard of Hearing Customers and Employees

9/8/2019
James Hall with seniorcarefitness.com"
I would like to call to your attention a healthcare fact sheet that should be helpful to those having trouble affording healthcare (the costs of which are always on the rise). I hope you will share it with your viewers.
Low-Cost Healthcare Resources: Helping Those with Limited Finances
The cost of healthcare increases every year leaving many people struggling to pay for rising insurance premiums and medical bills. In just two years (between 2015 and 2017), the cost of healthcare rose 14 percent. The resources below provide assistance for families on fixed budgets and seniors on Medicare looking for the healthcare they need.

Medicare Rights Center - Established in 1989, the Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring people living with disabilities and older adults have access to affordable health care.
NeedyMeds.org - This national nonprofit provides a wealth of information about drug assistance programs and affordable healthcare options.
MedicareAdvantage.com - This website offers a comprehensive overview of how and when to enroll in Medicare as well as a state-specific list of Medicare information and resources.
My Medicare Matters - Created by the National Council on Aging, My Medicare Matters teaches people about the Medicare system (when to enroll, how much you’ll pay, what to expect when coverage begins, and so on).
Find a Health Center - An online tool that allows people to find federally funded health centers in their area (data can be exported to PDF or XLSX). This interactive map is also available as an iPhone application.
FreeClinics.com - A state-by-state guide to finding free clinics. Offers additional information for no-cost medical clinics, affordable clinics, low-income clinics, and clinics that offer services to those who are uninsured. 
Medical Cost Advocate - A healthcare cost reductive service that helps patients renegotiate medical bills as well as check billing accuracy.
Low-Cost Dental Care (NIH) - The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides advice on how to find low-cost dental care.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care - Information about Hill-Burton free care, which is available to people below current HHS poverty levels.
PACER Center - Specializing in treating children with disabilities, PACER Center provides this resource for parents trying to locate medical treatment and assistance.

9/09/2019
Jim McKinley from moneywithjim.org writes:
I worked in banking for over three decades, and many of the most meaningful working relationships I had were with families with one or more disabled members. I think it’s because we learned a lot together when it came to making sound financial plans for the future. Anyway, I noticed all of the great information you have on your website for readers who are physically disabled in some way. A few additional pieces of information on life planning for the disabled community are: 
Overview of College Resources for Students with Disabilities
Safe at Home Checklist
The Truth About Home Modification Funding
Ways To Provide For Your Disabled Adult Child’s Future
Paying for a Disabled Dependent’s Funeral: 3 Supportive Resources

Jim McKinley moneywithjim.org
1211 S MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL 62704

9/9/2019
Mike Zhang founder of Family Life Share.com
Mike runs a blog dedicated to parenting and making it easy for everyone to understand.
He noted our reference to Special Needs Children  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html and suggested we add his piece on Special Needs Children .  Here is his link:
https://www.familylifeshare.com/special-needs-children/

9/9/19
Brigid L. from Seigemedia writes about a new guide on scholarships available to students with disabilities. The guide covers both general and disability-specific scholarships, and includes tips on applying for those and additional sources of financial aid.  Take a look at the full guide here:
https://turbo.intuit.com/blog/relationships/scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities-3580/

9/12/2019
Nicole Johnston is from drugrehabconnections.com
Would you mind adding our listing of resources to yours? Here's our website - https://www.drugrehabconnections.com/
We are not a specific treatment facility, but instead are an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.  We are national in scope. Our goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them. We are not a treatment center, nor do we refer our audience to centers. Our website is here to provide information and support only!
Nicole Johnston - Support Staff
DrugRehabConnections.com
Drug Rehab Connections, 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02917
United States Tel. 888 307-7010

9/16/2019
Jenn Miller, Editor at  Jen Reviews.
Jenn writes:  I was doing research on dog road trips and just finished reading your wonderful IPRS Disabilities site that included a solid post from the Humane Society   https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/travel-safely-your-pet-car-airplane-ship-or-train

We just published an updated, comprehensive guide on why you should go on a solo road trip with your dog on our sister site, Your Dog Advisor. It is completely free and you can find it here:  https://yourdogadvisor.com/solo-road-trip-with-dog/
P.O. Box 135, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand.

9/16/19
Rachel Smith, Consultant for Digital Content & Media
Guide  about travelling safely if you have a disability.
Travelling Abroad with a Disability
https://www.insurancewith.com/travelling-with-a-medical-condition/travelling-abroad-with-a-disability/

The guide offers helpful information, such as:

  • travel tips and useful accessibility information for persons with various disabilities.
  • advice on what to pack, transportation accessibility, and where to seek medical or emergency help.
  • Accessible travel recommendations and destinations specifically catering to the disabled.

9/25/19
Oliver Clark from  rehab4addiction.com in the United Kingdom shares the following. I am a researcher and author mostly about drug and alcohol addiction. I have just completed an interesting article that collates many of my findings over the years.
The title is "A Guide to Overcoming Addiction for the Sensory Impaired" and it covers:

  • The role of childhood experiences
  • Additional risk factors for the sensory impaired
  • Substance use disorders & the disabled
  • Treatment considerations for the deaf
  • Treatment considerations for the blind
  • Components of treatment
  • How Treatment is Tailored to the Needs of the Sensory Impaired
  • Where to Find help

You can find my article here:  https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/guides/overcoming-addiction-sensory-impaired


9/30/2019
Sarah B. with SingleCare an on-line pharmacy.  Just published a piece called Medication Management for People with Disabilities, which covers important tips and tricks for people with disabilities and their caregivers to properly handle prescriptions.
https://www.singlecare.com/blog/medication-management-for-people-with-disabilities/

It’s not uncommon for folks with a disability to be placed on an extensive medication regimen. We created this guide to educate people on how to safely simplify this often complicated process. The guide offers practical advice on:

·         How disabilities might impact medication management

·         How to accurately read medication labels

·         Tips on medication organization and storage

·         Medication safety tips and dosage information

·         Downloadable medication management charts
And much more


10/1/2019
Thomas Minarik, Content Team, Abbeycare Foundation
We are operators of rehabilitation/treatment centers throughout the United Kingdom specializing in the substance abuse of drugs and alcohol.  To learn more, visit our website:  https://www.abbeycarefoundation.com/

10/9/2019
Janet Miller from Bradley University (San Diego, CA) writes:
Caring for the elderly impacts the lives of millions across the United States. The elderly can be at risk for severe physical and mental health conditions.  Bradley University provides on-line training for health professionals and has developed an on-line guide for care-givers.
The guide provides information on:

  • Resources for caring for the elderly
  • Tech and tools for caring for the elderly
  • Ways to stay active and fit with an elderly individual

Check out all the other online resources the guide provides here:
https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/nursing/dnp/caring-for-the-elderly/


10/23/2019
Sara Jenkins calls attention to the website of the Northeast Addictions Treatment Center(s) that lists many resources.  They provide an informative guide on Substance Abuse in College Students
Substance abuse among college students is twice as likely than it is among young adults who are not in school.  Have friends or family members in school? Check out this link:
https://neaddictions.com/substance-abuse-in-college-students/


11/18/2019
Hermann Samano, Content Marketing for porch.com
Useful Accessibility Remodeling Resource
Hermann recently published: All About Accessibility Remodeling and Retrofits. It covers everything from accommodations for special needs, to best service dog breeds, to home technology to increase accessibility for yourself and/or family members.  Here is the link:
https://porch.com/advice/all-about-accessibility-remodeling-and-retrofits 

11/21/2019
Kelly Campbell from Educatorslab.org says “we are an organization comprised of librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. Our goal is to help disseminate useful resources that would otherwise be left undiscovered by most caretakers and educators.  Our team has researched thousands of web sites on the web for trustworthy publications on how to keep children and adults with autism safe. After months of hard work, we hand-picked the following five guides as the most comprehensive and helpful ones.” 

  1. Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide to Safety 
  2. Autism Family Safety Handbook
  3. Emergency And Disaster Preparedness Guidebook
  4. Kitchen safety for children with autism 
  5. MAKING HOMES THAT WORK: A Resource Guide for Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder + Co-occurring Behaviors


1/8/2020
Tyson Stevens from eduref.net recommends the following additional resources, https://www.eduref.net/virtual-lesson-plans/   for Virtual Lesson Plans and a guide for students with disabilities.

https://www.edsmart.org/students-with-disabilities-college-guide/ Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

1/15/2020
Heather Reiner, from Product Diggers of Boca Raton, FL refers to a new extensive guide on "Designing the Perfect Home Playroom for Children with Autism."  This has super-helpful information and tips on how to design an ideal play space in your home for children with autism. It also includes some background information on prevalence of autism in the U.S. and literature references.  You can see the guide here: https://productdiggers.com/autism-playroom/

1/19/2020
Maggie Monroe works with RTA Cabinet Store. She helps to share a home improvement resource for the elderly and disabled. Less than 5% of U.S. housing is accessible for individuals with moderate mobility difficulties, and less than one percent is accessible for people who use wheelchairs. We recently published a guide that includes the laws and protections (even as a renter), common home modifications (room by room), how to hire an expert, and housing grants for people with disabilities and the elderly. She hopes this information will help ensure that everyone can live in a safe and accessible home.
https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/resources/disabled-home-improvements/

1/31/2020
Lora Blandon, Editor In Chief for The Reviews Insider.
They have published "A Guide To Smart Home Tech For The Disabled And Elderly". It is an illustrated guide for understanding how to use “smart” products like thermostats, phones, lighting controls, electronic locks, robotic vacuums, voice controlled devices and more.  
https://www.thereviewsinsider.com/guide-to-smart-home-tech-for-the-disabled-and-elderly/ 

Lora hails from Fort Myers, FL

2/19/2020
Harry Southworth, free lance writer from the UK
Recently, I have conducted research and collected a list of technologies for people with disabilities https://edubirdie.com/blog/technologies-for-people-with-disabilities.  It is up to date and contains only verified and useful information.  [Editor: some good suggestions for apps and useful software for various disabilities (hearing, vision, ADHD, dyslexia, speech, anxiety, OCD, autism, and physical) ].

Edubirdie.com is a platform for writers that includes tools for grammar checking, plagiarism checking and a citation generator.

2/25/2020
Destinie Wallis works with Western Governors University which has many online affiliates in the U.S.  WGU has a resource for anyone who may have or works with someone who has a visual, hearing, or speech impairment.  WGU created this comprehensive guide of popular accessibility apps (including closed caption apps, sound alert apps, object recognition apps and reader apps) along with important information such as price and options for availability.
"Visual, hearing, and speech impairment tools - Useful accessibility apps for people with disabilities” https://www.wgu.edu/blog/visual-hearing-speech-impairment-tools2001.html

3/5/2020
Hannah Hill writes about a guide from Super Carers (a UK organization that helps families find the best possible elderly care options).
The guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care.
  • Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members.
  • Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families.

Elderly Care: A Guide for Families New to Caring
https://supercarers.com/elderly-care/
The guide is especially pertinent if one lives in the United Kingdom; but, it may also be of value for people in other countries.

3/12/2020
Jennifer Barajas from mattressclarity.com suggests an article about everything you should know regarding sleep and disabilities. More than half of adults and children with disabilities report to have sleep deprivation. We spent a lot of time providing the research and worked with a licensed professional, Dr. Nikola Djordjevic, who specializes in medical alert systems and sleep in developing the following article:   https://www.mattressclarity.com/blog/sleep-disabilities-everything-should-know/ 
Mattress Clarity, Austin, TX

3/26/2020
Erin Milligan from essayontime.com.au (owned by Oceonica Corp. in Cheyenne, WY) calls attention to a list of “Best Scholarships for Students with Disabilities”  It can be reviewed at:
https://essayontime.com.au/scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities/.  

4/5/2020
Kate Mallord, a physician blogger for learninghaven.com, offers a link to her blog article on Elderly mental health and hallucinations. It has some great content regarding types of hallucinations even if you or a loved one have not yet had this issue.  
Here’s the link:  https://www.seniorlivinghelp.co/hallucinations-in-the-elderly/

4/28/2020
Andrew Warren from Mattressadvisor.com announces an updated New Autism & Sleep Resource.  The guide includes 10 practical tips to help children with autism get the rest they need. Take a look: https://www.mattressadvisor.com/autism-and-sleep/

5/1/2020
Sarah Mattie, the lead editor for EducationDegree.com, invites viewers to look at their new “Teachers Guide to IDEA…”  This online publisher is dedicated to providing free resources for educators, parents, and students. A Teacher's Guide to IDEA: Supporting Students with Disabilities is a thorough guidebook that covers the 13 IDEA-recognized disabilities and tips and tools for how to help, support, and work with diagnosed students. They have also provided additional details about special education careers, as well as a list of further reading materials for those interested.  Take a look at the guidebook here:  https://www.educationdegree.com/articles/learning-disabilities

5/14/2020
Meghan Villalba, is the Co-Founder & President of AROCC.org, an organization dedicated to compiling resources for chronic conditions from around the web and making them easily accessible to all. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, approximately one in three elderly people experience some type of vision reduction or eye disease by age 65. There seems to be a severe lack of information and resources around senior eye health. 
To fill this gap, I’d like to share with you this comprehensive guide to eye care for seniors that was put together by the Ophthalmology team at UCF Health (University of Central Florida health practice).  Here is the direct link: https://ucfhealth.com/our-services/ophthalmology/eye-care-for-seniors-guide/

This guide provides detailed information on a number of important topics including:

  • The four most common eye conditions/diseases
    • Cataracts
    • Glaucoma
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Preventative eye care tips
  • Eye check-up protocol
  • Convincing family members to see an ophthalmologist (so important!)

[Editor: This guide is well done with many links to additional resources.]

5/21/2020
Samantha Denham writes regarding Disability Friendly Home Modifications
Below is a resource for disabled individuals who stay at home. Note the regulations are based on laws and practices in the United Kingdom:
  https://tradesmencosts.co.uk/disability-home-modifications/

5/26/2020
Madison Hayes shares links to helpful financial resources for single mothers. Review our site. [https://financialassistanceforsinglemothers.com/]. and
https://www.asinglemother.org/
The latter provides information including resources for Covid-19 relief in some instances on a state-by-state basis.
During the pandemic with financial and other stresses, food may be an issue as well.  Below is a link to find Food Pantries near by.  Food banks distribute free meals to the needy. Many nonprofits and charities operate centers where items like groceries, canned food, toiletries, and other essentials are distributed for free. https://www.foodpantries.org is a directory that you can use to locate the food bank near you.

5/26/2020
Maggie Strife FlashParking Outreach Coordinator
I am reaching out to you on behalf of FlashParking (based in Austin, TX) to provide information to caregivers and individuals in the disabled community.  I’d like to share an informational guide we’ve created to provide information to those who might need assistance finding out what qualifies as a disability, how to obtain a handicap parking permit as well as the obstacles that come along with it, and frequently asked questions to further educate someone in need. Please see the link below:
https://www.flashparking.com/handicap-parking-permit-guide-for-people-with-disabilities/
Links are also provided to the DMV offices in each of the states.

6/23/2020
Emily Borst from siegemedia.com writes about a guide to what students with disabilities should know before attending college. The guide highlights key points students with disabilities should know when applying to and attending college, from how to choose a university to where to apply for financial aid and more.  The full guide is https://www.onlineschoolsreport.com/college-for-students-with-disabilities/

7/2/2020
Jillian Day from 508assist.org is concerned about hearing issues and is grateful for our resource listings. She has submitted the following links to add to our database and resources for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Coping With Sudden Hearing Loss
Warning signs of a hearing problem in a baby
Hearing Loss- Home Modification Checklist
How to Set Up a Productive Home Office if You're Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Hearing Loss in the Classroom: 6 Tips for Teachers
The Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Home for a Service Dog
How to Care for Blind and Deaf Senior Dogs

7/15/2020
Jennifer LaRocco an Outreach Coordinator and Blogger for- CerebralPalsyGuidance.com.
My name is Jennifer, and I was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. I am an outreach coordinator for Cerebral Palsy Guidance. I was hoping you would be open to having www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/causes/ as one of the resources on your website. 
As someone with cerebral palsy, I know how critical it is to have easy access to the most accurate and comprehensive disability information available.  At CPG, our information goes well beyond that of most other resources. We aim to cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information. And very importantly, all of our articles are reviewed and edited by pediatric doctors and nurses (as well as HONcode certified as trustworthy health information). CPG also has expertise to initiate malpractice suits if that is warranted.

7/21/2020
Hailey Durand associated with Web Advocates (Santa Monica, CA), introduces us to Sprout Therapy a collection of treatment centers for Autism.  Their emphasis is on ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) although other therapies are available.  The guide below has a number of helpful references. https://www.joinsprouttherapy.com/guides/parents-guide

7/21/2020
Suzanne Tanner, creator of AbleSafety.org
It’s so important to make information accessible to those with disabilities, and I’m glad to see you’re doing your part! In that spirit, I’m also hoping I can make a small contribution to your site by suggesting a few additional resources that I think would be a good fit to one of your pages:


I hope these are empowering and inspiring to your readers who have disabilities!
Suzanne Tanner

8/19/2020
Hillary Chazen writes that Dog Digz in Boca Raton, FL has published an extensive guide on Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism by Barry Shechter.  It has super-helpful information and tips on anyone considering a therapy dog for their child with autism.
You can see it here: https://dogdigz.com/therapy-dog-autism/

8/20/2020
Maggie Strife writes on behalf of the Drubi Orthodontics to provide informational and helpful resources for families who have children with special needs. Their resource is   A Parent’s Guide for Children With Special Needs in the Dental Office.  One can view the guide here: https://www.drubiorthodontics.com/dentistry-for-kids-teens-with-disabilities/
This guide aims to help with preparations when taking special needs children to the dentist, the challenges that may come with it, as well as identifying common dental problems and oral health issues with children and teens with special needs.

9/14/2020
Ruth Santiago, Community Outreach, AddictionResource.Net
Our mission is to connect individuals to treatment centers that best suit their individual needs as it leads to long-term recovery. We do this while breaking down the barriers and stigmas that surround substance abuse with free and valuable information.  After rigorous vetting, we’re excited to share with you our compiled list of the best detox, alcohol, and drug rehab centers in Massachusetts. Here’s the list:
https://www.addictionresource.net/best-drug-rehab-centers/massachusetts/

Our Addiction Resource’s list is distinguished by: 
1.   This list was specifically created for Massachusetts residents and their families. Over the years of vetting facilities, we have first-hand experience with the best facilities. 
2.   We have specific criteria for choosing our facilities which you can find on our How We Choose page. No rehab can submit themselves or pay to be included on the list.
3.   Our team keeps up to date with our listed facilities and removes/refreshes all information with an emphasis on reviews from past program participants on a quarterly basis. 

Similar lists of top 10 Rehab Centers are provided for other states as well.

9/15/2020  - see previous lists offered by Don Lewis on 5/28/2019
Don Lewis, Parent and affiliated with AbilityLabs.com.  He shares that his son was in an accident when he was in college that changed his life. He continues in his role as a parent to empower his son. "Part of what I do to honor him is reach out to sites like yours on a common mission. Having said that, I hope you’ll consider adding these resources."  [Glad to oblige, Editor]

Best Sites for Job Seekers with Disabilities
8 Shopping Tips for Wheelchair Users
Fair And Affordable Housing Resources For Everyone<
Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies: The Positive Effect They Have for Individuals with Disabilities>
Kitchen Hacks for At-home Chefs with Disabilities
21 Chair Exercises For Seniors: A Comprehensive Visual Guide
7 Ways to Modify Your Yoga Practice to Accommodate a Disability<
Making Volunteer Opportunities Inclusive<
How to Raise a Disability-Aware Child
 

9/16/2020
Sarah Thomas, Community Outreach team for the Addiction Group based in Chicago, IL. 
Thank you for the outstanding resources that IPRS provides for those in need of mental health support.   Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. This is why Addiction Group was founded. 
Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness to as many as we can reach. Every fact-based piece of content is written by journalists or medical professionals. Please consider adding our Resources guide by Michael Bayba at addictiongroup.org/resources/ to your list of resources.

9/15/2020
Samantha Hammill,
based in Boca Raton, FL writing for VPN SMASH calls our attention to a recently published piece:  Internet Safety Guide For Seniors by Jon Brians. It has super-helpful information and tips for seniors on how to safely and securely use the internet.
You can see it here: https://vpnsmash.com/seniors/
[Editor: The information would be good for anyone (not just seniors) who may be timid about using the Internet.  The main text should be easy to scan for the visually impaired and converted to speech.  The information in graphic form at the end however would be problematic for electronic conversion].

9/22/2020
Michelle Taylor, Recovery Advocate based in San Diego, CA writes regarding Alcohol Rehab Help.org.  Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Not only do we offer information on Alcohol Use Disorder, but we also have comprehensive information regarding treatment options.  See the following link: https://alcoholrehabhelp.org/addiction/alcoholism/am-i-an-alcoholic/.  There are many links to other articles on this site embedded in the main text at this link for ease of navigation.

9/23/2020
Hank Thomas, Outreach Coordinator for The Clunker Junker (Sarasota, FL), re: Driver’s Licenses.
Hank shares a guide to Overcome Difficulties of Getting a Driver’s License With Autism. ASD can restrict or prohibit an individual from carrying out a variety of daily activities, however, research by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found nearly two-thirds of teens with high-functioning autism are interested in driving. A longitudinal study of driver licensing rates among adolescents and young adults with ASD found that 90% of teens acquired their driver’s license within two years of getting their learner’s permit. This guide is designed to help individuals navigate the process, and provide awareness of the resources available.
You can take a look at the guide here: https://theclunkerjunker.com/blog/drivers-license-difficulties-with-autism/

10/5/2020
Hank Thomas, Outreach Coordinator for 1-800 Contacts. I want to share a guide to College (and other) Vision Problems. This guide helps students and their institutions understand more about eye health and vision problems. It focuses on contacts and provides for online purchases. See the guide here: https://www.1800contacts.com/eyesociety/common-vision-problems-2/

10/20/2020
Amanda Gorey recommends an article from Five Star Painting about home modifications and accommodations for seniors. This resource aims to inform those living with senior or disabled family members about modifications one can make to their home to ensure all its residents can live safely and comfortably.
https://www.fivestarpainting.com/blog/2020/april/home-modifications-accommodations-for-seniors/

10/22/2020
Maggie Strife, Outreach Coordinator for General Contractors License Guide
I am reaching out to you to share a free resource for students with disabilities. help students transition into trade careers with ease.  The Guide explores vocational programs, career paths, and what students with disabilities should look for in a trade school. Learn more by following this link: Guide to Trade Careers for Students with Disabilities 
https://generalcontractorlicenseguide.com/guide-to-trade-careers-for-students-with-disabilities/.

11/2/2020
Stephanie Wilson, working with Lamps Plus of Chatworth, CA regarding promoting a guide for playground lighting and design for disabled children. Lighting can be very easy or very intricate depending on what you require. This guide will help make planning a playground or playset that children with disabilities can also enjoy much easier.
For the guide click here: https://www.lampsplus.com/ideas-and-advice/get-information-on-how-to-design-play-areas-for-kids-with-special-needs-with-lighting-and-more/

11/28/2020
Larry Hutto, entrepreneur and webmaster for Weighted Journal.com writes saying “we have an excellent resource on ASD and sleep-related issues.”  It is located here: https://weightedjournal.com/sleep-help-asd-resource
He advocates for use of weighted blankets (me and my wife adore them) for sleep aid.
[Editor: This site offers an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and includes many references to other blogs, forums, books and organizations.  Organizations are listed by US, region, federal, and nation (US, Canada and UK).  He also mentions some products he claims to be of potential value.]

12/24/20
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft tweets that Microsoft's Seeing AI app now supports LiDAR scanners from iPhone 12. Microsoft's app that helps blind and low vision people just got more powerful. Author: Sean Endicott  https://www.windowscentral.com/author/Sean%20Endicott, 23 Dec 2020

  • Microsoft's Seeing AI app now supports the LiDAR scanners of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • LiDAR support means that the app can scan rooms and utilize spatial audio.
  • The same update also brings several other new features and improvements to the app.

Microsoft's Seeing AI app scans and narrates the world. It allows blind people or people with low vision to have more access to information around them. Now, the app can take advantage of the LiDAR scanners in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max. With LiDAR support, the app can utilize spatial audio to scan rooms. Microsoft has shown off the Seeing AI app several times over the last few years, including when it began as a prototype and in real-world examples.

12/26/2020
Hannah, co-owner of the DIY Gardening site writes from the UK: I'm a gardening enthusiast and an aunt to a boy with autism. Just recently, his school built a “sensory” garden for the pupils and the feedback has been very positive. It got me interested so I decided to explore the topic of sensory gardens, what they are, how to create them, ideas, inspiration and so forth - hence this guide:
https://diygardening.co.uk/create-sensory-garden/


 


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