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a 501(3)(c) non profit organization based in Massachusetts
Putting Creativity to Good Use
Resource Database Development
In cooperation with the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, we developed a web-based resource list, a database and a bibliography of resource materials. The web-based resource list includes private, state and Federal resources as well as vendors. The resource list is provided below. Periodic additions to the list have been provided by other interested persons and organizations. Note that it has been a number of years since this list was first compiled and some of the links may be broken at this point.
If you would like to contribute information and resources to the list or make suggestions feel free to contact us. We acknowledge the use of materials from other sources and websites.Contact Us for further information on how to help us make a difference for those with disabilities.
Annotated Lists Compiled by Disabilities Task Force of
the New England United Methodist Conference,
IPRS Volunteers and other interested parties.
Web Sites that Address Making Web Pages Accessible
National Council of Churches of Christ,
Committee on Disabilities , c/o
Ministries in Christian Education. Web site
Policy Statement, "Disabilities, the Body of Christ and the Wholeness of
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Institute (NEI) - Est. 1968
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.
National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) - Est. 1949
The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
U.S. Department of Education
The Making Connections Unit
The National Center for Accessible Media
University of Toronto - The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
advances information technology that is accessible to all; through
research, development, education, proactive design consultation and direct
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston Public Library
Note: go to their web site to get active links.
Blind and Visually Impaired Specific
American Council of the Blind
Braille Institute of America
National Federation of the Blind
Vision Disorders & Blindness
Pamphlet: Don't lose sight of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). National Eye Health Education Program, 2020 Vision Place, Bethesda, MD 20892-3655. http://www.nei.nih.gov/
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
The Carroll Center for the Blind
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Massachusetts Commission For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing
Alexander Graham Bell Association for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Deaf / Hard of
Deaf Schools and
Hearing Disorders & Deafness http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hearingdisordersdeafness.html
The United Methodist Congress of the Deaf, General Board of Global
Ministries, The United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive Room 330, New
York NY 10115. Publishers of Booklet: "Breaking the Sound Barrier in Your
Church." Ministry & Mission with people who are hard of hearing and
late-deafened. [request copy from NE conference library]
Newsletter: Deaf International News. From The Signer's Network, 74 Mayfair Crescent, Brampton, Ontario L6S 3N4, Canada. Voice/TTY 905 792-9889 Fax (905) 792-1116 email: email@example.com website: www.deafinternational.com
Mobility/Amputation/Loss of Limbs
Amputee Coalition of
Amputee Information Exchange
Amputee Resource Center
Amputee Resource Foundation
of America, Inc.
Amputee Treatment Center
Amputee Website for New Amputees
Limb Loss Information Center
Physical Medicine and
Stumps 'R Us
United Amputee Services Association
New England Conference of United Methodist Church
Mental Health Infosource
Mental Health Net
National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) - Est. 1949
National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
American Association for Mental
The ARC of the United States
Birth Defects Research for
Cerebral Palsy - Ask
Cerebral Palsy Tutorial
directory of Regional Centers
Internet Resources for Special Children
March of Dimes
National Association of
Developmental Disabilities Councils
NICHCY (National Information Center
for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
Appendix (Additional details of Resources)
Accessibility Aids for Windows
Microsoft Reader for Windows-based PCs and laptops boast accessibility features that are bringing eBooks to more communities and providing a richer on-screen reading experience with additional TTS and Verbosity functionality. To enable Microsoft Reader to take advantage of existing speech technologies, you must install the new Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech (TTS) Package 1.0. Note: You must have Microsoft Reader 2.0 installed on your machine before Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech Package 1.0 can be installed.
Order additional Microsoft product documentation in accessible formats
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
IBM Global Service Offerings
For more information about these offerings, please contact:
Boston Public Library
Large Print Books
The BPL and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network are pleased that the following equipment was provided by the Community Information Network for Individuals with Disabilities (CINID). CINID is funded through grants from National Library of Medicine, The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, & The Boston Foundation. For more information about CINID go to www.disabilityexchange.org
Computer use for adults with disabilities is limited to two hours per
day. Customers must have a Boston Public Library card to sign up for
computer time. Telephone reservations are permitted. Please call: (617)
536-5400, extension 2295. When requesting a particular computer, refer to
these computer stations:
For program assistance and for general information or to make an appointment call (voice) 617-536-5400 extension 2295 or (TTD) 617-536-7055 or fax us at 617-266-8948.Acknowledgments
The efforts of many people and organizations is gratefully acknowledged in the development of the resource guides on disabilities and their web-based equivalents. This is a work in progress with different forms of presentation being under development including an Access database that may be distributed to organizations serving the needs of the disabled. This project was spearheaded by the Disabilities Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church (NEUMC). The NEUMC has hosted the web-based materials in the past. The Task Force was joined by volunteers working with Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc. (IPRS), a non-profit foundation incorporated in Massachusetts (http://www.iprsinc.org). The point of contact for both entities is Dr. Donald Job, Project Director (email: DonJob@enbede.com).
A special thanks to Linda C. Brown, a blind musician, whose advocacy for the blind prompted the church leaders to take action and to John Blackadar who advocated for her at the conference level and to Bishop Susan Hassinger who supported the formation of the Task Force. Additional thanks are due to the following persons:
Rev. Lee Carpenter
IPRS and Other Volunteers & Resource Persons:
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)
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.
There are numerous types of vendors who serve the disabled communities. These range from the major computer hardware and software manufacturers such as IBM, HP and Microsoft to the major telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon, and others. In addition there are major Retailers like Radio Shack who sell equipment through their stores and catalogs like talking clocks and thermometers, talking Bibles, large button telephones, telephone amplifiers, etc. The next tier down are the manufacturers of specialty hardware and software exclusively to the disabled persons. These include the producers of software for text reading like JAWS and Window Eyes and special wheel chair adaptations, etc.
We have used volunteers to develop a list of some of the suppliers in New England. Inclusion on our list is not an endorsement of the products or their manufacturers. Likewise, not including a manufacturer on the list is not an indication of their unacceptability.
Addendum of June, 2015
From Jasmine Dyoco
http://educatorlabs.org/ | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
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).
Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living
Disability Accommodation Cost Guide
Home Safety for People with Disabilities
Guide to Moving for the Disabled
Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
Guide to Traveling for the Disabled
Disability.govís Guide to Transportation
Addendum of July, 2016
From Sara Bell
Guide for Disabled Homebuyers
Patricia Sarmiento who is with Public Health Corps has provided the following list of resources.
340 S. Lemon Ave. #5780 Walnut, CA 91789
Various housing related and other links and resources.
Patricia provided the following addendum in September, 2016
Grants for Home Modifications: 16 Resources for Homeowners with
From Claire Castillo
A website/resource: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/disability-benefits-guide/.
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:
Help more students with visual impairments earn their degree by sharing this student guide.
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
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.
From Caroline Hampton of Sanford, NC shared the following list of
resources. She is affiliated with
Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
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