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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 1/4/2018

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

Webmaster Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Vision Disorders & Blindness 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. 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
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
Lots of references. See also testing tool for web site accessibility: Cynthia Says™

The National Rehabilitation Information Center ( NARIC ) at 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

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.

Trace Research & Development Center
Making Information Technology more usable for everyone
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

Boston University
Disability Services
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
A new working draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 has been published as of July 2017.

Apple Computer Co.
Accessibility - Apple
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,
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

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 []. The Blog is by Veroniiica on November 24, 2016 for Perkins School. Access at  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
Website provides a variety of links to Tools and Guidance, Research Projects and Cognitive Eldercare. IBM is a participants in WAI.

Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.  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:

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).


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Blind and Visually Impaired Specific
American Council of the Blind
Web site:
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

Braille Institute of America

National Federation of the Blind

Vision Disorders & Blindness 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.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.  is now Learning Ally
Their collection contains more than 80,000 titles.

The Carroll Center for the Blind
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 [].
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

Massachusetts Commission For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing
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

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:

Hearing Disorders & Deafness 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.

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: or

Centers for Customers with Disabilities (hearing, vision, mobility, speech or cognitive)
800 974-6006 which also provides for direct text telephone (TTY) access.  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:

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).

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Mobility/Amputation/Loss of Limbs

Amputee Coalition of America

Amputee Online Include links of resources for women.

Amputee Resource Foundation of America, Inc. Includes many links of resources specific to particular conditions.

Amputee Treatment Center

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

Limbless Association
General community support.

National Limb Loss Information Center

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Developmental Disabilities

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

The ARC of the United States

Birth Defects Research for Children

Cerebral Palsy -  Ask the Doctor

Cerebral Palsy Tutorial

DDS directory of Regional Centers - California state Dept. of Developmental Services

Developmental Disabilities

Easter Seals

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC)

March of Dimes

National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils

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

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health Net
Comprehensive Mental Health and Mental Illness information on topics like Depression, Bipolar, Suicide, Anxiety, Addiction, Schizophrenia, and more.  Includes articles, blogs and news.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) -
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)  now

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
Offer resources, publications, technical assistance, news, etc.

National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Provide support and advocacy for families of mentally ill. Call for location of a chapter nearest you.   or,
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)

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. Tel. 888 -MOW-4041

One may also access the following.

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 or email us at 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

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Appendix (Additional details of Resources)

Apple Computer Co.
Accessibility - Apple
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:

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:

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.

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, in California).

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The efforts of many people and organizations is 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 ( The point of contact is Dr. Donald Job, Project Director (email:

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: )
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 ( 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 | 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).  

Home Accommodations

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’s Guide to Transportation 


Addendum of Subsequent Additions

Michelle Dayto
1525 4th Avenue Suite #700
Seattle, WA 98101
(877) 769-7769

I’m Michelle, and I work for  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:


From Sara Bell | Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 | Cary, NC | 27518

Guide for Disabled Homebuyers

A Guide to Keeping Your Home for the Newly Disabled

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

Depression and Disability

Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved One



Ashley Knowles
Outreach Manager,  Email:
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:

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.”


Rachel Baltazar
Rachel writes: “Here at, 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:


From Kelsey Brown, 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:  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 |
P.O. Box 52755 | Houston, TX 77052 | Facebook


Patricia Sarmiento from Public Health Corps, Walnut, CA
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’s Guide for Family Caregivers

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

AbilityPath - Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs See

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians

A New Savings Plan for the Disabled

A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers

Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications

Home Accessibility Costs


Patricia provided the following addendum in September, 2016

Grants for Home Modifications: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities

The Room-by-Room HomeFit Tour

Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities Who Want Them to Succeed in School

The Guide to Securing Life-Long Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs

Substance Abuse Among Physically Disabled Individuals

Children with Aspergers: Developing Social Skills at Home and School


October, 2016
Cyrus Dylan from 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


October, 2016
Angela Hanners
Director of Communications with 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:

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.


November, 2016
Caroline Hampton of Sanford, NC shared the following list of resources.  She is affiliated with

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

8 Steps for Learning Disabled Students Who Want to Go to College

The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities

Travel Tips for Workers with Disabilities

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

Types of Service Dogs


Chris writes:
I recently put together a guide on web designs for accessibility.  See the following link:

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:  


From Kelly Coleman
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


Jennifer McGregor
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



From David Garcia of

 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


From Martin Block of   ( )
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

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


From Claire Castillo
A website/resource relating to scholarships for higher education:

Claire Castillo
1525 4th Ave. #500
Seattle, WA 98101


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:
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.


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
It was complete and very useful so thank you for your helpful resource! I came across another page that I am now also using:
The page has some great information and I wanted to share it with you.


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)



Angela Hanners
Director of Communications
Community for Accredited Online Schools,
P.O. Box 77041, San Francisco, CA 94107
Publishers of a guidebook for visually impaired students.


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: 
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


Kim Williams
Director of Communications provided the following resources.

Resources Specific to Disabled Students:

Resources for Students with Disabilities:

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities:

Tips and tricks on Professionalism:

LinkedIn: Creating the best profile for the job -
Internships: Tips, advice, and resources -

Interviewing: the do's and don't's -

Resumes: How to create an eye catcher -

General guidebooks and career success tools:

Student Success: A College Survival Guide -

How to Get Hired: A Grads Guide to a Career -


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:

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


Austin represents, 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:

Austin Anderson
PO BOX 70207
San Diego, CA 92167


Anne Ritchie from 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


Thea Datar,
Thea writes: "I’m with, 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:


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:

Jessica Milly previously (5/9/17) suggested a site that provides a comprehensive guide to home adaptations for disabled people:


Gin Garton, Director of Communication for
Provides the following list of resources.

Adapting a Home for Disability Accessibility:

Resources for Students with Disabilities:

Disability Resources for College Students:

Higher Education for Students with Disabilities:

A Guide to Visual Disabilities:

Helping Students with Visual Impairments:

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students:

Also from MoneyGeek, we received the following from
Lydia Poon, Executive Editor
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:


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: Email: .


Jenny Wise ( ) 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


Cassandra Bowen
Cassie writes: I am a volunteer at the Different with Dignity Community Center. ( 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


Jacob Klein brings to our attention the following from the Sportfacts organization  Jacob indicated he found it quite useful and informative.


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.

Lydia Poon, Executive Editor
P.O. Box 77042, San Francisco, CA 94107
    Car Insurance for People & Families with Disabilities:

Megan McDaniel calls our attention to a network for finding centers across the country that deal with drug and alcohol abuse recovery.

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

Bob Tyrell of Center for School, College & Career Resources (CSCCR) shared the following links.
     Graduate Resources for Students with Disabilities -  

     Students With Autism Guide -

Holly Perkins from 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

Alicia Miley suggests the Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide that may be found at:

Keri Evans is a Hospitality Tourism Instructor and suggests the following:

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

    Volunteer and Non-profit Career Guidebook -

    Student Activism Guidebook for Making a Difference in Your Community -

    Careers to Help the Poor -


Jennifer McGregor from the shares the following links:

Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books

How to Remodel for Accessibility

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


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