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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, 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.
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 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
The National Rehabilitation Information Center ( NARIC ) at www.naric.com
is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and
EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
Trace Research & Development Center
The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
Blind and Visually Impaired Specific
Braille Institute of America
National Federation of the Blind
Vision Disorders & Blindness
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 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
National Association of the Deaf
Mobility/Amputation/Loss of Limbs
Amputee Coalition of
Amputee Online Include links of resources for women.
Amputee Resource Foundation of America, Inc. Includes many links of resources specific to particular conditions. http://www.amputeeresource.org/
Amputee Treatment Center
Limb Loss Information Center
American Association for Mental
Retardation- Renamed to American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities
The ARC of the United States
Birth Defects Research for
Cerebral Palsy - Ask
Cerebral Palsy Tutorial
directory of Regional Centers - California state Dept. of
Internet Resources for Special Children
March of Dimes
NICHCY (National Information Center
for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
Mental Health Net
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Consumers'
National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
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
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
Appendix (Additional details of Resources)
Accessibility Aids for Windows
Boston Public Library
The Access Services Program allows people with disabilities to use library resources
within the library. Computers in this area are restricted to those with
Large Print Books
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:
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
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 (http://www.iprsinc.org). The point of contact is Dr. Donald Job, Project Director (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
Addendum of June, 2015
From Jasmine Dyoco
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.gov’s Guide to Transportation
Addendum of Subsequent Additions7/29/2015
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Seattle, WA 98101
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:
Guide for Disabled Homebuyers
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 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:
Help more students with visual impairments earn their degree by sharing this student guide.
AbilityPath - Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs See https://abilitypath.org/parenting-resources/
Patricia provided the following addendum in September, 2016
Grants for Home Modifications: 16 Resources for Homeowners with
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.
Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
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."
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
Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities:
Adapting a Home for Disability Accessibility:
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/
Helping Students with Visual Impairments: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/helping-students-with-visual-impairments/
Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/students-with-hearing-impairments/
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/
Jennifer McGregor from the publichealthlibrary.org 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
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.
July 8, 2018
Steven Millstein, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the
founder of Credit Zeal (https://www.creditzeal.com). He has just
published a comprehensive article on Special Needs Financial Planning: A
Definitive Guide. You can check it out here:
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