Aging and Disability
GeroWeb is offered by Wayne State University as an online resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in aging and older individuals.
Health, Wellness, and Aging with a Disability:
Site assembled by a Disability Policy Consultant. Links include descriptions of books and videos on Aging and Disability, but also links to other web sites with useful information.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Mental Retardation:
The RRTC on Aging with Mental Retardation is a national resource for researchers, planners, providers, self-advocates, families and students in the field of aging and mental retardation.
Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
ABLEDATA is a guide to assistive technology, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
A collection of resources on AT products, services, and providers.
Assistive Technology Information:
Offers a good introduction to and definition of AT
Assistive Technology Outcomes:
Site offers information on Assistive Technology Outcomes Assessment Tools
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA):
Professional listings and information on rehabilitation and assistive technologies.
Tools for Life Assistive Technology Center:
The Center's web page is an outgrowth of its Demonstration Center, based at Georgia Southern University. It offers photos and descriptions of common assistive devices.
Untangling the Web: Assistive Technology:
Part of a larger list of disability related links, this site offers links to AT sites that are not specifically computer-related.
Virtual Assistive Technology Center:
At this site you can find free and inexpensive software helping individuals with disabilities use computers. Software is available for Windows, Mac, and DOS operating systems.
Behavioral Health & Mental Illness
Behavior Online: The Mental Health and Behavioral Science Meeting Place:
Site houses online discussion forums on behavioral topics. Pages for related institutes. Site is designed for mental health professionals and behavioral scientists, but content is accessible even to the layman.
Behavioral Health Online:
Behavioral Health Online's (BHO) goal is to create an interactive behavioral health oriented environment that will benefit every visitor who enters the site. Our contributing staff is made up of dedicated behavioral health professionals, doctors, clinicians, educators as well as consumers who each add individual character and content to BHO's unique community.
Center for the Advancement of Health:
The Center takes a behavioral approach to the prevention and treatment of illnesses.
The National Mental Health Association:
The National Mental Health Association, through its national office and more than 340 affiliates nationwide, is dedicated to improving the mental health of all individuals and achieving victory over mental illnesses. Web site offers educational pamphlets and fact sheets on mental illnesses, as well as news of interest to people with mental illnesses, their caregivers, and families.
Blindness or Visual Impairment
Offers a selection of links on blindness-related topics, sorted by subjects.
A Blind Net Home Page:
A resource for facts on blindness, causes of blindness, general information as well as links to organizations OF the Blind, organizations FOR the Blind, some of the companies that provide equipment, and other resources.
The Blindness Resource Center:
Maintained by the New York Institute for Special Education, this page has a number of useful links on Braille, eye diseases and conditions, and links to research pages.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision:
This RRTC at Mississippi State University has a website devoted to their Information & Resource Referral Project, with a collection of blindness and low vision links.
Conferences and Related Organizations
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology. We value rehabilitation research that promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life for people with disabling conditions. We are committed to research that is relevant to consumers, educates providers to deliver best practices, and supports advocacy efforts that ensure adequate public funding for our research endeavors.
American Psychological Association: Division of Rehabilitation Psychology
The Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (APA Division 22) provides 4 days of programs as part of the annual American Psychological Association convention. The 2000 convention is held in Washington, DC.
IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress site
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and International Ergonomics Association are cohosting this meeting, which promises to be the largest gathering of human factors/ergonomics professionals in the history of the field.
Deafness/Hard of Hearing
A huge list of links on Deaf and Hard of Hearing issues, arranged into specific topic areas.
Deaf Resource Library:
The Deaf Resource Library is 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. While I have a bias towards cultural Deaf models, I am also trying to include more material about hard of hearing issues as well.
Deaf World Web:
A comprehensive Deaf Web site, with discussions of many issues facing the Deaf community.
The Deafened People Page:
Web pages assembled by a late-deafened adult, addressing issues faced by those not born deaf.
Healthcare Delivery for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People:
This resource list, assembled by Gallaudet University, identifies healthcare programs and initiatives designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing persons.
National Information Center on Deafness:
Maintained by Gallaudet University, this site offers up-to-date information on deafness and hearing loss.
National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders:
NIDCD is a part of the National Institutes of Health. The site serves as a clearinghouse for information and includes information about current research and funding opportunities.
Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People:
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc., founded in 1979, is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, their relatives and friends.
Developmental Disability/Mental Retardation
The ARC of the United States:
The Arc (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States) is the country's largest voluntary organization committed to the welfare of all children and adults with mental retardation and their families.
American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR):
AAMR promotes global development and dissemination of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities. (See their "resources" section for a good list of links on the subject.)
National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils:
NADDC promotes national policy which enables individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to make choices regarding the quality of their lives and be included in the community. NADDC provides support and assistance to member Councils.
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Guide:
Thompson Publishing Group Inc.'s ADA Compliance Guide provides information on recruiting, hiring, promoting, providing benefits, accommodating disabilities, evaluating performance and more. The Guide also provides step-by-step instructions for compliance. The website offers sample newsletter articles, full table of contents for the guide, and subscription information.
Americans with Disabilities Act Links:
From the Job Accommodation Network. Links to the ADA law, technical assistance manuals, accessibility guidelines, and other ADA sites.
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers:
A listing of regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These centers provide technical assistance, training, and resource referral on all aspects of the ADA.
National Association of ADA Coordinators:
The National Association of ADA Coordinators (NAADAC) is a non-profit training and technical assistance association formed to help its members from the public and private sector with ADA implementation and compliance issues for Titles I, and II of the ADA. In 1994, NAADAC added an ADA interest track for colleges and universities, and another for the private sector for Title III issues. The website includes organizational, conference, and membership information.
U.S. Access Board:
The U.S. Access Board, (also known as the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board), has as mission to ensure accessible facilities for people with disabilities. This site includes copies of the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, and has information on accessibility issues.
U.S. Department of Justice ADA Homepage:
Government information from the Department of Justice including ADA technical assistance materials, settlement information and agreements, new or proposed regulations, IRS tax credits and deductions, telephone contact numbers, information on building codes and more. Also included are locations for ADA mediators and a link to other sites.
U.S. Equal Opportunity Agency:
The EEOC site offers ADA enforcement guidance and instructions for filing complaints.
Disability Management/Integrated Health
ABLE.NET: Ability and Disability Management Network:
Information covering ability and disability management system components, ABLE.NET was created by a team of individuals working on the Distance Learning Through Telecommunications (DLTT) project at San Diego State University and University California San Diego. This website contains information on employment related disability management, journal articles from professionals in the field, as well as links to other disability topics.
A mailing list those interested in research as it affects disabled people both in the UK and internationally. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and news. The site provides subscription information, a searchable archive of postings, and a list of subscribed members listserv.
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans: Disability Management:
Abstracts of journal articles from the Employee Benefits Infosource Database.
National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (NARPPS):
NARPPS is "dedicated to promoting effective interdisciplinary rehabilitation, disability management, and return-to-work services on behalf of persons with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged." This site includes membership information, links to rehabilitation information, NARPPS news, and a calendar of upcoming events. A membership directory and member web sites are also included.
National Institute of Disability Management and Research:
A Canadian foundation focusing on workplace-based reintegration. The foundation focuses on education, training, research and policy development. The NIDMAR site includes information on training programs, products and services, as well as links to other sites. In addition, the site provides a listing of the board of directors, and a calendar of events.
Disability Social History Project:
This site, still under construction, aims to examine the ways in which disabled people have acted and have been treated and viewed within the social, political, economic, and religious climates of the times and cultures. This project will present images and information about disabled historical figures and events in an attempt to give an introduction to disability social history.
Employment and Disability
Disability and the Workplace: An Internet Primer:
Assembled by the Catherwood Library at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, this offers a list of useful sites related to employment and disability, sorted by topic.
Funding for Grants and Innovative Services
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR):
NIDRR provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
National Institute of Health (NIH):
NIH has funds for biomedical and behavioral research and research training and disseminating policy and administrative information.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA):
RSA oversees programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training, and other individualized services. RSA's major formula grant program provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities, giving priority to individuals who are severely disabled.
Law and Disability
Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center:
Offers ADA Statute, regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), federally reviewed tech sheets, and other assistance documents
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law:
The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. Site includes leglislative alerts, and links to information about laws affecting people with mental disabilities.
Center for Disability Law and Policy, Guide to Disability Rights:
Provides summaries of the federal laws relating to disability rights. Maintained by a Pennsylvania non-profit public interest law center that provides advocacy to people with disabilities.
Cornell University's Legal Information Institute -- Disability Law: an Overview:
Provides links to the text of relevant federal laws, links to search engines for state laws, and recent Supreme Court disability-related decisions.
ABA: The Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law:
The Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law has been fulfilling the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental and physical disabilities since 1973. Besides a wide variety of publications, for the last nineteen years the Commission has been publishing the Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter , the nation's longest running and most comprehensive source of disability law. Site offers referrals to lawyers that practice disability law, articles from the Disability Law Reporter, links to other related internet sites.
Professional Standards for Practice and Systems
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards:
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards is the alliance of state, territorial and provincial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the U.S. and Canada. This site offers a list of state and provincial addresses for each board, as well as information on licensure requirements in general.
CARF: The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission:
CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that accredits programs and services in Adult Day Services, Behavioral Health, Employment and Community Services, and Medical Rehabilitation. CARF develops and maintains practical and relevant standards of quality for such programs.
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE):
CORE is an accrediting organization for graduate programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education (RCE). Its web site includes information about CORE and the accrediting process, a list of accredited schools, and related links.
Health Care Financing Administration:
The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is the federal agency that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Programs. HCFA provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health. The majority of these individuals receive their benefits through the fee-for-service delivery system, however, an increasing number are choosing managed care plans.
Social and Ethical Responsibility
American Psychological Association Ethics Information:
Included at this website are copies of the Ethical Principles, the Ethics Committee Rules and Procedures, a statement by the ethics committee on services provided via telephone, teleconferencing or internet, and guidelines for research with animals.
This is a website for both people who are new to bioethics and people who are experienced. It includes a list of key organizations and associations in the bioethics area, professional journals, basic information about bioethics, and related topics. (Once at the bioethics website, click on Bioethics for Beginners.)
NHR Research Center:
This is the NRH Research Center website and includes an extensive bibliography on bioethics articles. (Select Information Service and then Bibliographies on their main page)
National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature:
Site contains the world's largest collection of information related to bioethical research and practice. It is available for use by both professionals and the general public. (You may also reach the Center at 1-800-633-3849)
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Projects:
NIDRR list of links to grantees of its Model Spinal Cord Injury System. This program provides assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the wide range of needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury Information Network:
Offers a great number of resources on spinal cord injuries, including medical, psycho/social, and vocational resources.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association:
Provides education and information on TBI, support groups, advocacy and local resources. Web site contains definitions to medical terminology, details of the rehabilitation process and information on state affiliates.
Headinjury.com: Your WWW Guide To Head Injury Facts & Expertise Offers factual information on head injury, its causes and treatments. Provides self-tests, checklists, and strategies to master the challenges of living with brain injury.
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:
Provides facts about causes, risk factors, trends, and costs related to TBI. The site also provides a list of research publications and information on current research funding opportunities.
National Rehabilitation Information Center:
This site is maintained as part of a project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research which collects and disseminates the results of federally funded research projects. A searchable database includes information on brain injury research.
National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury:
Includes general information on resources for TBI, a listing of experts, and answers common questions about brain injury.
NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems:
The TBI Model Systems are funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a branch of the Department of Education. These research and demonstration grants focus primarily on: 1) developing and demonstrating a model system of care for persons with TBI, stressing continuity and comprehensiveness of care; and 2) maintaining a standardized national database for innovative analyses of TBI treatment and outcomes.
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