National Resources


National Council on Independent Living

Self Advocacy Resource Network

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

World Institute On Disabilities

News and Advocacy on Disability Rights Mainstream Magazine

Advocacy in Special Education and in with Disabilities in General

The Council for Disability Rights
A non-profit organization in Chicago providing public education, information, referrals, counseling, job training, and many other services to the disabled community. Though many of their programs are local to the Chicago area, much of the information they provide is not.

The Ragged Edge Magazine
Covers the disability experience in America – what it means to be a disabled and living at the start of the 21st century.

Newsgroup Archive
Steve Gold’s Treasured Bits of Information Newsgroup Archive

Resource to the higher education community, providing a listing of services for those concerned with disability and access in higher education.

Human Rights and Responsibilities

Assistive Technology

Department of Rehabilitation

Center for Applied Technology (CAST). An educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities

Wikipedia – Section 508
Accessibility standards for electronic and information technology covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.

Voice to Speech Technology Information
Information about voice to speech technology.

Tech Connections. Information and dissemination project funded to assist VR agency staff and others on applications of assistive technology (AT). Supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Target audiences are vocational rehabilitation programs and agencies, rehabilitation training programs, schools, community rehabilitation programs interested in using technology resources and services. Toll-free information service, resources and information on applications of assistive technology, information resources and technical assistance on ways that AT can be better used to assist persons with disabilities find employment and independence.

The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Web-Based Technology
Website offering information on the latest web-based technology for people with disabilities.

Web Teaching
“How to Design Accessible Web Pages” Article presented by Web Teaching

Web Style Guide
“Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, 2nd Ed.” and has a matching website.

Educational transcription service for Students who need Alternative or Additional Support.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Voluntary organization that develops and maintains the common standards and protocols for the Internet. Facilitates access to the contents of web sites for persons with disabilities.

Information on access to books for visually impaired and otherwise print disabled individuals. Shows how to enable book scans to be shared, thereby leveraging the collections of thousands of individuals who regularly scan books, eliminating significant duplication of effort.

Listening Devices
Demystifying Assistive Listening Devices. Website that offers “clearing house” of information.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). An interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability.

All Types of Assistive Technology

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder


ADDitude Magazine
ADD and Learning Disabilities – ADDitude Magazine WEB site

Blind Low Vision

National Federation of the Blind
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold-to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.

American Council for the Blind
The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind-to which Helen Keller devoted more than 40 years of her life -has been eliminating barriers that prevent people who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential. The American Foundation for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
Changed their name in 1995 to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, to serve all people with “print disabilities” – those who can’t effectively read standard print because of a disability. Today, they serve more than 102,000 members worldwide, distributing 243,029 titles in 2001. More than 70 percent of their membership – which includes students in kindergarten through graduate school, as well as working professionals – are recognized with learning disabilities.

Tutorial Assistance

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association. The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
Brain Injury Association

Deaf/Hearing Impairment

Miscellaneous Deaf Resources

Deaf Resource Library

Harris Communications, assistive products designed for deaf and hard of hearing people.

National Deaf Center; hearing impairment related resources.

NICD, National Information Center on Deafness

DDTP, Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications

VoiceNation, A Beginner’s Guide to American Sign Language

Disabilities – General Information

General Disability Web Site

People First

Disabled in Action

California Disability Community Action Network

Great Resources

Families and Parents with Disabilities

Disability World

National Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

National Organization on Disability
Promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

World Council on Disability
An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. Stated mission is to strengthen the disability movement through research, training, advocacy, and public education so that people with disabilities, throughout the world, enjoy increased opportunities to live independently.

Rehability Institute of Chicago
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been ranked the “best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report. See what they have to say about themselves.

NDSU The National Disabled Students Union
(NDSU) is a nationwide, cross-disability, student organization concerned with civil rights. We work to ensure that all disabled students have the opportunities they need to learn, the opportunities they need to live and work, and the opportunities they need to be full participants in their communities and full members of American society.

Disabled Community
Our hope is that this clearinghouse of information on disabilities will help people with disabilities, their friends, families, caregivers and social service agencies, find the information needed to improve our quality of life.


National Disabled Students Union

College Resource for Students with Disabilities

Higher Education Resource

Post-secondary access. Resource to the higher education community, providing a menu of services re: disability and access in higher education.

Listserv Archives
Disabled Student Services in Higher Education listserv archives.

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Post Secondary Information
Accommodating Students with Disabilities in the Post-Secondary Environment. Information designed to help college faculty and instructors understand their role in the educational accommodation process.

Web Resources for College Students with Disabilities
This is a document supported by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Educators and Administrators

The Faculty Room
This is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. This site includes six primary areas that address issues faced by postsecondary educators.


Computer Technologies Program – Training and Employment – Berkeley

Disabled Person

ADA – All about the Americans with Disabilities Act
US Department of Justice

Additional ADA Information

US Department of Labor
Means to design, develop, and administer innovative programs that further career and competitive employment goals of individuals with disabilities and/or support integration of One-Stop Center system.

Able to Work
Consortium of businesses dedicated to increasing the employment of people with disabilities through a coordinated effort of North America’s largest employers.

National Business & Disability Council– (free resume posting)

Job Search Assistance

American Association of People with Disabilities

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) West Virginia University
(800) 526-7234 (V/TTY)
Free consulting service providing information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

Virtual Career Fair for people with disabilities.

Special Reports on Disabilities in the Workplace.
Equal Opportunity

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
A unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well – known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Disability and Employment Policy.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
1 (800) 669-4000 (voice)(800) 669-6820 (TTD).
Established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and began operating on July 2, 1965. The EEOC enforces federal statutes.

Higher Ed Jobs
Faculty and Staff Positions in College and University Disability Programs and Departments.


Products for all Disabilities
Disability Products

Governmental Access Agencies

U.S. Department of Justice
Includes phone numbers for information.
(800) 514-0301 Voice
800) 514-0383 TTY

ADA Technical Assistance Program

Social Security Administration
(800)772-1213 voice (800)325-0778 TTY
SSA Work

National Council on Disability
An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues Americans with disabilities. Composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In its 1986 report Toward Independence, first proposed that Congress should enact a civil rights law for people with disabilities.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Phone numbers
(800) 421-3481 voice
(800) 521-2172 TTDe-

US Department of Health & Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation, Disability, Aging & Long Term Care Policy.

For information about the United States Department of Education

Health Resources and Medical Research

Customized Research Reports On Any Medical Condition Or Health Topic
Mr Health Search

On-Line Services, Inc., founded by cancer survivor who gathers information on any and all types of cancer or other illness directly for clients. Claims that their researchers have extensive on-line experience and training from the National Library of Medicine and from other medical database providers. Searches databases for clients and provides a report of the current developments and experiments.
Find Cure

The Moss Report. More than 200 reports on various types of cancer, covering conventional and alternative treatments. Monthly updates.
Cancer Decisions

National Center for Biotechnology Information. Database a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Contains textual information, pictures, and reference information.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc (provides information about rare diseases.

Epilepsy Foundation offers first aid information on how to respond to seizures.
Epilepsy Foundation

History of the Disability Rights Movement

Disability Social History Project

Disability History from 1800 to 1990’s
Disability History

Disability Studies – History Dateline
History Dateline

Disability History Museum
Disability Museum

Learning Disabilities

Link that presents information about several areas of disabilities, including learning disabilities
Learning Disabilities Information

LD Pride
Learning Disability Pride

Charles Schwab and Learning Disabilities
Charles Schwab

The Frostig Center. Specializes in working with children who have learning disabilities. Dedicated to a three-part mission of: Conducting research on the causes/effects of learning disabilities; Providing parent, tutor, educator training and consultation in how to work with children who struggle to learn; and Offering direct instructional services to children with learning. Also recommends research publications in the area of postsecondary education.
Frostig Contact
Frostig Research

Drew University offers information on how to teach students with learning disabilities. Has much information in special approaches/strategies to teaching writing and composition.
Drew University


California Office for Civil Rights
San Francisco Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415)486-5570 FAX

ADA Assistance Center

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF). A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Legal Services of Northern California

Center for Law and Education

United States Department of Justice Web Page that Addresses ADA Issues.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Agency charged with the responsibility of investigating and enforcing employment laws.

Disability Rights Activists (DRA). Legal Center dedicated to protecting the rights of people with disabilities around the world.

Listserv for those who want to discuss ADA case law
(This is not a website)

Commonly asked questions about service animals and answers from the Department of Justice
DOJ Animal Information

The Center for Individual Rights (CIR). Nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties.

Miscellaneous Informational Sites

Center for Independent Living in Berkeley – Lots of Info and Resources
CIL Berkeley

Center for Applied Special Technology

Discussion Network about disability related issues
Discussion Network

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center Products for all Disabilities Information about service animals and how they can help people with disabilities to be more mobile.
Delta Society

Parents Informational Sites

Parents Helping Parents

Advocacy Resource for Parents
TA Alliance

A Parent’s Guide to College. A guide to help understand the transition process from high school to college for your child with a disabilityCenter for Applied Special Technology
Parent’s Guide to College

Focus Adolescent Services. Provides a wealth of information for parents who want to learn more about learning disabilities and other learning problems.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education. Web site of a federally funded project whose mission is to provide technical assistance and information dissemination concerning techniques for preventing and resolving disagreements related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Dispute Resolution

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) As amended through January 1998
ADA Accessibility Guidelines

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a service of the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration

Site with disability-related news and commentary from around the world.
Disability World

Wrightslaw is the leading website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about dozens of special education topics, books by Peter Wright and Pamela Wright, and special education law and advocacy training.

Mailsports offers a Water Safety For Children tips and information guide

Psychiatric Disabilities

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
NAMI Mental Health

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA), the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Behavioral Health
Recovery Opportunity

Scholarship Information for Students with Disabilities

Print publication designed to put information about funds: Review the 2002-2004 edition of Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families.
Financial Aid Information

USA Funds is a private student loan company. It offers scholarships to students with disabilities.
USA Funds

Search Engines

Dogpile, does multiple searches simultaneously.

Sports and Disabilities

The official website of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association

Directory of Athletes with Disabilities Organizations

Disabled Sports USA

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