Disability Resources

General Sites | Legal Issues | Learning Disabilities | For Kids & Parents

Note: Most national organizations that provide services to people with disabilities have websites, e.g. United Cerebral Palsy, Autism Society of America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, etc. You can use a search engine such as Google, AlltheWeb, Teoma, Vivisimo, or Yahoo to locate these organizations and other disabilities resources. The sites often have links to local resources.

General Sites

  • ABLEDATA

    An electronic database of information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers in the U.S.

  • ABVI Goodwill

    ABVI Goodwill provides advocacy, services, education and training for people who are blind or visually impaired. The agency serves nine counties, including Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Steuben, Yates, Seneca, Schulyer and Chemung.

  • Advocacy Center

    The Advocacy Center provides consumer-driven services to support people with disabilities and their families in achieving their goals. Through information-sharing, individual advocacy support, independent service coordination and educational workshops, we advance people's knowledge of resources and help them to build life-long advocacy skills.

  • ASCLA

    The Association Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies is a division of the American Library Association. Important issues to the division include the ADA, blind and physically handicapped, equity of access, and impaired elderly library patrons.

  • Center for Universal Design

    Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.

  • Disability.gov

    Disability.gov is an award-winning federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives. With just a few clicks, visitors can find critical information on a variety of topics, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

  • Disability Information and Resources

    Jim Lubin, creator of this Website, is a C2 quadriplegic, completely paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He uses a keyboard/mouse emulator with a sip and puff switch to type. The site contains hundreds of links to other disability resources. He constantly adds new sites although it sometimes takes a while to get them organized.

  • The DRM Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet

    Disability Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides information about resources for independent living.

  • IDEA: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access

    A federally funded research center in the area of universal design that also provides numerous services for people with disabilities including home modification design, technical assistance and product research.

  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

    The NLS, a service of the Library of Congress in cooperation with a network of regional and sub-regional libraries provides a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

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Legal Issues, Statistics, ADA, etc.

  • ADA Home Page

    Provides current information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its enforcement including new or proposed regulations, technical assistance program, settlement information and ADA mediation.

  • Disability Tables

    State, national and international disability tables from the International Center for Disability Information (ICDI) at West Virginia University.

  • Legal Information Institute

    Cornell's Law School's Legal Information Institute provides full text to all the major federal disability laws and state statutes.

  • NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

    The New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled (CQC) and the New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities (OAPwD) have been merged to form a new agency, the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD).  The new agency continues to carry out the functions formerly assigned to both CQC and OAPwD, with an increased emphasis on outreach and advocacy for individuals with physical disabilities.

  • U.S. Department of Justice

    This "Guide to Disability Rights Laws" describes ten federal laws that prohibit discrimination and establish the rights of people with disabilities to have a life of independence and dignity in the mainstream of America. It lists 800 numbers and Websites that tell where to turn for help. 

  • Wrightslaw: The Special Ed Advocate

    A well organized site that provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and effective advocacy for children with disabilities. Includes the text of federal statues and regulations, advocacy articles, cases, newsletters, and resources.

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Learning Disabilities

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders

    A non-profit organization representing children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, founded in 1987. Includes information about legislative action, articles about AD/HD, research studies, links, and a chat room.

  • International Dyslexia Association

    The IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia and their families.

  • Learning Disabilities Association

    This national organization provides information on learning disabilities, practical solutions and a comprehensive network of resources.

  • National Attention Deficit Disorder Association

    ADDA provides information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them including such things as publications, audio and video tapes, a web site, AD/HD teleclasses and advocacy for adults with AD/HD. 

  • National Center for Learning Disabilities

    Basic information about learning disabilities and an extensive resource section, NCLD also offers referral services, develops and supports innovative educational programs, and advocates for more effective policies and legislation to help individuals with learning disabilities.

  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

    NICHY or the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves the United States as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; IDEA, the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind, as it relates to children with disabilities; and information on effective educational practices. 

  • UNYFEAT (Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment)

    UNYFEAT seeks to provide parents, guardians and families who have members with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with information and resources including: Educational materials for review and personal use; information regarding educational philosophies applicable to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder;conferences and workshops pertaining to group selection topics; information regarding scientific advances pertaining to Autism Spectrum Disorder;financial charitable funds to seek services, knowledge and treatment;information regarding medical practitioners and interventions; information regarding community integration; and family support and other services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Cool Stuff for Kids and Parents

  • Family Voices

    National, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs.

  • Parents Helping Parents

    The site contains an easy-to-search database and extensive list of support groups for parents of children with disabilities.

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