DisabilityResources.org is an excellent resource for anyone with a disability or the caregiver of a person with a disability. All of the information is organized into easily accessible categories and covers many different topics such as; Advocacy, ADA, Disability Awareness, Employment, Financial Information, Humor, Sexuality, Travel & Transportation and Women with Disabilities. Highly Recommended!!!! CLICK HERE or visit www.disabilityresources.org
While dogs are the only federally recognized service animals, that hasn’t stopped many people from finding help and companionship from different furry friends!
We are a non-profit organization that helps adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments live more independent and engaged lives. We do this by providing them, free of charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained capuchin monkey to help with their daily tasks. The only organization of our kind, we raise and train these special service animals, carefully match them with appropriate recipients across the nation, and provide active support and care for the duration of each placement. For more information CLICK HERE or visit http://www.monkeyhelpers.org/
Besides monkeys, many people are also seeking miniature horses as guide animals.
From the Guide Horse Foundation website:
Our mission is to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable mobility alternative for visually impaired people. The Guide Horse Foundation is committed to delivering Guide Horses at no cost to the blind, relying on un-paid volunteers and charitable donations to pay all travel and housing expenses for the blind handler’s on-site training. For more information CLICK HERE or go to http://www.guidehorse.com/
Disabled Community is a website that is very similar to Facebook but made specifically for people with disabilities. You can post photos, make friends both locally and internationally, share knowledge, and generally connect with other people who have disabilities. For more information CLICK HERE or go to http://www.disabledcommunity.net/
“They watched the woman old enough to be their grandmother crank out pushups on the gym floor.
She talked to the two dozen teenagers during her sets of pushups, then sit-ups — lecturing, inspiring, urging them to do their best in order for good things to happen.
She led them in laps around the Crispus Attucks Association gym in York’s south side. Then, Loretta Claiborne told them about her life.
By the end of an hour, the most famous Special Olympian had won over even more souls, and this time only a handful of blocks from where she grew up.
She uplifted the single mothers.
She humbled the former football players.
And she politely refused to accept a check from CA officials to compensate her for her time…”
- From: ydr.com CLICK HERE to read the entire article.
“For more than 37 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The TASH Conference is attended by professors and researchers, public policy workers, special and general educators, school administrators, self-advocates, family members, adult service providers, students, and a variety of other professionals and advocates. Each year, the TASH Conference is the one place where stakeholders from every aspect of the disability community come together to learn, share and grow in our collective effort to advance inclusion and human rights for people with significant disabilities.” From the website. CLICK HERE or go to http://conference.tash.org/ to learn more.
“Bobby McMullen has survived diabetes, loss of his vision, kidney failure, years of dialysis, two kidney/pancreas transplants, open-heart surgery, and has battled a particularly aggressive form of cancer. He has broken more bones than he can count. In spite of challenges that would take most people out, Bobby lives life full-on. He is a passionate extreme sport competitor — a tenacious adrenaline junkie who competes alongside fully able racers. As a downhill mountain bike racer, his “life support” is the bike.Bobby McMullen riding in the snowBobby is an inductee to the National Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, and a current nominee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.” – From the website Click Here to read more or go to www.rideblindracing.com
“Nothing stops Jerry Robinson. Nothing. After graduating as salutatorian in college and landing a job with a global financial company, Robinson continues to do what he knows best—shatter barriers. The budding scholar, born with cerebral palsy, is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and conducting research with the BBI team. It’s an incredible feat for someone who nearly died at birth. ‘My parents were told I wouldn’t live long, but here I am,’ says Robinson, 30, who suffered brain damage after the umbilical cord became wrapped around his head…” – From the website. To read the entire article Click Here
“Bodily difference has for centuries determined social structures by defining certain bodies as the norm, and defining those which fall outside the norm as ‘Other’; with the degree of ‘Otherness’ being defined by the degree of variation from the norm. In doing this, we have created an artificial ‘paradigm of humanity’ into which some of us fit neatly, and others fit very badly. Life outside the paradigm of humanity is likely to be characterized by isolation and abuse….” To read the entire article click here
EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America is an online museum containing images of artifacts and various pieces of assistive technology as it progressed from the early 1800s to modern day. It also catalogs the paradox of technology and disability: “…Historically, technology has played a distinctive role in the lives of people with disabilities. New forms of technology that benefited mainstream society often initially excluded people with disabilities because of inadequate design or planning. The lag time between the introduction of a technology, whether movies, telephones, trains, planes, automobiles, or ATMs, and its accessibility created discrimination, exclusion, and new barriers.” For more information click here
Earlier this year, the Obama administration passed a bill that requires all public schools to allow students with disabilities to participate in school organized sports. (Read more about the new law here). Once the law was put into effect, some schools were concerned about their ability to remain competitive in sports after the inclusion of students with disabilities. Others, such as Germantown High School in Memphis, Tenn. embraced the change and have benefited from the inclusion of student athletes with disabilities. After being approached with a request from a local parent named Maureen Andrews, Germantown High’s basketball coach, Wes Crump, made a spot on the team for Maureen’s son, David Andrews, a Germantown freshman born with Down syndrome. At the time, no one, not even David’s parents, could have predicted just how important David would become to the basketball program. In an article about David, coach Crump stated, “Maureen wasn’t asking for anything other than David maybe getting a sweat suit, team shoes, and for him to be on the bench with the team…” But now, “…He wears number 40. He leads the pregame chant. He swishes threes…” (Read full article here)
David’s story is impressive, moving and inspiring. However, it’s not entirely unique. More than 700 miles away, a similar story recently unfolded at Van Hoosen Middle School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Owen Groesser, a 13 year-old basketball player who was also born with Down syndrome, made ESPN’ SportCenter highlights by shooting two three-point baskets in the last two minutes of the final game of the season. Owen’s performance has made him a YouTube sensation and a shining example, alongside David Andrews, of the competitive contributions student athletes with disabilities can bring to their teams. If they’re just given the opportunity.
A History of Disability provides an overview of the history of disability all the way back to medieval times. While this site focuses primarily on the history of England, it is still a great source to learn how society’s view of disability has changed throughout the centuries.
“A History of Disability reveals how disabled peoples’ lives are integral to the heritage all around us. From leper chapels built in the 1100s to protests about accessibility in the 1980s, the built environment is inextricably linked to the stories of disabled people, hidden and well-known.” – From the website