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
A collection of resources sharing the history of the Disability Movement in the USA.
Museum of disABILITY History
The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, New York, and on the World Wide Web, the Museum offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness.
Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum hosts a search-able Library, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.
Disability Social History Project
The Disability History Project is a community history project and we welcome your participation. This is an opportunity for disabled people to reclaim our history and determine how we want to define ourselves and our struggles. People with disabilities have an exciting and rich history that should be shared with the world.
Disability Rights Movement
Disability Rights Movement Multimedia exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
It’s Our Story
It’s Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible. We’ve conducted over 1,000 video interviews with disability leaders across the nation; now, we’re making these voices public and accessible so everyone can take part in the discussion about what it means to be an American with a disability. Caution: Video contains true and graphic images from disability history in the USA, including inner-institutional footage.
List of disability rights activists
A quick list of very important people in the disability rights movement and what they did.
Famous People with Disabilities
People are often surprised about how many “notable” personalities have disabilities. Here are some web sites that list famous people who happen to have disabilities.
People With Disabilities on TV and In Movies
Fun resource designed for kids by Center for Disability Information & Referral about people with disabilities in the movies and TV. The list includes movies and shows for all ages and different interests.
Disability on Television (TV) Shows – Disaboom
Disability on TV has been a controversial topic among the disability community for years. Issues include: how are people with disabilities portrayed, how many characters in TV shows have disabilities, and who plays those characters (an actor with the disability or someone faking it), among others. Read and watch stories about today’s actor’s, comedian’s and media personnel with disabilities works work is changing how people with disabilities are
Institute on Disability Culture
Promoting pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.
Disability Culture- Independent Living Institute
Independent Living Institute Disability Culture resource giving visitor information on what disability culture is and where visitors can learn more about it.
Examining Representations of Disability Disability, Identity and Society
2 page handout explaining the medical model verses the social model of what it means to have a disability and common cultural images of people with disabilities.
National Center on Disability and Journalism
National Center on Disability & Journalism(NCDJ), headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.The goal of the NCDJ is to provide support and guidance for journalists as they cover people with disabilities.
Crip Caste: Owning Up to the Pecking Order and Prejudice Within
This article talks about the “crip caste” or which disabilities with the community are see as better or worse for many reasons. These beliefs are changing slowly as more people understand that the system does exist and work to change it from inside and outside the disability community. Read this article to discover belief about different types of disabilities that often affect people’s thinking about people with disabilities.
The Disability Hierarchy
Is one disability “better” or “worse” than another? What happens when we compare diagnoses and rank people in a hierarchy? It’s an all-too-common practice that we can happily end!
Boalt Disability Law Society
Since the Disability Rights Movement began here in the early 70s, Berkeley has been known as a center for disability rights advocacy. BDLS seeks to maintain that tradition at Boalt by providing a forum for discussion of new and pressing issues in disability law, opportunities for students to engage in disability rights advocacy, and support for law students with and without disabilities. BDLS is a diverse group of students with and without disabilities, unified by a desire to improve access and awareness in the broader community.
Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities
The Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities provides resources and support for disabled physicians, physician assistants, and students. The mission of the Society is to foster a supportive community and to provide resources and tools for disabled healthcare professionals and students, their family members, and their friends.
AgrAbility-Assisting farmers and ranchers with disabilities
The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a lifestyle of high quality for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers.
American Chemist Society -Chemists with Disabilities (CWD) Committee
The committee’s mission is to promote opportunities-educational and professional-for persons with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in chemistry and in fields requiring the knowledge of chemistry, and demonstrate the capabilities of those persons to educators, employers, and peers.
CWD invites all individuals with disabilities working or aspiring to study or work in the chemical sciences to contact CWD, and further welcomes the interest and support of all educators, employers, and colleagues. For further information call the Office of Society Services, 800-227-5558 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers (IGODAP)
The International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers (IGODAP) offers you the chance to be part of a leading voice in the promotion of disability arts and culture worldwide. The Guild’s members are professional and amateur artists and performers of all genres — visual artists, screen and stage actors, dancers, comedians and humourists, musicians, singers, speakers, poets, writers, producers, directors and others working in the arts and entertainment industries. They experience physical, intellectual or learning disablement, mental illness, or a combination.
ExceptionalNurse.com is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, ExceptionalNurse.com hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled. This web site is maintained by Donna Maheady, Ed.D., ARNP, an advocate for nurses and nursing students with disabilities.
Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC)
Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC) is a national network of pre-service students, teachers, researchers, and administrators with disabilities and others interested in the topic of educators with disabilities. Established more than 10 years ago, EDC is a continuing and vital forum for exchanging information on recruiting, hiring, and supporting teachers or related services personnel who have disabilities.
Encyclopedia of Disability
This Encyclopedia represents the first attempt to bring an authoritative reference resource to the many faces of disability. It provides a fascinating entry into the world of disability where minds are expanded, prejudices shattered, and spirits raised. The Encyclopedia answers the question: What is disability and why is it important in my life? An international editorial board of seventy-four editors from the Americas, Europe, Australia, India, Japan, and China, all experts in their own sub-fields of disability, developed these volumes. The result is a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, and historically grounded resource tool that guides the reader across fields, theories, debates, and practices.
Disability Pride Resources
A collection of resources about disability pride from the National Youth Leadership Network, a group of young leaders with disabilities.
Disability Pride Parade Video
Disability Power & Pride
Disability Power & Pride’s mission is to mobilize all Americans with disabilities, and their families, friends and allies, to speak with one powerful voice. We change public perceptions of disability by promoting leadership, fostering dialogue and unity, and empowering individuals to become active citizens. Our role is one of stewardship rather than possession.“Disability Power & Pride” is larger than any individual, group of individuals, organization, or network of organizations. Disability Power & Pride stand apart as concepts that can unite us and lead us toward making progress as a community.
Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival
Our event is one of many nationally AND globally. Disability pride celebrations are also happening in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and New Jersey, as well as Norway, the U.K. and Korea. From coast to coast and around the world we proclaim we are DISABLED AND PROUD!Come be a part of this historic day of unity!
DisaBuzz, a collection of PSA’s, documentaries, and other clips that address what it means to live with a disability. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even need to dance a little.
If you find a video that you think we should add to DisaBuzz, don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com
By combining the real voices and experiences of disabled people, with the creativity of Aardman Animations, Creature Discomforts explores the barriers and attitudes faced by disabled people every day.
We hope that many thousands of people will think differently about disability, and support us in our aim to give disabled people an equal chance in life.
Disability Calendar by Center for Disability Information and Referral
A list of National Celebration Months/Weeks related to Disability issues.
[with]tv will provide accessible programming that, while appealing to broader markets, is focused on providing high quality, vital news and entertainment programs that meet the needs and interests of persons with disabilities, and those committed to them personally, professionally and commercially, with three purposes:
- to provide the premier media platform for the 54 million Americans with disabilities, their community and the 700 million people with disabilities worldwide
- to create a marketplace where businesses and advertisers can access the disability market
- to offer viewers without disabilities a mainstream media platform where they can access the world of people with disabilities, their lives and stories
DisabilityNation is an audio magazine by and for people with disabilities. Too often we hear about the legal, physical or attitudinal barriers facing persons with disabilities in our society today. Unfortunately, not enough attention is focused on those with disabilities simply living life. The goal of DisabilityNation is to provide listeners with an alternative view of disability issues. Often, mainstream media tends to glorify disability or frames us as being heroic because we live our lives and participate in everyday activities. DisabilityNation is produced by people with disabilities. Therefore, we know that living with a disability isn’t heroic, it isn’t inspirational and it isn’t unusual. Its just part of life.
Disability411 provides audio workshops, interviews and information on disability-related topics for those who work with individuals with disabilities, including college disability counselors, rehabilitation counselors, K-12 special education teachers, employers, or anyone who works in the disability field. Information is also of interest for individuals with disabilities and their families. Hosted by Beth Case, a disability counselor with more than 13 years of experience in postsecondary disability services.
Disability Radio Worldwide
Disability Radio Worldwide is a dynamic, 30-minute weekly program broadcast by FM stations, radio reading services, over the Internet, and on shortwave radio. The weekly broadcasts originate from Radio for Peace International in Costa Rica.
Weekly programs are distributed in the United States by the Pacifica Radio Network and can be heard on many local Pacifica affiliates. Broadcast outlets are added periodically so check here frequently for up-dated information. This website also contains a full Program Catalog with program descriptions.
Disability Radio Worldwide creator, producer and host, Jean Parker is a well-known disability rights activist with years of experience working in the movement. Jean’s list of program guests reads like a “Who’s Who” of the disability community leadership around the globe. Almost all of the guests on Disability Radio Worldwide are people with disabilities and experts in their field(s), discussing the full spectrum of issues related to advancing the human rights of people with disabilities around the world.
Our mission for Logan Magazine is to inspire, encourage and inform young women with disabilities about how to lead a lifestyle that is productive, purposeful and pleasurable. Our goal is to motivate young people to live, work, play, dream big and look great experiencing all life has to offer.
Breath & Shadow
Breath & Shadow is a quarterly journal of disability culture and literature. A project of AbilityMaine, Breath & Shadow is the only online literary journal with a focus on disability. It is also unique in being the sole cross-disability literature and culture magazine written and edited entirely by people with disabilities. While some literary journals may devote one issue in a year — or ten years — to the disability experience, in Breath & Shadow you will find poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, drama, and other writing that examines the human experience of living with disability — in every single issue.
Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ)
Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities. It represents the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the multidisciplinary field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. (ISSN: 1041-5718; eISSN: 2159-8371)
ReelAbilities: NY disabilities film festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.The festival presents award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area, as well as discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
disABILITIES Film Festival
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. host the Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series. The goal is to provide entertainment and information while exploring issues faced by individuals with disabilities.
Sprout Touring Film Festival
The Sprout Touring Film Festival allows you to custom design a local film festival of movies related to the field of developmental disabilities.Whether for advocacy, awareness, fundraising or thought-provoking entertainment, arranging a Sprout Touring Film Festival in your area is sure to create a highly memorable and enlightening experience for your audience.Through our continually growing library of film collected through the running of our annual Sprout Film Festival in NYC, your agency or group has access to an extensive and varied selection of films of artistry and intellect.
Culture! Disability! Talent!
Culture! Disability! Talent! (CDT) is a non-profit, collaborative organization that works to transform disability stereotypes by providing access and opportunities for performers and mediamakers with disabilities. Comprised of disability cultural artists, activists and allies, CDT promotes artistic excellence and diversity by presenting disability cultural events.
Disability-Related Organizations, Associations and Foundations by Center for Disability Information and Referral
This list was created to provide the general user with names, addresses, phone numbers, web sites, and email addresses of disability-related organizations, associations and foundations.
Disability. gov Disability Organizations List
List of Disability Organizations in the USA.
National Council on Independent Living Disability Community Resources
Links on Federal Agencies, Disability Organizations, General Resources, Youth With Disabilities, Veterans With Disabilities, Seniors With Disabilities, and Parenting and Disability.