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Updated - 3/11/05 -127 links, 7 new, 2 removed.


Adaptive Equipment

AbleData - "The ABLEDATA database contains information on more than 29,000 assistive technology products (over 19,000 of which are currently available), from white canes to voice output programs. The database contains detailed descriptions of each product including price and company information."
Ability Hub - "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."
Assistivetech.net - "An online information resource providing up-to-date, thorough information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources."
Tech Connections - "A one-stop resource for information on Assistive Technology (AT) designed to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace and in everyday life activities."


Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA Home Page - Department of Justice - Official Home Page
ADA Document Center - Job Accomadation Network - ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents
ADA FAQ (for non-lawyers) - The Council for Disability Rights
ADA Watch - "The ADA WATCH campaign is a nonprofit informational online network designed to activate the disability community's grassroots in response to threats to civil rights protections for people with disabilities."
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy - (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
Disability Law Resource Project - A Project of ILRU to provides training, technical assistance and materials dissemination on the ADA and other disability-related laws.
Guide for Small Businesses - US Small Business Administration
Rocky Mtn. Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center - "Providing information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible education-based information technology to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota."
NEW - Steve Gold's Treasured Nuggets of Information - Mr. Gold is an attorney in Philadelphia and his website contains informational tools on how to enforce the ADA.


Barrier Free Design

Accessible Bathrooms - Detailed instructions on designing an accessible bathroom from the Wright State University Rehabilitation Engineering program.
Accessible Kitchens - Detailed instructions on designing an accessible kitchen from the Wright State University Rehabilitation Engineering program.
Access by Design - "A resource for those who have responsibility for implementing the ADA -- presenting an often-confusing law in a simplified manner."
ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities - ADAAG
ADA Standards for Accessible Designs - ADA Home Page (Dept. of Justice)
Barrier Free Home - The Arthritis Foundation
Center for Universal 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."
Concrete Change - Advocates to make all homes "visitable" and to change current building practices so that wheelchair users can enter and use bathrooms in all newly constructed homes.
Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI) - Universal Design information from the University of New York at Buffalo.
homemods.org - "Here you can find up-to-date information on all your health, home modification and consumer needs." Go to the virtual library for an extensive list of home mod resources.
Hometime Projects - Building Ramps & Remodeling for Accessibility
Information on ADA Signs for People Who Are Blind - Rules for ADA signs, tactile and Braille, visual, pictograms and Symbols of Accessibility. Verbal descriptions of graphic concepts. Explanation of typefaces and typography terms.
The Minnesota Ramp Project: Making Homes Accessible - "How to Build Wheelchair Ramps for Homes is a manual of design and construction for modular wheelchair ramps. This manual includes information about ramps and long-tread low-riser steps to improve safe home accessibility."
Universal Design Home Modifications- "Designing a Home for All Ages" by AARP


Drug Assistance Programs

Benefits Checkup - "BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands of people every day to find programs for seniors that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services."
Medicare Prescription Drug and Other Assistance Programs Provides information on public and private programs that offer discounted or free medication, programs that provide help with other health care costs, and Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage. It also provides information on Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards.
Needy Meds - "NeedyMeds is the place to learn about patient assistance programs and other programs designed to help those who can't afford their medicines. NeedyMeds is not a program. It's an information source."
PHRMA - 2003-2004 Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs
The Medicine Program - "Our function, in cooperation with the physician, is to assist patients who may qualify to enroll in one or more of the many patient assistance programs now available. These programs provide prescription medicine free-of-charge to individuals in need, regardless of age, if they meet the sponsor's criteria."
Together Rx - "Together Rx is a prescription savings program that provides savings to eligible Medicare enrollees on more than 150 widely prescribed medicines."


Federal Agencies

Department of Education
DisAbility.gov - "Created to provide one-stop online access to resources, services, and information available throughout the Federal government."
Medicare - "The Official U.A. Government Site for People with Medicare"
National Council on Disability (NCD) - "The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities."
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Social Security Online - Offical website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. Information about the various kinds of disability benefits available.
NEW - Social Security Online - Disability Starter Kit - "The Disability Starter Kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or online application."
Women with DisAbilities - Created by the National Womens Health Information Center to help women overcome the barriers and challenges faced. It puts a wealth of useful information together into one place for women with disabilities, caretakers, health professionals, and researchers.


Federal Agencies - ADA related

This list contains the Internet addresses of federal agencies and other organizations that provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and informal guidance in understanding and complying with different provisions of the ADA. (Courtesy of Great Lakes ADA Center)

Department of Justice offers technical assistance on the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA provisions applying to businesses, non-profit service agencies, and state and local government programs; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers technical assistance on the ADA provisions applying to employment; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.
Federal Transit Administration - Department of Transportation - Transit information for riders with disabilities.
Federal Communications Commission - offers technical assistance on ADA telephone relay service (TRS) requirements.
Office of Compliance - offers technical assistance on accessibility laws applying to Congressional offices and services.
Internal Revenue Service - provides information about tax code provisions including tax credits (section 44) and deductions (section 190) that can assist businesses in complying with the ADA.
Department of Education - funds ten regional centers to provide technical assistance on the ADA. Disability & Business Technical Assistance Centers.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide advice on accommodating employees with disabilities.
Project ACTION - funded by the Department of Transportation to provide ADA information and publications on making transportation accessible. Transportation information and publications.
Fair Housing Act - Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Air Carrier Access Act - for questions pertaining to air transportation, Department of Transportation.


Independent Living Programs

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) - APRIL is a national network of rural independent living centers, other programs, and individuals concerned with the unique aspects of rural independent living
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) - "The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living."
National Council on Independent Living - The National Council on Independent Living is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.
Directory of Centers for Independent Living
Institute on Independent Living- "Offers training materials, technical assistance and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support."
GetRIIL - Research Information for Independent Living - "Search for easy to Understand Research on Independent Living and Disability."
University of Montana Rural Institute - Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation Services


Low Vision/Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness - "The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is to find the causes, treatments, preventions, and cures for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases."
The Glaucoma Foundation - The premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating blindness as a result of glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration Foundation - "Offering information and resources about the leading cause of central vision loss and blindness."
MyEyeNet - A comprehensive source for Eye care and Vision information.
National Eye Institute - "The NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of 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."
The Low Vision Gateway - "The Low Vision Gateway was created to be your starting point to access information on the World Wide Web related to the fields of low vision and blindness. The purpose is not to present one approach or bias, but to provide access to all related information on the Internet."
Light House International - "Our mission to overcome vision impairment for people of all ages through worldwide leadership in rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy."


Medicare/Medicaid Related

NEW - Medicare - "The Official U.A. Government Site for People with Medicare"
Medicare Prescription Drug and Other Assistance Programs Provides information on public and private programs that offer discounted or free medication, programs that provide help with other health care costs, and Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage. It also provides information on Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards.
NEW - Navigating Medicare and Medicaid - Resource Guides for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates, (from the Kaiser Family Foundation).
NEW - RightWheelchair.Org - Web site dedicated to reversing Medicare's in-the-home policy, which restricts beneficiary access to needed wheelchairs and scooters. (United Spinal Association).


Misc.

Ability Info - An excellent site by Mike Pegg for students and professionals in the field of disability. Includes news, employment sources, discussion and an extensive links section.
Bighorn Assistance Dogs - Adopts adult dogs from local shelters, rescue organizations, and private individuals and trains them to assist adults and children with physical disabilites, audible disabilities, and seizure disorders.
NEW - Center for Housing and New Community Economics (CHANCE) - information on home ownership for people with disabilities.
Disability History Museum - "Our goal is to help foster a deeper understanding of disability and to dispel lingering myths, assumptions, and stereotypes by examining these cultural legacies."
The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) - "The Center will collect disability-related Internet resources, including resources that may be helpful to the disability community."


National Organizations

American Association of People with Disabilities - "AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws."
American Council of the Blind - "The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people"
American Diabetes Association
American Federation for the Blind - "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."
American Red Cross - Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Amputee Coalition of America - National limb loss information center provides resources for people with limb loss, their families, friends, and health care professionals.
Brain Injury Association of America - "The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy."
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
Disabled American Veterans
Through the Looking Glass - National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities
The Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Provides information on IDEA, the nation's special education law, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and Research-based information on effective educational practices.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - "The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs"
Paralyzed Veterans of America
NEW - "Post-Polio Health International - Post-Polio Health International's mission is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through education, advocacy, research and networking."
NEW - Spinal Cord Association - "United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries to help enable members, as well as others with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives."
Spinal Cord Injury Information Network


News/Electronic Media

Ability Magazine - Online version of the popular magazine.
Center for An Accessible Society - "The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living."
Disability World - Electronic Magazine - "DisabilityWorld reporters are based all over the world, with responsibility to cover developments in a particular country or one of the following topics: independent living, governance and legislation, employment, access and technology, children and youth, or arts and media."
Enabled Online - "Connecting People With Disabilities."
Emerging Horizons -"Emerging Horizons is a consumer oriented magazine about accessible travel. Emerging Horizons' primary focus is travel for people with mobility disabilities; everybody from wheelchair-users to slow walkers. Lots of access information, resources, news and travel tips. "
International Disability News Ticker - "Worldwide news from the disability field of work and study"
Yahoo Disability News - Full coverage on disabilities and the disabled.


Rehabilitation & Research

Health and Wellness Consortium - Conducts research and training to support the health and wellness of persons with long term disabilities. Funded bu the NIDRR.
The Institute for Rehabilitation & Research - "TIRR is located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Our reputation comes from more than 40 years of experience in rehabilitation and research, the high caliber of our physicians and clinicians, the comprehensive programs and services we provide, and our first-rate facilities."
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
National Rehabilitation Hospital - "National Rehabilitation Hospital specializes in treating persons with physical disabilities caused by spinal cord and head injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. It has grown from a single hospital to The NRH Medical Rehabilitation Network providing inpatient and outpatient care and day treatment programs."


Senior Citizens Programs/Organizations

AARP - American Association of Retired Persons - "AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, we seek to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity and purpose."
Benefits Checkup - "BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands of people every day to find programs for seniors that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services."
National Council on the Aging - "NCOA is the nation's first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons."


Wyoming State Agencies

Department of Education - Special Ed Resources - "Special Education is a support system designed to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and to benefit from public education."
Department of Health - The primary State agency for providing health and human services. It administers programs maintaining the health and safety of all citizens of Wyoming.
Department of Workforce Services (Formerly DVR) - "Resources for rehabilitation counseling and guidance, job placement for individuals with disABILITIES and and extensive resource guide."
Developmental Disabilities Division - "Our mission is to provide funding and guidance responsive to the needs of 3,742 people with developmental disabilities."
Olmstead & You - Draft of the State of Wyoming Plan reagrding the Olmstead court ruling.
State of Wyoming - Official Website.
State of Wyoming Elected Officials - Includes the email addresses of elected officials and links to the different branches of state government or agencies.


Wyoming Organizations

Brain Injury Association of Wyoming - "The mission of the brain injury Association is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy."
Connect Wyoming - Extensive collection of various agencies and resource in Wyoming includes a searchable database.
Parents Information Center - "The main goals and purposes of PIC are to help families better understand education issues as they relate to their child's disability, and to provide support and encouragement to parents as they face their child's journey through life."
Protection & Advocacy System - "To establish, expand, protect, and enforce the human and civil rights pf persons with disabilities through administrative, legal, and other appropriate remedies."
UPLIFT - "Providing Support, Education, Advocacy, Information and Referral for the most underserved disability group: children and youth who struggle with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders."
Wyoming Business Leadership Net - "The Wyoming Business Leadership Network (WBLN) is an employer-led state-wide initiative which serves to promote the employment of people with disabilities."
Wyoming Centrum for Assistive Technology - WyCAT - "Created to address the need and provide access to Assistive Technology services for individuals with disabilities."
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities - WIND - "Thru the University of Wyoming, WIND provides teaching, research, information services, and technical assistance to both the University and Wyoming at large. Its major functions include teaching, research, information dissemination, and service in the broad area of disabilities, particularly in the area of developmental disabilities."
Wyoming Statewide Independent Living Council - SILC - "Develops and signs the State's Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Additionally, we monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State Plan." The SILC works with the Independent Living Centers in Wyoming.
WYNOT - Wyoming New Options in Technology - "Provides information, training, and technical assistance to statewide and community based organizations to enhance their capacity to meet the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities."


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