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Disabilities Resources

General Resources          Learning Disabilities            Mobility/Orthopedic or Chronic Health-Related Disabilities

Hearing Impairment/Deafness Resources       Visual Impairment Resources          Mental Health Resources

GENERAL RESOURCES

Access Board    http://www.access-board.gov/
A federal agency committed to accessible design. Includes final standards for electronic and information technology covered under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Accessible Educational Technology Series (Educational Videos)
  http://vimeo.com/8205436
As part of the epublications.bon.edu.au, Australia's open access repository of research and scholarly output of Bond University, scholar Shelly Kinash created a video series on education, accessibility, and assistive technology.  The videos are posted on Vimeo, the high-definition video-sharing and networking site.  The series include videos on topics such as "Issues of Online Learning in a Disability Studies Context," "Braille Literacy," and "Over-reliance on Assisted Technology."  Videos feature interviews with disabled students and scholars.

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/
Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the ADD administers programs for Americans with developmental disabilities. Links to state protection and advocacy programs for the developmentally disabled are provided.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page    http://www.ada.gov/
This U.S. Department of Justice site provides a variety of information on the ADA.

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium    http://disabilitycompendium.org/
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) collects large quantities of survey data and administrative records related to people with disabilities each year for use primarily by policymakers.  Researchers can browse online or download the 2009 PDF.

Assistive Technologies   http://www.assistivetechnologies.com/index.asp
"Assistive Technologies, Inc. (ATI) focuses on cutting edge technologies that link individuals with disabilities to computers and to automated work opportunities."

Disability.gov    http://www.disability.gov/
A comprehensive federal website of disability-related government resources.

Disability Online, the Disability Online Resource Center   http://www.disability-online.com/
A directory of resources for people with disabilities.   The site is organized into folders for links to chats and forums, other directories, news and media, as well as links to disability studies.  Subscribers to the site can log in and rate the usefulness of the links provided.

Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Internet Resources  http://disabilityresources.org/
This Web resource is organized and managed by "librarians, and those in the fields of communication and disabilities studies."  The volunteers monitor, report on, and classify by subject books, videos, and telephone hotlines of interest to the disability community.  The site features Librarians Connections, a list of resources on library accessibility.

Disability Statistics    http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/disabilitystatistics/
This site from Cornell provides state-by-state and national statistics on prevalence, income, poverty, and employment of people with disabilities.

Disability Studies:  Information and Resources   http://thechp.syr.edu/Disability_Studies_2003_current.html
Published in 2003, this Web site, sponsored by Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, is a gateway to resources for disability history.  Edited and compiled by Steven Taylor, Bonnie Shoultz, and Pamela Walker, this comprehensive resource on periodicals, links to Web sites for organizations, resources for teaching disability studies from the fields of law and public policy, gender studies, philosophy, religion, and so on.  The Web site is an annotated bibliography for works published beofre 2003 on disability studies.  It is updated regularly and is current as of 2009.

University of California at Davis Disabilities Studies Blog  http://ucddisstudies.blogspot.com/2009/03/announcement-disability-history.html
Created by the Disability Studies bibliographer at UC-Davis, the librarian blogger alerts students to conferences, fellowships, online bibliographies, and current journal articles of interest to the disabilities studies community.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

ADD Resource.com    http://addresource.com
A searchable gateway to hundreds of Web sites and online resources for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders.

Alliance for Technology Access    http://www.ataccess.org/
ATA provides information about organizations which develop and provide specialized equipment and technology-based access for persons with a variety of adaptive needs, and which educate about technology-based tools. 

Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities
http://www.sc.edu/scatp/ld.htm
Article by the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program provides "an overview of various hardware, software and low tech tools for students and teachers with a focus on literacy and a mention of available math tools."

California Association of Post-Secondary Education and Disability     http://www.caped.net/
"A professional association of faculty, staff and students serving students with disabilities at California's institutions of higher education.  CAPED provides equal educational access to students with disabilities through support services, adapted curricula and academic adjustments."

College Survival Skills   http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/PDF/survival.pdf
The University of Washington has assembled tips for students with disabilities to increase college success.  Helpful information and links to videos are provided.

Development and Behavior Resources:  A Guide to Information and Support for Parents
http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/ld.htm
A University of Michigan Health Systems site containing comprehensive information on learning disabilities.  Subjects covered include the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, causes, early intervention, special education, getting ready for college and more.

Disabled Students' Program:  Division of Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley.
http://dsp.berkeley.edu/TeachStudentsWithDisab.html
Helpful resources outlining UC Berkeley's Disabled Students' Program with suggestions and tips for faculty when teaching students with various disabilities.

The Faculty Room:  Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology.
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/
This University of Washington site provides examples of accommodations provided to students, strategies for working with disabled students in a variety of settings and universal design principles to make a course accessible to students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

Information for Students Who Have a Learning Disability http://www.uindy.edu/ssd/docs/UIndy_Learning_Disability.doc
Adapted from Ball State University and Simmons College Offices of Disabilities, this article outlines specific learning processes as well as suggested classroom accommodations. 

Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire   http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
North Carolina State University has developed an online Learning Styles Questionnaire available for anyone to take.  Using a scale, the questionnaire determines learning preferences for active and reflective learners, sensing and intuitive learners, visual and verbal learners, and sequential and global learners.  Explanations of the scales and implications of preferences are discussed as well as strategies for classroom success.

International Center of Disability Resources in the Internet    http://www.icdri.org/
The Center collects and presents best practices in the areas related to disability and accessibility issues and provides a directory of Internet resources on these issues.

Learning Services, Napa Valley College  http://www.napavalley.edu/StudentServices/DSPS/LS/Pages/welcome.aspx

"The Learning Service (LS) Department serves the educational needs of students who are experiencing difficulties learning, including those with learning disabilities.  NVC students may refer themselves for diagnostic evaluation. Information from the testing process is used by Learning Disability Specialists to determine accommodations that may support students in being successful in the college environment." 

National Informational Resource Guide for and About Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and
Attention Deficit Disorders.
http://people.rit.edu/easi/easisem/ldnoelbw.htm
The Learning Disabilities Research and Training Center at the University of Georgia has compiled a plethora of information related to learning disabilities.  This center and it's research are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Northwest Missouri State University's Learning Disabilities WWW Resources
http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/courses/education2/wwwld.html
Gateway site with links to learning disability resources.

 
State University of New York:  Helpful Counseling Links
http://www.geneseo.edu/health/helpful_counseling_links
Useful site with links to ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

Writing at CSU:  Teaching Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/ldteach/
Designed specifically for teachers of writing, this Colorado State University site includes strategies to help students become more effective readers and writers.
 

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT RESOURCES

American Foundation for the Blind    http://www.afb.org/
"A national non-profit organization that expands possibilities for more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S.  AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for professionals who serve people with vision loss, as well as promoting independent and healthy living.

Assistive Technology Training Online Project    http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics/Populations/LowVision/printmodule.php
Solutions to help students with low vision by University of Buffalo instructors Katie Beaver and Gail Vaught.  Includes excellent resources.

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) Napa Valley College
http://www.napavalley.edu/StudentServices/DSPS/Pages/DisabilityResources.aspx
Excellent site containing local, statewide and national disability resources.

Distance Education and Visual Impairment      http://www.catea.gatech.edu/grade/fs/2_BlindVI.pdf
Tips for making PDF's, charts, graphics and webpages more accessible.  From Georgia Tech's Research on Accessible Distance Education Dept.

Freedom Scientific    http://www.freedomscientific.com/
This company develops, manufactures and markets technology-based products that provide equal access to information and computing for those with vision impairments or learning disabilities.  Click the "Quick Links" to demo JAWS 11 for Windows Screen Reading Software (April 2010) and other products including MAGic Screen Magnification with Speech Software, OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software and more. 

Maintaining Quality of Life with Low Vision    http://www.utmb.edu/rehab/Outpatient/lowvision.pdf
Useful article prepared by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

National Braille Association   http://www.nationalbraille.org/
"The National Braille Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to providing braille materials to persons who are visually impaired." 
 

HEARING IMPAIRMENT/DEAFNESS RESOURCES

Deaf Linx   http://www.deaflinx.com
"Deaf Linx is a resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and other related topics.  The site is designed to be a one-strop shop for legal deaf cultural resources, deaf education and deaf services.  Health care, government assistance, real estate access, insurance and travel links are also provided to help deaf individuals and their families navigate the concerns which may arise in these areas."

Deaf Resource Library  http://www.deaflibrary.org/
An online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)    http://www.dcmp.org
Information regarding open-captioned, free-loan media and other services.

Gallaudet University    http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/
Liberal Arts University for Deaf and hard of hearing students, with demographic and research information on Deaf people worldwide and extensive resources for teaching Deaf students.

Handspeak   http://www.handspeak.com/
Visual language dictionary.

Hearing Loss & Central Auditory Processing Disorder    http://www.northwestern.edu/disability/faculty/strategies/hearing-loss.html
Northwestern University has compiled instructional strategies and common accommodations for students with hearing loss and CAPD.

League for the Hard of Hearing     http://www.lhh.org/
Information regarding hearing rehabilitation and human service programs for people who are hard of hearing and deaf.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)  http://www.nad.org
A consumer advocate organization promoting equal access to communication, education, and employment opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Task Force of Quality of Services for Post-Secondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
http://www.netac.rit.edu/publication/taskforce/interpreting/interpreting.html
Report on accommodations and teaching strategies to support postsecondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Pepnet Resource Center   http://www.pepnet.org
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

MOBILITY/ORTHOPEDIC RESOURCES


Strategies for Teaching Students with Motor/Orthopedic Impairments
http://www.as.wvu.edu/~scidis/
University of West Virginia Biology professor Ed Keller developed this site with support from the National Science Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Education devoted to inclusion in science education for students with disabilities.  He has created strategies for teaching students with motor/orthopedic impairments. The pull-down links to resources, organizations, books and videos, is also helpful.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Best of the Web  http://botw.org/top/Health/Mental_Health/Disorders/
The Best of the Web is a "comprehensive directory of categorized, content-rich, well designed websites and the Internet's oldest search directory."  The compilation of sites related to mental health disorders is very helpful.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation  http://www.bu.edu/cpr/jobschool/
"An interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and  reasonable accommodations related to work and school."

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law    http://www.bazelon.org/
 A nonprofit legal advocacy organization, their 'Action Alerts' page provides status information on federal legislation concerning mental health and disability issues.

Online Psychology Resources:  Mental Health
http://www.psychologydegree.net/resources/psychology-topics-mental-illness/
Helpful website covering a range of psychological disorders including mood, personality, anxiety, psychotic, eating and developmental.



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Last updated:  January, 2011                                                                 Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery