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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Disability Resources and Self Advocacy

Below is a list of disability related resources found on the Internet:

* General Information - Disability Awareness
* Education
* Employment and Training
* Family Supports
* Health
* Policy and Legislation
* Research
* Self-Advocacy - Consumers with Disabilities

General Information / Disability Awareness

American Association on Mental Retardation
An interdisciplinary organization of professionals and others concerned about mental retardation and related disabilties.

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas.

Developmental Disabilities Centre
Information and resources from the University of Alberta's Developmental Disabilities Centre.

Disability Rights Movement Virtual Exhibition
A virtual exhibition created by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Disability World
DisabilityWorld is a new Web-zine dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities.

Promote Awareness
This site offers videos and training manuals aimed at improving the public's perception about people with disabilities.

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National Center to Improve Practice
This Center promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical, and social/emotional disabilities.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
A statewide parent coalition of Minnesota disability organizations assists parents to obtain appropriate educational services and supports for their children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

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Employment and Training

ETA disAbility Online
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration's disAbility Web site provides information on removing the barriers to employment opportunities faced by adults with disabilities.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
The National Rehabilitation Information Center's library and information center on disability and rehabilitation.

Workforce Development - Electronic Service Center
The Electronic Service Center provides communication and collaboration services to the Employment and Training community, and highlights workforce development initiatives within ETA.

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Family Supports

The Family Village
A global community on the Internet for families of persons who have disabilities.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
A Web site with factsheets, general resource sheets, parent guides, news digests, and other publications on disabilities and disability issues.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
A statewide parent coalition of Minnesota disability organizations assists parents to obtain appropriate educational services and supports for their children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Health & Safety Resources for Parents
A Web site devoted to the interests and well-being of family members of people with disabilities, chronic health impairments, and mental health concerns.

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Health A to Z Home Page
Comprehensive search engine and database of thousands of sites in health and medicine. Searchable categories include disabilities, developmental disabilities, and mental retardation.

The National Women's Health Information Center: Illnesses and Disabilities
This site addresses numerous issues of particular interest to women with disabilities, such as abuse, access to health care, financial assistance, laws and regulations, minorities, aging, parenting, reproductive health, services and support, sexuality, and more.

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Policy and Legislation

US Department of Justice: Americans with Disabilities Act
Provides up-to-date information from the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also contains links to other ADA and disability-related sites.

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The online version of the Educational Resources Information Center, hosted by the National Library of Education, including the searchable ERIC database.

Disability Statistics Center
A Rehabilitation Research and Training Center located at the University of California, San Francisco, funded to produce and disseminate statistical information on disability and the status of people with disabilities in America.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
Established in 1995, the NCDDR performs research, technical assistance and demonstration activities focusing on the dissemination and utilization of disability research funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Created in 1978, NIDRR is one of three components of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. It's mission is to generate, disseminate and promote new knowledge to improve the options available to disabled persons, with the ultimate goal of allowing these individuals to perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its disabled citizens.

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Self-Advocacy / Consumer-Oriented
First launched in January 2001, this search engine and directory is dedicated exclusively to Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities. With their new ProFinder(TM); directory, the site brings together the expertise of Internet specialists and hundreds of ADD/ADHD and LD professionals worldwide, to help you find relevant information on the Web quickly and easily.

Advocating Change Together (ACT)
A self-advocacy Web site for interested individuals worldwide.

The Arc of the United States
A national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related disabilities and their families. Online Resources for People with Disabilities 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.

Disability Resources Monthly (DRM)
A guide to disability resources on the Internet.

National Arts and Disability Center (NADC)
An information, training, and resource center whose mission is to promote the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media, and literary arts communities.

National Disability Rights Network
This network provides legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. Learn about your rights as a person with a disability and locate the office(s) in your state that can help with protection and advocacy issues (see right sidebar where you can choose your state).

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
SABE aims to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
This feature on the FetaWeb Web site provides self-advocacy resources nationwide, viewable by U.S. state or territory. FetaWeb is a companion guide to the book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, which is a practical "survival guide" that teaches parents and others how to advocate for children with disabilities.

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