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Disability Information & Resources

Links to resources not directly related to employment. There are more in our Latino Resources List.



This list is of resources that are not directly related to employment. They are divided into the following five categories:

  • Education includes websites and articles related to education and students with disabilities.
  • Community includes websites designed for the entire disability community. They encourage people to communicate with other people with disabilities and share news, stories, and advice.
  • Services and organizations includes links to organizations and specific services for people with disabilities.
  • Issues includes specific articles and research related to different issues faced by people with disabilities. These range from basic explanations of disability laws to advice for organizations about how to provide services to the disability community.
  • Veterans includes websites that provide information and orientation for veterans with disabilities.

More links related to Education, Health, Disability, and Community are listed in our Hispanic/Latino Community Information and Resources.


Education

Learning Disability Toolkit

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has an extensive toolkit and informational campaign in Spanish to help families detect the signs of LD, work with their children to develop and enhance skills, and be an advocate for their children at school. This comprehensive toolkit is the first-of-its-kind for Hispanic families, with over three-dozen Spanish-language resources available including an interactive guide to help parents detect learning disabilities and recommendations for helping young children overcome barriers to early reading. There are also many publications available in English.

 

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults

Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. But since we can’t teleport, and some of us have trouble meeting new people, this book is the next best thing. The book is available for free download in PDF format.

 

DREAM - Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring

DREAM is an organization-in-process, initiated in the hopes of promoting a national (United States-based) disabilities agenda for post-secondary students and their allies and serving as an educational resource and source of support for both individuals and local campus-based groups. A genuinely cross-disabilities effort, DREAM aims to fully include students with the full range of disabilities--psychiatric, cognitive, developmental, mental, physical, intellectual, sensory, and psychological-- explicitly including groups who have been traditionally marginalized or under-represented within the larger Disability Community.

 

Project Empowerment: Improving Minority Disability Research Capacity

The goal of this project is to advance the state of the science in the conduct of minority disability research and to develop more persons who are passionate and interested in devoting careers to this line of research.

 

We Connect Now

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY has just launched a Spanish version of its website about disabilities in children, early intervention, and the special education process. They've also updated all of our disability factsheets in Spanish.

 

Savings Strategies for Students with Disabilities

There are many programs specifically designed to permit SSI recipients to save for post secondary education or training which prepares them for paid employment. This paper summarizes these provisions and provides information on additional resources individuals with disabilities may access to help cover the costs of education or vocational training after high school. The provisions covered include: Plans for Achieving Self-Support or PASS, Educational Savings Accounts or 529 Plans, Coverdell Accounts, Educational Assistance received under Title IV of the Higher Education Act such as PELL and Supplemental Educational Opportunities grants and federal work-study Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and assistance from State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and One-Stop Career Centers.

 

American Bar Association CMPDL Law School Disability Programs Directory

In order to provide the best available information to the legal community and lawyers, as well as law students and potential law students with disabilities, the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law collects data from ABA-accredited law schools concerning their disability related programming. This includes: contact information for assisting students with disabilities, student organization(s) associated with disability law/rights or students with physical or mental disabilities, clinical program(s) associated with disability or mental health law or disability-related legal matters, and other relevant programs or information.

 

Books without Barriers

Bookshare™ is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. In addition, many publishers and authors have volunteered to provide Bookshare with access to their works. Bookshare Members download books, textbooks and newspapers and then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.

 

Going to College

This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college. Through several interviews, college students with disabilities provided key information for the site. These video clips offer a way for you to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. The website is divided into three modules: "My Place," "Campus Life," y "Planning for College." Each module includes several activities that will help you to explore more about yourself, learn what to expect from college and equip you with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college. Share these with your parents, teachers and guidance counselor — you might just teach them a thing or two.

 

Postsecondary Rights & Responsibilities

In order to enhance the educational experience of students with disabilities and to avoid unnecessary confusion or delay in their access to postsecondary pursuits, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education developed a brochure that explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The content of this pamphlet is now online. For more information visit their website.

 

Parent's Resource in Spanish

The Spanish version of "Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School" has been Developed by CADRE and its partner NICHCY. This resource offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school.

 

Transition Planning Tool in Spanish

The curriculum, "My Future My Plan" is designed to motivate and guide students with disabilities and their families as they begin early transition planning for life after high school. The curriculum package is available in both Spanish and English.

 

Documentary Video Available on the Special Education Experience

Ir a la Escuela (Going to School) is a film that documents the daily experience of three disabled children receiving special education services in the Los Angeles school district. It is told from the perspective of the students themselves, but also provides a look at the way in which their parents have fought for their equal education opportunities. It also takes a look at the ways in which the LA schools have responded to civil laws that ensure equal education for everyone. The film contains scenes spoken in English and in Spanish and is available in both languages with closed captions. Proyecto Visión reviewed this film.

 

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

This project aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 and promising practices. The FAPE partnership is under the leadership of the PACER center.

 

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities

Diploma options represent alternative means of graduating from high school. This brief outlines the different types of diploma options, discusses the benefits of systems with single diploma options and those with multiple diploma options, and provides information about further resources on the topic.

 

Think College Website

A new website has been designed to help students with cognitive disabilities make attending college a reality instead of a dream. This website will serve as a repository of links and other information exploring the many opportunities that are now becoming more readily available.

 

Learning Disabilities Association

The Learning Disabilites Association of America is a national non-profit organization. Its purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.


Community

Find an Independent Living Center

Independent Living Centers are the best way for people with disabilities to learn about services and options that are available. They can help you find a job, an apartment, assistive technology, or just help you with advice. Click here to find one near you or call 1-713-520-0232.

 

Leaders with Developmental Disabilities in the Self-Advocacy Movement

This project explores the life stories of thirteen leaders in the self-advocacy movement and their perspectives on key issues and leadership challenges. Part of the broader disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement is unique in that it has been led and informed by the individual and collective experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite its widespread existence nationwide and internationally, few works have explored the rich history, culture, and significance of the self-advocacy movement. To help fill this void, Joe Caldwell, Ph.D., Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, undertook this life history project and donated transcripts to The Bancroft Library for its Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement collection.

 

The Disability Law Lowdown

The Disability Law Lowdown is a radio program that discusses different legal issues that affect people with disabilities. Program #35 talks about what high school students should expect when they go to college. It provides a lot of information about the differences between high school and college in terms of what reasonable accomodations they can get and how they need to go about getting them.

 

Blog about International Disability Rights Issues

The "We Can Do" blog is for anyone who wants to end poverty and oppression for poor disabled people in developing countries. This blog is for people with and without disabilities: people in developing countries and in industrialized countries; people who grew up poor (or who are poor now), and people who grew up with all the food, water, clothing, education, health care, and other basic services that they needed. It talks about different resources, opportunities, and strategies available to people around the world to reduce disability oppression and improve education about disability rights.

 

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)

Youth leaders are active in self-determination, policy, and advocacy education for youth with disabilities around the United States and are very dynamic in their work with legislators and government officials regarding disability issues. The NYLN is governed by the Youth Leadership Council who spearheads planning for activities such as a national conference, youth-directed research, public education, mentorship, and youth consultation around the nation.

 

Disability Social History Project

The Disability History Project is a community history project that offers a space for disabled people to reclaim our history and determine how to define ourselves and our struggles. The website includes information about events, resources, literature listings, exhibits, people, and a disability timeline that dates back to 3000 BC.  The team at the Disability Social History Project welcomes reader participation.

 

AccessWorld Newsletter

AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind's technology magazine, is now a free, web-only publication. Objective evaluations of assistive technology and the accessibility of mainstream products are the centerpiece of AccessWorld. The publication offers reviews of screen readers, screen magnifiers, cell phones and more.


Services and organizations

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. The organization also has extensive information in Spanish.

 

The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Y)

NCLD/Y serves as a national youth-led information, training, and resource center. NCLD/Y has a four-pronged focus on working on developing leaders, developing the capacity of centers for independent living to serve those leaders, the capacity of the staff working directly with the leaders, and supporting the cadre of youth with disabilities-related organizations. This organization has produced many publications that are available for free download, and many of them are available in Spanish.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

 

American Foundation for the Blind Web Site

The AFB website has exhaustive information on assistive technology, including a searchable database of assistive technology products and manufacturers and fully updated content on employment, including continually updated job listings and information on workforce issues, job training, employment statistics, and much more.

 

Autism Society of America

The autism-spectrum disorders encompass a wide range of symptoms, from social awkwardness to a complete inability to interact and communicate. The Autism Society of America (ASA) website provides extensive information and resources related to these disorders and is available in Spanish as well.

 

Free-Loan Media Program

The Department of Education and the National Association of the Deaf have created a bilingual video rental system called the Captioned Media Program (CMP). The program was established to bring equal access to communication to Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. CMP has thousands of movies in English & Spanish to lend to Deaf and hard of hearing people free of charge. They even cover shipping fees to and from the renter's mailing address. Simply visit Web site, register to become a member and start browsing their database for the flick of your choice. The database is well organized and varied. The Web site also is translated to Spanish.

 

Disability Resource Hotline in Tennessee

The Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a free, comprehensive information and referral service for children and adults with disabilities, family members, service providers and advocates. Information is provided in English and Spanish by contacting 1-800-640-4636 or 1-800-273-9595 (TTY). Click on "Pathfinder en Español" to view national and local bilingual resources. The services of the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder are made possible through a partnership between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

Miracle Ear Children's Foundation

Miracle-Ear centers nationally provide free hearing aids and services to children from low-income families. Box 59261, Minneapolis, MN 55459-0261, 800/234-5422


Issues

American Indian Disability Resources

The Family Village website at the University of Wisconsin has links to various websites that can help American Indians with disabilities find resources, support, programs, and other information.

 

Medical Advocacy Program for People with Disabilities

MAP to Access is a comprehensive training curriculum to help you learn about your right to accessible, quality health care as required by federal law. It includes bilingual fact sheets and and a video that explain the accommodations you can get and how you can get them.

 

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Accessing and maintaining long-term supports, such as PAS, has often been a significant barrier to employment youth and adults with disabilities. This new guide assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.  Such skills are key to not only enhancing independence, but also thriving in the workplace and growing professionally. 

 

Books about independent living in Spanish

Diversitas Ediciones is a Spanish publisher who has made available a number of books in Spanish about independent living and the disability experience. These books can be downloaded for free from their website.

 

News site for Californians with disabilities

Disability Rights California lists items of interest for people with disabilities in California, including policy issues, links, and in-depth coverage of disability rights. It is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Free books about disability and health

Hesperian is a major publisher of books about health that are designed to be straightforward guides that people can use to educate themselves and others about practical ways of improving quality of life. Examples of recently published books include "A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities" and " Helping Children who are Deaf ." Many of their texts can be downloaded for free and most are translated into Spanish.

 

Disability Law Handbook

Disability law is an area of law that overlaps with many other areas of law – including employment law, administrative law, elder law, consumer law, construction law, insurance law, school law, health law, social security law, and civil rights law. Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives. This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature.

 

Human Rights Handbook for People with Intellectual Disabilities

"We Have Human Rights" is a handbook published by the Harvard Lawschool Project on Disability (HPOD) that is an easy to read explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This handbook is available for download in both English and Spanish.

 

Articles about Employment and Women with Disabilities

Impact Magazine, published by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, has an entire issue about employment issues for women with disabilities. Among the many interesting articles is an autobiographical profile of Proyecto Visión's director, Kathy Martínez.

 

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace: Why, When, What, and How

Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.

 

Know Your Rights (PDF)

California residents can download or request a printed copy of a handbook that summarizes state and federal laws designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities. "Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities" is the fourth edition of the publication. The new issue provides updates on the latest changes in legal protections.

 

Travel and Disability Publication

A how-to travel book for people with disabilities, Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities, focuses on academic, volunteer, short-term work and other types of cross-cultural exchange for a cross-disability audience. It compiles tips and stories from 20 individuals with disabilities who have traveled extensively in many parts of the world. The book addresses disability-related aspects of international exchange such as choosing a program, applying, preparing for the trip, adjusting to a new country and returning home.

 

Parent Briefs Available in Spanish

National Center on Secondary Education and Training (NCSET) announced that three Spanish-language editions of their Parent Brief publications are now available online. They include:

 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Fact Sheets addressing medical research on Autism are available from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in English and Spanish. The Spanish Fact Sheets can be found by scrolling down the page.

 

Brain Injury Information

Last year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) produced an information pamphlet called Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury. The pamphlet, available in English and Spanish (Información Acerca de la Lesión Cerebral Leve), explains what can happen after a concussion, how to get better and where to go for more information. It goes over danger signs in adults and children, as well as symptoms of brain injury, getting better and where to get help.


Veterans

Supporting the Employment Success of Returning Service Members with TBI & PTSD

America's Heroes at Work addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is designed for employers and the workforce development system, providing information and tools to help returning Service Members living with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace - particularly Service Members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

GI Bill 2008

The 2008 GI Bill (officially known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008) provides benefits for veterans going to college. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have created this page to explain those benefits. The page also includes a calculator that can help veterans interested in pursuing a postsecondary education figure out how much they are entitled to in benefits.

 

Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability: SPECIAL ISSUE: VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES

Many veterans with disabilities are taking advantage of the new GI Bill passed last year to fund their higher education.  As such, the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability has responded with a series of articles that address the issues veterans with disabilities face and encourage them to use the disability services provided by the colleges and universities they attend. Two themes echo throughout these articles. The first is that Disability Services (DS) providers face a new set of challenges in ensuring that veterans with disabilities receive access to the education they deserve. The second is that the field of DS is at a crossroads, but in rising to meet these challenges, the DS profession can emerge as a leader in campus initiatives and in the promotion of the civil rights of all students with disabilities.

 

Combat on Many Fronts: Latino Veterans and Family

The purpose of this video is to increase awareness of the cultural aspects of PTSD care for Latino American Veterans. PTSD does not discriminate. Latino Americans who have served in the U.S. military have their own life experience, which may include discrimination or abuse, which in turn may compound PTSD. The video’s goal is to help veterans and others understand the history and cultural issues of Latino Americans and how these veterans can be served. Combat on Many Fronts was discussed in the Proyecto Visión newsletter.

 

Hispanic Service Disabled Veterans (HSDV)

HSDV is a program of the Association for Service Disabled Veterans (ASDV), a national association that is establishing greater economic participation for service-disabled and prisoner-of-war veterans and all of the 80 million veteran family members in the United States. Membership is comprised of individuals from the 2.2 million service disabled veterans in the U.S. and organizations that support the goals of ASDV. To pursue its mission, ASDV has established programs and services that address the areas of legislative and legal advocacy, business development, healthcare, and information access.

 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

More than 200,000 vets and members of their families seek out DAV’s professional services every year. They need counseling on the full range of benefits for veterans and their families. They need help with disability compensation, VA pension, death benefits, VA medical care, Social Security disability benefits, veterans job programs, and so much more. They get that help – expert help – from other disabled vets who have undergone the stiffest training program in veterans affairs. An all-new, high-tech training program is making sure DAV National Service Officers (NSOs) will always remain the best.

 

Center for Minority Veterans

The Center for Minority Veterans is the Department of Veterans Affairs model for inter-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender. The Center assists the VA in executing its mission in the most equitable, efficient, and humane way possible.  Dignity and an acceptable quality of life are the products that must be delivered to ALL veterans, no matter what their circumstances. 

 

VA Fact Sheets in English and Spanish

These fact sheets explain different VA benefits, including general benefits, disability benefits, education benefits, dependents benefits, and more. There are more than 40 fact sheets providing detailed information.

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of its members—veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal-cord injury or dysfunction.

 

VetsFirst

United Spinal’s VetsFirst program directly serves the needs of the veteran community.  A network of National Service Officers provides assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal and state agencies and legal representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

 

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