Disabilities

Nonprofit Organizations, Independent Living Groups, More...

ACB Radio
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Visit the American Council of the Blind’s Web site and click on “acbradio.mainstream” to listen to Disability Radio Worldwide at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. After the original broadcast, the show is replayed every two hours for a 24-hour period. ACB Radio also offers an online archive of Disability Radio Worldwide.

Access Board
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An independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Key responsibilities include developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and electronic and information technology. Also enforces accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.

AMD.org - Macular Degeneration Partnership
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Seeks to provide comprehensive, easily understood and up-to-the-minute information about macular degeneration for everyone who needs it.

American Foundation for the Blind
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Committed to improving accessibility in all aspects of life, from cell phones to ATMs, on Web sites and in workplaces. Provides extensive resources and information on advocacy to help individuals and organizations take action to ensure that government programs and policies meet the needs of individuals who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

American Foundation for the Blind Senior Site
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Designed to encourage aging adults with eye diseases to live independently and productively. The site connects seniors, family members, and caregivers to local services and showcases a wide range of assistive living products available to people with vision loss. It also contains information on the resources and tools needed to continue to read, shop, cook, manage finances, and go out with friends.

American Health Assistance Foundation
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A nonprofit organization that funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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Information regarding the rights of people with disabilities.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults
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Works collaboratively with organizations around the world serving the needs of late-deafened people.

Blindness Resource Center
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Offers information, statistics, adaptive techniques, and links to assistive aids and blindness-related organizations and resources.

California Braille and Talking Book Library
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The California State Library loans braille, cassette and talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print.

Canine Companions for Independence
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A nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
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Composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association's success by providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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A Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.

Deaf Linx
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A resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Langauge (ASL) and all other related topics.

DeafBlindinfo.org
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Information about deafblindness, or combined vision and hearing loss of all kinds. Site offers Minnesota resources, as well as resources throughout the U.S. and in other nations.

Disabilities Benefits 101
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Helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. DB101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit, and employment programs that people with disabilities use. These programs may be administered by the state, the federal government, or private organizations.

Disability Rights Advocate
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Information on health care and legal rights for people with disabilities.

Disability Secrets
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Provides information about the Social Security disability and SSI disability programs, including an overview of the process as well as answers to specific questions, many of the kind that claimants have but often to which they typically have trouble finding answers. The site is based primarily on the work experience of a disability-Medicaid caseworker and a former disability claims examiner for the Social Security administration's Disability Determination Service (DDS).

Disability.gov
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Government resources, services and information for people with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Test
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Provides current, accurate, and free information about Down syndrome to pregnant women. The information is available in English and Spanish, and in both print and electronic formats. The English and Spanish pamphlets can be viewed or downloaded on this Web site.

Hear Now
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A national non-profit program committed to assisting deaf and hard-of-hearing persons with limited financial resources who permanently reside within the United States. The work of Hear Now is supported through the contributions of many benefactors. We receive no government funding. All donations – money, time, hearing aids – allow the program to survive and give the gift of hearing domestically.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
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Provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. Works to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
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Information and resources on learning disabilities.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
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Fitness, sports, and exercise resource for people with disabilities.

National Council on Disability
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An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. NCD promotes policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Disabled Student Union
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A national, cross-disability, student organization. It recognizes all person with disabilities and all students, “those who work to learn, whether or not they are at recognized schools,” as their colleagues.

Paws With A Cause
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Trains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence and promotes awareness through education.

Rebuilding Together
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Preserves and revitalizes houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, from the elderly and disabled to families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence.

Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People
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The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

Telecommunications for the Deaf
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A national advocacy organization focusing its resources to address equal-access issues in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind.

Through the Looking Glass (TLG)
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TLG has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Disability
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Oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States.

VisionConnection
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An accessible, interactive, global Internet portal for people who are partially sighted or blind, the professionals who work with them, the families and friends who support them – and anyone looking for the latest information on vision impairment, its prevention and vision rehabilitation. Leading partners are Lighthouse International and the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Wheelchair Getaways, Inc.
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Provides wheelchair accessible van rentals for people with disabilities.

World Institute on Disability: Programs
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A nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. This link provides information about WID programs, including California Work Incentives Initiatives; Health Access and Long Term Services, and more.

 
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