Vol. 6, No. 3: October 2007
In This Issue
- Grants, Scholarships, Internships and Other Funding Opportunities
- Publications, Media Resources and Releases
- Conferences, Events, Meetings and Courses
- Web Sites
- Resolving Issues
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October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America:
“National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Americans with disabilities and to underscore our Nation’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for all our citizens.”
This information has recently been updated and can be accessed at
Employment News & Events Update
Workers with Disabilities: Talent for a Winning Team
Throughout October, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Office of Disability Employment Policy will profile individuals who have personally benefited from agency-sponsored programs aimed at eliminating the chronic underemployment of people with disabilities, as well as employers and organizations that have hired, supported and empowered employees with disabilities. Read all the profiles at www.dol.gov/odep/talent/index.htm.
Tax Information for Employment Update:
Tax Incentives for Providing Business Accessibility
Information on tax incentives available to help employers cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities and to make their places of business accessible. This information has recently been updated and can be accessed at www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=5065.
Empowerment for Americans with Disabilities: Breaking Barriers to Careers and Full Employment
National Council on Disability (NCD) — October 1, 2007
On the first day of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NCD released a report that presents the best practices in the public and private sectors and the promising public policies and initiatives that increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The employment rate of working age people with disabilities remains only half that of people without disabilities (38 percent compared with 78 percent in 2005). The report comprehensively reviews the issues integral to the employment of people with disabilities. It has two broad aims: 1) to summarize the existing knowledge regarding the employment of people with disabilities in a series of short issue briefs; and 2) to present new information on the perspectives of employers, people with disabilities, and disability specialists on the key barriers and facilitators of employment.
Music Within, the film based on the life of Richard Pimentel, is opening in select cities around the country on Oct. 26 and Nov. 9. Rich Pimentel was part of the team that created the disability training program “Windmills.” There are plans to use the film for training and other educational purposes. For more information, contact Milt Wright at email@example.com.
Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers
Check out Tony Deifell ‘s new book, Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs By Blind Teenagers. For Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, Utne Magazine and more recent press coverage: www.seeingbeyondsight.org/book/press. “With its ambitious, seemingly paradoxical premise, Seeing Beyond Sight challenges our definitions of art, vision and perception.” — Chronicle Books
The 2007 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Hall Of Fame Gala
This event will be held on Nov. 6 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The evening starts with a performance on the millennium stage, followed by the 2007 induction ceremony, and a dessert reception in the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Black tie optional. For ticket information, visit www.spinalcord.org.
AAPD/MEAF 2008 Internship Application Process Open
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are offering, for the seventh consecutive summer, a congressional internship program for undergraduate students with disabilities. The program was created in 2002 to provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to work on Capitol Hill for eight weeks and acquire valuable work experience that will enrich their academic studies. Applications may be submitted electronically or via U.S. Postal Service, and must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Dec. 14. For details go to www.aapd.com/internships/internship08/MEAFinternInfo08.htm.
AAPD/Microsoft 2008 Internship Application Process Open
For the sixth consecutive summer, Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are offering a summer internship program designed specifically for college and university students with disabilities interested in careers in information technology. The program was created in 2003 to provide undergraduate students with disabilities, who have a demonstrated interest in information technology (IT) careers, with the opportunity to participate and benefit from highly sought-after federal internships. In 2008, this internship program will provide 10 students with disabilities with the exclusive opportunity to participate in an 11-week IT internship at a federal agency in Washington, D.C. Applications sent via e-mail or by U.S. Postal Service MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Dec. 14. For details go to http://www.aapd.com/internships/internship08/MS-AAPDinternInfo08.htm.
EEOC Presents Freedom to Compete Award for Best Practices in Employment
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently presented the agency’s third annual Freedom to Compete Award to five employers from the private and public sectors for best practices that promote access and inclusion. The 2007 award winners are Johns Hopkins Health System, for developing a series of programs to increase job opportunities for area youth with disabilities; Emory Crawford Long Hospital, for its Project Search Program; Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for its Lions World Program to facilitate the hiring and retention of individuals with visual impairments;The City of Norfolk, for its Pathways to Public Service Program; and Abilities, Inc., for its Experience Counts Program to assist mature workers with disabilities or age-related limitations to regain meaningful employment. Additional information about the initiative can be found on the EEOC’s Web site at www.eeoc.gov/initiatives/compete/index.html.
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) invites you to join them in celebrating both the field of assistive technology and 20 years of service promoting innovative uses of technology for people with disabilities. The gala will be held on March 14, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA, in conjunction with the 23rd annual CSUN Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference, and will be held at the Sheraton Four Points LAX. For more information about ATA and its 20th anniversary gala, visit its Web site at www.ATAccess.org.
DFN Board Member Joins Statewide Council
Dee Delaney, executive director, FISA Foundation, is serving on the newly-formed Disability Resource Center Advisory Council (DRC) of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Centers (UPMC) Health System. The purpose of the DRC is to improve access to healthcare for people with disabilities by providing disability awareness trainings, educational outreach, program development, and increased accessibility of facilities and medical equipment throughout this hospital system that consists of 19 hospitals and 400 doctors’ offices.
INsite — Promoting Inclusive Spaces
The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation has initiated a coalition of several Greater Cincinnati grantmakers who have shown they are willing to make a powerful statement that they care that the facilities they fund are welcoming to everyone. INsite members encourage, and in some cases require, that nonprofits conducting capital campaigns over $1,000,000 conduct inclusion audits to ensure that the facilities they fund consider how to be fully welcoming to people with disabilities. More information on their inclusion audit services can be found at www.inclusion.org or by calling (513) 345-1330 or (513) 345-1336 TTY.
CVS Caremark Community Grants
Competition is now open for CVS Caremark Community Grants to support programs that 1) promote independence among children with disabilities, including physical and occupational therapies, speech and hearing therapies, assistive technology and recreational therapies; 2) public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs; and 3) creating opportunities or facilities that give greater access to physical movement and play. Deadline is Oct. 31. For more information, go to www.cvs.com/corpInfo/community/charitable_mission.html.
CDRF Quality of Life Grants
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) awards grants in 13 categories, including health promotion, employment, sports and recreation, and advocacy, to fund programs across the globe that help people with paralysis become more fully integrated members of society. Grants that focus on improving the health of individuals are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, go to www.christopherreeve.org.
Grants to Assist Nonprofits in Developing Strong Leadership
The American Management Association (AMA) and Leader to Leader Institute scholarship program is intended to assist social sector nonprofit organizations in developing strong leadership. The AMA Scholarship is designed to provide nonprofit leaders with an opportunity to step out of the day-to-day, interact with peers across the sectors and develop practical skills they can apply immediately within their organizations. Maximum Award: one-year scholarship. Eligibility: employees of 501(c)(3) organizations with a minimum of three years of work experience in the social sector. Deadline: Nov. 15. More information can be found at http://leadertoleader.org/collaboration/ama/index.html.
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)
This prestigious educational nonprofit organization, entering its 30th year, offers an academic program combined with internships in Washington, DC. They offer a fully inclusive program, including accessible housing. To learn more about the program, visit www.twc.edu.
AAPD-Administered Summer Internships for College Students with Disabilities
AAPD administers two prestigious internships. One is funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and places students in congressional offices in Washington, DC. The second, funded by Microsoft, is for students majoring in information technology and accepted candidates will work in various agencies in the executive branch of the federal government. For details visit AAPD’s Web site at www.aapd.com. The deadline for both programs is Dec. 14.
AAAS Sponsors Entry Point!
ENTRY POINT!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, offers internship opportunities for college students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science and some fields of business. To learn more about this program, visit http://ehrweb.aaas.org/entrypoint/.
Emerging Leaders Internships
This program, launched and funded by the international consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, is administered by the National Business & Disability Council and provides internships for college students with disabilities. These internships are located in several geographic locations and with a wide range of companies. For details, visit their Web site at www.emerging-leaders.com/.
Workforce Recruitment Program
The WRP’s stellar database of individually interviewed and pre-screened college and university students with disabilities is now available to meet your summer or permanent workforce needs. This program is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Defense. To request a search, contact the Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN) at www.earnworks.com.
A Web-based service of Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) for employers and graduating college and university students where students can post their resumes and employers can search for qualified candidates. For information go to www.cosdonline.org.
Scholarship for Graduating Seniors with Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities annual awards the Ann Ford Scholarship of $10,000 to an outstanding high school senior with a learning disability who is committed to completing a college degree. For information, visit www.ncld.org.
WID “Access to Medical Care” DVD
The World Institute on Disability recently announced that their training video and curriculum for medical providers, “Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities,” is now available on DVD. For information go to www.wid.org/training.
NCD Employment Report
The National Council on Disability (NCD) released its latest report, Empowerment for Americans with Disabilities: Breaking Barriers to Careers and Full Employment, on Oct. 1. The report presents the best practices in the public and private sectors and the promising public policies and initiatives that increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The employment rate of working age people with disabilities remains only half that of people without disabilities (38 percent compared with 78 percent in 2005). The report reviews the issues integral to the employment of people with disabilities. It has two broad aims: 1) to summarize the existing knowledge regarding the employment of people with disabilities in a series of short issue briefs; and 2) to present new information on the perspectives of employers, people with disabilities, and disability specialists on the key barriers and facilitators of employment. Read the full report at www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2007/NCDEmployment_20071001. htm.
Disability Funders Network Informational Teleconferences: Employment and Disability and Culture/The Arts
A NYRAG collaborative event presented by the Disability Funders Network and sponsored by The HSC Foundation
DFN is proud to announce two informational teleconferences sponsored by the HSC Foundation scheduled for Nov. 1 and Nov. 20. The teleconferences on dynamic topics are provided to DFN members and tap into the expertise of our members and disability community colleagues.
Teleconference I: Employment and Disability
November 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
This first teleconference will focus on all aspects of employment of people with disabilities, including recruitment, hiring, retaining, promoting and workplace accommodations. DFN board member Elaine Katz, vice president of grant programs & special initiatives of The Henry H. Kessler Foundation, will moderate the call and DFN member Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) will host the call. Expert guests include Alan Muir, executive director, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD); Lou Orslene, manager of strategic partners, Job Accommodation Network (JAN); Laurie Dowling, executive director of the ground-breaking UCLA Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities; and Sue Peters, program officer of LISC Michigan (former program officer of the Mott Foundation).
Teleconference II: Culture/The Arts
November 20, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
The second teleconference will focus on disability culture and the arts, and will be moderated by Professor Carol Gill of the University of Illinois, Chicago. Guests speakers include Beth Ziebarth, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Accessibility Program; Betty Siegel, director of accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Shari Werb, director, institutional outreach, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Deborah Lewis, executive director, ELA Foundation. Additional information will be forthcoming.
If you are interested in participating in either or both of DFN’s informational teleconferences, contact DFN Executive Director Kim Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Grantmakers: Disability Funding for Mainstream Funders
A NYRAG collaborative program presented with the Disability Funders Network
November 13, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
8:30 – 9 a.m.: Check-in and continental breakfast.
9 – 11 a.m.: Program
When you review a grant proposal, do you — as a systematic part of the process — consider if people with disabilities are able to participate in the project? Whatever area you work on — poverty, race, health, education, employment, recidivism, at-risk youth, housing, seniors, culture — we need your help in making disability’s relevance as a socio-economic issue more central to the foundation and grantmaking world. Please spend a morning with us to learn some simple techniques that will enrich the value of your grantmaking by enhancing its inclusivity. The panel discussion will be moderated by Irfan Hasan of The New York Community Trust. There is no fee, but advance registration is required by Nov. 12. To register, complete the registration form; e-mail it to email@example.com, fax it to (212) 239-2075, or mail it to NYRAG, 79 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003-3076.
Human Rights Advocates for Mental Health: Fighting Stigmas and Delivering Treatment in West Africa
Sponsored by The King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS), The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, The Disability Funders Network, Grantmakers without Borders (GwoB), and The International Human Rights Funders Group
November 8, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast discussion to be held at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) offices, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16 Floor, New York. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2, to firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 713-7660.
JAN/USBLN Webcast Series
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and U.S. Buisness Leadership Network (USBLN) have teamed up for the 2007-08 series. These educational sessions are held the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. ET. For details, go to www.jan.wvu.edu/webcast/.
AD/HD Regional Conferences
The Attention Deficit Disorders Association ADDA is holding regional training meetings on AD/HD. The first one was held in Providence on Sept. 29. The others will be in San Francisco (Oct. 6), Atlanta (Oct. 20), and Chicago (Nov. 3). Registration is open! Visit www.add.org or click on the following link to see all the different programs and register: www.addregionals.org.
IDEAS 2007 Conference
“The Accessible Workplace: At Home, In the Office, and On the Road” is the IDEAS 2007 conference. This is the federal government’s annual conference on Section 508, presented by the General Services Administration (GSA) Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Washington, DC, Convention Center. For more information, go to www.ideas508.com/.
Career Expo 2006-07
CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine’s next career fair is scheduled for Nov. 9 in Washington, DC. For information visit www.eop.com/cdexponydchtml.
WCD 2007 Conference and Career Fair
The World Congress and Expo on Disabilities will be held Nov. 15–17 at the Washington, DC, Convention Center. For details, visit www.wcdexpo.com.
Health & Environmental Funders Network Meeting
The Health & Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) invites its members, other funders and donors to a meeting bringing together funders for healthier people, environments and communities on Nov. 28-29, Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA. To register go to www.regonline.com/HEFN.
2007 TASH Conference
This year’s conference will be held Dec. 5–7 in Seattle, WA. For more information, go to www.tash.org.
Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference
The 26th annual conference designed to provide training on disability employment recruiting, hiring, retaining, advancing and accommodating federal employees with disabilities. Dec. 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. For more information, go to www.grad.usda.gov/perspectives.
International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence
Feb. 20-23, 2008, at the Hilton St. Petersburg, FL. For more information, go to www.icadi.phhp.ufl.edu.
Pacific Rim Conference
The 24th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities will be held April 14-15, 2008, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, HI. For more information, go to www.pacrim.hawaii.edu.
Online Professional Development Courses
Online professional development courses and certificate programs from experts in disability, workplace and employment support practice are now available from the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School. Each course consists of interactive multimedia presentations and downloadable PowerPoint course materials. For more information, go to www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/.
The nationally recognized training program Windmills has recently been updated and is distributed exclusively by Damon Brooks Associates. For information, visit their Web site at www.DamonBrooks.com.
DOJ On-Line Course on Reaching the Disability Market
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section’s has an online course for businesses, “Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities.” The course explains how the ADA applies to businesses in 10 short lessons. Putting these lessons into practice enables businesses to both comply with the ADA and attract the disability market. The course is at www.ada.gov/reachingout/intro1.htm.
Sports and Recreation
Disabled Sports USA offers sports and recreation opportunities to people with disabilities at 85 chapters throughout the United States. This includes the “Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project,” a program for service men and women injured in recent conflicts overseas. For more information, a chapter listing and calendar of events visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.
At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities
A free, accessible, self-paced Web course for people interested in discovering best practices for working with customers who have disabilities. This course has recently been revised and expanded in response to requests from more than 10,000 participants who have taken the course. It was funded with federal dollars for training local public customer service representatives, but has been found to be a valuable training tool for the private sector. For more information, go to www.wiawebcourse.org/.
Job Development Web Course
TRN, Inc. offers Web training covering key principles and hands-on tools for job development for youth and adults with disabilities. The course includes applying marketing principles, creating various job seeking tools, and developing business partnerships. For information go to www.trninc.com/entry/welcome2.asp.
Web Sites on Disability Topics and Issues
Site dedicated to making all homes“visitable”
Site offers information on a certification program to bring builders and home buyers together for homes that are easy to build, easy to live in and easy to sell
Site for the ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers (aka DBTACs) , comprehensive resources for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology. Also available toll-free at 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY).
Site for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition to providing information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities, JAN provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Web portal on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that offers visitors approximately 3,400 documents in 10 subject categories on the ADA. The Web portal was launched by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) at the Department of Education.
Web site for universal designers and consultants with links to valuable Web sites, free access to Universal Design newsletter and free downloads of technical documents
Web site for the National Coalition for Disability Rights
Web site for the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA homepage.
Web site for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This site links to a free self-paced Web course that explores the legal requirements and the spirit of the ADA and is a project of ADA & IT Assistance Centers.
Accessibility Development Associates, Inc.’s new Web site
The DBTAC — National Network of ADA Centers’ ADA Training Resource Center — Your One-Stop for Courses, Events & Tools
Site for the Disabled Action Committee, a Virginia based non-partisan entity formed to promote voting and political participation by members of the disability community; has an extensive list of Web links
This site links to a free self-paced Web course that explores the legal requirements and the spirit of the ADA and is a project of ADA & IT Assistance Centers.
Mark Johnson, nationally recognize disability rights advocate, New Mobility magazine’s 2001 Person of the Year and 2007 Betts Award Winner, created this new Web site dedicated to the pioneers of the movement and the people and groups making a difference.
Web site for The Road To Freedom bus tour, a national awareness campaign inspired by the historic journey of Justin and Yoshiko Dart to mobilize support for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which launched its year-long, cross-country bus journey from Washington, DC, on Nov. 15, 2006.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
The AOL Ability blog site and forum is designed to provide focused content for people with disabilities and to heighten disability awareness with mainstream audiences.
The HEATH Resource Center, located at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
Adaptive Environments’ Web resources to inform people with disabilities about careers in design. The project, Building Careers in Design, was funded by a contract with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center.
Web site for the new coalition of corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and federal agencies established to promote internships and mentoring programs for young people with disabilities
The site for FinAid has a disability resources page that includes financial aid strategies and scholarship opportunities
NewMobility’s information on disability friendly colleges includes a grid regarding specialty services offered
The site for Washington State’s Bellevue Community College’s Venture program, a 90-credit associate in essential studies degree, for high-functioning individuals with learning, cognitive and intellectual disabilities
The Web site for the Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC), a diversity caucus under the Council for Exceptional Children, is a national network of pre-service students, teachers, researchers, and administrators with disabilities and others interested in the topic of educators with disabilities.
A Web site devoted to providing a centralized pool of information on opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to go to college
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)’s Research Center is designed to connect visitors with the research evidence on a wide range of education practices.
The U.S. (Department of Education) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)’s new Web site is designed to make it easier for families to find training materials and publications on education and services for individuals ages birth to 21.
Information, resources and research about work and disability issues
IBM’s Accessibility Center Web site with news, Guido Corona’s blog, accessibility, products and much more
Careers for persons with disabilities
The Web page for the Business Leadership Network
Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network: a free service to connect employers with disability staffing agencies
The Job Accommodation Network: a free technical assistance service on cost-effective accommodations in the workplace
Home of the on-line discussion group of Silicon Valley-based The Alliance of Professionals with Disabilities
The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s new e-newsletter, Workforce Catalyst
Web site for the new organization the Deaf Professional Network, which was formed to promote career development and networking opportunities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community
This U.S. Department of Education Web page lists the Employment Specialists for all 50 states.
The model Web site developed by WID for California residents with disabilities who are looking to go to work and need to find programs on careers and benefits
Web site for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities, or LEAD. This initiative is EEOC’s action to stem the decline of individuals with disabilities in the federal workforce. Events and information will be posted.
The Web site to search for the One-Stop nearest you. One-Stops provide employment services to both individuals seeking employment and employers seeking job candidates.
Web site to find occupational information such as key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations
Self-employment Web site funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to provide technical assistance and information for individuals with disabilities
An online resource for products and services to support folks with developmental disabilities, with a new section on funding information
General Information and Resources
American Association of People with Disabilities
National Organization on Disability
Web site launched in September 2007 as a membership site where individuals with disabilities can find and share information about all aspects of life
Disability resources on the Internet
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
A site featuring “fashionable” orthopedic equipment such as “Walkin Beauties”, folding walkers in bright colors
This Web site provides a source for speakers on disability and entertainers with disabilities, including the established “Windmills” program. They also publish an on-line e-newsletter, APPLAUSE.
The Web site for United Cerebral Palsy, which has state-by-state resource guides online. To access them, click through to the “Parenting and Families” channel and then to “Resources.”
National Council on Independent Living
The Independent Living Research Utilization program, which is a national center for information, training, research and technical assistance in independent living located at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
Web site for Spokeguard Art, a small business developed by a wheelchair user that puts designs on the spokeguards for wheelchairs. They now have several new designs as well as links to other resources.
Web site that lists disability-related conferences in the areas of rehabilitation and assistive technology
Proyecto Vision Project’s bilingual Web site for Latinos with disabilities. Although it has an employment focus, it does feature other information of interest to Latinos with disabilities.
Web site featuring disability resources from this writer, speaker and trainer
A page on the About Disability Web site that is updated several times a year and features media resources (e.g., books, videos, feature films, etc.) that address the new disability paradigm
Web site for the Hearing Loss Association of America; the organization has state affiliates
Web site for online panels for people with disabilities
A Web site for individuals with physical and sensory disabilities to can come together through forums, a dating service, private chats and blog. The members of Dating4Disabled can network internationally. Membership is free.
Google’s accessible Web site
Web site for LD Online, a Web site with information and resources for individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD
Site for the Media Access Awards
An online information exchange for people with disabilities
Government (Federal and State)
Federal Web site of disability-related government resources
Federal Web site providing information on government grants
Federal Web site providing information on returning to work for individuals receiving Social Security based on disability
U.S. Department of Justice’s online monthly newsletter on disability rights
U.S. Department of Justice’s Web site for its Civic Access project
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Web site
Web site for the National Association of Governors’ Committees on People with Disabilities
Web site for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
The new HHS Web site for the “Own Your Future” campaign and the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
An international electronic magazine of worldwide disability news and views
Mobility International USA’s site with information on international opportunities
Internet Disability Job Boards
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
The Web site for thte Law, Health Policy & Disability Center located at the University of Iowa
The Web site for The Burton Blatt Institute Centers of Innovation on Disability (BBI) located at Syracuse University
The Center for Workers with Disabilities (CWD), a technical assistance center for states enhancing or developing employment support programs for working persons with disabilities. CWD is a special project of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
Sports and Recreation
Disabled Sports USA is a national nonprofit organization offering nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical disability.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability located at the University of Chicago.
Wilderness Inquiry is a nonprofit organization that organizes trips to “wild” places. These trips are designed to include individuals with and without disabilities.
Mobility Golf is a nonprofit organization designed to provide information and advocacy for access to golf courses.
Accessible and inclusive sea kayaking in Washington State
Blog on exercising with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction
Washington State trail and outdoor recreation information for people with disabilities. Site has links to similar Web sites.
State and Local Sites
The Web site for ABLE, a New York newspaper “by, for and about” people with disabilities
Disability Statistics: An Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics developed by Cornell University, with funding from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This site features disability statistics and related demographic information.
The U.S. Census and U.S. CensusDisability site.
Twenty-Fourth Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act features other reports and articles with data
Site of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics
The National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). This study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is documenting the experiences of a national sample of students with disabilities who were 13 to 16 years of age in 2000 as they move from secondary school into adult roles.
The Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services and Population features resources and statistics on youth development and school completion.
The National Center for Education Statistics’ site is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
Web site for Child Trends and Child Trends Data Bank
The site for the Annie E. Casey Foundation—Kids Count project, featuring data reflecting 10 key indicators for child well-being
Social Security Administration—Office of Policy’s site. The Office of Policy serves as the Social Security Administration’s focal point for policy analysis and research, evaluation, and statistics.
This Web site generates customized charts of state, national and individual disability data.
The Web site for Assistive Technology News, featuring articles written by award-winning columnist John Williams, guest columnists, and new technologies
The Web site for a California-based for-profit business that provides Web accessibility and other disability services. The site has good resources and links.
United We Ride (UWR) is a new Web site for the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM)
The Web site for Project Action, a U.S. DOT and FTA-funded program to address accessible transportation in the community
The United We Ride Web site’s page with “useful practices” undertaken by local transportation providers
Web site for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Agency (FTA). Here you can find information on rule making, ADA complaint forms, completed compliance review reports, Letters of Finding responding to riders’ complaints, and current policy guidance.
Access-Able Travel Source
Travelin’ Talk Network
A site full of hints, reports and information provided by travelers with disabilities
The site for disability-related information on the Washington, DC, area. The Web site features information on hotels, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, resources for personal assistants, wheelchair repair and rental sources, tours, employment, a discussion forum, reviews, etc.
The link to the REALifelines program providing community and employment connections for veterans with disabilities
Web site for the online magazine mobileWOMEN.org, for women who are wheelchair users
Web site for the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities at the Baylor College of Medicine
The site for the National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth). This a youth-led resource, information and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
The Web site of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability providing information on employment and youth with disabilities
The Web site for the Youth To Work Coalition, a new coalition of corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and federal agencies. The site is designed to help employers and students and will feature best practices, profiles of students and businesses and a comprehensive guide of national and local mentoring and internship programs.
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), funded by the U.S. Department of Education/OSEP to assist states in building their capacity to support and improve transition planning, services and outcomes for youth with disabilities
The EEOC’s Web site contains information explaining the different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggests strategies they can use to prevent, and if necessary, respond to such discrimination.
Site for the training program developed by Wells Fargo Bank with modules for youth and adults. A free copy of the CD can be requested by calling Wells Fargo at (866) 650-6228. It is also on the Web if your computer will allow you to download the (free) Macromedia Flash player.
The Easter Seals site for information on including youth with disabilities in the activities of mainstream organizations
Site for the National Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Web site for Youth as Self-Advocates
Web site for Kids on Wheels
Web Site News
Check out the fabulous new Web site with a wealth of FREE information and help for the visually impaired. It’s a newly launched self-help Web site for the blind and visually impaired whose development was funded by Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. Here is a link to the site: www.visionaware.org/index.php.
FISA Foundation’s New and Improved Web Site
FISA Foundation invites you to visit its new Web site and welcomes your feedback: www.fisafoundation.org. Click on Current Initiatives on the Grants tab to find resources related to access to healthcare and dental care for people with disabilities. The mission of the FISA Foundation is to build a culture of respect and improve the quality of life for three populations in southwestern Pennsylvania: women, girls and people with disabilities.
Resources of the Week Technical Assistance: www.onestoptoolkit.org
Source for Professional Speakers/Trainers with Disabilities
For businesses and organizations seeking well-known, professional presenters and trainers, including the well-respected “Windmills” training, on disability, visit the Web site for the Damon Brooks Agency at www.damonbrooks.com.
Airline travel: To resolve issues on the spot as they occur or in advance of travel, call the Department of Transportation’s DOT’s hotline at (800) 778-4838 (voice) or (800) 455-9880 (TTY) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time. To have a complaint investigated by DOT, submit complaints by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to: Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., S.W., Washington, DC 20590.