Web Site Resources
There are countless resources available to advocates looking for advice, facts and figures and other information. Here are a few sites and resources you might find helpful. The list is organized alphabetically by general topic and is by no means inclusive! Use the list as a starting point and add your own favorites!
- General Resources
- Inclusion/Community Living
- Health Care
- Family Resources
Administration on Developmental Disabilities
Federal agency devoted to the needs and issues of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Site includes program information, related links and research results.
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
The professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Network of interdisciplinary Centers advancing public policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. Includes policy information, legislative testimony, special projects and resources.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.
The Beach Center on Disability
The Beach Center is a national research and education center on disability located at the University of Kansas. Excellent site for practical tips, articles, best practices and other information.
CENSUS: Disability Census Data
Census statistics related to Americans with disabilities.
Center for Disease Control: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Background information on developmental disabilities, as well as links to web sites and related resources.
Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch)
Online newsletter covers the federal Office of Management and Budget.
The Center for Health Policy Research (George Washington University Medical Center)
Information, research and white papers related to legal, health care and work-related issues for children or adults with disabilities.
The Council on Quality and Leadership
An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the quality of services and supports to people with disabilities. This is accomplished through its accreditation services, training programs, and research division.
National computer networking system created to increase information sharing among individuals involved in the disability rights and independent living movements.
Disability Resources on the Internet
Guide to disability resources on the Internet, organized by site popularity, alphabet, type of disability and state.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
National law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and the education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Includes legal cases, links, and resources.
Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics.
Web site for centralized information on federal government disability issues.
"... an online magazine that is geared specifically towards the Disabled Person. Not just a resource site but a magazine. One with articles about the human side of your disabilities."
"Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology."
Down Syndrome on the Internet
Down Syndrome-related links.
The Federal Register
Official Federal Government information.
Federal Transit Administration
Information on federal transportation programs related to individuals with disabilities.
HUD: Housing and Urban Development-Housing for People with Disabilities
Home purchase information specifically related to people with disabilities, including laws and regulations, HUD resources and general information.
The Law Engine
Providing the best on-line law sources in a single-page format.
Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
The mission of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is to provide information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This web site contains an extensive library of documents related to these topics.
Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities 5-Year Plan Research Report Individual Survey – January 2006
Results of a customer-focused survey of people with developmental disabilities to determine their level of satisfaction with their independence, productivity, self-determination, inclusion and integration in their communities.
Minnesota State Register
Published weekly and includes Minnesota rules, official notices, professional, technical and consulting contracts, State grants and loans.
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Public policy information and resources related to developmental disabilities.
National Center on Disability & Journalism
Site devoted to educating journalists and educators about disability reporting issues.
National Council on Disability (NCD)
Access to federal policies, programs, practices and procedures related to equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Includes agency information and resources.
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the largest provider of legally-based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. NDRN provides training and technical assistance, legal http://www.ndrn.org/
A New Way of Thinking
Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.
President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Links and information related to mental retardation, including state and federal resources.
Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group
Provides support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome in Southwestern Illinois.
The Social Security Disability Resource Center:
The goal of this site is to make it easy for individuals and their families to understand their rights, what they are entitled to, and how to qualify for benefits.
Society for Disability Studies
A nonprofit scientific and educational organization established to promote interdisciplinary research on humanistic and social scientific aspects of disability and chronic illness.
The University of Kansas Research & Training Center on Independent Living has created a Spanish version of Guidelines for Writing and Reporting about People with Disabilities (People First language).
About Autism and related disorders.
Comprehensive resource for information on the federal legislative process in the United States.
The U. S. Government's official web portal offers access to all federal web sites and sponsored resources as well as current statistics, research and information.
The White House
The new White House web site features a more current design and more user-friendly features than the previous site, as well as accessibility features and compliance with the W3C Web Accessibility guidelines.
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities has a website devoted to advocacy and policymaking. One web page, the Statewide Self Advocacy Network, promotes leadership among self advocates, and connects them with their communities and organizations. An Advocacy Resources page provides publications and videos for self advocates, families, and the general community.
Online access to facts, resources, advocacy information and news for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.
Daily online newspaper, delivered via e-mail, devoted to disability news and commentary. Presented by the Institute for Cultural Research for People with Disabilities (ICRPWD)
Information, ideas and resources related to accessible housing, education and health care, travel, civil rights, employment, assistive technology, self-determination, legal assistance and other related topics.
Justice For All
E-mail notification of action alerts related to Congressional legislative issues impacting people with disabilities.
Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF)
Nonprofit public education and research organization.
Not Dead Yet
Deals with euthanasia issues.
Organizing for Social Change
Midwest Academy (Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press, 2001).
The Ragged Edge
Online magazine covering the disability experience in America.
The Virtual Activist
Compilation of activist sites, issues and resources available on the Internet.
Adaptive Environments: Human-Centered Design
Educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design.
ADAPT: Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today
Legislative proposals, news releases, organization newsletter and advocacy information related to community inclusion and community supports.
Center for an Accessible Society
The Center for an Accessible Society's goal is to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues.
Center for Housing and New Community Economics (CHANCE)
The Center for Housing and New Community Economics (CHANCE) was established in March of 2001 to improve and increase access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and supportive services. CHANCE's purpose is to create alternatives to approaches that segregate, congregate, and control people with disabilities. It works in partnership with ADAPT, a national organization that promotes services in the community for people with disabilities.
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Information, resources and programs related to urban community development.
Center for Universal Design
A national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban environments and related products according to the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should be usable by everyone regardless of their age, ability, or circumstance.
Center on Human Policy (Syracuse University)
Policy and research studies promoting inclusive communities and opportunities for people with disabilities. In 1979, the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University wrote The Community Imperative, a declaration supporting the right of all people with disabilities to community living.
UK-based organization that provides unique support and new possibilities for disabled people who have been excluded from, or isolated within, our society. We offer them the opportunity to become full and equal members of society, to develop their talents and potential and to enrich the lives of others as well as their own. This is done primarily through the setting up of circles of support, and we also run specific projects for particular areas of need.
Connections for Information and Resources on Community Living (CIRCL)
CIRCL was established to create opportunities for building and sharing individual, organizational and community strengths in supported living. The web site includes a variety of tools and other practical information.
CIRCL/Your SLS Training Tool Box April 2001
Extensive toolkit that includes information on the history of supported living services, information on the supported living service system and other resources.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
This web site provides information on buying, owning and selling a home and your rights as a renter, as well as a variety of tools and resources.
Disability Is Natural
A resource of articles promoting inclusion, self-determination and a common sense to raising children with disabilities.
Scholarly articles and reviews related to human and social aspects of disabilities and chronic illness to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.
Fannie Mae - Affordable Housing Solutions
Fannie Mae is a private, shareholder-owned company that works to make mortgage money available for people in communities across America. It does not lend money directly to home buyers. Instead, it works with lenders to make sure they don't run out of mortgage funds.
"Guide to Buying A Home of Your Own for People with Disabilities"
"Guide to Searching for Appropriate Housing Options"
"Guide to Transitioning to Independent Living"
Habitat for Humanity - Ability Houses
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. Through Habitat, people of all backgrounds, races and religions build houses with families in need. Over the last 30 years, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world. In 1999, ABILITY Awareness and Habitat for Humanity International established a partnership to help low-income people living with disabilities become homeowners by building Ability Houses.
Inclusion Daily Express
Online newsletter that covers current disability rights, self-determination, and community inclusion issues around the world.
Central resource for publications, videos and other information related to community inclusion.
Independent Living Research Utilization
Information on Olmstead decision and its application, ADA, managed care, health issues and international disability issues. Includes resources, related sites, discussion groups.
Institute on Community Integration (University of Minnesota)
Resources and information related to disability issues, organized by key project and issues. Includes related resources and web sites
Institute for Policy Research (Northwestern University)
Research on significant public policies related to social sciences.
National Public Radio - Housing First Special Report
A yearlong special reporting project by a team of NPR News radio and Web journalists. Through extensive coverage on-air and online, Housing First will explore why it's so difficult for Americans with special needs to find good housing -- and how the lack of housing often stymies their efforts to join, and flourish in, the mainstream of society.
Web site for a nonprofit agency focused on educating home buyers and sellers on the financing process, provides some down payment assistance and home purchase planning.
TAC is a national non-profit organization that advances proven solutions to the housing and community support needs of vulnerable low-income people with significant and long-term disabilities.
Access to printed and online resources, as well up-to-date information on key public policy issues related to inclusion.
United States Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities and a leading source of information on accessible design for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and electronic and information technology.
United We Ride: Coordinating Human Service Transportation
United We Ride is an interagency national initiative that supports states and local governments in developing coordinated human service delivery systems and provides coordination grants, a transportation-coordination and planning self-assessment tool, technical assistance, and other resources to help communities succeed.
World Institute on Disability
Information related to inclusion, includes links to other sites with disability focus, publications and program information.
Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP)
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
Council for Exceptional Children
The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Education Law Resource Center
The Center provides information to help parents and educators to better understand legal requirements and meet individual student needs. Topics include special education, physical restraints, and the No Child Left Behind law.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Access to more than 1.2 million pieces of information related to education of individuals with developmental disabilities or those who are gifted. National network co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Education and Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
Education Week on the Web
Online compilation of timely articles on education in America, including special education section.
Family and Advocates for Parental Education/FAPE
The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, was created to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.
Family Education Network
A host of articles, tips, and expert advice on every aspect of parenting including parenting and educating children with special needs.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the US Federal government.
Non-violent approach to teaching children and adults with special needs.
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Information and resources related to IDEA.
Inclusion of Students with Special Needs
Site for teachers and parents advocating for an inclusive school environment. Includes information on system change, staff development, teaching and learning in an inclusive environment, collaboration, standards and assessments. Links to related sites.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) aligns IDEA with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), helping to ensure equity, accountability and excellence in education for children with disabilities. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed 19 topic briefs related to high-interest areas of IDEA 2004, including all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and cross-references to other, related briefs.
InformED is an Open Colleges blog, an international resource, that covers a variety of education topics, including teaching approaches that are specific to students with Down Syndrome but also can have application in the general education classroom.
This site has been providing resources for people with learning disabilities since 1995.
Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments
This booklet, published by the US Department of Education, includes a section on accessing grade level content for students with disabilities.
Math and Reading Help
Math and Reading Help for Kids is a directory of hundreds of original articles, tips, and resources centered on the topic of children's learning. Although the articles in this site are primarily written to help parents make informed decisions about their child's education, there is also a comprehensive Just for Kids section containing dozens of articles written for a younger audience.
Minnesota Disability Law Center
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities by providing free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues related to their disabilities.
Minnesota Special Education
Information on workshops, guidelines, policy questions and answers, issue papers and resources.
National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE)
A national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now have an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits.
National Association of School Psychologists
Reports, journal articles, etc. related to IDEA and other educational issues, as well as advocacy information.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
Serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
National Institute for Urban School Improvement
Extensive library of resources, research, publications and online sites related to inclusive education.
New Hampshire Education Law (NHELaw)
The NHELaw publishes training manuals and conducts trainings for parents, educators, attorneys, and other professionals involved in education issues.
Office of Special Education Programs
Information related to IDEA and its interpretation and implementation. Site offers policy information, research and statistics.
Parent Technical Assistance Center
Parent centers help families obtain appropriate educational services for their children, provide training and information on a variety of topics, and connect children with disabilities with community resources.
"The Pop-Up IEP"
"The Pop-Up IEP," a page of questions and answers about IEP issues. The questions are commonly heard in IEP meetings and the answers are very focused responses to address statements frequently made about why a school can't meet a student's individual educational needs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
A listing of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid information for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is available. Eligibility is based on several factors including GPA and field of study; some are specific as to geographic location. Deadlines vary.
Free information, resources, publications and support to children who struggle with learning and their parents. Funded by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.
Special Education News
Round-up of recent articles related to special education. Organized by interest.
Special Education Resources on the Internet
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to special education.
SpecialEducationGuide.com provides helpful information to both parents of children with disabilities and teachers about the early intervention process, how to establish a parent-teacher partnership, and collaborating on an IEP.
TASH Resources about Inclusive Education
Eight common myths about inclusive education and how to dispel them and FAQs about inclusive education are available at the TASH website.
U.S. Department of Education
Access to comprehensive information on education and educational policy in the United States, including special education.
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.
Whole Schooling Consortium
The Whole Schooling Consortium is an international network of schools, teachers, parents, administrators, university faculty and community members whose purpose is to promote excellence and equity in schools throughout the world to build inclusive and democratic societies.
Site for accurate, up-to-date information related to advocacy for special education and special education law.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Comprehensive information on Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP, including coverage, laws, regulations and extensive resource section.
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Research tool for collecting demographic and other health related data about this population, and making state-by-state comparisons.
Healthy People 2010
Health care information and publications that challenge individuals, communities, and professionals to take specific steps to ensure good health is enjoyed by everyone.
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Provides extensive information on health care law affecting low-income people. The site is updated daily with health law news, legislative analysis, and health law Internet links.
Axis Disability Rights
Links to disability sites and resources related to inclusive education, employment and relationships, compiled by consultants Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift.
Center for Self-Determination
The Center for Self-Determination is a working collaboration of individuals and organizations committed to the principles of self-determination and to helping all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities, and pursuing long-term relationships and economic futures.
Cornell University, ILR School
Employment and Disability Institute
The Employment and Disability Institute conducts research, and provides technical assistance and continuing education on disability and the workplace issues..
It's My Choice
Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.
It's My Life: Corporation for Public Broadcasting
It's My Life addresses issues children and teens deal with every day. This web site includes informative articles, personal stories, games and activities, quizzes, polls, video clips and advice from older kids and experts.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Self-Determination for Middle and High School Students
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families.
Institute on Disability,. University of New Hampshire
The Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire focuses on improving knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities/Self-Determination
The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) is part of a national network of organizations that promotes the "independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community" of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Nth Degree
Products, Designs, Stories and Links for our Disability Culture: for the Independent Living, Inclusion, Diversity and Disability Rights Movements.
Links to People First organizations throughout the world. Self-determination resources and information for self-advocates with developmental disabilities.
SABE (Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered)
Information, resources and news for self-advocates.
Support Broker Training 2005: My Voice, My Choice
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
My Voice, My Choice is a Self-Directed Support System that adults with developmental disabilities can choose in Idaho. This online course teaches learners about several key concepts, including Self-Determination, the shift from traditional supports to a self-directed model, Person-Centered Planning, and the Ethics and Professionalism required of a successful Support Broker.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Center for Development and Learning
Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility): Acting for Advocacy (A4A)
A web site for students face planning life after high school that provides helpful information, resources, and support, as well as practical tools to become strong self-advocates and make their own life choices.
Department of Labor
Information on employment for employers and employees.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Information related to job accommodations, the ADA and employability of people with disabilities.
Partners in Employment
A six hour self directed e-learning course on how to find a job, write a resume, participate in an interview, and plan for your career. For a preview of the course and registration information:
Project Endeavor is a program offered by Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) that provides broadband/Internet access as well as education and training materials and resources for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Project Endeavor has just released an online course, "Your Road Trip: Destination Employment,"
The Red Book
The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. This resource includes an overview of employment supports and how they help people with disabilities, and a section on health care and Medicaid protections for people with disabilities who are working or want to work.
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families, administers the Supplemental Security Income program and issues Social Security numbers. This web site provides comprehensive information on Social Security benefits and programs and how to access them.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
News and information on equal employment in the United States, including information for employers, research, statistics, laws and regulations.
WorkSupport.com (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Information, resources and research related to work and disability issues.
Information and resources for fathers and families raising children with developmental disabilities and special health issues. Includes news, personal stories, family resources.
Human Services Research Institute
The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) was established in 1976 to help states and the federal government enhance services and supports to people with mental illness and people with mental retardation. They also are working to develop alternatives to congregate care facilities.
National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University
The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) was created to help health and mental health programs design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. The Center has particular expertise in developing instruments and conducting organizational self-assessment processes to advance cultural and linguistic competency.
National Center for Family Support at Human Services Research Institute
NCFS, through the Human Services Research Institute, provides training and technical assistance on family support to 56 project sites through institutes, conferences, and symposiums. In addition, NCFS creates and disseminates resources and publications on best practices and family support policies.
NFCA: National Family Caregivers Association
News and information related to concerns of caregivers, including family members. Training opportunities, tips and research information.
Policy Research Brief: Family Support Services in the United States Research and Training Center on Community Living
University of Minnesota, February 2006
Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
The Center's research and training activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.
The goal of TimeBanks USA is to create an economy that rewards caring, decency, and a passion for justice. A Time Bank is a community of people who support each other by helping other members and keeping track of the time spent. Every hour spent doing something for someone in your community earns you one Time Dollar to spend on having someone do something for you.
Planning Now: Futures and Estate Planning Guide for Families of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This guide offers information and advice to parents about planning and discussing together with their daughter or son with developmental disabilities about where and from whom they want to receive necessary supports, their preference about type of living situation and with whom they would like to live, and how to avoid jeopardizing benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid. Both English and Spanish versions are available
Objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.
American Eugenics Movement
Comprehensive archive of images, documents and exhibits related to the American Eugenics Movement.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities.
Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
Four-hour radio series focusing on people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century.
Center for Human Policy - Disability Studies for Teachers
Lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.
Center for Independent Living: History
History of the Center for Independent Living at the University of California, Berkeley, a national leader in helping people with disabilities live independently and become more productive.
Chronology of the Disability Rights Movement
Chronological overview of the Disability Rights Movement in the United States, from 1817 through 1996.
Star of the documentary that won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
Online connection to the federal government's disability-related information and resources.
The Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum has no bricks and mortar. The virtual museum is home to a searchable, theme-based digital collection of documents and images related to disability history in the United States. Artifacts are drawn from public and private collections around the country.
Disability Resources Monthly WebWatcher: History of Disability
Online review of resources and web sites related to the history of people with disabilities.
Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) - A History of Section 504
History of Section 504, including eyewitness accounts.
The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement
The UC Berkeley's web site on the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement includes a collection of primary sources exploring the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present. Includes oral history.
Disability Social History Project
A community history project that outlines important events in disability history, topical exhibits, special projects and resources.
Holocaust Museum: Treatment of the Handicapped
Brochure describing Nazi treatment of people with disabilities from 1933-1945.
Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
Key events, persons and social conditions contributing to development of eugenics - the effort to breed better humans. Presented through essays and images.
Kids As Self Advocates: Disability History and Culture
A national, grassroots network of youth with disabilities and needs (and our friends) created to spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues.
Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers and other professionals.
Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
National Museum of American History: The Disability Rights Movement
Virtual exhibit available through the Smithsonian Institute converted from a live exhibit that physically existed from July 2000 through July 2001. Exhibit covers the disability rights movement, technology, mobility, the ADA, the parents movement and other topics.
Parallels in Time II
To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Parallels In Time II collects historical materials about the history of society's treatment of people with developmental disabilities from WWII to 2005, including numerous videos and audio clips.
Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
An easy-to-use study guide for the the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test. The project was made possible through a partnership between the National Museum of American History and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
An overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
With an Eye to the Past
Presentation celebrating the contributions Minnesotans have made to improve the care and quality of life of thousands of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities.
ABILITY Magazine features the latest information for people with disabilities on health, new technologies, the ADA, employment opportunities, human interest stories, travel, leisure, and more.
Your Source for Assistive Technology Information.
Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based resource centers, developers, vendors, and others dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.
Assistive Technology and Schools
This Fact Sheet from the STAR Program discusses AT devices and services, the responsibilities of schools to provide AT, student evaluations and AT usage in and outside of school, funding issues, and appeals.
Assistive Technology and Supported Employment
This Fact Sheet from the STAR Program discusses AT as a workplace accommodation, and funding sources and payment issues related to specific types of employment services.
Assistive Technology Appeals: Medical Assistance
This Fact Sheet from the STAR Program discusses the appeals process and differences in the process depending on the program paying for the AT.
Assistive Technology Appeals: Private Insurance
This Fact Sheet from the STAR Program discusses the appeals process when private health plans are paying for "durable medical equipment (DME)."
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a group that has trainings in the form of webinars and conferences, and posts research resources about assistive technology on their website. Their free e-newsletter covers assistive technology news, as well as upcoming webinars and conferences.
"Assistive Technology Continuum" (video)
Presented by: Judith Sweeney, Onion Mountain Technology, Inc.
Sweeney provides a practical process for selecting assistive technology tools founded on the principle of using a continuum of assistive technology tools beginning with low tech tools, then mid tech tools and, lastly, high tech tools to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of students with disabilities. Available through:
"Assistive Technology for Children who have Cerebral Palsy: Augmentation Communication Devices"
Alisa Beth Kahn, New Horizons for Learning
"Autism: Interventions and Strategies for Success"
Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7
Department of Special Education
Susan Stokes, Autism Consultant
Closing the Gap
Closing The Gap provides objective information about assistive technology products for children and adults with special needs.
The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities
The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities supports families of children and youth with disabilities, educators, organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities by providing a range of information and services on assistive technologies.
Illinois Assistive Technology Project
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology (AT) services and programs for people with disabilities to help them learn, work and play with greater independence. The program serves all people with disabilities, regardless of age or income, their families, service providers, state agencies, private industry, educators, and other interested individuals.
Infinitec: Infinite Potential through Assistive Technology
Infinitec, Inc. is a joint effort of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington D.C.
Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center
ITTATC was created to increase the availability of accessible technology in the United States focusing, in particular, on improving the accessibility and usability of information and telecommunication technology, such as computers, web sites, and telephones, and office technology, such as copiers and fax machines.
Minnesota STAR Program
Minnesota STAR Program's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. STAR (A System of Technology to Achieve Results) and their partners provide device demonstrations, short-term loans, device reuse opportunities, and can help Minnesotans identify statewide resources that may provide funding for or loans of assistive technology.
Resna Listing of State Assistive Technology Programs
Resna's Catalyst Project maintains a list of the contact information for each state assistive technology program. The RESNA Catalyst Project is funded to provide assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. Follow this link to find the website, address, and contact information for each state's assistive technology program:
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
RESNA is an interdisciplinary association dedicated to improving the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. The organization does this through research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.
Tools For Your Future
Assistive technology is a broad term that includes a wide range of devices for people with disabilities. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by helping people complete tasks that they could not do on their own, or had great difficulty doing. This page is the gateway for you to learn more about assistive technology and how it can help you, a family member, or coworker, or friend live a more fulfilling life.