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disability.gov is the federal government's comprehensive website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. It examines in detail such diverse and significant topics as Benefits (e.g. Social Security), Civil Rights, Community Life, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Employment, Health, Housing, Technology, Transportation with Search Engines in each category. For example, Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Rights Laws is an important and excellent resource and is available at
https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-disability-rights-laws/ There is also extensive coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mental health, A Guide for Family Caregivers and Staying Healthy are discussed in the Health topic. This is a very user-friendly site with information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members. You can subscribe to their newsletter, receive e-mail updates and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The National Organization on Disability (NOD)

Founded in 1982, NOD is the oldest cross-disability organization in the country.  It continues to be one of the few organizations committed to representing all 54 million Americans with disabilities, regardless of condition or circumstances, in all aspects of life. Their focus since 2006 has been on increasing employment opportunities for the more than 35 million working-age Americans with disabilities.Their vision and various national resources are included in their website. Chief among those national resources (and listed first) is disability.gov which features a comprehensive listing of the federal government’s various disability-related resources. To access disability.gov, click on Disability Resources on the NOD site. NOD has also sponsorsed NOD/Harris Surveys of Americans with Disabilities and in 2010 will release two new surveys documenting the status of Americans with disabilities 20 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act.  NOD’s phone number is 646-505-1191, their e-mail is info@nod.org and their very comprehensive, descriptive website is www.nod.org.

American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States. It is dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for people with disabilities.  AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws.  Their website is www.aapd.com, and their toll-free phone number is (800)840-8844(V/TTY) or (202)457-0046 (V/TTY).  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and LinkedIn.

Episcopal Disability Network (EDN)

The Episcopal Disability Network, http://www.episcability.org, is an organization of the Episcopal Church working for the inclusion of people with disabilities into the life of the church and society. Its mission is "to help churches be aware of the physical, cultural, emotional, attitudinal, educational, communication, and programmatic barriers that can prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying full and complete participation in church and society." They provide consultative assistance to congregations wishing to make their buildings accessible and offer multi-media resources on disability awareness and other disability issues. EDN lists the “More Than 50 Ways to Make Your Parish Accessible” and maintains a free lending library of over 450 taped books, available to people who are print-handicapped.They advocate with church and secular organizations on behalf of persons with disabilities and have videotapes available for free loan, Episcopal resources for the visually impaired, information on how to plan and celebrate Access Sunday and ten ways to build a disability ministry, including links to other religious organizations and their disability concerns.There is a listing of all diocesan contact people for disability and the other services EDN offers. Questions about the network should be directed to EDN at 3024 E. Minnehaha Parkway; Minneapolis, MN 55406.

The National Council on Disability (NCD)

NCD has been an independent federal agency since 1978 promoting policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.  Their previous summit themes of Living, Learning & Earning are now replaced by Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities, Self-Driving Cars and Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Their website is http://www.ncd.gov/ and it has a comprehensive search engine.  NCD's phone is (202)272-2004. TTY is (202)272-2074. 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilites through legislation, litugation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Their website, www.dredf.org, lists specific programs, has a comprehensive search engine and gives current information.  E-mail is info@dredf.org and they are also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Their phone is (510)644-2555 (V/TTY).

Program Development Associates (PDA)

PDA’s website, www.disabilitytraining.com, lists many service providers who distribute multimedia training and educational resources on many up-to-date disability topics, including diversity training information about diffusing workplace bullying and harassment (one of numerous blog topics).  PDA supplies disability professionals in social service agencies, k-12 special education teachers in public and private schools, Human Resource trainers in business, and instructors in college classrooms with program content that has been developed by disability experts as well as supplying diversity products. Their disability resource collection includes videos, and DVDs, ranging from disability awareness, inclusion, professional development, advocacy and assistive technology, to physical, developmental, learning disabilities and vocational rehab.  PDA has an excellent “search” section. Their toll-free phone is (800) 876-1710, with an e-mail of info@disability.com


Starting in 2015 we began listing important, helpful links that various consumers sent us.  Many of the sites  were submitted by Public Health Corps (https://publichealthcorps.org).  PublicHealthCorps.org is comprised of volunteers driven to educate and empower others to action, as well as paid experts working to incorporate market research with public health to identify and promote quality content.

Some are produced by Educator Labs and other entities. Educator Labs--http://educatorlabs.org/ -- seeks the best informational resources, assembles guides on critical topics and shares them with the public. There are general links, some dealing with the financial sector, others dealing with natural disasters and flooding protection. Other entities may include businesses, but they all focus on helping people with disabilities. Disability Awareness never has and never will endorse any particular product or service provider.

Since many of these links pertain to the needs of people with disabilities, we have moved them to the People with Disabilities section of this site.


State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Rights for Those with Hearing Loss (by state) http://www.ovationhearing.com/resources/rights-for-those-with-hearing-loss 

Guide to Buying Hearing Aids www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-aids/guide-buying-hearing-aids

Traveling with Disabilities -- http://www.cheapoair.com/guides/travel-resources-disabled-handicapped This resource about travel accessibility was located by Lindsay Loomis, who volunteers with a youth group. For additional information, her mother can be reached at jloomis@afterschoolcareprograms.com.

Airlines' Disability Accommodations Guide

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians

Benefits for People with Disabilities - http://www.ssa.gov/disability/

Medicare & Social Security: Benefits for Disabled Individuals

Healthypeople.gov | Disability and Health

Home Safety for People with Disabilities http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities  

Home Fire Safety for People with Disabilities ? Home Fire Safety Guides and Educational Resources | US Insurance Agents

Kitchen Safety for Children with Disabilities http://www.homeadviceguide.com/kitchen-safety-disabled-children/

Guide to Housing | Disability.gov

Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs

Home Remodeling Financial Decisions -- Living with a disability can alter a person's lifestyle. Often, modifications to one's home are necessary in order to maintain independence. MoneyGeek.com created a guide to help people make smarter financial decisions when it comes to home modifications. MoneyGeek.com combines decades of experience in financial literacy and data to provide comprehensive, easy-to-use tools to help users make smarter financial decisions. This message is intended for U.S. audiences only. https://www.moneygeek.com/mortgage/resources/home-modification-for-disability/

A Guide to Keeping Your Home for the Newly Disabled

Disability and Obesity

Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

Disability.gov’s Guide to Health Information and Resources

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities

Employment Resources: The National Organization on Disability

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation

The Ultimate Guide to Driving with Disabilities

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Brain Trauma and Equal Opportunity: What You Need to Know

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Disability Home Accommodation Cost Guide

Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises

Guide for Disabled Homebuyers https://www.redfin.com/blog/guide-for-disabled-home-buyers

Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patientshttps://www.rover.com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers/

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilitieshttp://www.calculators.org/savings/people-with-disabilities.php

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilitieshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.html

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tipshttp://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/obesity/stay-active-with-a-disability-quick-tips

Depression and Disabilityhttp://www.shinecharity.org.uk/uploads/media_items/depression-and-disability.original.pdf

Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved Onehttp://www.neptunesociety.com/resources/helping-alzheimers-sufferers-cope-with-the-loss-of-a-loved-one-a-guide-for-caregivers

The Guide to Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/keeping-your-home.php

Estate & Gift Taxeshttp://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Estate-and-Gift-Taxes

State Laws: Estate & Probate http://estate.findlaw.com/planning-an-estate/state-laws-estates-probate.html

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning http://www.alllaw.com/topics/wills_and_trusts

National Association of Estate Planners & Councils http://www.naepc.org/

Society of Financial Service Professionals http://www.financialpro.org/

The Stress-Free Guide to Selling An Inherited Home https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-stress-free-guide-to-selling-an-inherited-home

FloodSmart Community Resources

Red Cross Disaster Safety Checklist

How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

Emergency Planning - Protect Your Pet

How to Avoid Flood Damaged Cars


STEM Challenge for Kids - Building Flood Resistant Homes


Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster It’s crucial for your entire household to know your family’s plan of action should you be caught in inclement weather, and this resource provides helpful information on how to involve and care for your children in this situation.

4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe When Disaster Strikes - Our animal companions are important family members, and special care should be taken to keep them safe in an emergency.

A Caregiver’s Natural Disaster Prep List - Many of us are now caring for our senior relatives, whether they live nearby or share our homes. This article from AARP offers insight on how to help ensure their safety.

Homeowner’s Guide to Lightning Safety - Unfortunately, lightning is a force of nature that’s always in season. This guide will thoroughly educate you on how to protect your home and family members from the dangers of lightning.

Tornado Safety: How to Stay Safe During the Storm - Tornadoes come without warning, so it’s critical to have a safety plan in place should you ever hear those dreaded warning alert sirens.

Hurricanes - The strong winds and torrential rain that are characteristic of hurricanes can have major impact when they make landfall. This preparedness plan will help you feel ready before, during and after the storm.














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