Disability Resources

Beyond the issues related to poverty and historic lack of opportunities, our folks also face the additional challenges presented by their disability.  Here are some resources that will help your staff understand the five disabilities that make consumers eligible for Regional Center services, but also helpful sites for overcoming the barriers that the disability presents.

  • DisabilityInfo.gov - DisabilityInfo.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.
  • Pacific ADA Center - The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.
  • The Center for Accessible Technology - CforAT's focus is on access to computers and technology for people with disabilities.
  • Autism Epicenter - This website is written from the perspective of a parent who is in the trenches dealing with the triumphs and challenges of raising a child with ASD on a daily basis.
  • Broadreach Training and Resources - Norman Kunc and Emma Van Der Klift are advocates working on behalf of persons with disabilities to ensure their ability to take their rightful place  in schools, workplaces, and communities.
  • Christmas in Purgatory (on Amazon.com) - A series of revelations about conditions at the Willowbrook State School in New York, and the release of the book “Christmas in Purgatory” shed light on a population that was “out of sight, out of mind” behind the walls of institutions in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The public’s reaction was one of revulsion, as the brutal conditions in which people with disabilities were forced to live were laid bare for all to see. These two events contributed to much of the litigation, laws, public policies and funding that provided the basis for a new understanding and appreciation for the basic humanity, civil rights and potential of people with disabilities in mainstream society.
  • Disability Benefits 101 (DB101) Helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits.
  • Disability is Natural - The #1 source for new ways of thinking about developmental disability, inclusive education, and Kathie Snow's People First Language.
  • Diverse City Press - Diverse City Press is a small publishing company which aims to provide educational materials for people with disabilities and their care providers. The company is informed by the disability rights movement, and is closely linked with organizations and individuals fighting for the rights of all people with disabilities to take control of their own lives and control their own fate.
  • Helen Keller National Center
  • Inclusion Press - Inclusion Press creates person centered resource materials for training events, public schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, human service agencies, health organizations, government agencies, families, First Nations organizations - nationally and internationally.
  • Disability, Abuse and Personal Rights Project - Professional Online Resources on Abuse and Disability.
  • Center for Personal Assistance Services / Community Living Policy Center - Provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS) in the United States. 
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - A non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. They also publish a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.

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