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Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

Use these tips to increase your physical activity.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Services - National Domestic Violence Hotline

A deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing woman trying to leave an abusive relationship faces unique barriers. The toll-free TTY number, 1-800-787-3224, can help by linking such individuals to related programs and services for assistance.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Services - National Domestic Violence Hotline

A deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing woman trying to leave an abusive relationship faces unique barriers. The toll-free TTY number, 1-800-787-3224, can help by linking such individuals to related programs and services for assistance.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Domestic Violence Hotline

FAQs - AbleData: Assistive Technology Information

Find answers to questions about assistive technology products, rehabilitation equipment, and AbleData's services to disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Abledata

Adaptive Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities

If you require adaptive devices for your motor vehicle, this information can help you evaluate your needs, select the right vehicle, and avoid costly mistakes when purchasing and modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program

The AAHD Scholarship Program supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education, particularly in the fields of public health, health promotion, and disability studies.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

American Association on Health and Disability

ARCH National Respite Locator

The National Respite Locator Service helps parents, caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local areas to match their specific needs.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities- (PDF)

Research shows that assistive technology (AT) can help young children with disabilities to learn developmental skills. The right type of assistive technology can improve a child’s ability to communicate and may help reduce some negative behaviors.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Alliance National Parent Technical Assistance Center

Assistive Technology Products

Find information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available to assist people with disabilities.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Abledata

Benefits For Children With Disabilities

This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Social Security Administration

Deafness and Hearing Loss

This fact sheet defines hearing loss and deafness and discusses its incidence, characteristics and educational implications. Children with these disabilities may be eligible for special education and related services.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Disabled American Veterans: Benefits Assistance

Find free benefit assistance available to veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

Disabled American Veterans

Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

This document offers parents ways to improve interactions with their children, suggestions for giving children consistent sensory cues, and techniques to encourage exploration of the environment.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

DB-LINK/National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC)

Learn how the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC) can help families of children with special health care needs (CSHCN).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FAQs-National Resource Center for Supportive Housing and Home Modifications

Review some commonly asked questions regarding finding contractors, government grants and more.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

Filing Your Housing Discrimination Complaint Online

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment, and believe your rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online. .

Review Date: February 01, 2013

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Financial Assistance for Prostheses and Other Assistive Devices

Find organizations that provide financial assistance to individuals unable to afford costs related to prosthetic fitting and durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, ramps, and other adaptive equipment.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Amputee Coalition of America

Find an Easter Seals Center

Easter Seals has more than 500 centers nationwide offering services that help people living with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Easter Seals Inc.

Find an Interpreter for the Deaf

Search for an individual interpreter or locate a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf member.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

This articles is geared toward individuals with special needs, such as the deaf and hard of hearing, and the visually impaired, to use these fire safety tips.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Funding Assistive Technology and Accommodations

Learn about the options available for paying for assistive technology, equipment, and accommodations needed to perform job tasks for people with disabilities.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults - Description of Services- (PDF)

Learn about services offered at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), the only national vocational and rehabilitation program exclusively serving youths and adults who are deaf-blind.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the HHS Office for Civil Rights

If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex or religion by a health care or human services provider, or by a government health agency, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

In Pain, Out of Work and Can't Pay the Bills: A Resource Directory for People with CRPS

Anyone who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or has a family member afflicted with CRPS, knows how physically and emotionally devastating it can be. This directory is designed to help people with RSDS/CRPS.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

Individuals with Access & Functional Needs

Take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home

This page links to a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Safe Kids Worldwide

Kids' Quest on Disability and Health

Answers kids' questions about what it is like to be disabled and the needs and opportunities for disabled children and adults.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Programs

Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. This page contains a directory of home modification and repair programs in the U.S. and territories.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Publications

NICHCY's publications are all available for free and cover the many topics related to children and youth with disabilities.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Use this form or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to locate a library offering free braille and audio materials available to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Library of Congress

Paralysis Resource Center: Health Insurance

Hospitals that accept federal money must provide a certain amount of free or reduced fee care. Find more information through your hospital's social services department.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

People with Disabilities

This web page provides information for people with disabilities about healthy living, safety, schools, independent living, and more.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Disability and Health Programs, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/CDC

People with Disabilities and the Affordable Care Act

If you’re living with a disability, the Affordable Care Act is expanding your options for health insurance and making them more affordable.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

Plan for your safety by considering your functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance with your family and care attendants.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Programs and Services: National Amputation Foundation

The National Amputation Foundation provides peer counseling for individuals facing amputation, hospital and nursing home visits, and a medical equipment give-a-way program.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Amputation Foundation

Resources Especially for Military Families

Part of military life involves frequent geographic moves. Moving is more challenging when there’s a child in the family who has a disability. Find organizations and resources listed here to help you make easier transitions from one location to another.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Senior Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Find resources for independent living centers, nurisng facilities, and clubs geared to meet the needs of deaf seniors. Resources are listed alphabetically by state.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Association of the Deaf

Social Security Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool

The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you are eligible for any Social Security programs. Information on how to apply for benefits is included.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Social Security Administration

Social Security Disability Benefits

This booklet provides basic information on Social Security disability benefits, but is not intended to answer all questions. For specific information about your situation, contact a Social Security representative.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Social Security Administration

Social Security Office Locator

Use this locator to find a Social Security office in your zip code area.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Social Security Administration

Social Security: How We Decide If You Are Still Disabled

This page describes the process by which Social Security reviews the medical conditions of all people receiving disability benefits.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Social Security Administration

Social Security: If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision—How We Can Help

If you are blind or have low vision, learn about special rules that allow you to receive Social Security benefits when you are unable to work.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Social Security Administration

Social Security: What You Need To Know When You Get Disability Benefits

This booklet explains some of your rights and responsibilities when you receive disability benefits from Social Security.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Social Security Administration

Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities

What services are available for preschoolers who are experiencing developmental delays? Learn where families, childcare providers, and educators can find help and support.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury often causes permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) and sensation below the site of the injury. Learn about treatments and rehabilitation services that enable many people with spinal cord injuries to lead productive, independent lives.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Spinal Cord Injury: Get Help

This site offers information about assistive technology, clinical trials, living well with spinal cord injury, and more.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

State Dental Programs for the Elderly and Disabled

This site provides a link for local services available in each state offering free, comprehensive dental care for individuals with special needs, including elderly, disabled, and medically compromised adults.

Review Date: April 03, 2014

National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

State Organization: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability-related issues, including agencies serving children and youth with disabilities, parent groups, and more. .

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Tips for New Amputees and their Families and Friends

Most of the members of the National Amputation Foundation have been living with amputations for most of their adult lives. Learn more about their direct experiences, as well as those of recent amputees.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Amputation Foundation

What Is Lekotek?

Lekotek makes the world of play accessible to disabled children through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional and adapted toys, books and computers.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

National Lekotek Center

Writing a Letter of Support for Medical Necessity- (PDF)

Find suggestions for successfully drafting a letter of medical necessity, letter of justification, or general letter of support.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National MPS Society

You May Be Able To Get Supplementary Security Income (SSI)

This article outlines what Supplementary Security Income (SSI) is, who is eligible, how much you can get from SSI, and how that amount is determined based on income and property.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

Social Security Administration