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Ability Forum
http://www.abilityforum.com
A complete online community resource center where people with disabilities overcome barriers through the power of technology.

 

Access-Able Travel Source, LLC
http://www.access-able.com
An information service to people with special needs. Over 5,000 records in our worldwide data base listing actual access for accommodations, transportation – public & private, and just plain fun stuff.

 

Accredited Online Colleges
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org
General information and resources for anyone looking to further their education.  Gives both online and offline educational paths to obtain a degree.

 

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
The Access Board develops accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. Laws, standards, and enforcement information are included on this website.

 

Affordable Colleges

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities

With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. College Resources for Students with Disabilities guidebook could be a useful tool for you.

 

 

American Association of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.aapd.com
AAPD is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan, cross-disability organization in the United States. Their goals are unity, leadership and impact. Anyone can be a member of AAPD – persons with a disability, their family, friends and supporters.

 

Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
http://www.adapt.org
ADAPT is a national, activist organization with a long history of organizing in the disability community. ADAPT uses civil disobedience and similar non-violent direct action tactics to achieve its goals: accessible public transit, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, attendant services, and services in the community instead of in institutions and nursing homes.

 

Association of Late-Deafened Adults
http://www.alda.org
Adults ALDA supports, educates, and advocates on behalf of people who grew up with intact hearing and became deaf as adults.

 

Autism Support Group
http://www.mdjunction.com/Autism
The group would serve as a hub for people and family dealing with Autism who would want to share their experiences and knowledge, ask questions and be around people who are facing the same health challenges. The online groups complement the ‘regular’ groups and help those who are unable to attend an offline group.

 

Bazelon Organization
http://www.bazelon.org
Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of persons with mental disability.

 

Captioned Media Program
http://www.cfv.org
Catalog of free loan captioned video and DVD.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov
Data on health and disabilities.

 

Centers for Independent Living – national listing
http://www.ilusa.com/links/ilcenters.htm
Website lists Centers for Independent Living across the United States and the world. Includes articles about IL philosophy and the history of Independent Living Centers.

 

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
http://www.chadd.org
A national organization that provides support and information relating to attention deficit disorders. Excellent site for support services.

 

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
http://www.ccdionline.org
Information about membership, chapters around the state, legislative platform, legislative updates, the Catalyst newsletter, and more.

 

College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. This guide has been created to help these students and their families better understand the resources available to them.

 

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
http://www.c-c-d.org
A coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. Excellent site for current legislative activities related to disabilities.

 

Council for Disability Rights
http://www.disabilityrights.org
Practical self-advocacy information for persons with disabilities, along with state and national news affecting the disability community.

 

Deaf Aztlan: Latino Network
http://www.deafvision.net/aztlan
This website for the Deaf Latino community includes a list of ASL/Spanish/English interpreters (including one in Chicago!), Deaf Latino mailing lists, businesses, organizations, and programs.

 

DeafSpot
http://www.deafspot.net
People and community pages include chat online, e-mail directory, events, deaf kids, black deaf, gay deaf, deaf blind, oral deaf, chat online, event listings, and more. Also includes information and resources, shopping, and an ASL font.

 

Department of Justice Home Page
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
Americans with Disabilities Act information and technical assistance line. Updated weekly.

 

disABILITY Information and Resources
http://www.makoa.org
Very comprehensive list of disability-related links.

 

Disability Bible
http://www.disabilitybible.com
An online encyclopedia for the disabilities community and movement.

 

Disability Resources Monthly – Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
http://www.disabilityresources.org
A wonderfully well-organized site for finding the disability-related information you are looking for on the Web. We highly recommend this site as a starting place.

 

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Inc.
http://www.dredf.org
DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Site has updates on legal cases and many publications for order on disability rights, Americans with Disabilities Act and related issues.

 

e-Buddies
http://www.ebuddies.org
e-Buddies is the newest program of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

 

Equip for Equality
http://www.equipforequality.org
This federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System in q Illinois safeguards the rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, including developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

 

Family Village
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu
User-friendly website provides resources on mental retardation and other disabilities, and links to disability related discussion groups and websites.

 

Great Lakes ADA Center
http://www.adagreatlakes.org
Provides technical assistance and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

 

Handi-Ramp
http://www.ramps.org
Offer free wheelchair ramp plans and resources, information on accessible homes for sale and general tips for fitting/making residences accessible.

Within the Handi-Ramp website there is a directory (by state) that gives a list of charitable organizations that assist persons with disabilities to get accessible ramps built : http://www.ramps.org/free-ramps.htm

 

Health Alliance House Calls Newsletter
http://www.healthalliancemedicare.org/content/extras/resources
House Calls newsletter is for Medicare Advantage members & includes health and wellness tips, healthy recipes and even spotlights members.

 

Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
http://www.hbwdillinois.com
Resource to allow persons with disabilities to work and not have to choose between working and their health care benefits.

 

History of Disability in America: “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America”
http://everybody.si.edu
A new online exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  The compilation of photographs of people and objects in this exhibit explore themes of identity, stereotypes, laws, legislation, home and daily life.  The exhibit offers well described photos and accompanying text to make it an interesting visit for all. This online exhibit is accessible with screen-reading software and has the capability of enlarging photos for easier viewing.

 

Illinois Assistive Technology Project
http://www.iltech.org
IATP helps you find the right technology that lets you learn, work and play with greater independence. They offer assistive device information, demonstration and loan and a used equipment website.

 

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC)
http://www.idhhc.state.il.us
Learn about the Illinois Interpreter Licensure Act, Hearing Aid Resources, and learn about what IDHHC does to help persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

 

Illinois Department of Human Services
http://www.state.il.us/agency/dhs
Info about the Department of Human Services, including updates on Olmstead and Lincoln Developmental Center. Find out about DHS’ new low interest loans for assistive technology for persons with disabilities.

 

Illinois Department on Aging
http://www.state.il.us/aging
Info about the Department on Aging, in-home care, access and social services, elder rights, public awareness, demographics, a directory of agencies and organizations serving seniors, and more.

 

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
http://www.incil.org
Information about INCIL and about all of the Centers for Independent Living in Illinois. Contains links to all of the Illinois CILs that have home pages.

 

Illinois Relay “711” Website
http://illinoisrelay711.com/
Explains how to make and receive telephone calls using the Relay service.

 

Illinois State Board of Education
http://www.isbe.state.il.us
Info about special education, early childhood services, the No Child Left Behind Act, Administrative Rules, and more.

 

Illinois State Board of Elections
http://www.elections.state.il.us
On-Line Voter Registration Form

 

Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)
http://www.itactty.org
Explains the Illinois Relay Service and free TTY Loan Program for citizens of Illinois who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-impaired. Includes eligibility requirements and how to apply.

 

Institute on Independent Living
http://www.independentliving.org
The Institute serves self-help organizations of disabled people who work for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. Offers training materials, technical assistance and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support.

 

Leadership Council on Civil Rights
http://www.civilrights.org/issues/
An online social justice network. Find out about the latest policy developments in top civil rights issues. Tools for getting involved.

 

Lighthouse
http://www.lighthouse.org/resources
The Lighthouse website includes valuable information about resources for persons who are blind or have low vision. Includes facts about vision loss and eye conditions, eye care, living with vision impairment, age-related changes in the eye, adaptive computer technology, and more. Includes pictures of what the world looks like to persons with various vision impairments.

 

McLean County Center for Human Services
http://www.mcchs.org
Assists persons in McLean County who are in need of mental health treatment.

 

Mesothelioma Symptoms
http://www.mesotheliomasymptoms.com
An extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of Mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

 

Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
http://www.mitbc.org
Free library service for anyone whose low vision, blindness, or physical limitation makes it difficult to read.  Offering Digital Talking Books from Dr. Seuss and Dr. Phil, Bestsellers to Biographies.

 

Mind Freedom
http://www.mindfreedom.org
The Support Coalition International unites more than 100 grassroots organizations of psychiatric survivors. The description “psychiatric survivors” is used by individuals who identify themselves as having experienced human rights violations in the mental health system. This website about the psychiatric survivors’ liberation movement, information, and advocacy campaigns.

 

Motion Picture Access
http://ncam.wgbh.org/mopix
For more information on the WGBH’s Motion Picture Access (MoPix) efforts.

 

MOUTH Magazine
http://www.mouthmag.com
An irreverent disability magazine with attitude! Includes a catalog of cool posters, t-shirts, books, and videos.

 

National Association of the Deaf
http://www.nad.org/
Website of the National Association of the Deaf.

 

National Council on Disability
http://www.ncd.gov
NCD is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on disability policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities. Website includes NCD reports.

 

National Council on Independent Living
http://www.ncil.org
NCIL is the oldest cross disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Website includes updates on national disability rights hot topics and legislation.

 

National Disabled Students Union
http://disabledstudents.org
A national, cross-disability, student organization. It recognizes all disabled people – those with traditionally recognized disabilities and those who have often been left out of the movement.

 

National Federation of the Blind
http://www.nfb.org
The NFB is a consumer and advocacy organization of persons who are blind. Website provides information and referral services, publications about blindness, assistive devices, advocacy.

 

National Organization on Disability
http://www.nod.org
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

 

Not Dead Yet
http://www.notdeadyet.org
Not Dead Yet opposes the assisted suicide and euthanasia movement, which advocates a deadly double standard for people with severe disabilities (terminal and non-terminal). People already have the right to refuse unwanted treatment, and suicide is not illegal. What we oppose is a public policy that singles out individuals for legalized killing based on their health status. In these days of cost cutting and managed care, we don’t trust the health care system, and neither should you.

 

Online Schools Guide
http://www.onlineschools.org/guides
Directory of all college programs that a person can participate in online.  The database is updated annually.

 

Ragged Edge Magazine
http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com
Ragged Edge and its website include articles about society’s “ragged edge” issues: medical rationing, genetic discrimination, assisted suicide, long-term care, attendant services. They cover the disability experience in America — what it means to be a crip living at the start of the 21st century.

 

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
http://www.shhh.org
Information about hearing loss from the SHHH national office. Has a bookstore catalog.

 

SOAR: Special Opportunities Available in Recreation
http://www.bpard.org/soar
Providing leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs sponsored by the Bloomington & Normal Parks and Recreation Departments.

 

Social Security Disability Applicants – Facts about disabilities
http://www.disabilityfacts.com
Includes a disability workbook for Social Security applicants, FAQs about Social Security Disability, special-issue booklets about disability benefits, and much more.

 

Social Security Online
http://www.ssa.gov/disability
More info about Social Security disability programs.

 

SportAid
http://www.SportAid.com
We provide racing wheelchairs, rugby wheelchairs and all sorts of independent living resources including catheters and other urological supplies.

 

Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
http://silcofillinois.org
Site includes info about SILC, the State Plan for Independent Living, Olmstead, SILC position papers, info about CILs in Illinois, and more.

 

The Special Ed Advocate
http://www.wrightslaw.com
Provides parents and helping professionals with the information they need to be effective advocates for children with disabilities. This site contains current articles, cases, and links related to special education. Updated weekly.

 

TCRC: Tazwell County Resource Center
http://www.tcrcorg.com
Serving persons with developmental disabilities and visual impairments.  Offers job training and placement and technical services.

 

We Connect Now
http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/
Developed to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues.

 

The Whitehouse
http://www.whitehouse.gov
Accessible federal government web site.

 

WhenWeTravel
http://www.whenwetravel.com/travel_destination_hotel/wheelchair_accessible_hotels.jsp
Find wheelchair accessible hotels.

 

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