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  • Able Magazine is the United Kingdom's most popular disability magazine.

  • A fee-based subscriber service that provides high-interest, low-reading level digital text in html for people with a documented disability that prevents reading standard print.
  • Information about the ACT
  • Offers special testing with extended time and in alternative formats at specially arranged times for people with disabilities.
  • Website of a disability rights organization which advocates community-based alternatives to nursing home care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Vendor of ZoomText screen enlarger, BigShot Magnifier, and VisAbility.
  • Collection of digital documents, including American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Can read online as Local Copy or download as an ebook.
  • Tips, ideas, recipes, and articles on saving money, health, and printable coupons, and lots of links of interest to seniors.
  • Eye professionals providing information on eye health care, consumer advocacy, and public service.
  • Through the National Center, physicians, parents, administrators, and other health care professionals have access to educational, resource, and advocacy materials, guidelines for care, evaluation tools, and technical assistance.
  • Information and news, including legislative alerts.
  • Membership organization of blind and visually impaired people that provides services that includes a Jobs Bank, resources, and advocacy.
  • American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit ADAPT is a national organization that focuses on promoting services in the community. They help in providing mobility assistance instead of housing people with disabilities in institutions and nursing homes.
  • Promotes the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

  • Includes links to the latest information on eye care, medical developments, advocacy activities, consumer products, and publications.
  • Contains copies of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA regulations, technical assistance manuals & documents, and links for further ADA information.
  • On-line resource center advocating and reaching out to people with limb loss to educate and empower them to lead rich and productive lives.
  • Site includes a large text version. Products available include National Library Service compatible cassette players.

  • Art Beyond Sight makes art, art history, and visual culture accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Their goal is to provide and promote the tangible benefits of art education, museum visits, and art making for children and adults with vision loss.
  • Resources, advocacy, research, events, articles, and more on this comprehensive site.
  • Seller of various assistive hardware and software products designed for people with disabilities.
  • The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.
  • Provides full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
  • Offers support and information to families of children with ADD, adults with ADD and professionals through a network of AD-IN chapters.
  • "Audible is your home for premium digital audio entertainment and information. Choose from more than 25,000 best-selling digital audioboooks, radio shows, audio versions of popular magazines, daily newspapers, and more."
  • A fee-based service that includes 4,500 audiobooks and 14,000 other audio programs in a broad range of subjects. Available for downloading to a computer, for transfer to a player, or for burning onto a CD.
  • Full-text documents in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The site has a search feature and is organized by century and then alphabetically by the name of the document.
  • A collection of hypertexted primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.
  • Legal documents dating from pre-18th Century to the present.
  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Promotes and distributes an audio, visual, kinesthetic, and oral (AVKO) multi-sensory teaching methods and materials for dyslexia.
  • Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.
  • BenefitsCheckUp is a service of the National Council on the Aging, helping seniors connect to government programs that can help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other needs.
  • Classic fiction, drama, poetry, short stories, and contemporary articles and interviews. Also has study guides, reference books, author biographies, and book summaries.
  • Organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans.
  • Includes links to resources on access, blindness, braille history, braille literacy, deaf-blind, disabilities and more.
  • A fee-based service for people with visual or other print disabilities. Readers must have access to computers with assistive technology such as refreshable braille displays or synthetic speech in order to use these digital files.
  • A password-protected site that offers books at all grade levels, submitted by teachers and transcribers, for people with visual or other print disabilities. Site is maintained by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Acts as a clearinghouse of information for people with brain injuries and their families through a national network of state associations.
  • C TECH is a distributor of low vision aids and adaptive technology for the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled. They provide on-the-job and at-home demonstrations, installation, and training.
  • They provide access to assistive technology that gives people with disabilities access to computers provide art programs to provide access to artistic expression and offer ongoing consultation and support to assist people with disabilities in maintaining and enhancing access.
  • "Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living."
  • Works to improve the lives of people affected by AD/HD through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education, and support. Serves as a national resource center on AD/HD.
  • Promotes accessible information technology with the WWW, and accessible based business practices that ensure inclusion and full participation by people with disabilities.
  • Free literature in the public domain, including works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, childrens titles, poetry, Shakespeare, and short stories. Includes a plain text format.
  • "CODA--Children of Deaf Adults, is a nonprofit organization for the adult hearing sons and daughters of deaf parents."
  • Offers non-credit computer classes for beginners and experienced users who need synthetic speech, large print, and braille adaptive technology.
  • Established in 1978, the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) at Baruch College, offers a range of non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users. The Center provides information and training on assistive computer technology for professionals and the business community, and conducts research to explore innovative ways of using the computer to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people.
  • This searchable site from the United Kingdom is a "worldwide, interactive, personalised forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are touched by mental health problems and/or learning disabilities."
  • Index of links to local, state, and national informational resources, developed by the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Advocates for the educational success of children with disabilities and children who are gifted and talented, and supports the professionals who serve them.
  • Provides effective teaching and promotes research to enhance the education and lifespan development of individuals with learning disabilities.
  • CSCS is a professional organization for the Citys senior service providers. A nonprofit organization representing over 265 senior service organizations, ranging from individual community-based senior centers to large, multi-service, citywide organizations.
  • Tactile (embossed) illustrations that make pictures visible to people who are blind or who have visual impairments, dyslexia, autism, cognitive learning disabilities, or other special needs.
  • Includes links and resources on deal-related business, agencies and organizations, sign languages, schools, summer programs,employment listings, and publications.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history. Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The University of Michigan database spans the years 1800-1925.
  • Portal to disability resources on the Internet, linking to many select websites arranged by subject and location.
  • Nonprofit organization created to advance the civil rights of disabled persons. Site provides information about the organization, news on civil rights cases across the country, advice on how to commit oneself to fight for civil rights of the disabled, and links to major sites containing information on the ADA and other legislative and advocacy sites for the disabled.
  • Specializes in laws and policies related to disability civil rights. Works to secure and advance the civil rights of adults with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
  • Federal programs, services, and resources for Americans with disabilities and their families.

  • National nonprofit organization offering nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with permanent physical disability.
  • Voice recognition software.
  • Serves as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities.
  • Assists children and adults with disabilities and their families through a nationwide network of more than 450 service sites. Each center provides services tailored to meet the specific needs of the particular community it serves. Advocates for passage of legislation that helps people with disabilities achieve independence.
  • Provides nonstandard testing accommodations for test takers who meet Educational Testing Service requirements. Accommodations may include extended testing time, additional rest breaks, an accompanying recorder or writer of answers, and sign-language interpreters. Offers tests in alternative formats including audio recording, braille, and large print (18 point) and large-print answer sheets.
  • A not-for-profit organization, Elderhostel offers opportunities to explore ideas places across the U.S. and around the world.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • Has approximately 70,000 humanities texts in many languages including related images such as book illustrations, covers, and manuscripts.
  • A great place to find the perfect job. Also offers helpful hits and articles on finding a job.
  • A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

  • Offers information on money management, how to correct banking errors and protecting against identity theft, as well as other quick links of interest to consumers.
  • Comprehensive listing of all US Code and regulations concerning disabilities. Includes links to laws concerning housing, education, ADA, telecommunications, children, veterans as well as links to informational sites concerning legal concerns for specific disabilities.
  • Sells ebooks in various formats.
  • The official U.S. gateway to government information.
  • Timely and useful information for seniors on a host of topics including consumer protection, health, retirement and money, taxes, and travel and leisure.
  • Vendor of PAC Mate braille embossers, Franklin Language Master, SAL Speech Assisted Learning, Power Braille display, Braille n Speak, VerA scanning system, JAWS screen reader, MAGic screen enlarger, Open Book scanner, and others.
  • Information about the only liberal arts college in the world designed exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • Grants special accommodations to GED candidates with documented medical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or blindness emotional disabilities, such as schizophrenia, major depression, attention deficit disorder, or Tourette's Syndrome specific learning disabilities such as perceptual problems, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia or other disabilities that severely limit a GED candidate's ability to perform essential skills required to pass the GED tests.
  • Clearinghouse of information, including referrals, public service announcements, medical developments, and links to related topics.
  • Comprehensive list of organizations that produce Great Books Foundation titles in formats suitable for the visually impaired. Formats include books produced in large print, Braille, and audio books on tape.
  • From the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • New York City based organization concerned with bringing the arts to the hearing impaired community. Includes calendar of cultural events, list of theaters that are sign interpreted, and links to other web resources.
  • Serves as a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. Acts as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, and other post-secondary training entities.
  • Provides services to blind and visually impaired seniors, including Elderly Vision Screening and Social Integration for Seniors.
  • Large variety of products for the blind and visually impaired, including National Library Service compatible cassette players.

  • Recent and current research on all aspects of the design, construction and use of tactile maps and other tactile graphics.
  • ICDRI is a United States non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Its mission is to compile outstanding disability resources. Also includes calendar of disability events around the world.
  • Operates a free information and referral service. Includes a membership of a variety of professionals in partnership with individuals with dyslexia and their families. Actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia. Facilitates the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia.
  • Over 1,000 electronic braille books, including classics and publications of the National Federation of the Blind. Files are in contracted braille ASCII format and may be red online or downloaded.
  • Formerly The Jewish Braille Institute of America, JBI helps men, women and children around the world who are blind, visually impaired, reading disabled and physically handicapped, to integrate into their community and society in general.
  • The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild) is one of the country's foremost vision care agencies. The Guild has been assists visually impaired, blind and multi-disabled people of all ages through a wide range of programs designed to support and enhance physical, emotional and intellectual functioning. The Guild is nonsectarian.
  • ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents.
  • Works to improve the quality of life of children and youth, particularly those with special needs, through teaching, research, and leadership in the use of technology.
  • Information on learning disabilitiesfor parents, teachers, and other professionals.

  • The League for the Hard of Hearing was founded in 1910 to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss. Site describes services provided by the agency, detailed information about communication therapy and assistive listening devices, full-text articles from the Hearing Rehabilitation Quarterly and links to related sites.
  • Identifies causes and promotes prevention of learning disabilities and seeks to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families. Fosters research and advocates for the rights of individuals with learning disabilities under the law. Has online resources that include publications to download and links to state and government agencies.
  • LibriVox provides totally free audiobooks from the public domain.
  • Services, programs, and products for the blind and visually disabled.
  • The Louis Braille Center supplies a guide to braille books for children and adults, a Saturday program for children who are blind or visually impaired, and an information section for schoolchildren interested in learning about braille.
  • Information about the disease, newsletter, and useful links.

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