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Accessibility Clearinghouse is an information hub about phones and innovative ways to communicate, especially for people who may have a disability. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is dedicated to ensuring that all Americans - including Americans with disabilities - have full access to the accessible communications. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act put into motion new requirements to ensure that everyone has access to communications as well as the ability to send and receive emergency information and services.

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges is a web-based resource for finding online accredited colleges and universities. They provide a searchable directory of online colleges and universities.

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Childcare Centers

Assistive Technology Partners' website includes information on funding sources for assistive technology. AT Partners issues a newsletter, with the most current issue available here. Learning Labs are free and provide participants an opportunity to speak with the knowledgeable staff at Assistive Technology Partners about a variety of assistive technology devices.

White Paper on Assistive Technology and Health Care Reform issued by the Assistive Technology Coalition in March 2011.  

Autism National Committee, AUTCOM, is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior. In the face of social policies of devaluation, which are expressed in the practices of segregation, medicalization, and aversive conditioning, we assert that all individuals are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Birth Injury Center Do you believe that your child may be showing signs of a birth injury? Are you concerned about your child's future and whether or not this injury could have been prevented? Is your doctor, another medical professional, or the hospital to blame? At Birth Injury Center, we work to answer your questions concerning all types of birth injuries, liability, and what you can do next to help your child and yourself as you move forward.

Bullying:  https://usinsuranceagents.com/rates-tips-resources-bullying

Center on Human Policy is a Syracuse University based policy, research and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy Guide A national organization that helps families and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. They share information about therapies and treatment, the causes of CP and support for those with this disorder.

 

CHANCE, The Center for Housing and New Community Economics improves and increases access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and supportive services.

 "Choices, Control and Community" and "Opciones, Control y Comunidad" Call or email the Council to order the documentary, a product of the work of El Grupo Vida, Coloradans for Family Support, Advocacy Denver and the Arc of Jefferson County, Colorado TASH, the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, and Families and Allies. This documentary received the TASH 2003 Image Award.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities reviews legal rights, provides recommendations for the transition from high school to post secondary, and lists disability-specific apps and software that students may find useful.

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, CCDC, is a statewide cross-disability organization dedicated to ensuring the independence, self-reliance, and full participation of people with all types of disabilities in Colorado.

Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities: The Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities (CFPD) is a trust fund designed to protect a person's public benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, should the person receive a sum of money that would otherwise make them ineligible for public benefits. Funds in CFPD are seen as unavailable assets for eligibility determination.

Colorado Legal Services:  Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State of Colorado for over 85 years. The mission of Colorado Legal Services is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable populations throughout Colorado as possible.

Commission on Disability Rights: The ABA has a deep and long-standing commitment to diversity and to promoting opportunities for persons with disabilities in the legal community. One of the ABA's four fundamental goals is the elimination of bias and the enhancement of diversity in the profession. Part of that vision includes access and participation in all aspects of the legal system by persons with mental and physical disabilities. The ABA's Commission on Disability Rights spearheads this effort.  

Cyber Bullying in College Tips, Tools and Solutions for Recognizing and Stopping Bullying in Social Media and On Line 

DisabilityAdvisor.com offers information related to disability benefits, financial resources, education, parenting, relationships and other disability-related issues 

Disability Law Colorado  protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis.

Disability History Museum: Their mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories.

Disability Is Natural: The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life. The website offers articles, books and links to valuable websites.

Disability Workshops  For Staff and Direct Support Staff

Sex Ed Curriculum for Schools and Agencies

 

The Family Caregiver Guide for Services in the HCBS-DD (Comprehensive) Waiver The 2008 Family Caregiver Act was fully implemented in November 2010. The Family Caregiver Act allows a person already receiving services funded by the Division for Developmental Disabilities to receive those services in a place of their choice and by a person of their choice. This resource on the Act was developed by the Arc of Colorado for families and persons with disabilities.

Family Center on Technology and Disability: Provides a wide range of resources on instructional and assistive technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEU's for practitioners and educators. View the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning, designed to provide families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children's lives.

Graduate School Success for Students with Disabilities: The following guide provides funding sources, resources for students with visual and hearing impairments, and an expert interview discussing how to excel in graduate school as a student with a disability.

Grupo Vida: With the love, wisdom, and support of their families and communities, individuals with disabilities can experience and live happy and productive lives. Grupo Vida is network of families who have children with disabilities or special needs. 

Harvard Project on Disability (HPOD) works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. They empower all people to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to develop fully equitable societies. They have publications that are worth reading, such as their handbook with an easy to read explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This publication is designed for anyone wanting a clear explanation of the CRPD, including people with intellectual disabilities, their organizations, and their advocates.

Housing and Mortgages for People with Disabilities: This website provides useful information and assistance for people with disabilities who are interested in buying a home. Website provides ideas to consider when deciding to buy a home, describes the process, explains mortgage and housing terminology, and how to obtain financial assistance to buy a house.

Inclusion Daily Express: This site includes the top disability rights stories for the year. The mission of the Inclusion Daily Express is is to provide disability advocates with the most up-to-date news, information and commentary about community inclusion, self-determination and disability rights, in a way that saves time and is easy to use.

Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policy and practice related to the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) is a private non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The association was founded in 1949 in New York at the annual meeting of Human Rights Agencies from four states, which was referred to as the "The Conference of Four State Commissions."  IAOHRA's membership presently consists of approximately one hundred sixty (160) human rights agencies in the United States and Canada. IAOHRA's mission is to foster human and intergroup relations, to enhance human rights practices under law, to promote civil and human rights around the world, and to provide leadership in the development and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.

Knowledge Path: Locating Community-Based Services to Support Children and Families is an electronic guide for service providers and families to help them find resources within their communities to address child and family needs.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR): Beginning in 1950 with 30 organizations, mostly civil rights and labor groups, the LCCR has grown in numbers, scope, and effectiveness. Here you will find a listing of the more than 180 national organizations that comprise the LCCR.

Media That Helps Build Movements 1  LaTeef McLeod

Media That Helps Build Movements 2  Samuel Sennott

Mobility International: Is a US-based national non-profit organization. The mission of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is to empower people with disabilities around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, and to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.

Mouth Magazine:  a disability rights bi-monthly print magazine. Mouth Magazine is now the only disability rights-oriented magazine put to printed page. The Ragged Edge (see below), recently went to web only, and is the place to go for the latest news and articles if you prefer the free and complete coverage via accessible web.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability  The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth, created in late 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

National Down Syndrome Congress: The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome. The vision of the NDSC is a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome. It is the purpose of the National Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.

Not Dead Yet: Not Dead Yet is a national disability rights group that is the disability community's definitive source on the implications of public policy and media activity related to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Ragged Edge:  an online magazine that began in 1997, offers topic-area searches and articles from the world of disability activism, and news updates supported by Inclusion Daily Express.

Resources and funding  strategies for making homes accessible.

Rethinking Autism: All too often in the world of autism, celebrity and sex appeal are used to promote pseudo-science and personal agendas. RethinkingAutism.com wants to change minds, change the current media conversation and help give autistic people a more prominent voice in the conversation.  Up to this point, celebrities and parents of autistic children have dominated the media with their miracle cures and unsubstantiated theories on causation. This exploits autistic people, their family members and the public.  Please join us.  Share the videos, read the blog and sign up to be part of our emailing list. Let's change the conversation one video at a time.

The Riot! is an e-newsletter for self-advocates. Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. Self-advocates speak up with spoken words, sign language, language boards or in ways unique to each person. The Riot! is all about self-advocacy.  We also want to make you laugh and feel good about life.  Every issue focuses on a timely theme, or a particular idea.  We also cover life topics, such as dating, health and everyday fun.

The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access from the Coleman Institute; an affirmation of the commitment to equal rights of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access, with a call for implementation of these rights with deliberate speed. 

The Road to Self-Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities is a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs through policy and practice.  The Guide shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in programs and offers suggestions on how to introduce self-employment as an option  for all youth, including youth with disabilities.

Rocky Mountain ADA/IT Center: Providing information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible education-based information technology to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Scholarships and Grants for Post-secondary Education for Students with Disabilities

Sexuality and Developmental Disability Resources: Following are links to some helpful resources from a 2010 issue of Impact magazine and a 1996 article from the Bioethics Forum

Social Security Administration: The Social Security and Medicare link provides current information on Social Security programs and work incentives that are available. Applications for retirement, Medicare, Social Security disability, dependent and survivor's benefits can be filed online as well as disability medical reports for adults and children.

Disability Benefits Guide understand how social security disability benefits work and how to calculate your benefits. 

Social Security and Disability Resource Center: The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants filing for either SSD (social security disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) benefits.  The site is based on the author's personal experience as a former disability-Medicaid caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the Social Security Administration.

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents), a parent-directed program, exists to empower military parents, individuals with disabilities, and service providers with knowledge, skills, and resources so that they might access services to create a collaborative environment for family and professional partnerships without regard to geographic location. 

Substance Abuse in College  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol. Though drinking has long been the most common form of substance abuse in college, the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that the use of marijuana, prescription drugs and illicit drugs is on the rise. The good news is that students can be proactive in understanding what constitutes substance abuse, how to keep their own habits in check, and how to spot problems in themselves or others. This guide offers a wealth of resources to help students do all of those things and more.

Suicide Prevention on College Campuses   Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated.  Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better.  Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide.  This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them.

THRIVE:   The mission of  THRIVE is to inform and empower low-income culturally and linguistically diverse families as advocates for their children with disabilities, ages birth-26, to achieve meaningful participation in their schools and communities.

Transportation Hotline for Air Travelers . Updated Air Carriers Access Act  regulations became effective May 13, 2009. For detailed information on the changes click on this link to the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center for the Southwest (DBTAC Southwest).

The Ultimate Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits published by Money Saving Pro, this guide provides detailed information about Social Security Disability benefits.

 Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying published by Onlineschools.org this Guide pulls together resources from across the web, exploring the challenges, impacts, and ways of combating bullying and cyberbullying among students.

 Web Accessibility Standards: Presently, most websites and web software have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use the Web. This website provides an overview of the various disabilities that can affect how people use the Internet, plus links to resources that can help you make your website or Web content more accessible.