Disability Services for Students

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Links to Resources Related to Disabilities

Legal & Advocacy Topics
Chronic Health Disability Topics
Vision Disability
Physical Disability
Learning Disability & ADHD
Mental Health
Hearing Disability
Hard of Hearing
Speech Disability
Technical Assistance
Universal Design
Other Topics

Legal & Advocacy Topics

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The Association is a vital resource, promoting excellence through education, communication and training.

Adaptive Environments
This site includes information from the New England ADA Technical Assistance Center about ADA Accessibility, Adaptive Environments, and Universal Design.  It also has links to many universal design and ADA resources.

U.S Department of Justice ADA Homepage
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, programs and services provided by state and local governments, goods and services provided by private companies, and in commercial facilities.

ADA Technical Assistance
A diverse array of projects to further the understanding and implementation of the Act. The program has created a vast infrastructure of resources, including numerous ADA publications and videos, materials targeted to specific audiences, training packages and an unparalleled knowledge of the ADA.

Office of Disability Employment Policy U.S. Department of Labor

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
The United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), through its National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of disabled individuals of all ages.

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR)
A Federal Government agency that seeks to promote coordination and cooperation among Federal departments and agencies conducting rehabilitation research programs. The ICDR seeks to identify, assess, and coordinate all Federal programs, activities, and projects, and plans for such programs, activities, and projects with respect to the conduct of research related to rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. To receive input from individuals with disabilities and/or their representatives in pursuance of its mission; and submit an annual report to the President and to appropriate committees of the Congress on recommendations with respect to coordination of policy and the development of objectives and priorities for all Federal agencies related to disability and rehabilitation research.

Chronic Health Disability
Mesothelioma: Information and Resources.  https://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.com


Vision Disability 

National Federation of the Blind
The real problem is not lack of eyesight, it is the lack of understanding. This website covers many areas for the blind — aids, appliances, jobline, current events, etc.

United States Association of Blind Athletes  

“They are told they are a burden to society. They are held back in school. They are pitied and excluded from countless activities, athletics especially. They are the blind and visually impaired, and it is about time to change these attitudes.”


Physical Disability

Accessible Space Inc. (ASI)
This service is for adults with mobility impairments and or brain injuries. It assists adults with mobility impairments in finding housing.


Learning Disability and ADHD

CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD Works To Improve the Lives of People With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Through Education, Advocacy, and Support.

The ADD Action Group

The ADD ACTION GROUP is a non-profit organization (with IRS 501 (c) status) that helps people find alternative solutions for Deficit Disorder, Learning Differences, Dyslexia, and Autism.

Internet Mental Health/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
This site provides online diagnostic programs that diagnose ADHD and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

One of Bibliographies in Medicine on National Library of Medicine.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children
This website defines ADHD, discusses possible causes of ADHD, describes how it’s diagnosed and treated, including medications, behavioral techniques.

Born to Explore! The other side of ADD
A clearinghouse for positive and alternative views of attention deficit disorder.

LD Online
The interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. Large site with articles, research, chat rooms, forums, newsletter, audio clips, calendar, store, ask the expert, resources, Kid Zone, personal essays, and a good search feature.

Fairly comprehensive site on Nonverbal Learning Disorders. Personal Stories, NLD Moments, Reference Library, Bulletin Boards, Education, Parenting Tips, Advocacy, Reference Materials, Products, Q&A’s, Links.

Learning Disabilities and Practical LD Information
Information on learning disabilities, learning disorders, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, reading difficulties

Learning Disabilities
Special Education Resources on learning disability from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Definition, organizations, general resources, articles and publications, computers.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
The IDA is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. It has been helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, teachers, physicians, and researchers to better understand dyslexia.

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
The academy provide train for practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham approach for the treatment of dyslexia. It also promote public awareness of the needs of children and adults with dyslexia.

Dyslexia, the Gift
Exploring the positive talents that give rise to dyslexia, and share our knowledge about the best ways for dyslexic people to learn.


Mental health

McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Web

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH Revitalizes its Intramural Clinical Research

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Where to go for information on mental illness-related issues.


Hearing Disability

Deafness/Hard of Hearing
This website offers a variety of information on deafness and hard of hearing.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
NAD is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the US.

Deaf Health
Medical topics communicated in American Sign Language


Hard of Hearing

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.
This is a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to the well-being of people of all ages and communication styles who do not hear well.

Hard of Hearing Advocates (finding and implementing solutions)
HOHA offers direction to hard of hearing people by creating and implementing programs/solutions where HOH people have undue problems.


Speech Disability

The Stuttering Homepage
This website is dedicated to providing information on stuttering.


Technical Assistance

Assistive Technology Access Partnership a partnership  back to top
Assistive Technology Access Partnership a partnership of local agencies, headed by the Office of Rehabilitative Services, to provide information and awareness about the availability of adaptive technology.

TechAccess of RI
TechAccess of RI – an information and technical resource in the use of adaptive technology, hardware and software.


Universal Design

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.


Other Topics

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A website that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. Also provides information regarding the Americans with disabilities Act.

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