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Disability: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Stephen W. Hawking - ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease
Stephen Hawking, world renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and was told he wouldn't live much longer after his 21st birthday. In 2009, Mr. Hawking received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
Best Colleges and Universities for Disabled...
A list of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer exceptional programs for disabled students. List is arranged alphabetically by state.
Social Security FAQ: What Is Disability...
Disabled individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability Income have to follow certain guidelines regarding income. The income guidelines vary by state, and whether the disabled individual is working for a business, or working for themselves.
A Quick Introduction to Group Homes for the...
Group homes are an alternative to nursing homes or institutions for the disabled. Tips and advice for selecting a group home for a disabled loved one.
Your Disability May Qualify You for a Student...
If you have student loan debt that you are unable to pay because you have been disabled, consider applying for a student loan discharge from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Top 10 Companies With Disabled-Friendly...
A list of the top ten workplaces that are disabled-friendly around the globe. Information on benefits available to disabled employees. Includes information on programs to educate all employees about disabled co-workers.
Disability Parking Permits
Disability or handicapped parking permits are issued to individuals who have a temporary or permanent disability. Permit applications must be signed by a physician and permits are then issued by town or city clerk's offices.
Everything You Need to Know about Wheelchair...
Wheelchair rentals are available at many tourist destinations and resorts. Wheelchairs can be rented for a long term or short term, depending upon the users needs. Learn about rental options and considerations before you rent a wheelchair.
Learn the Medicare Requirements for Scooters...
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
13 Fashionable Clothing Companies for the...
A list of companies offering adaptive clothing for wheelchair users and the disabled. Adaptive clothing choices include casual, business, outdoor and bridal for men, women and children.
7 Interview Questions You Should Ask Your...
Before you hire a caregiver to work in your home, certain interview questions will help you select the right person for the job of caring for a loved one.
College Scholarships for Disabled Students
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
Everything You Should Know About Applying for...
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
How Much of Your Socially Security Disability...
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
Supplemental Security Income Tips for Children
Children who have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income if they meet certain criteria set by the Social Security Administration. Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting, shares her tips for working through the application process to obtain Social Security Income benefits for your child.
10 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Rehabilitat...
10 questions to ask a patient coordinator or caseworker at a rehabilitation facility or rehabilitation hospital. The questions should help you select the very best facility for yourself, or a loved one.
Blind and Vision Impairment Resources
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
List of Hobbies for the Disabled
A list of hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
Dating With a Disability
Advice on dating someone who has a disability. Emotional and cultural issues for dating a disabled person. First date tips for dating a disabled person.
Halloween Costume Ideas for the Disabled
Halloween costume ideas for the disabled using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.
All About Caring for a Disabled Parent
Caring for a disabled parent can occur at any age, from a young child assisting a disabled parent to an adult child caring for an aging, disabled parent. Caregivers can find the resources that they need if they ask for help before they become overwhelmed.
Assisted Living Options
There are a number of options when choosing an assisted living facility, ranging from boarding houses to accessory dwelling units in your own home. Some options are even paid for by state and federal agencies.
Support Groups for the Disabled
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
Daycare Facilities for Disabled Children
Choosing a daycare facility for a disabled child can be a lengthy process. Parents need to research the background of the facility, observe the educational instruction offered and learn about the skill level and training of the caregivers and teachers at a facility before placing their child in one.
Mobility Scooters
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
Are Guide Dogs allowed in mosques?
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
Employment Options for the Disabled
Employment options for disabled individuals who are looking for work or who want to change the way they currently do their work for an employer.
Depression and Disability
A discussion of the problems newly disabled and those who have been disabled since birth, face in their daily lives. A list of the warning signs of clinical depression and what to do if depression lasts more than several days.
Disabled Models
Disabled models can make a living modeling, whether they are working the catwalk or posing for print ads or fashion spreads. There are many photographers and agencies looking for models who have both visible and invisible disabilities to work with.
Gift Ideas for Child and Teen Wheelchair Users
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence is a charitable organization that provides service dogs free of charge to adults who are physically disabled, deaf or hard of hearing. They also provide dogs for use in facilities, such as schools for learning disabled children and health care facilities.
Choosing a Social Security Disability...
Reasons why an individual applying for Social Security Disability may choose a lawyer or representative to assist with filing a claim or appealing a denied claim. Advice provided by Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting.
Service Animals
The legal definition of what constitutes a service animal, the duties they perform and their abilities. A discussion of discriminatory practices and where to file complaints if discrimination occurs.
Youth Nursing Homes
Information on the movement to remove children and young adults from eldercare facilities and nursing homes designed for end-of-life care. Options available for caring for disabled children at home as well as availability of funding for in-home care.
Stair Lifts
Stair lifts can make a home accessible again for individuals who cannot walk up and down stairs. They may be purchased new, reconditioned or used, so they can fit any budget.
Lupus and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Individuals who have been diagnosed with lupus may be disabled permanently, or temporarily. Certain accommodations in the workplace may be available to those with lupus under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
List of Adaptive Aids for Knitting and Crocheting
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
What is Multiple Sclerosis
The symptoms, causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis. A list of resources for caregivers and individuals who have, or are concerned they may have, MS.
Organizations for Disabled Women Veterans
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
Knitting for the Disabled
Knitting is a hobby that can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ability levels. Looms and knitting machines may be used to help disabled individuals enjoy this hobby.
What is inclusive education?
A description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
Family Caregivers
Family caregivers provide a much needed service when they take over the daily care of a disabled family member. Caregivers must balance the care of themselves and know where to go for assistance to avoid caregiver burnout.
Transitioning to Adulthood - Independent Living
Transitioning to adulthood for disabled young adults includes independent living arrangements. Independent living includes choosing an accessible residence, dependable transportation and in some cases, the use of a personal assistant.
Charles Dickens - Epilepsy
Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. He was very descriptive about the condition numerous characters in his books.
Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation provides information and support to patients, caregivers and volunteers about this disease. They support research to find a cure through ongoing fundraising activities.
Choosing a College for Disabled Students
Tips on what to look for when choosing a college or university for a disabled students. Topics include housing, campus accessibility and special student services.
Who qualifies as being disabled?
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What types of animals can be service animals?
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
Agatha Christie - Epilepsy
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
Telecommuting
Telecommuting is an option for the disabled who are unable to commute to a regular job on a daily basis. Telecommuting typically gives a disabled worker more flexibility with their work hours than a traditional job does.
Helen Adams Keller - Vision and Hearing Impaired
Helen Adams Keller was the first blind and deaf individual to graduate from college in the United States. She is remembered as being an advocate for the blind and less fortunate through her work and membership in many organizations for the blind.
Caring for a Newly Disabled Spouse
Caring for a newly disabled spouse or partner can be a difficult experience for both individuals. There are many concerns, ranging from quality of care to financial obligations. In addition, the disabled partner may be struggling with depression and grief as a result of their new condition.
What Type of Wheelchair or Scooter Lift is...
Advice on selecting the best outdoor wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle. Tips based on the mobility needs of the user or their caregiver.
Caring for a Caregiver
Ideas for caregivers to use to help reduce stress and care for themselves as well as ideas for people who are caring for the caregivers in their lives.
Wounded Warrior Project
A description of the Wounded Warrior Project, its mission, and contact details for volunteers and advocates. Includes information on how to donate to this organization.
Handling Finances for the Disabled
Information on taking over financial responsibilities for a disabled person. Topics include bank accounts, power of attorney, stocks, bonds, safety deposit boxes and insurance policies.
5 Reasons to Home School a Disabled Child
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
Driving Your Wheelchair Van
Advice on driving a wheelchair van and whether you should transfer into the driver's seat or not. A discussion of advantages and disadvantages.
Low back pain and prevention of disability
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Find out how your can prevent this disabling condition.
PASS Plan for Social Security Recipients
The PASS Plan for Achieving Self Support is a program offered by the Social Security Administration. The program can help individuals receiving SSDI or SSI income achieve self sufficiency by providing them with financial support while they are receiving vocational training, working towards a college degree or starting a new business.
Helping Hands
Helping Hands is an organization that trains and provides helper monkeys for the disabled. The Capuchin monkey is especially well suited for helping the disabled with their daily tasks.
What is Respite Care
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
Disability Advocates
Disability advocates are volunteers that help to educate the public about disabilities and often help with fundraising. Advocates may also work to help pass bills that support the disabled by contacting members of the legislature.
Disabled Children's Relief Fund
A fund for parents of children who are disabled. Grants are given for the purchase of services, equipment and education to improve the quality of a child's life. Applications are accepted April through September of each year.
Become a Disability Advocate
How to become a disability advocate for an organization. What to expect when volunteering for a disability organization or group. Who can be an advocate and what advocates do.
Gardening Tools and Supplies for the Disabled
Gardening is a fun hobby for many people, and due to awareness of disabilities there are many gardening tools and supplies for the disabled. This is a list of supplies, aids and tools that can help people with many types of disabilities enjoy gardening.
Support Groups for Caregivers
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
Caregiver Resource List
A list of organizations that provide financial assistance, support, educational programs or guidance for caregivers, as well as for disabled, chronically ill and elderly individuals.
List of Adaptive Kitchen Tools
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier for the disabled.
Models with Disabilities
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
How Pets Can Help the Disabled Reduce Stress
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Accessible Wedding Tips
Tips for planning an accessible wedding. Ideas for choosing wedding attire, suggestions for wedding ceremony seating and things to check for at the wedding location.
Learning Disabilities Resource List
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
How to Find the Right Wheelchair Accessible...
Tips on choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Advice from Chris Miller, expert on equipment and vehicles for the disabled.
Deaf and Hearing Impairment Resources
Resources for the deaf and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
Online Depression Counseling for the Disabled
Online depression counseling is a way for the disabled to get the help they need in the comfort of their own home. Diagnosis is required by a medical professional before online counseling can start.
Schools for Learning Disabilities
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.
Caring for a Disabled Parent
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener.
Body Image and the Disabled
A discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
Powerchairs
Advice on selecting the right powerchair for your needs. If a manual wheelchair isn't right for you, a powerchair may be the answer to your indoor, as well as outdoor, mobility needs.
Kindle Fire for the Disabled
The latest generation of the Amazon.com Kindle, Kindle Fire, offers more to the consumer and users in the disabled community in particular. This Kindle model delivers more than an e-bookreader, and has a touch screen to make navigating books, videos, apps and the web as simple as a swipe of a finger.
Nursing Homes for the Disabled
Advice on selecting nursing home facilities for disabled patients, whether they are children, young adults or elderly. Tips on level of care and types of nursing home facilities.
Disabled Characters on 'Glee'
The hit show 'Glee' features a variety of characters, including the disabled. Why aren't Hollywood studios and other television studios, besides Fox, featuring the disabled community?
SandPad All Terrain Stabilizer
The SandPad is a device that attaches to the bottom of crutches or canes that keeps the device from sinking into the sand. It makes it easier, and less tiring, for disabled individuals to enjoy their favorite beach again.
Alan Alda - Polio Survivor
Actor Alan Alda suffered from polio as a child, but regained enough movement to achieve fame in television and movie roles, winning 5 Emmy Awards and 6 Golden Globe awards.
Disabled Agriculture Workers
Agriculture workers become disabled for a variety of reasons ranging from equipment accidents to health-related problems.
Modern Advancements In Accessible Vehicles
Tips on choosing accessible vehicles, including information on devices and new technology. Advice for both wheelchair and scooter owners.
Adaptive Sports Equipment
A list of adaptive sports equipment and sport wheelchair sellers for the disabled sportsman or woman.
Veterans Disability Compensation
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
Hippotherapy for Individuals with Disabilities
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
Camps for Disabled Children
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act
A brief overview of what the changes are to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the effects on employees and employers.
College Adaptive Sports Programs
A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
What is PTSD
An explanation of PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder, its treatment and outcomes.
Disability Rights Texas
Disability Rights Texas is an organization founded to provide legal protection for the disabled community living within the state.
Home School Resources for Disabled Children
A database of online resources for parents or caregivers homeschooling disabled children. Includes many resources for all types of physically and mentally challenged children and teens.
New website on disabling conditions and living
General statement on living with disability and an overview on disability statistics and introduction to the disability.gov website.
Disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are over 1.5 million individuals who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis since 2007. Learn about living with the disease and finding support when you need it.
Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities affect over 6.5 million children in the United States, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Those with learning disabilities are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and are eligible for services and support from local, state and government agencies.
Kathleen Turner - Rheumatoid Arthritis Survivor
Short biography of Kathleen Turner, famous for her movie roles in Body Heat and Romancing the Stone. Ms. Turner has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but it hasn't slowed her down.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - Polio Survivor
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States and was diagnosed with polio. In 2003, researchers studying his medical records believe he may have had Guillain-Barre syndrome, not polio.
Make a Wheelchair Repair Kit
Make your own wheelchair repair kit that you can carry with you wherever you go assembled with simple tools found at local hardware and medical supply stores.
Youth Disability Advocate Awards and Scholarships
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
Kasey Stewart
Kasey Stewart serves on the voice faculties of Elmira College and Corning’s 171 Cedar Arts Center in New York. Kasey is the owner of Singer Is Spirit Studio in Binghamton, New York.
What is a disability advocate?
A description of what a disability advocate does.
ALS - Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis
A definition of the acronym ALS.
Tips for Reducing Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
5 Reasons to Hire the Disabled
There are many myths about hiring the disabled, which creates an atmosphere of uneasiness for employers. Learn about the 5 most common myths, and why you should hire a disabled employee for your workforce.
Working while on disability
An overview of social security benefits and how they change as you go back to work after receiving disability benefits.
Therapeutic Gardens
Therapeutic gardens are often used in the treatment of individuals with chronic illness and disabilities. They can help reduce stress, increase concentration and stamina, as well as offering many more benefits.
Social Security Disability Denials
An explanation of the reasons why a claim for Social Security Disability benefits may be denied, and how to avoid certain denials. Tips provided by Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting.
Gardening for the Disabled
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
Depression Counseling
Depression counseling may be necessary for individuals who are depressed as a result of their disability or chronic disease. Counseling can help individuals to cope with chronic pain and the often unexpected changes in their lives as a result of a disability.
Keys to Happiness
These six keys to happiness are things that everyone can have, regardless of income. The keys to happiness can be acquired with a little effort if a person is ready to make some easy changes in their life.
Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation
The Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation provides financial assistance for services or equipment in the care of a disabled child under the age of 21. Recipients must reside in Delmarva or the Eastern Shore in Delaware.
Accessible Vacation Rental Homes
Tips on choosing an accessible vacation rental home for the disabled. Includes tips on requesting information, ADA compliance, rental agreements and payment.
Rehabilitation Facility Selection Advice
Before you choose a rehabilitation facility, it is important to know if the facility is equipped to care for your disabled loved one. Advice and selection tips to ensure the right selection of a rehab facility.
Doctors are Patient Advocates
Doctors are patient advocates. When physicians and specialists work as a team, the patient always benefits.
Accessible Camping Accommodations Advice
Advice for handicapped travelers on tents, cabins and accessible RVs. Includes information on travel organizations for the disabled, and discounts for disabled travelers.
10 Disaster Plan Tips
Ten things you should know in order to be prepared for a natural disaster for yourself, friends or family members.
Book Review: Psychological Aspects of...
The Psychological Aspects of Functioning, Disability, and Health provides students and practitioners with the background of the ICF and DSM, and shows how the two can be used together as an assessment tool.
Working and low back pain
Work related low back pain can cause significant disability and actually affects upwards of 8 in 10 people at some point during their lives. Learn about prevention of work related low back pain, what to do after a work related injury, and the expected course of recovery.
Exoskeletons for the Disabled
Will the future of the disabled individual in a wheelchair change with an exoskeleton? The promise of this device to aid individuals paralyzed from the waist down, as well as those with chronic joint problems, offers hope for the future.
Dan Ackroyd
Dan Ackroyd, best known for his roles as Dr. Raymond Stantz in the 'Ghostbusters' films, suffered from Tourette's and asperger syndromes as a child.
New York Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
Alabama Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
Bullying and the Disabled Teen
Information for teens and parents about bullying, cyberbullying, identifying depression and how to address bullying with school and local authorities.
Disabled in Pop Culture
The disabled in pop culture are often portrayed as secondary characters or weak individuals who are to be pitied. The disabled community has the power to change the way they are viewed by the non-disabled consumer.
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans pairs employers with disabled veterans who are seeking jobs in the United States.
Accessible Wedding Receptions
Advice for planning an accessible wedding receptions. Tips on selecting a location, what to look for and advice on reception seating arrangements.
Music Therapy
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
Recovery of walking in paralysis
Description of current research working towards a cure for paralysis.
5 Tips for Coaching Your Child Athlete With a...
Learn about ways to help your child with a sport they have chosen as well as how to keep them motivated. Written by Dr. Darla Clayton, founder of Strong as Steel Adaptive Sports.
Cerebral Palsy Organization
The Cerebral Palsy organization provides individuals, parents and caregivers with information on the condition, legal information, financial planning resources and community support.
Geraldine Ann Jewell - Cerebral Palsy
Geraldine Ann Jewell is a comedienne and actress who has cerebral palsy. She has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including Facts of Life and Deadwood.
Wisconsin Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Wisconsin.
Transitioning to Adulthood - Education
Disabled high school students should begin planning for graduation, college, vocational training or employment as early as possible. Establishing goals can help students to be successful after their exit from high school, and beyond.
What is the National Organization on Disability?
A description of the National Organization on Disability, their initiatives and contact information.
Wheel and Ambulatory Sports USA
Wheel and Ambulatory Sports USA is an organization comprised of member clubs. Through these clubs, individuals (including athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators) can receive training and competitive opportunities. The National Junior Disabilities Championship operates through WASUSA.
Reinventing Yourself After a Disability
Becoming disabled creates challenges in how to achieve goals that were set before becoming disabled. However, a disability gives individuals a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves and create new short-term and long-term goals for success.
What is the ABA Commission on Mental and...
A description of what the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law does and their contact information.
What is the DAV?
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
Accessible Honeymoon Tips
Planning an accessible honeymoon can help to ensure that a vacation goes smoothly. These tips can help anyone plan a honeymoon vacation that is relaxing and memorable.
GimpGirl Community
GimpGirl is an online support group for individuals who identify themselves as disabled women. While there are no age restrictions to be a member and participate in their online chat, members must be 18 to participate in the meetings held in Second Life.
Oklahoma Disability Resource List
A resource list for individuals with disabilities residing in the state of Oklahoma.
Midwest Special Needs Trust
Grants for disabled children to cover the cost of personal goods, medical equipment, services and transportation. Applicants must reside in the state of Missouri. General grants are awarded quarterly and urgent requests for grants are awarded bi-weekly.
Sexuality and Disability
Disabled individuals have the same needs and desired as the non-disabled. While certain accommodations may be required, the disabled can still have healthy and fulfilling sexual relationships with their partners.
Lewis Carroll - Epilepsy
Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland' suffered from epilepsy. His description of falling into a hole is reminiscent of a description of a seizure.
Guide Horse Foundation
The Guide Horse Foundation provides free miniature guide horses to individuals who are legally blind in the United States.
UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Grant
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation grant covers the cost of services that aren't covered by, or aren't completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Grants are up to $5,000 and are available to children up to 16 years of age, living in the United States and receiving treatment in the United States.
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