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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobility Scooters
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
List of Hobbies for the Disabled
A list of hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veterans Disability Compensation
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who qualifies as being disabled?
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to 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.
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.
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.
What types of animals can be service animals?
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ways to Prevent Foot Drop
Tools and tricks to help you avoid tripping over your feet due to a condition called foot drop.
Gift Ideas for Child and Teen Wheelchair Users
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organizations for Disabled Women Veterans
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agatha Christie - Epilepsy
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
Social Security Administrative Law Hearings
A description of the social security administrative law hearing. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for your social security hearing.
What is inclusive education?
A description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance helps to cover your expenses if you become disabled while on the job and when you're not working. It is often overlooked because people believe their employer's insurance or personal health insurance policy will be enough to cover the costs.
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.
College Adaptive Sports Programs
A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
Tools for People with Painful Hands Due to...
Living with arthritic hands does not need to be the end of their use due to pain. Learn about helpful tips and tricks to avoid pain without using more medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Guide Dogs allowed in mosques?
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
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.
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.
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.
The Great Scooter Debate: Should You Get a...
Considerations of bringing a scooter for mobility into your life from a doctor's perspective.
Accessible Hunting and Fishing
Disabilities don't have to get in the way of a good hunting or fishing trip. Learn about the National Parks access pass, as well as applying for a disabled hunting and fishing licenses.
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.
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.
Accessible Airline Rankings
A list of airlines by order of the number of complaints filed against them by disabled travelers. The types of complaints that are filed by disabled airline passengers to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Top 10 Tips for Disabled Travelers
The top ten tips for disabled travelers when planning a trip. Information on medical alerts, airline travel, travel specialists and individual rights.
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.
The Walker Stalker - an Interview with Sue Chen
Sue Chen is the founder and CEO of Nova Medical Products, USA. She is giving America a Mobility Makeover and changing the way we view the disabled, one walker at a time.
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.
Hippotherapy for Individuals with Disabilities
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
Facts and statistics on disability in the US
Disability fact sheet - know the facts to understand this population and how you can lower your risks of becoming disabled
Prevention of Disability with Knee Arthritis
Osteoarthritis of the knee can cause significant disability and loss of function in your every day life. Read to learn about strategies you can use to prevent and manage this disabling condition.
Transitioning to Adulthood - Employment
Transitioning to adulthood often includes finding employment. Young adults who are disabled need to consider the effect of earned income on their benefits, writing resumes and learning interviewing skills.
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?
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.
Models with Disabilities
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
Review: Zoom 20 Walker
A review of the Zoom 20 Walker, manufactured by Nova Medical Products. A users review of a day using the Zoom 20 Walker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Helpful Tips Every Caregiver Should Know
Thoughtful advice about caregiving written by Chris Miller, disability advocate. Tips that can help caregivers ease stress that is related to caring for a disabled person.
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.
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.
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.
Is Obesity a Disability?
A recent court case in the European Union ruled that obesity is considered a disability. Is this unreasonable?
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.
IED - Intermittent Explosive Disorder
A definition of the acronym IED.
How to Talk With Your Employer About Maternity...
Talking with your employer about maternity leave can be stressful. Take some time to think about what you want before approaching this tough subject!
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.
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.
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.
Book Review: Multiple Minority Identities
Book review of Multiple Minority Identities: Applications for Practice, Research, and Training, edited by Reginald Nettles, PhD and Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD. A handbook that discusses some of the minority identities a clinician may face. Published September, 2011 by Springer Publishing Company.
What is Respite Care
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
New York Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
Where are service animals allowed?
Where service animals are allowed to go in public.
About Charitable Giving
What you should know before you make a donation to an organization supporting the disabled.
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.
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.
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.
Music as Therapy - An Interview with Kasey...
Kasey Stewart knows the therapeutic value of music. She shares her experiences and advice on using music to heal the human spirit.
Accessible Adventure Travel
A description about accessible adventure travel that includes what to expect, how to plan for going on an accessible adventure and tips to help you get the most out of your trip.
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.
Music Therapy
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
Disaster Plans for the Disabled
Lists of items needed to survive an emergency for the disabled and their service animals. Tips on preparing a contact and transportation plan.
Thomas Alva Edison - Deaf and Hearing Impairment
Thomas Alva Edison was 80 percent deaf in one ear and completely deaf in the other. Despite his disability he amassed over 1,000 patents in his lifetime for inventions, which included the incandescent electric light.
New Advances in Limb Transplantation
Science is moving along at a rapid pace to work toward arm and hand transplantation after amputation. Read about where these procedures are happening and how successful they've become.
Adaptive Sports Organizations
Adaptive sports organizations help to promote disabled athletes and their skills at sports. These organizations help to develop individual athletes in their chosen sports, and to help them achieve a place on a paralympic team if that is their goal.
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.
Geocaching for the Disabled
The basics of geocaching, including how to get started, items that are needed and tips for successful treasure hunting. Outline of the different types of geocaching that can be enjoyed by people of all ability levels.
Wheelchair Lacrosse USA
Wheelchair Lacrosse USA promotes the sport for both men and women players. They are also interested in assisting others start lacrosse teams to promote adaptive sports.
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.
Recovery of walking in paralysis
Description of current research working towards a cure for paralysis.
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.
How Pets Can Help the Disabled Reduce Stress
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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.
Disabled Jewish Resource List
A list of resources for persons of the Jewish faith who are disabled.
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.
Postpartum Complications and Disability
Some common treatable complications of childbirth that can be related to disability if untreated.
Helping Hands for Wounded Veterans
Helping Hands for Wounded Veterans assists disabled and wounded veterans to become self sufficient and provides them with opportunities to fully participate in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
Disability Related to Pregnancy: Common Causes
Common causes of disability related to pregnancy and ways that you might be able to avoid them. As always, consult with your doctor about your own personal situation.
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.
What is the DAV?
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
Soldier's Angels
Soldier's Angels provides support to military members deployed and those who are injured staying in military hospitals. The volunteer angels write letters, send care packages and provide First Response Packs, Eagle Canes, and laptops to the wounded through Project Valor-IT.
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.
Caring for a Disabled Parent
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener.
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.
Do you need a wheelchair? Walker? How to get...
Learn about basic types of mobility devices and how they can help patients with specific medical needs.
Preventing Back and Hip Pain During Pregnancy
Common pains during pregnancy and how to avoid them.
Postpartum Fitness and Prevention of Disability
An overview of body changes during pregnancy that can affect the ability to exercise after with a suggested exercise program.
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.
Disabled Christian Resource List
A resource list of Christian organizations that provide support and advocacy for the disabled.
A Parent's Guide to Stopping Bullying
Judy Helm, author of The Left Out Child, shares her tips and information for parents who have a child who is being bullied. Includes advice on how to talk to school administrators and behavioral signs to watch for if you suspect your child is being bullied.
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.
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.
How to Deal with Bed Rest During Pregnancy
Being prescribed bed rest during pregnancy can throw a huge wrinkle in your plans. This article will help to provide suggestions on how to deal with this time psychologically and financially to help bring your stress levels down.
What is Cri du Chat Syndrome?
Cri du Chat Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes permanent disability in children. It is characterized by a cat-like cry in newborns, hence one of the known names of this disorder.
Gardening for Disabled Trust
The Gardening for Disabled Trust is an organization located in Turnbridge Wells, Kent. They provide advice for planning and growing an accessible garden, as well as grants for members to assist in making their garden plan a reality.
Organizations for Disabled Muslims
A list of organizations that support disabled Muslims by providing rehabilitation services, health education, vocational training, as well as other services.
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.
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.
Arc of the United States
A description of the Arc of the United States organization, which provides services for developmentally and intellectually disabled persons. Services include employment assistance, help with locating appropriate housing, recreational programs and support services.

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