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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
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.
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.
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
A list of hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
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.
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.
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.
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
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.
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
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.
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
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.
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
A description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
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.
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
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.
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
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.
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.
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
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.
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.
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.
A discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
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.
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
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.
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
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.
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.
Lists of items needed to survive an emergency for the disabled and their service animals. Tips on preparing a contact and transportation plan.
Kasey Stewart knows the therapeutic value of music. She shares her experiences and advice on using music to heal the human spirit.
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.
Tips on choosing an accessible vacation rental home for the disabled. Includes tips on requesting information, ADA compliance, rental agreements and payment.
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
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.
Tips on choosing accessible vehicles, including information on devices and new technology. Advice for both wheelchair and scooter owners.
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.
Bob Hoskins, a British actor, starred in over 65 movies and over 30 television shows during his career that spanned over 30 years. He retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
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.
Resources for the deaf and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A resource list of Christian organizations that provide support and advocacy for the disabled.
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.
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.
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.
A caregiver's story about handling their child's auditory processing disorder, from diagnosis to the decision of homeschooling the child.
A definition of the acronym AIDS
Halloween costume ideas for the disabled using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Massachusetts.
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.
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
The American Foundation for the Blind provides information and resources to the blind community. They offer numerous programs, seminars and opportunities for volunteers to promote awareness of individuals who are blind and vision impaired.
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
Agriculture workers become disabled for a variety of reasons ranging from equipment accidents to health-related problems.
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.
A list of natural disaster resources that includes agencies and organizations lending assistance to those affected by natural disasters, as well as information on preparing for a disaster.
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans pairs employers with disabled veterans who are seeking jobs in the United States.
Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
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.
The disabled are used as suicide bombers by Muslim extremists. Some of the suicide bombers do it knowingly, while others are mentally disabled and unaware of what they are about to do.
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier for the disabled.
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.
Where service animals are allowed to go in public.
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Wisconsin.
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.
A brief overview of what the changes are to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the effects on employees and employers.
Ten things you should know in order to be prepared for a natural disaster for yourself, friends or family members.
Advice for handicapped travelers on tents, cabins and accessible RVs. Includes information on travel organizations for the disabled, and discounts for disabled travelers.
Luke's Wings provides complimentary airline tickets to Texas veterans as well as wounded soldiers and their families while they are receiving treatment at medical hospitals in the United States.
Hermann of Reichenau, also known as Hermann the Cripple, had cerebral palsy, spina bifida and cleft palate, yet he accomplished great things during his lifetime.
Tips on choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Advice from Chris Miller, expert on equipment and vehicles for the disabled.
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.
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.
The Sibling Support Project is an organization based in Seattle, Washington that provides support to adult and children siblings of individuals with physical, mental or learning disabilities. Siblings can find support locally through Sibshops and online through the organization's website.
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.
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?
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.
Handicaching is accessible geocaching. Disabled individuals can enjoy geocaching with accessibility ratings from Handicaching.com.
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.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
A list of resources for persons of the Jewish faith who are disabled.
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.
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.
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
The top ten tips for disabled travelers when planning a trip. Information on medical alerts, airline travel, travel specialists and individual rights.
: How can pets help us reduce stress? Tips on how animals can help to reduce stress by Ann Gatty Ph.D.,
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.
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.
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener. Page 2.
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.
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
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.
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.
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.
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A description of the Early Intervention Program and criteria for applying for assistance.
Disability Rights Texas is an organization founded to provide legal protection for the disabled community living within the state.
The Autism Society seeks to provide information about treatments, research and advocacy opportunities for individuals and families affected by autism. The organization has a one-of-a-kind advisory panel made up entirely of individuals who have autism.
An explanation of PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder, its treatment and outcomes.