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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
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.
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
A list of hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
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.
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
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 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.
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
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.
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
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.
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 different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
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.
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.
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
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.
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.
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier for the disabled.
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
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.
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
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.
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
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.
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.
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.
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
Tips and advice for beating the stress and anxiety associated with the holiday season; information for the disabled and their caregivers.
A list of resources for advocates, family and caregivers of holiday programs and offerings for disabled people.
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?
A discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
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 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.
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
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.
Tips on choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Advice from Chris Miller, expert on equipment and vehicles for the disabled.
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.
A list of adaptive sports equipment and sport wheelchair sellers for the disabled sportsman or woman.
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.
An overview of leg amputation and how prosthetics are chosen.
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.
Information for teens and parents about bullying, cyberbullying, identifying depression and how to address bullying with school and local authorities.
The holidays can cause stress and depression in the disabled. They can reduce stress by following some simple advice that can be used during the holidays and throughout the year.
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Find out how your can prevent this disabling condition.
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
An explanation of PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder, its treatment and outcomes.
A review of the Zoom 20 Walker, manufactured by Nova Medical Products. A users review of a day using the Zoom 20 Walker.
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.
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
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.
Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. He was very descriptive about the condition numerous characters in his books.
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.
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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.
Advice on driving a wheelchair van and whether you should transfer into the driver's seat or not. A discussion of advantages and disadvantages.
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
A description of what a disability advocate does.
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.
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.
A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
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.
Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
A description of the social security administrative law hearing. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for your social security hearing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A resource list for individuals with disabilities residing in the state of Oklahoma.
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.
A caregiver's story about handling their child's auditory processing disorder, from diagnosis to the decision of homeschooling the child.
Tips on choosing accessible vehicles, including information on devices and new technology. Advice for both wheelchair and scooter owners.
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
Resources for the deaf and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
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 resource list of Christian organizations that provide support and advocacy for the disabled.
A definition of the acronym ALS.
The Cerebral Palsy organization provides individuals, parents and caregivers with information on the condition, legal information, financial planning resources and community support.
Considerations of bringing a scooter for mobility into your life from a doctor's perspective.
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.
Disability Rights Texas is an organization founded to provide legal protection for the disabled community living within the state.
A description of the National Organization on Disability, their initiatives and contact information.
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.
Doctors are patient advocates. When physicians and specialists work as a team, the patient always benefits.
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 disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
Disability fact sheet - know the facts to understand this population and how you can lower your risks of becoming disabled
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.
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.
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
An overview of different wheelchair types with suggestions on which types are right for typical sorts of medical disabilities.
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.
Disabled teens may not get the information they need to make informed decisions about their sexuality. Physically and mentally disabled teens face different problems when it comes to contraception, however parents and caregivers can help by ensuring teens get the information they need before unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are a problem.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
A description of the Early Intervention Program and criteria for applying for assistance.
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.
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.
The Department of Education operates the TRIO Program, which includes 8 separate programs that assist disadvantaged and disabled students achieve success in college. An explanation of the federal TRIO Program in the United States and the individuals that may benefit from this higher education program.
Advice for planning an accessible wedding receptions. Tips on selecting a location, what to look for and advice on reception seating arrangements.
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 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.
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.
A description of what the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law does and their contact information.
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.