Disability: Most Popular Articles
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
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.
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
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.
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
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 hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
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.
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
A recent court case in the European Union ruled that obesity is considered a disability. Is this unreasonable?
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.
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.
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.
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 symptoms, causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis. A list of resources for caregivers and individuals who have, or are concerned they may have, MS.
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 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.
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
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.
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.
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.
A list of adaptive sports equipment and sport wheelchair sellers for the disabled sportsman or woman.
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.
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 colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
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.
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier for the disabled.
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.
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
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.
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
A description of the social security administrative law hearing. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for your social security hearing.
Tools and tricks to help you avoid tripping over your feet due to a condition called foot drop.
A discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
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 list of organizations that provide financial assistance, support, educational programs or guidance for caregivers, as well as for disabled, chronically ill and elderly individuals.
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.
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.
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.
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
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.
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Find out how your can prevent this disabling condition.
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
The Guide Horse Foundation provides free miniature guide horses to individuals who are legally blind in the United States.
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.
An explanation of PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder, its treatment and outcomes.
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.
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
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 description of what a disability advocate does.
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 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 an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener.
A resource list of Christian organizations that provide support and advocacy for the disabled.
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Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
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.
Advice for planning an accessible wedding receptions. Tips on selecting a location, what to look for and advice on reception seating arrangements.
Disability Rights Texas is an organization founded to provide legal protection for the disabled community living within the state.
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.
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.
Resources for the deaf and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
General statement on living with disability and an overview on disability statistics and introduction to the disability.gov website.
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
Disability fact sheet - know the facts to understand this population and how you can lower your risks of becoming disabled
A review of the Zoom 20 Walker, manufactured by Nova Medical Products. A users review of a day using the Zoom 20 Walker.
Agriculture workers become disabled for a variety of reasons ranging from equipment accidents to health-related problems.
Tips on choosing an accessible vacation rental home for the disabled. Includes tips on requesting information, ADA compliance, rental agreements and payment.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Massachusetts.
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.
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
A description of what the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law does and their contact information.
Obesity in America affects millions of people. Obesity can lead to multiple types of disability. This article will help to educate individuals on the ways obesity is contributing to disabling conditions.
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.
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.
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
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.
Advice for handicapped travelers on tents, cabins and accessible RVs. Includes information on travel organizations for the disabled, and discounts for disabled travelers.
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.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cerebral Palsy organization provides individuals, parents and caregivers with information on the condition, legal information, financial planning resources and community support.
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Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. He was very descriptive about the condition numerous characters in his books.
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.
Description of current research working towards a cure for paralysis.
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans pairs employers with disabled veterans who are seeking jobs in the United States.
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
A description of the National Organization on Disability, their initiatives and contact information.
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.
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.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation provides information, support and financial assistance to parents and caregivers of children with autism.
A brief overview of what the changes are to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the effects on employees and employers.
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
A definition of the acronym IED.
Doctors are patient advocates. When physicians and specialists work as a team, the patient always benefits.
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.