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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
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.
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.
A list of the top ten workplaces that are disabled-friendly around the globe. Information on benefits available to disabled employees. Includes information on programs to educate all employees about disabled co-workers.
Disability 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.
Halloween costume ideas for the disabled using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
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.
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.
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
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.
Disabled models can make a living modeling, whether they are working the catwalk or posing for print ads or fashion spreads. There are many photographers and agencies looking for models who have both visible and invisible disabilities to work with.
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
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.
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.
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
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.
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
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.
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
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.
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 discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
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.
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.
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 list of organizations that provide financial assistance, support, educational programs or guidance for caregivers, as well as for disabled, chronically ill and elderly individuals.
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.
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.
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 description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. He was very descriptive about the condition numerous characters in his books.
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.
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Find out how your can prevent this disabling condition.
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
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.
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.
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.
A description of the social security administrative law hearing. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for your social security hearing.
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.
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
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.
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.
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 best outdoor wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle. Tips based on the mobility needs of the user or their caregiver.
Tips on choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Advice from Chris Miller, expert on equipment and vehicles 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.
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
An overview of social security benefits and how they change as you go back to work after receiving disability benefits.
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
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.
Agriculture workers become disabled for a variety of reasons ranging from equipment accidents to health-related problems.
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
A resource list of Christian organizations that provide support and advocacy for the disabled.
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
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.
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans pairs employers with disabled veterans who are seeking jobs in the United States.
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 description of what a disability advocate does.
General statement on living with disability and an overview on disability statistics and introduction to the disability.gov website.
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A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.
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.
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.
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.
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener.
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier 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.
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
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.
Advice on driving a wheelchair van and whether you should transfer into the driver's seat or not. A discussion of advantages and disadvantages.
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.
Lou Paradise is the founder and president of Topical BioMedics and the inventor of Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream. After suffering with bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome for years, he invented the pain relief cream in order to heal himself.
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
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.
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.
A brief overview of what the changes are to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the effects on employees and employers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
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.
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
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 for residents of the state of Wisconsin.
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
Doctors are patient advocates. When physicians and specialists work as a team, the patient always benefits.
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.
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.
Disability Rights Texas is an organization founded to provide legal protection for the disabled community living within the state.
A definition of the acronym IED.
Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
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.
A list of resources for advocates, family and caregivers of holiday programs and offerings for disabled people.
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.
Advice for planning an accessible wedding receptions. Tips on selecting a location, what to look for and advice on reception seating arrangements.
Music therapy is a non-invasive therapy that can help individuals who are disabled and in crisis situations learn positive coping skills.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ten things you should know in order to be prepared for a natural disaster for yourself, friends or family members.
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.
Disability fact sheet - know the facts to understand this population and how you can lower your risks of becoming disabled
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.
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.
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 list of adaptive sports equipment and sport wheelchair sellers for the disabled sportsman or woman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A description of what the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law does and their contact information.