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Stephen W. Hawking - ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease
Stephen Hawking, world renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and was told he wouldn't live much longer after his 21st birthday. In 2009, Mr. Hawking received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
Best Colleges and Universities for Disabled...
A list of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer exceptional programs for disabled students. List is arranged alphabetically by state.
A Quick Introduction to Group Homes for the...
Group homes are an alternative to nursing homes or institutions for the disabled. Tips and advice for selecting a group home for a disabled loved one.
Social Security FAQ: What Is Disability...
Disabled individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability Income have to follow certain guidelines regarding income. The income guidelines vary by state, and whether the disabled individual is working for a business, or working for themselves.
Everything You Need to Know about Wheelchair...
Wheelchair rentals are available at many tourist destinations and resorts. Wheelchairs can be rented for a long term or short term, depending upon the users needs. Learn about rental options and considerations before you rent a wheelchair.
Your Disability May Qualify You for a Student...
If you have student loan debt that you are unable to pay because you have been disabled, consider applying for a student loan discharge from the U.S. Department of Education.
College Scholarships for Disabled Students
College scholarships for disabled students can help bridge the financial gap between student loans and grants. List of available college scholarships for disabled students.
The Top 10 Companies With Disabled-Friendly...
A list of the top ten workplaces that are disabled-friendly around the globe. Information on benefits available to disabled employees. Includes information on programs to educate all employees about disabled co-workers.
13 Fashionable Clothing Companies for the...
A list of companies offering adaptive clothing for wheelchair users and the disabled. Adaptive clothing choices include casual, business, outdoor and bridal for men, women and children.
Disability Parking Permits
Disability or handicapped parking permits are issued to individuals who have a temporary or permanent disability. Permit applications must be signed by a physician and permits are then issued by town or city clerk's offices.
Gift Ideas for Child and Teen Wheelchair Users
Gift ideas for children, teens and young adults who use a wheelchair.
10 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Rehabilitat...
10 questions to ask a patient coordinator or caseworker at a rehabilitation facility or rehabilitation hospital. The questions should help you select the very best facility for yourself, or a loved one.
Learn the Medicare Requirements for Scooters...
The requirements that must be met by physicians and disabled individuals prior to Medicare approving an application for a mobility scooter or powerchair.
How Much of Your Socially Security Disability...
Paul Gada, tax attorney and personal financial planning director for Allsup, explains what is taxable, and how to reduce taxes on disability income.
Supplemental Security Income Tips for Children
Children who have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income if they meet certain criteria set by the Social Security Administration. Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting, shares her tips for working through the application process to obtain Social Security Income benefits for your child.
List of Hobbies for the Disabled
A list of hobbies that disabled individuals can enjoy, and organizations that support these hobbies and participants.
Employment Options for the Disabled
Employment options for disabled individuals who are looking for work or who want to change the way they currently do their work for an employer.
7 Interview Questions You Should Ask Your...
Before you hire a caregiver to work in your home, certain interview questions will help you select the right person for the job of caring for a loved one.
Everything You Should Know About Applying for...
The steps to be taken when applying for Social Security Disability, required documentation and the Social Security Administration's 5-step process.
Depression and Disability
A discussion of the problems newly disabled and those who have been disabled since birth, face in their daily lives. A list of the warning signs of clinical depression and what to do if depression lasts more than several days.
List of Adaptive Aids for Knitting and Crocheting
A list of adaptive aids designed for the disabled for knitting and crocheting.
All About Caring for a Disabled Parent
Caring for a disabled parent can occur at any age, from a young child assisting a disabled parent to an adult child caring for an aging, disabled parent. Caregivers can find the resources that they need if they ask for help before they become overwhelmed.
Assisted Living Options
There are a number of options when choosing an assisted living facility, ranging from boarding houses to accessory dwelling units in your own home. Some options are even paid for by state and federal agencies.
Daycare Facilities for Disabled Children
Choosing a daycare facility for a disabled child can be a lengthy process. Parents need to research the background of the facility, observe the educational instruction offered and learn about the skill level and training of the caregivers and teachers at a facility before placing their child in one.
Disabled Models
Disabled models can make a living modeling, whether they are working the catwalk or posing for print ads or fashion spreads. There are many photographers and agencies looking for models who have both visible and invisible disabilities to work with.
Lupus and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Individuals who have been diagnosed with lupus may be disabled permanently, or temporarily. Certain accommodations in the workplace may be available to those with lupus under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Disabled Children's Relief Fund
A fund for parents of children who are disabled. Grants are given for the purchase of services, equipment and education to improve the quality of a child's life. Applications are accepted April through September of each year.
Mobility Scooters
Information on the types of mobility scooters available, who would benefit from using them and considerations before purchasing one.
Stair Lifts
Stair lifts can make a home accessible again for individuals who cannot walk up and down stairs. They may be purchased new, reconditioned or used, so they can fit any budget.
What types of animals can be service animals?
The different types of animals that can be trained as service animals.
Knitting for the Disabled
Knitting is a hobby that can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ability levels. Looms and knitting machines may be used to help disabled individuals enjoy this hobby.
What is Multiple Sclerosis
The symptoms, causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis. A list of resources for caregivers and individuals who have, or are concerned they may have, MS.
Wounded Warrior Project
A description of the Wounded Warrior Project, its mission, and contact details for volunteers and advocates. Includes information on how to donate to this organization.
Rehabilitation Facility Selection Advice
Before you choose a rehabilitation facility, it is important to know if the facility is equipped to care for your disabled loved one. Advice and selection tips to ensure the right selection of a rehab facility.
Make a Wheelchair Repair Kit
Make your own wheelchair repair kit that you can carry with you wherever you go assembled with simple tools found at local hardware and medical supply stores.
Helen Adams Keller - Vision and Hearing Impaired
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.
Service Animals
The legal definition of what constitutes a service animal, the duties they perform and their abilities. A discussion of discriminatory practices and where to file complaints if discrimination occurs.
Youth Nursing Homes
Information on the movement to remove children and young adults from eldercare facilities and nursing homes designed for end-of-life care. Options available for caring for disabled children at home as well as availability of funding for in-home care.
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence is a charitable organization that provides service dogs free of charge to adults who are physically disabled, deaf or hard of hearing. They also provide dogs for use in facilities, such as schools for learning disabled children and health care facilities.
Dating With a Disability
Advice on dating someone who has a disability. Emotional and cultural issues for dating a disabled person. First date tips for dating a disabled person.
Support Groups for the Disabled
Information on what support groups offer, where to find them and what to expect at a support group for the disabled.
Become a Disability Advocate
How to become a disability advocate for an organization. What to expect when volunteering for a disability organization or group. Who can be an advocate and what advocates do.
Choosing a Social Security Disability...
Reasons why an individual applying for Social Security Disability may choose a lawyer or representative to assist with filing a claim or appealing a denied claim. Advice provided by Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting.
Who qualifies as being disabled?
The legal qualifications of whom is regarded as being disabled, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What is Respite Care
An explanation of respite care, and what it provides for the disabled and their caregivers.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - Polio Survivor
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.
Helping Hands
Helping Hands is an organization that trains and provides helper monkeys for the disabled. The Capuchin monkey is especially well suited for helping the disabled with their daily tasks.
5 Reasons to Home School a Disabled Child
Five reasons for parents to consider if they want to homeschool their disabled child. Tips on researching home schooling for parents.
Social Security Disability Denials
An explanation of the reasons why a claim for Social Security Disability benefits may be denied, and how to avoid certain denials. Tips provided by Tessa Walker, founder and President of CH Consulting.
Family Caregivers
Family caregivers provide a much needed service when they take over the daily care of a disabled family member. Caregivers must balance the care of themselves and know where to go for assistance to avoid caregiver burnout.
Driving Your Wheelchair Van
Advice on driving a wheelchair van and whether you should transfer into the driver's seat or not. A discussion of advantages and disadvantages.
Transitioning to Adulthood - Independent Living
Transitioning to adulthood for disabled young adults includes independent living arrangements. Independent living includes choosing an accessible residence, dependable transportation and in some cases, the use of a personal assistant.
Choosing a College for Disabled Students
Tips on what to look for when choosing a college or university for a disabled students. Topics include housing, campus accessibility and special student services.
Are Guide Dogs allowed in mosques?
Are guide dogs allowed in mosques, masjid or Islamic centers?
List of Adaptive Kitchen Tools
A list of adaptive kitchen tools for chefs of all ages and abilities. New innovations have made cooking easier for the disabled.
Kindle Fire for the Disabled
The latest generation of the Amazon.com Kindle, Kindle Fire, offers more to the consumer and users in the disabled community in particular. This Kindle model delivers more than an e-bookreader, and has a touch screen to make navigating books, videos, apps and the web as simple as a swipe of a finger.
Blind and Vision Impairment Resources
Resources for the blind and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the blind and vision impaired individuals.
Caring for a Newly Disabled Spouse
Caring for a newly disabled spouse or partner can be a difficult experience for both individuals. There are many concerns, ranging from quality of care to financial obligations. In addition, the disabled partner may be struggling with depression and grief as a result of their new condition.
Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation provides information and support to patients, caregivers and volunteers about this disease. They support research to find a cure through ongoing fundraising activities.
Learning Disabilities Resource List
A resource list of organizations and support for professionals, caregivers and individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
Gardening for the Disabled
Gardening isn't just for the able-bodied. With the right tools, anyone can garden comfortably and enjoy growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
What is the DAV?
A description of the Disabled American Veterans organization's mission and contact information.
What is inclusive education?
A description of what an inclusive school is, and how it meets the needs of special education students.
Caregiver Resource List
A list of organizations that provide financial assistance, support, educational programs or guidance for caregivers, as well as for disabled, chronically ill and elderly individuals.
Support Groups for Caregivers
An explanation of what support groups offer, what to expect at a meeting and where to go for additional help and resources.
Nursing Homes for the Disabled
Advice on selecting nursing home facilities for disabled patients, whether they are children, young adults or elderly. Tips on level of care and types of nursing home facilities.
Veterans Disability Compensation
An explanation of who is eligible for veterans disability compensation and how to apply for these benefits.
SandPad All Terrain Stabilizer
The SandPad is a device that attaches to the bottom of crutches or canes that keeps the device from sinking into the sand. It makes it easier, and less tiring, for disabled individuals to enjoy their favorite beach again.
Understanding Caregiver's Anxiety
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Handling Finances for the Disabled
Information on taking over financial responsibilities for a disabled person. Topics include bank accounts, power of attorney, stocks, bonds, safety deposit boxes and insurance policies.
Organizations for Disabled Women Veterans
A list of organizations offering support, services and are advocates for disabled women veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
Caring for a Caregiver
Ideas for caregivers to use to help reduce stress and care for themselves as well as ideas for people who are caring for the caregivers in their lives.
Adaptive Sports Equipment
A list of adaptive sports equipment and sport wheelchair sellers for the disabled sportsman or woman.
Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation
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.
What is PTSD
An explanation of PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder, its treatment and outcomes.
Models with Disabilities
Models with disabilities are challenging the perception of beauty in the fashion world.
Youth Disability Advocate Awards and Scholarships
A list of awards and scholarships available to teens and young adults working as volunteers and advocates in the disabled community.
Gardening Tools and Supplies for the Disabled
Gardening is a fun hobby for many people, and due to awareness of disabilities there are many gardening tools and supplies for the disabled. This is a list of supplies, aids and tools that can help people with many types of disabilities enjoy gardening.
How Pets Can Help the Disabled Reduce Stress
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Low back pain and prevention of disability
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Find out how your can prevent this disabling condition.
Body Image and the Disabled
A discussion of how the able-bodied view the disabled, and how the disabled view themselves in our modern society.
Holiday Resources for Disability Advocates
A list of resources for advocates, family and caregivers of holiday programs and offerings for disabled people.
How to Find the Right Wheelchair Accessible...
Tips on choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Advice from Chris Miller, expert on equipment and vehicles for the disabled.
Disability, Depression and the Holidays
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.
Agatha Christie - Epilepsy
Agatha Christie was a writer of mystery and crime novels, plays and short stories. Ms. Christie also suffered from epilepsy.
5 Reasons to Hire the Disabled
There are many myths about hiring the disabled, which creates an atmosphere of uneasiness for employers. Learn about the 5 most common myths, and why you should hire a disabled employee for your workforce.
Dan Ackroyd
Dan Ackroyd, best known for his roles as Dr. Raymond Stantz in the 'Ghostbusters' films, suffered from Tourette's and asperger syndromes as a child.
What Type of Wheelchair or Scooter Lift is...
Advice on selecting the best outdoor wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle. Tips based on the mobility needs of the user or their caregiver.
Thomas Alva Edison - Deaf and Hearing Impairment
Thomas Alva Edison was 80 percent deaf in one ear and completely deaf in the other. Despite his disability he amassed over 1,000 patents in his lifetime for inventions, which included the incandescent electric light.
Accessible Wedding Tips
Tips for planning an accessible wedding. Ideas for choosing wedding attire, suggestions for wedding ceremony seating and things to check for at the wedding location.
Schools for Learning Disabilities
There are many choices of schools for students with learning disabilities. Some choices include public schools, home school and magnet schools.
Bullying and the Disabled Teen
Information for teens and parents about bullying, cyberbullying, identifying depression and how to address bullying with school and local authorities.
UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Grant
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.
College Adaptive Sports Programs
A list of colleges that offer adaptive sports programs to their disabled students who use wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.
Contraception and the Disabled Teen
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.
Charles Dickens - Epilepsy
Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. He was very descriptive about the condition numerous characters in his books.
Powerchairs
Advice on selecting the right powerchair for your needs. If a manual wheelchair isn't right for you, a powerchair may be the answer to your indoor, as well as outdoor, mobility needs.
Tips for Reducing Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress can lead to serious health problems and you should take steps to reduce it as much as
Hippotherapy for Individuals with Disabilities
Hippotherapy is the use of specially trained horses and therapists in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions.
Disabled Characters on 'Glee'
The hit show 'Glee' features a variety of characters, including the disabled. Why aren't Hollywood studios and other television studios, besides Fox, featuring the disabled community?
Accessible Honeymoon Tips
Planning an accessible honeymoon can help to ensure that a vacation goes smoothly. These tips can help anyone plan a honeymoon vacation that is relaxing and memorable.
Disability Advocates
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.
Telecommuting
Telecommuting is an option for the disabled who are unable to commute to a regular job on a daily basis. Telecommuting typically gives a disabled worker more flexibility with their work hours than a traditional job does.
Disabled in Pop Culture
The disabled in pop culture are often portrayed as secondary characters or weak individuals who are to be pitied. The disabled community has the power to change the way they are viewed by the non-disabled consumer.
CHIME Institute
A description of the CHIME Institute and what it offers to its students and the community.
Modern Advancements In Accessible Vehicles
Tips on choosing accessible vehicles, including information on devices and new technology. Advice for both wheelchair and scooter owners.
Geocaching for the Disabled
The basics of geocaching, including how to get started, items that are needed and tips for successful treasure hunting. Outline of the different types of geocaching that can be enjoyed by people of all ability levels.
Caring for a Disabled Parent
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener.
5 Helpful Tips Every Caregiver Should Know
Thoughtful advice about caregiving written by Chris Miller, disability advocate. Tips that can help caregivers ease stress that is related to caring for a disabled person.
Auditory Processing Disorder - A Caregiver's...
A caregiver's story about handling their child's auditory processing disorder, from diagnosis to the decision of homeschooling the child.
Deaf and Hearing Impairment Resources
Resources for the deaf and vision impaired. A list of organizations that assist the deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
Working and low back pain
Work related low back pain can cause significant disability and actually affects upwards of 8 in 10 people at some point during their lives. Learn about prevention of work related low back pain, what to do after a work related injury, and the expected course of recovery.
Doctors are Patient Advocates
Doctors are patient advocates. When physicians and specialists work as a team, the patient always benefits.
Midwest Special Needs Trust
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.
Lewis Carroll - Epilepsy
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.
Alan Alda - Polio Survivor
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.
What is the ABA Commission on Mental and...
A description of what the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law does and their contact information.
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans pairs employers with disabled veterans who are seeking jobs in the United States.
The Great Scooter Debate: Should You Get a...
Considerations of bringing a scooter for mobility into your life from a doctor's perspective.
Book Review: Multiple Minority Identities
Book review of Multiple Minority Identities: Applications for Practice, Research, and Training, edited by Reginald Nettles, PhD and Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD. A handbook that discusses some of the minority identities a clinician may face. Published September, 2011 by Springer Publishing Company.
Online Depression Counseling for the Disabled
Online depression counseling is a way for the disabled to get the help they need in the comfort of their own home. Diagnosis is required by a medical professional before online counseling can start.
Geraldine Ann Jewell - Cerebral Palsy
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.
Transitioning to Adulthood - Employment
Transitioning to adulthood often includes finding employment. Young adults who are disabled need to consider the effect of earned income on their benefits, writing resumes and learning interviewing skills.
What is a disability advocate?
A description of what a disability advocate does.
New website on disabling conditions and living
General statement on living with disability and an overview on disability statistics and introduction to the disability.gov website.
10 Disaster Plan Tips
Ten things you should know in order to be prepared for a natural disaster for yourself, friends or family members.
Disabled Agriculture Workers
Agriculture workers become disabled for a variety of reasons ranging from equipment accidents to health-related problems.
Cerebral Palsy Organization
The Cerebral Palsy organization provides individuals, parents and caregivers with information on the condition, legal information, financial planning resources and community support.
Reinventing Yourself After a Disability
Becoming disabled creates challenges in how to achieve goals that were set before becoming disabled. However, a disability gives individuals a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves and create new short-term and long-term goals for success.
Tips for Beating Holiday Stress
Tips and advice for beating the stress and anxiety associated with the holiday season; information for the disabled and their caregivers.
PASS Plan for Social Security Recipients
The PASS Plan for Achieving Self Support is a program offered by the Social Security Administration. The program can help individuals receiving SSDI or SSI income achieve self sufficiency by providing them with financial support while they are receiving vocational training, working towards a college degree or starting a new business.
ALS - Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis
A definition of the acronym ALS.
Review: Zoom 20 Walker
A review of the Zoom 20 Walker, manufactured by Nova Medical Products. A users review of a day using the Zoom 20 Walker.
Oklahoma Disability Resource List
A resource list for individuals with disabilities residing in the state of Oklahoma.
Kasey Stewart
Kasey Stewart serves on the voice faculties of Elmira College and Corning’s 171 Cedar Arts Center in New York. Kasey is the owner of Singer Is Spirit Studio in Binghamton, New York.
The Walker Stalker - an Interview with Sue Chen
Sue Chen is the founder and CEO of Nova Medical Products, USA. She is giving America a Mobility Makeover and changing the way we view the disabled, one walker at a time.
Pain Relief Through Innovation - An Interview...
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.
Keys to Happiness
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.
Disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are over 1.5 million individuals who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis since 2007. Learn about living with the disease and finding support when you need it.
Home School Resources for Disabled Children
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.
GimpGirl Community
GimpGirl is an online support group for individuals who identify themselves as disabled women. While there are no age restrictions to be a member and participate in their online chat, members must be 18 to participate in the meetings held in Second Life.
Exoskeletons for the Disabled
Will the future of the disabled individual in a wheelchair change with an exoskeleton? The promise of this device to aid individuals paralyzed from the waist down, as well as those with chronic joint problems, offers hope for the future.
The Great Wheelchair Debate
An overview of different wheelchair types with suggestions on which types are right for typical sorts of medical disabilities.
Social Security Administrative Law Hearings
A description of the social security administrative law hearing. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for your social security hearing.
Alabama Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources for residents of the state of Alabama.
Bob Hoskins – Parkinson’s Disease
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.
New York Disability Resource List
A list of disability resources available to residents of New York state. Includes state agencies and non-profit organizations.
Camps for Disabled Children
A list of camps for disabled children, arranged by state. Camps for special needs children that are open at various times throughout the year.
Caring for a Disabled Parent - Page 2
5 tips for caring for a disabled parent, from finding local resources to being a better listener. Page 2.
Facts and statistics on disability in the US
Disability fact sheet - know the facts to understand this population and how you can lower your risks of becoming disabled
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