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I hope these sites will be of interest to you. Some were originally included in previous Disability is Natural E-Newsletters. These listings are provided only as information; no endorsement is implied, but I have shared my positive opinion about a few! I try to stay on top of things, but please click here to contact us if you discover a link that's not working or is no longer accurate.
Partners in Policymaking has a variety of extraordinary (and free) online courses, on disability history, advocacy, special education, employment, and more.
http://everyonesincluded.com features “Stories that embrace the joy and power of people with disabilities.”
http://adata.org is the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) National Network.
www.radiantabilities.com, hosted by Kathy O'Connell, is positively focused on "living fully with a disability."
www.ocali.org/view.php?nav_id=101 features several helpful documents about "apps" that can be useful to children and adults with disabilities.
http://bareyournakedtruth.wordpress.com is hosted by Nicole Luongo, poet, activist, and more; she focuses on the bare, naked truth about living with a disability.
http://infiniteability.yolasite.com is a positive site, billed as: "Infinite Ability—Exploring disAbility Through Creativity!"
www.inclusionproject.org is all about inclusion, including the organization's "Let's ALL Play" project (inclusive recreation).
http://independencechick.wordpress.com is a blog by a talented young woman who has a disability.
http://nfdh.org/ is Dental Lifeline Network, a national organization of dentists who provide free dental services for people who have disabilities, are older, or are medically at-risk.
www.thebowelmovement.info is a website from the UK that focuses on issues related to children and adults who have an ostomy.
www.disabilityrightsintl.org is an international site, that also focuses on the abuse of children with disabilities in educational facilities.
www.alifeworthliving.us is a wonderfully positive site about having a child with Down syndrome.
www.beyondaglimpse.com is described as, "Beauty In Imperfection: Do You See Beyond The Shape of Me?" and focuses on issues related to people with facial and/or skull differences.
www.abilityawareness.com hosted by Diana Pastora Carson, a great teacher and proud sister of Joaquin (who has a disability). Diana's website also features a variety of interviews you can listen to: http://www.abilityawareness.com/interviews.php.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nzvlO9tTLM is a super video entitled “All Born In – End the Exclusion” and features Daniel and his drum teacher, Earl. Daniel’s stage name is “Chicken-Bone Dan.” Daniel chose the photos and helped write the song; his big brother, Quinn, played and mixed the music, and produced the film. Check it out!
http://bbandbohmy.blogspot.com is a wonderful site hosted by Terri Abrams, a New York parent and activist.
www.thewholeperson.org is described as, "The Whole Person, Inc., assists people with disabilities to live independently and encourages change within the community to expand opportunities for independent living."
http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com is hosted by Craig Phillips, "a traumatic/acquired brain injury survivor, with a message of encouragement, motivation, empowerment, and hope."
www.sarahstup.com is hosted by an accomplished teen writer and artist who has autism.
www.williamstillman.com is a site that "demystifies autism from the inside out."
www.myimagiville.com is a fascinating site hosted by D.J. Svoboda, a young man with autism.
www.josievarga.com is the site of an accomplished author, speaker, and inventor who has a disability.
www.fulllifeahead.org helps people with disabilities and their families become "infected with hope."
www.autistics.org is described as "The REAL Voice of Autism;" scroll to the bottom of the home page and see how they feel about the Cure Autism Now effort.
www.scn.org/people/autistics/relationships.html focuses on "Autism, Dating, and Socialization."
www.kkglassart.com features one-of-a-kind jewelry (and fascinating info) from a talented young artist who happens to have Down syndrome.
www.soulfulencounters.com is a dating and friendship website focused on people with disabilities.
http://projectautism.weebly.com is a positive autism-related website from Australia.
www.ramps.org offers helpful information about ramps (for homes, businesses, cars, etc.)—how to choose the right ramp, how to build one, and more.
www.lapublishing.com/blog/2009/brain-injury-words-people is a resource on traumatic brain injury, mild brain injury, concussion, blast injury, and PTSD.
www.thechristianvillespirit.blogspot.com is a blog by a young man named Christian, who writes about living with Potocki-Lupski Syndrome.
http://facesofspinabifida.com is "a place to celebrate diversity.
EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR PRODUCTS
www.visionsandvoicestogether.com is hosted by Charmaine Thaner, a retired teacher (general and special ed) and parent of a young adult with a disability; focused on inclusive education and positive strategies.
www.enrichmentu.com/students-with-disabilities.html is an educational resource site for students with disabilities and student athletes.
Universal Design for Learning can make all the difference for ALL (including, of course, children and adults with disabilities). Check out these sites:
www.xpsych.com is irreverent, funny, thought-provoking and more, hosted by Don Asbridge.
http://idea.ed.gov is the federal Department of Education website on I.D.E.A. - Special Education Law.
www.educationallearningandtraining.com is hosted by educator Vaughn Lauer, Ph.D., and provides helpful resources for parents and teachers.
www.nancybarth.wordpress.com—"Bringing Back the Joy of Learning"—is from Nancy Barth, a retired teacher.
www.disabilitytraining.com is the website of Program Development Association, and features a variety of training materials.
www.confidentreader.com focuses on software for reading comprehension for people with dyslexia and other conditions.
www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/position_paper.aspx features some interesting position statements; check out the ones on "Inclusive Programs for Students with Disabilities" and "Student Grade Retention and Social Promotion."
www.hslda.org has homeschooling news, info, and resources.
www.nasdse.org has information for parents, teachers, and school administrators, from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
www.spednet.org has helpful info for parents and teachers about special education.
http://nlvm.usu.edu is the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives to help students of all ages enjoy math.
www.loc.gov/nls features info about books-on-tape available from the National Library Service of the Library of Congress.
http://community.fpg.unc.edu focuses on inclusion and the "early childhood community."
EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
www.griffinhammis.com features state-of-the-art in self-employment for people with disabilities and more, including: "Creating Communities of Economic Cooperation."
www.centerforsocialcapital.org is also hosted by Cary Griffin and Dave Hammis (see above).
www.Start-Up-USA.biz provides self-employment technical assistance, resources, and training.
www.MNTAT.org is the site of the Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center.
www.abilityjobs.com is billed as "the largest stand-alone resume bank" for people with disabilities.
http://deafhhcareer.com includes info about American Sign Language, employment, and more.
www.minorityjobs.net is an employment site and includes free resume posting and job listing site, with career guide, civil rights, legal and government news archive, plus scholarship links.
TRAVEL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
www.sath.org is the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality.
www.freedomtotravelshow.com has helpful information about travel for people with disabilities.
www.miusa.org provides info about exciting opportunities for international exchange and travel programs for people with disabilities.
www.iglucruise.com/guide-for-disabled-cruisers provides helpful info on cruise travel for people with disabilities.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND/OR DAILY LIVING AIDS
http://AcousticMail.com is a free service that can be used to send a voice mail to a person's Email, especially helpful for people with hand/arm disabilities.
http://rjcooper.com offers software, hardware, and communication devices.
www.aacinstitute.org focuses on augmentative and alternative communication.
www.knfbreader.com features info about the "read aloud" kRreader Mobile device.
www.abledata.com is a comprehensive site on assistive technology.
www.atechnews.com focuses on "Independence Through Technology."
www.inclusionsolutions.com features innovative accessibility products for businesses.
www.watchminder.com is a watch to help children and adults with disabilities "stay on task."
www.tomsnyder.com features a variety of software that might be helpful to people with disabilities.
www.attainmentcompany.com features augmentative communication devices, software, books, and learning aids.
www.fctd.info is the website of the Family Center on Technology and Disability.
www.hands-free-drinking.com features long, flexible drinking straws and other goodies that promote "a little taste of independence."
www.tedpa.org includes information on telecommunications equipment, conferences on the subject, a listing of programs across the country, and more.
www.stevensonlearning.com offers programs on math, spelling and language, and skills.
www.ineedhelpcommunicationbracelets.com features "communication bracelets" that can be helpful for children and adults with limited communication skills.
www.adaptationsbyadrian.com showcases adapted clothing and accessories for children and adults with disabilities.
www.mayer-johnson.com features symbol-based products (communication cards), training, and services.
www.dynavoxtech.com offers augmentative communication devices, computer accessories, and more.
BOOKS, MEDIA, AND NEWS ITEMS
http://lessonsfromthespirits.com features a new autobiography by Christy Preister, activist, person with a disability, and more.
www.mychildmygift.com provides information about a beautiful book, My Child, My Gift: A Positive Response to Serious Prenatal Diagnosis, by Madeline Pecora Nugent.
www.anewkindoflistening.com is and awesome film, billed as, "The story of a visionary director, a one-of-a-kind theater group, and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyTfOnPLnSM is a very troubling, but important, video to watch on the restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities in public schools.
www.abilitymagazine.com is an online and print magazine on disability issues.
www.authorhouse.com:80/BookStore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=49748 has info about Jessica Rodriguez's book, What Every Person Needs to Know About People with Disabilities: Overcoming Attitudinal Barriers Towards People with Disabilities.
www.newswise.com/articles/view/531080 reveals a study entitled, "Social Skills Programs for Children with Autism are Largely Ineffective."
www.jodeeblanco.com has books about the prevention of school bullying.
http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=44924 has info about a book for parents and teachers on children's behavior, entitled "How Big is the Fly: Asking the Right Questions."
http://infopeople.org/training/past/2006/beyond-ramps includes info about making libraries accessible to all.