New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense


The listings included here are provided only for information, not necessarily endorsement.

Please let me know if any links are broken.

Assistive Technology and/or Daily Living Aids

Information on augmentative and alternative communication.

“Tools and Technologies to Enhance Life” - a comprehensive site on assistive technology.

"Independence Through Technology"

Center on Technology and Disability, for families, teachers, professionals.

Innovative accessibility products for businesses.

"Communication bracelets" for children and adults with limited communication skills

The "read aloud" kRreader Mobile device

Long, flexible drinking straws and other goodies that promote "a little taste of independence."

Helpful information about ramps (for homes, businesses, cars, etc.); how to choose the right ramp, how to build one, and more.


Software, hardware, and communication devices.


The Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association provides assistance for people who have difficulty using a telephone.


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Childhood, Education, and Learning

Guide to online college resources for students with disabilities.


The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities


Federal Department of Education website on I.D.E.A. (Special Education Law)


Inclusive Schools Network


"That All May Read" - Info about books-on-tape available from the National Library Service of the Library of Congress.


Information for parents, teachers, and school administrators, from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.


The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives to help students of all ages enjoy math.


National Center on Universal Design for Learning www.udlcenter.org

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents


Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping


Resources for Military Families http://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/efmp-special-needs.html

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For job-seekers with disabilities and for employers. www.abilityjobs.com

State-of-the-art in self-employment for people with disabilities and more, including "Creating Communities of Economic Cooperation."


Job Accommodation Network: information about workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.


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General Disability-Related Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act National Network


The U.S. government website for information on disability services and programs nationwide.


Universal Design Homes for children and adults with disabilities and their families.


International site "dedicated promoting the human rights and full participation in society of 
children and adults with disabilities worldwide"


Dental Lifeline Network, national organization of dentists who provide free dental services for people with disabilities and others who are medically at-risk.


Fire safety for people with disabilities from the National Fire Protection Association.


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Other Sites of Interest

Ability Awareness hosted by Diana Pastora Carson, a great teacher and proud sister of Joaquin (who has a disability).


Independence Chick blog by a talented young woman who has a disability.


Partners in Policymaking has a variety of extraordinary (and free) online courses, on inclusive education, disability history, advocacy, employment, and more. I graduated from the first Partners class in Texas in 1991 and it changed our family's life!


"Living fully with a disability," hosted by Kathy O'Connell. 


Sarah Stup is an accomplished teen writer and artist who has autism.


Don Asbridge is a retired school psychologist; his site is irreverent, funny, and thought-provoking!


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Inclusive Recreation

All about inclusion, including the organization's "Let's ALL Play" project

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Transportation Issues

Disability.gov Guide to Transportation


National Rural Transit Assistance Program


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Travel for People with Disabilities

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality


Opportunities for international exchange and travel programs for people with disabilities.


Favorite Authors    and    Websites of Interest

Disability Is Natural Books and Media



Here are some of my favorite books and authors (in no particular order) that have influenced my thinking.

​On Living a Better Life

Living with Change by Wendell Johnson

People in Quandries: The Semantics of Personal Adjustment by Wendell Johnson

Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus (translation by Lebell)

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey by Stephen Mitchell (English version)

Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A Guide through the Theory of Knowledge by Adam Morton

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm by Philip Hallie

Clear Thinking: A Practical Introduction by Hy Ruchlis

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit by Norman Cousins

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

On Caring by Milton Mayeroff

A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz


On Disability and/or Medical Issues

Read anything by Thomas Szasz, M.D.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, MD

From Snake Pits to Cash Cows: Politics and Public Institutions in New York by Paul J. Castellani

The Political Economy of Developmental Disabilities by Paul J. Castellani

Disabling Professions (compiled) by Ivan Illich (and read anything else by Illich)

Plato, Not Prozac! Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems by Lou Marinoff

Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity by Erving Goffman

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman

No More Job Interviews: Self-Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities by Alice Weiss Doyel

Movement Differences and Diversity in Autism/Mental Retardation: Appreciating and Accommodating People with Communication and Behavior Challenges by Anne M. Donnellan and Martha R. Leary

The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight

Learning to Listen: Positive Approaches and People with Difficult Behavior by Herbert Lovett

War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker


About Language and Communication

The Use and Misuse of Language edited by S.I. Hayakawa

Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa

Telling it Like It Isn't: Language Misuse and Malpractice/What We Can Do About It by J. Dan Rothwell

Word Play: What Happens When People Talk by Peter Farb

The New Doublespeak: Why No One Know What Anyone's Saying Anymore by William Lutz

Language Habits in Human Affairs by Irving J. Lee


On Parenting, Teaching, and/or Education

The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone by Bill Henderson

The Beyond Access Model: Promoting Membership, Participation, and Learning for Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom by Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Michael McSheehan, and Rae M. Sonnenmeier

The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris

The Myth of the First Three Years by John T. Bruer

Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States by David Nasaw

How to Survive in Your Native Land by James Herndon

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff

All Grown Up and No Place to Go by David Elkind 

Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk by David Elkind

The Hurried Child by David Elkind

Changing Minds: The Art And Science of Changing Our Own And Other People's Minds by Howard Gardner

Frames Of Mind: The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner

Leading Minds: An Anatomy Of Leadership by Howard Gardner

The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner

The Myth of the A.D.D. Child by Thomas Armstrong

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong

Radiant Child (Quest Book) by Thomas Armstrong

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People do Things Better by John Holt

How Children Fail (Classics in Child Development) by John Holt

How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development) by John Holt

Escape from Childhood by John Holt

Freedom and Beyond (Innovators in Education) by John Holt

The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School (Innovators in Education) by George Dennison

Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education (Classic Reprint) by John Dewey

Schools Without Failure by William Glasser

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom by William Glasser

Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry (Colophon Books) by William Glasser

Teaching Thinking by Edward de Bono (read anything by de Bono.)

Practical Thinking: 4 Ways to be Right; 5 Ways to be Wrong; 5 Ways to Understand by Edward de Bono

The Tao of Teaching: The Ageless Wisdom of Taoism and the Art of Teaching by Greta Nagel

Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn (Read anything by Kohn.)