Abilities Expo Annual multi-site exhibition of assistive technology

Abilities Magazine Canadian cross-disability lifestyle magazine

Ability Hub Lots of information and links about assistive technology and computer access. 

Access Center A project of the federal Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, its mission is “to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum”, with a focus on kids in grades K = 8

Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education (AWARE) AWARE stands for Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education, and our mission is to serve as a central resource for web authors for learning about web accessibility 

Access Life A Web “portal” featuring “news, information and products for the disability community”

Access Now While nominally a Florida organization, this group does nationwide legal public accommodations advocacy and has a national membership. 

ACCES-VR New York State’s office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

The ADA Game An online game “which simulates how advocacy can promote positive changes. As advocates for disability rights, players work together in one of ten virtual communities to improve awareness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)” 

ADAPT American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today, a national direct-action group that works for legislation to get people out of nursing homes with personal attendants 

Adaptive Environments ADA technical assistance, Universal Design, and school accessibility 

Administration on Aging US Department of Health and Human services website on aging.

The Advocacy Center Education advocacy information for people with developmental disabilities or head injuries, and their families, sponsored by the Western NY Protection and Advocacy for people with Developmental Disabilities program

Advocating for Your Child How-to help on advocating for special education services, from Wrightslaw 

AgrAbility Project Assistance and technology for farmers with disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities A national cross-disability group that does advocacy and lobbying and provides benefits to members

American Foundation for the Blind Technology reviews, talking books, publications and more 

American Printing House for the Blind Technology and publications 

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center Contains the text of the Americans with Disabilities Act, EEOC and DOJ ADA regulations, and technical assistance manuals 

Americans with Disabilities Act Homepage The US Department of Justice’s ADA resource 

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (US ACCESS BOARD) The federal agency responsible for developing access standards

Association for Persons in Supported Employment 

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) The united voice of independent living in rural america 

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) “Addresses the need and concern for upgrading the quality of services and support available to people with disabilities in higher education” 

Aurora of Central New York Services and technology for people who are blind, deaf, or hard-of-hearing 

Barrier Breakers Primarily oriented toward promoting the use of PASS plans and selling PASS-plan-related services, this site also features good advocacy alerts and a Social Security issues chatroom where people can trade advice on dealing with SSA. 

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law “Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability” 

Benefits Checkup For people age 55 and over, find out what medical and other social support benefits you may qualify for 

Binghamton – Southern Tier TBI Regional Resource Development Center Information, technical assistance, resource development, and referrals regarding community-based services for people with traumatic brain injuries, serving 13 counties in south-central New York State 

Brain Injury Association of New York State Since 1982, the Brain Injury Association of New York State has provided information, resources, advocacy, and support to brain injury survivors, family members, professionals, and educators 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Links to centers, job openings, and more 

Can Do A Web “portal” “dedicated to delivering hard-to-find and relevant information that inspires greater independence and better daily living for people with disabilities and their support circles” 

The Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese

The Center for an Accessible Society Articles on current issues in the disability community  

Center for Applied Special Technology Disabilities and computer technology 

Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities 

Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy Training and information dissemination on disability policy issues and advocacy. 

Closing the Gap Newspaper focusing on computer technology for people with disabilities 

Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc. 

Crip Commentary Laura Hershey’s weekly web column 

Deaf Expo Consumer trade show aimed at deaf and hard-of-hearing people, with links to “Deaf USA” and “ASL Ranch” 

Deaf Magazine Back issues, subscription information, links 

Deaf Queer For deaf gays and lesbians 

Deafscape Comprehensive deafness-related information, services, shopping and links 

Descriptive Video Service This service adds voice descriptions to videotapes and TV programs for people with visual impairments

Disability Central Chat site 

The Disability Link Barn Hundreds of links 

Disability Information & Resources Many, many, many links 

Disability Net General-interest disability site, primarily concerning Great Britain, but containing some interesting international news

Disability Resources Monthly Comprehensive links and news 

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Legal advocacy, public policy, training, and technical assistance 

Disability Social History Project A community history project that seeks to preserve and tell the stories of people with disabilities and their concerns

Disabled American Veterans 

Disabled American Veterans Magazine 

Disabled Sports USA 

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association See “United Spinal Association” 

Enabled Online General-interest disability magazine with a partial California focus 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Information on how to file a disability employment discrimination claim 

Exceptional Parent Magazine 

Family Voices Advocacy and information regarding community-based services for children and youths with disabilities

Gaullaudet University America’s premier university for the Deaf  

HCBS Resource Network Information, research, discussion forum and more on Home and Community Based Services; a partnership of the federal government, state governments, and disability organizations 

Health on the Net Search site for medical and health issues 

Health, Wellness and Aging with Disability A collection of documents, resource lists and links compiled by June Kailes

Home Modification On-line publications, conferences, links and more

Independent Living Centers Links 

Independent Living Empowerment Zone Various resources

 Institute on Community Integration Research, information, technical assistance and publications to improve personal and social community-based supports for people with disabilities

Institute on Disability Culture Links to several disability arts sites, and an archive of disability newsgroup articles, including Manifesto online magazine 

Institute on Independent Living International site featuring discussion forums, links to disability issues coalitions, and information/documents on disability rights issues

International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force 

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) works to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC.

Job Access Check out not-for-profit job openings and post your resume for potential employers  

Job Accommodation Network Consulting and information on reasonable accommodations and employability for people with disabilities 

Justice for All A listserve that regularly provides alerts and information on disability rights issue 

Law Help NY While not disability-specific, this site, which provides connections to free or low-cost legal assistance to people with low or moderate incomes in New York State, is certainly applicable to many disability-related situations

Long Term Care Community Coalition Information and advocacy on policies and legislation concerning long-term care for people with disabilities and seniors 

Mouth Magazine Simply the funniest, most radical, strangest, and best Disability Rights publication in the known universe

Narrative Television Network True streaming described video movies for people with visual impairments (requires RealPlayer and a fast connection) 

National Association of the Deaf

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Mental health advocacy 

National Autism Association 

National Business & Disability Council Job Listings Search for jobs or post your own resume for employers to see

National Center for Accessible Media NCAM’s mission is to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students 

National Council on Disability A government policy organization 

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System Assistance related to IDEA programs for children with disabilities 

National Federation of the Blind 

National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities

National Organization on Disability (NOD) A semi-official government-sponsored disability issues information and promotion organization 

National Parent Network on Disabilities Disability policy and advocacy information for families 

National Program Office on Self Determination A program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote programs that allow people with developmental disabilities to control services provided to them, and the funds that pay for them 

National Sports Center for the Disabled 

National Supported Employment Consortium Technical assistance and resources 

National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities A “partnership among universities, nonprofit service and business organizations, and national education associations for the purpose of addressing the ever-changing needs of our youth with disabilities in transition from school to work, postsecondary education, and independent living.”

National Wheelchair Basketball Association 

National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association

New Mobility Magazine 

New York State Office of Mental Health

New York State Self Advocacy Association Consumer rights organization for people with mental retardation or developmental disabilities 

NYC Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program A starting point for information and advocacy assistance regarding managed care


Opening Doors Quarterly online magazine on housing issues for people with disabilities, sponsored by the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities



Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Don’t be fooled by the name; this site has news and information of national interest


Our Kids An on-line support group for parents, care-givers, and others


The PACER Center The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, a Minnesota-based organization that has lots of information for families and students on education for children with disabilities


Parents Helping Parents Chat, information, support groups and more for parents of children with disabilities



Parent-to-Parent NYS General information and support for parents of children with disabilities


Patient Advocate Foundation Information on, and assistance with, mediation between health care consumers and insurance companies, employers, and creditors


PCA-HHA.com A nationwide listing of personal assistants and people who are looking for them


Pedianet Exceptional Parent’s comprehensive information and communication source on kids with disabilities for parents, professionals and kids


Permanently Disabled Online Support Group This MD-Junction-hosted discussion forum focuses on people with disabilities



Project Action Accessible transportation and travel information


QualityMall Comprehensive site featuring information on services, products and practices for person-centered support of people with developmental disabilities


Radar A searchable database of emerging issues related to developmental disabilities, culled from “over 150 National, State and local newspapers, trade newsletters, professional journals including the American Journal on Mental Retardation and Mental Retardation and AAMR News & Notes”.


Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program Federally-funded training opportunities for people working in disability-related fields, as well as research data and other information


Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Telecommunications Accesss


Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing


Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision


Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Promoting Employment


Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Supported Employment


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Research & Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury


Research & Training Center on Community Living Focuses on people with developmental disabilities


RESNA Technical Assistance Project Information and technical assistance on state assistive technology projects funded under the Tech Act


Rural Institute on Disability “…guided by values of independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families”; information, training, research and dissemination


SHHH (Self Help for Hard-of-Hearing) News, publications, events calendar



The SkillNet Group A British site operated by “people with learning disabilities” (this is the UK equivalent of the American euphemism, “people with intellectual disabilities”, not “learning disabilities” as Americans use the term); probably of limited usefulness to Americans since it focuses on resources and issues in Kent, England, but it’s an interesting site just the same


Smithsonian Disability Rights Movement Exhibit The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit on the history of the disability rights movement, an excellent multimedia site


Social Security Administration Information on Social Security’s employment and work incentive programs


Social Security Disability Secrets “Information, Answers, Tips, Advice and Help” on Social Security Administration disability benefits (appears to be operated by lawyers who handle disability benefits cases).


Southern Tier AIDS Program A range of support and educational services for people with HIV/AIDS


Special Education Legal Rights Strategies & Resources Legal information and advocacy strategies on all aspects of Special Ed


Rehab Report Magazine


Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. Provides “technical assistance, training, policy consultation, and information to federal, state, and local government and non-profit organizations” regarding housing for people with disabilities


Technology Resources for Education Center


Tell Us Your Story Disability discussion forum–read others’ personal disability experiences and insights, and add your own


There’s No Place Like Home A statewide grassroots coalition headquartered in Syracuse, NY, that advocates for home and community based supports for people with disabilities and elderly people


Through the Looking Glass National Resource Center for Parents WITH Disabilities


Today’s Caregiver magazine



United Cerebral Palsy Association


United Nations Persons with Disabilities Website


United Spinal Association Formerly known as the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, United Spinal addresses many generic disability issues through cutting edge legal and legislative advocacy


Universal Access-NY An online planning tool for “One-Stop” employment centers (this is not a universal design site)


Untangling the Web Huge list of disability-related links on all topics



US Census Disability Data


Usability US Department of Health and Human Services website on accessible website and user interface design.



Used Home Medical Equipment The site’s name is a misnomer; it’s a place where you can list or find used assistive technology of all types, including accessible vehicles. It’s free but does require you to look at some annoying ads


Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research & Development Service


Very Special Arts Not-for-profit organization that promotes artistic endeavors for people with disabilities, including performances and shows around the country, as well as training


Virtual CIL A Directory of Independent Living Centers in the United States


We Magazine General interest disability magazine


WebABLE Database and links for many assistive technology sites and resources


Web Access Initiative One aspect of mobile accessibility is how web browsers on mobile devices support the accessibility needs of people with disabilities


Wheelchair Tennis’s Website


Work Incentives Act Section 188 Disability Checklist US Department of Labor Civil Rights Division compliance assistance information


Workshop Solutions A non-profit display room for all kinds of homemade and amateur inventors’ assistive technology and equipment solutions


Work Support A collaboration between the US Chamber of Commerce and several universities to provide information about how to get people back to work; includes some disability-specific information


World Institute on Disability A wide variety of disability-related public policy information, publications, and links

Also check out YAHOO!’S collection of disability sites; select health, then select disabilities, then let your imagination run wild!