DSS Professionals

Disability and Higher Education Professional Resource

A tool for reflective practice, Refocus provides examples of current practices in higher education / disability services, offers a critical analysis of their impact on the campus narrative around disability, and suggests alternative approaches that foster true equity. http://www.projectshift-refocus.org/index.htm

Think College LEARN provides self-paced modules using multimedia tools such as videos, publications, interactive learning activities and podcasts to share information on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. http://www.thinkcollege.net/think-college-learn

Disability History And Social Movement

Justice For All E-Mail Network Archives http://www.jfanow.org/jfanow/ Justice For All was formed to defend and advance disability rights and programs in the 104th Congress. The JFA E-mail Network works with national and state organizations of people with disabilities to disseminate information at the grassroots level. Yahoo! Society and Culture: Disabilities http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Disabilities/ A directory of wide-ranging related to disability.

Government Agencies and Services

Access Board http://www.access-board.gov An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities that develops and maintains accessibility requirements for the built environment, provides technical assistance and training, and enforces standards. Home of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines and Standards. DisabilityInfo.gov http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentF... A comprehensive online resource designed to provide access to disability-related information and programs available across the U.S. government on subjects such as civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation. Office for Civil Rights http://www.ed.gov/ocr OCR ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. United States Department of Justice http://www.usdoj.gov/ A Federal government website that provides information on disability rights.

Higher Education

Consortium on Institutional Cooperation http://www.cic.uiuc.edu The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago whose programs encompass nearly all aspects of university activity. DO-IT Center http://www.washington.edu/doit/ A project of the University of Washington which promotes success in academics and careers for individuals with disabilities, sponsors programs on assitive technology and provides professional development for educators and administrators. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) http://www.naspa.org Yahoo Directory to Universities Around the World http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Higher_Education/ Colleges_and_Universities/By_Region/Countries/ Yahoo Higher Education Directory http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Higher_Education/


Housing Rights of Disabled Tenants http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-30121.html National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification http://www.homemods.org/ TAP - Making Homes Accessible: AT & Home Modifications http://www.resnaprojects.org/nattap/goals/community/HMRG.htm A resource guide produced by the RESNA Technical Assistance Project that provides information about assistive technology and home modifications. US Department of Housing and Urban Development http://www.hud.gov/groups/disabilities.cfm A one-stop compilation of information on housing and people with disabilities.

Independent Living

Berkeley Center for Independent Living http://www.cilberkeley.org One of the founding organizations and national leaders in helping people with disabilities live independently and become full members of society. ILUSA http://www.ilusa.com/ Posts news of interest to people with disabilities, links to various government and other resources, and hosts an online directory of Independent Living Centers in the United States. Independent Living Research Utilization http://www.ilru.org A program of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Baylor College, the ILRU is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Institute on Independent Living http://www.independentliving.org/ An international organization whose purpose is to promote the personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality of persons with disabilities. Lift, Inc. http://www.lift-inc.org A national organization that works with major corporations to recruit, train, and place people who have physical disabilities in information management positions. National Council on Independent Living http://www.ncil.org A membership organization promoting the independent living philosophy and advocating for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities.


ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers http://www.adata.org Information on accessible information technology is particularly relevant for K-12 schools and higher education. Provides technical assistance on ADA, including links to 10 federally-funded regional centers. Internet Legal Resource Guide http://www.ilrg.com/ A comprehensive general-interest resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession. Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center http://www.jan.wvu.edu/links/adalinks.htm

Listservs/Discussion Groups

Disability Listserv Lists http://ideapolicy.org/disability_listserv_list.htm A gateway to 60+ listservs on a variety of disability-related topics hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Disability Listserv Resources http://thinkquest.phillynews.com/tq1997/11799/data/resourses2.html A listing of 50+ listservs on disability conditions. Disabled Student Services in Higher Education (DSSHE-L) http://listserv.buffalo.edu/archives/dsshe-l.html Archives and subscription information for this active discussion group. Disabled-Faculty Discussion Group http://aomlists.pace.edu/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=disabled-faculty&A=1 The DISABLED-FACULTY discussion is an email group that allows hundreds of higher education faculty members in more than 20 nations to share information on the experience and social and legal context of being a disabled university level instructor and/or researcher.

Medical And Rehabilitation Aspects Of Disability

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. http://www.rarediseases.org A source for information on rare impairments and disorders.

Organizations: Consumer

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) http://www.adapt.org ADAPT works via activism to enable people with disabilities to live in the community with supports rather than being in nursing homes and other institutions. American Association of People with Disabilities http://www.aapd-dc.org Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) http://www.dredf.org A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. Disaboom http://www.disaboom.com A social networking site offering features on health and living, world news, job announcements and classifieds. Includes chat and video features. National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) http://www.miusa.org/ncde AHEAD is an active member of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange's (NCDE) Roundtable Consortium. Established in 1995, NCDE is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and managed by Mobility International USA. National Organization on Disability http://www.nod.org Self Help for Hard of Hearing http://www.shhh.org The nation's foremost association representing 26 million consumers who are hard of hearing.

Organizations: International

Action Without Borders http://www.idealist.org A gateway to an international network of individuals and organizations with the goal of improving health, education and other opportunities for all people. Hosts the Idealist directory of 22,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150 countries. The European Disability Forum (EDF) http://www.edf-feph.org/ A European umbrella organization representing the interests of 37 million disabled citizens in the EU and the EEA. The European Union Disability Strategy http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/soc-prot/disable/strategy_en.htm The European Commission's strategy for a renewed approach focusing upon the identification and removal of the various barriers preventing disabled people from achieving equality of opportunity and full participation in all aspects of social life. Disability Net http://www.disabilitynet.co.uk/ Internet portal to resources for Disabled people in the United Kingdom. The Disabled People's Association Singapore http://www.dpa.org.sg/ The DPA carries out the first and third objectives of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional assembly, namely: "To influence decision makers to implement policies and programs aiming at promoting social integration of persons with disability," and "To share experiences concerning disability in order to co-operate in search of better solutions." Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) http://www.jsrpd.jp/static/index_e.html (JSRPD) was founded to promote the activities of persons with disabilities in every way possible both within and outside Japan. Mobility International USA http://www.miusa.org/ National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) http://www.miusa.org/ncde/ The NCDE works to educate people with disabilities and disability-related organizations about international educational exchange opportunities, promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all types of exchange, community and volunteer service programs.

Organizations: Professional

American College Professionals Association http://www.acpa.nche.edu Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (A.H.E.A.D.) http://www.ahead.ie A.H.E.A.D. is an independent voluntary organization working to promote improved access for persons with disabilities to Third Level Education in Ireland, North and South. The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) http://www.adcet.edu.au ADCET provides information to instructors, student services personnel, researchers and policy makers about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities in postsecondary education. Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-secondary Education (CADSPPE) https://www.cacuss.ca/en/divisions/CADSPPE/overview.htm CADSPPE, a national group of professionals who assist university and college students who have disabilities, works towards the removal of institutional barriers to ensure that students receive academic and other accommodations which permit them to pursue their studies in an environment of equality. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) http://www.cec.sped.org CEC works to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) http://www.naspa.org National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) http://www.ldonline.org/about/partners/njcld The NJCLD is a national committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. Reports and information about learning disabilities are developed and disseminated to target audiences. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) http://www.rid.org

Organizations: Student

National Disabled Student Union http://www.disabledstudents.org Established in response to the Garrett v. University of Alabama decision, NDSU is a national, cross-disability, activist student organization. National Educational Association of Disabled Students (Canada) http://www.neads.ca/ NEADS advocates for full access to postsecondary education and employment opportunities by disabled students in Canada.

Reference: Library Services

American Library Association, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, Libraries Serving Special Populations Section http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclasections/lssp... LSSPS is charged to improve the quality of library service for people with special needs including those with disabilities. ALA - Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy http://www.ala.org/ascla/access_policy.html

Reference: Statistical Information/Research

Disability Research Institute http://www.als.uiuc.edu/dri This research partnership between the US Social Security Administration and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign plans and conducts research to promote disability policy information. National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/index.asp Federally funded entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting data related to education in the US and other countries. National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports http://www.rrtc.hawaii.edu A Rehabilitation and Research Training Center at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; recently published the National Survey of Educational Support Provision to Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education Settings. National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) http://www.naric.com NARIC is a library and information center that provides information and referral, document delivery, and customized database searches for a wide range of disability and rehabilitation issues.

Technology: Accessible Computing and Communicating

The Caption Center WGBH http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/captioncenter/ The Caption Center is the world's first captioning agency and a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation which captions nearly 250 hours per week of programming from all segments of the television industry. The Captioned Media Program, National Association of the Deaf http://www.cfv.org Provides captioned films (educational and popular) free of charge to individuals and institutions. Materials are available in English and Spanish. Dolphin http://www.dolphinuk.co.uk Provides accessibility solutions for computer access. Producer of EasePublisher (Word doc, 1MB). Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) http://www.rfbd.org A national non-profit organization with a comprehensive volunteer-recorded library of textbooks on CD and cassette for people who can't effectively read standard print.

Technology: Assistive Technology

Axistive Assistive Technology http://www.axistive.com The AAT News Portal offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devices. Closing the Gap http://www.closingthegap.com An organization that promotes computer technology in special education and rehabilitation, and sponsors a popular annual conference in Minnesota. Freedom Scientific online training http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/training.asp The Training Department at Freedom Scientific offers free online training for JAWS and other assistive software. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America http://www.resna.org An interdisciplinary association of people with a common purpose to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals via technology.

Technology: Web Accessibility

The Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative http://www.section508.gov Information on the Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508. Web Accessibility In Mind (WebAIM) http://www.webaim.org This FIPSE-supported program is designed to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people. World Wide Web Consortium - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/


Department of Transportation http://www.dot.gov/accessibility