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Disability and Mobility Resources

This is mostly a list of lists- directories and other lists for health, disability and mobility resources on the internet and in person. For patients, caregivers, patient advocates, professionals and providers serving those who are in a health crisis or permanently disabled. Sites include for wheelchair users and those with varying mobility needs.

Friendship Circle

The newest in the large group of programs started in Michigan and expanded in multiple states nationwide as well as thousands of articles and opportunities online. Friendship Circle is next opening the Farber Soul Center, a new facility that will expand Friendship Circle's programs into the lives of adults with special needs through the culinary, digital and traditional arts. The original friendship circle website offers many connections for parents of children with special needs including a special needs blog, eBooks, apps, and more.. The locations- especially see the founding 20,000 square foot facility of the Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House provides support and guidance to individuals and families struggling with isolation, and other life crisis like addiction. The integration of all forms of inclusive design including sensory and experience, combined with volunteerism, therapies, work skills, a bakery- a model in what is possible for out-patient treatment for special needs.

HousingLink - Affordable Housing Including for Disabilities and Seniors in MN

Affordable housing resources and information for renters, landlords, researchers and policy makers. Search for affordable apartments in Minnesota.

Mobility Reporter

All the latest news in mobility and disability. Interesting pieces on all that is possible including all terrain vehicles, inspiring stories of people who move forward regardless of challenges and a lot of product information.

disABILITY Information and Resources

One of the largest collections of resources for all types of disabilities. The pages provided here are meant to serve as a resource to provide useful information and guidance for all people dealing with disabilities. This site is an encyclopedia of links that provide information concerning disability products, research, organizations, events, and politics. Also includes links to chat rooms, databases, and resources not on the Web. These pages were created and are maintained solely by Jim Lubin, who is a C2 quadriplegic, completely paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe, using an keyboard/mouse emulator with a sip and puff switch to type morse codes. This site has been online since 1994.

Affordable, Accessible Apartments for Seniors & People with Disabilities

Accessible Space offers affordable, accessible apartments for seniors and people with disabilities. Nationwide, nonprofit housing and service provider for adults with physical disabilities as well as seniors.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov is the United States' federal government website that provides quick access to national and local resources for people with disabilities, their families, friends and organizations that serve them.Categories include benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, transportation and more. "Quick Links" helps you access information quickly. There is also a guide to housing, finding help locally, FAQs and information outside of the United States. The site covers news and events in and for the disability community.

DRM Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet

A gateway to disability resources on the Internet, featuring thousands of web sites arranged by subject or state. (Each then has a deeper list of more resources by topic or state.) Updated through 2002 with minor updating through 2004- but so many links and resources that are highly relevant today- just in need of organizing.

Hundreds of Disability Categories Including:

  • Advocacy
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Architecture & Home Modification
  • Children (Just for Parents)
  • Conference Connections
  • Disabilities - General
  • Disabilities - Specific
  • Disability Awareness
  • Employment
  • Famous People with Disabilities
  • Financial Information
  • Grants & Grant-Writing
  • Housing
  • Humor
  • Independent Living
  • Legal Rights
  • Parents with Disabilities
  • Rare Disorders
  • Sexuality
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Statistics
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Women with Disabilities
New Mobility

New Mobility, a magazine for active wheelchair users, includes resources for participating fully in life, and articles concerning disability lifestyle. A colorful, award-winning lifestyle magazine, New Mobility encourages the integration of active wheelchair users into mainstream society with articles on health, advocacy, travel, employment, relationships, recreation, media, products and more. Ninety percent of its writers live with with disabilities, creating a vibrant culture of disability journalism, philosophy and advocacy within each monthly edition. As the official publication of United Spinal Association, New Mobility advances the organization’s mission to improve quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders by highlighting member opportunities for further education, peer support and community involvement.

Resources for those who are Mobility Impaired and Those who are Caregivers

A great list on books and resources for people with disabilities.

Disabled World - Disability News & Information

Information for disabled covering disability news videos health and medical research for family carers and persons with disabilities. Categories include A-Z, Disability, Types, Statistics, Loans, Health, Sports, News. Popular Information includes disability loans and grants, disability scholarships, famous people with disability, awareness ribbons and dates, Medical calculators graphs and charts: pain scale, kids height to weight, adults height to weight, blood pressure, blood type/group chart, weight loss plan calculator, interesting human body facts, daily calorie calculator, convert stones to pounds, human body temperature reading, urine color chart, biological age calculator and more. Other items: disability products, disability videos, disability community Q&A, RSS feeds, definitions, contributors, accessibility, submit news and events, reference desk and information.

Disability Resource Directory

Annotated and alphabetical listing of Disability Resources- though not terribly complete or recent, another good stopping place for resources by disease, disability, need or organization.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

In a field that serves many kinds of disabilities and populations @missionable is one of the few groups that I have seen make such a large impact to those with different abilities that may be different than their needs. For example, Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only veterans' organization with on-staff architects that provide design assistance to veterans (and I would guess that is true of most general disability organizations). Many new technologies and concepts that help people impacted by a wide range of disabilities, that may or may not even include a wheelchair, have been helped by the advocacy and innovation by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. While this noble organization dedicates themselves to bettering the lives of our nation's veterans through education, resources, job assistance and much more, they help those with a wide range of chronic and complex injuries, diseases and medical conditions. Their work has also helped those whose body change from age, or who need smarter design like mothers' pushing strollers. All in all, though certainly not by planning, the same men and women who went in to serve our country have continued to do so with one of the organizations which represents them.

Functional Decline in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Functional disability is common in older adults. It is often episodic and is associated with a high risk of subsequent health decline. The severity of disability is determined by physical impairments caused by underlying medical conditions, and by external factors such as social support, financial support, and the environment. When multiple health conditions are present, they often result in greater disability than expected because the patient’s ability to compensate for one problem may be affected by comorbid conditions. Evaluation of functional disability is most effective when the physician determines the course of the disability, associated symptoms, effects on specific activities, and coping mechanisms the patient uses to compensate for the functional problem. Underlying health conditions, impairments, and contextual factors (e.g., finances, social support) should be identified using validated screening tools. Interventions should focus on increasing the patient’s capacity to cope with task demands and reducing the demands of the task itself. Interventions for functional decline in older adults are almost always multifactorial because they must address multiple conditions, impairments, and contextual factors.

Therapro

For OT, PT and speech therapists as well as teachers and parents and caregivers. Therapy products. Have a question or need some help? Phone: (800) 257-5376 | Email: info@therapro.com

Living made easy

Impartial help, advice and information about daily living equipment, disability equipment, mobility and independent living aids for older or disabled people.

Accessible Construction, Inc.

Accessible Construction offers the advantage of being a single source for all of your needs, from modifying bathrooms & kitchens to be safer and more accessible; to providing elevators, stairlifts, ramps, liftchairs, standing aids, wheelchairs, powerhcairs & scooters, so you or your loved ones, can enjoy the comfort, safety, and freedom of “dignified” aging in place.

As we are physically in over 400 homes a year, you can rest assured that we have had experience dealing with almost every disability out there.
Our two main philosophies are: “To help people to remain safer and independent in their homes for as long as possible” AND “To design with elegance.” Most of the products we provide not only have a higher level of functionality, but most have a “sexier” look to them as well!

Accessible Construction - Los Angeles Barrier-Free home modifications, stairlifts and mobility products for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Stay tuned as we merge our numerous multi-media properties into Living Labs. Lists will be one foundation of the thousands of curated resources, products and services offered for Baby Boomers, patients and the organizations and professionals who work to make their lives easier. Contact us now to sell your innovations at our marketplace, share spaces that inspire Design for Life or create or curate your best expertise including service, sensory, accessible, user-centered, sustainable, evidence based and universal design experiences. Pre-launch opportunities to be selected from your expertise for media, travel, products and pay. Living Labs is connecting creators and users for independence, dignity and beauty for all.

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