Resources

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RESOURCES GUIDE

Local/Regional


Devils Lake
(Ramsey & Towner counties)
Resource Directory 

Dickinson
(Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope & Stark counties)
Resource Guide 

Fargo-Moorhead
(Cass & Clay counties)
Senior Resource Guide 

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks

(Grand Forks & Polk counties)
Resources Guide 

Jamestown
(Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman & Wells counties)
Region 6 resources guide

Minot
(Burke, Bottineau, McHenry, Mountrail, Renville, Pierce & Ward counties)
Area Resources Guide 

Pembina County
Resource Guide


Valley City
(Barnes County)
Health Wellness Resource Guide
(Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman & Wells counties)
Region 6 resources guide

Wahpeton-Breckenridge
(Richland and Wilkins counties)

Misc. Programs and Organizations - North Dakota

Brain Injury Resource Network

Consumer Agencies 
(state and local)

Firstlink

N.D. Senior Service Providers: Thirty non-profit agencies which provide services to senior citizens throughout the State of North Dakota. These agencies operate in each of the 53 counties and four Native American Reservations in the state.

Senior Community Service Employment Program: Special program for unemployed low-income people age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. SCSEP participants get annual physical examinations, personal and job-related counseling, and job training when needed.



State Government
Council on the Arts
: Service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by State Legislature to develop, promote and support the arts in North Dakota. The NDCA operates with an annual budget of over $1.5 million through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. Approximately two-thirds of the NDCA’s budget is awarded to organizations and individuals through various grant programs.

Disability in the Arts

Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • Adult and Aging Services: Programs and services that help older adults and adults with physical disabilities to live safely and productively in the least restrictive, appropriate setting.
    • Aging and Disability Resource-LINKConnects people to services to help them maintain or improve their quality of life.  Explore this site or contact the free and confidential ADRL to guide you to services and supports available in your community.
  • Autism Services Unit: Provides information to parents and professionals on the state of service delivery and supports for those with autism and their families in North Dakota.
  • Child Support: Child Support program is a joint effort involving the federal government and North Dakota to secure support payments for children whose parents are not both in the home.
  • Children and Family: State's public child welfare system is county administered and state supervised. The Department of Human Services' Children and Family Services Division is responsible for many programs and services, and sets policies and procedures for public child welfare services.
  • Public Assistance: NDDHS has multiple programs to help qualified North Dakotans meet their basic needs. These programs help many low-income families who are working toward self-sufficiency.
  • Medical: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Children's Special Health Services (CSHS), Health Tracks and Medicaid.
  • Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Abuse): Behavioral Health Division provides leadership for the planning, development and oversight of a system of care for children, adults and families affected by severe emotional disorders, mental illness, and/or substance abuse issues. Direct behavioral health services are provided by the department's eight regional human service centers, the State Hospital and through contracts with providers.
  • Services for Individuals with Disabilities: Work to assist individuals in accessing services and supports to promote quality of life, independence and employment.
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Vocational Rehabilitation: Assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. Provides training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased. Full-service business assistance program for state business owners and employers. Provides professional consultations to assist business owners and employers in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
    • Other programs and service
Job Service
Resources Directory

Department of Public Instruction

Legislature

Anne Carlson Center: Educational Services
CACEP Meal Requirements for Eating/Feeding Disability or Food Allergy/Intolerance/ Meal Requirements for Lifestyle Choices
Coalition for Responsible Home Education: North Dakota
Disability Services Council: Supports and promotes the efforts of state colleges and universities to provide full participation for students with disabilities in higher education. 
Financial Assistance: Options for Low-Income Children and Families (North Dakota)
Guidelines for Disability Documentation: N.D. Colleges and Universities Disability Services
Guidelines for Serving Students with Emotional Disturbance in Educational Settings
Guidelines for Serving Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Educational Settings 
Guidelines: Intellectual Disabilities in Educational Settings: Intended as new clarification of the special education processes for evaluation, identification, eligibility, development and provision of services, and placement in the least restrictive environment.  The guidelines reference the regulations of 2006 of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
How to Become a Special Education Teacher in N.D.
Indian Education
N.D. College & University Disability Support Services contacts
N.D. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan
N.D. School Boards Association: Special Education in North Dakota: N.D. School Boards Association Annual Convention presentation
N.D. University System: Paying For College: Grants and Scholarships
Parent Guide to Special Education
Pathfinder Services of North Dakota: Statewide non-profit organization that received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to become N.D.’s statewide parent training and information center. Serves more than 2,000 parents of children at risk because of learning challenges or disabilities (ages birth to 26).
Special Education
Special Education Dispute Resolution
Special Education State Guidelines

Secretary of State
Nonprofit Services
Direct Service Locations

Delivering human services involves a partnership between the department, counties, and private service providers. The administrative arm of the department receives and distributes funds for human service needs, provides direction and technical assistance, sets standards, conducts training of county staff, manages the computerized eligibility systems, and provides program supervision to county employees. About 83 percent of the department's staff are based at direct service locations (the North Dakota State Hospital, Life Skills & Transition Center, the eight regional human service centers, the eight regional child support units, and regional vocational rehabilitation offices). County social service offices are also important local service providers.
  • County Social Services Offices: First point of contact for families who need economic assistance, child welfare services, supportive services for elderly and disabled individuals, children's special health services, or help locating other local resources and programs.
  • Life Skills & Transition Center (Grafton): State-operated, comprehensive support agency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and was formerly named the N.D. Developmental Center.
  • Regional Child Support Units (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Services requiring a referral from public assistance programs (TANF, etc.) or if parents request services. Services may include: paternity establishment, establishment and enforcement of child support and medical support orders, review and adjustment of court orders, locating a parent, and customer service.
  • Regional Human Service Centers (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Help to individuals and families with concerns including family and relationship issues, mental illness, addiction, disabilities, and other needs.
  • State Hospital (Jamestown): Specialized psychiatric and substance abuse services for individuals whose needs exceed the resources and capacity of other community services.
  • Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Offices (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Assistance for North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
Online Services Medicaid
Coverage for workers with disabilities
Coverage for children with disabilities
 
North Dakota Department of Transportation Benefits - North Dakota
(Source: Benefits.gov)
  • National School Breakfast and Lunch ProgramThe National School Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches and opportunities to practice making healthy choices. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is structured similar to the National School Lunch Program. The School Breakfast Meal Patterns are established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These guidelines must be followed for the meals to be reimbursable.
  • Head Start: A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas. 
  • Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.
  • Healthy StepsHealthy Steps insurance features comprehensive coverage including preventive services and some dental and vision services.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance ProgramThe North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible individuals and families with heating and insulation related costs in the winter, and cooling costs in the summer. 
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years and is available in all counties in North Dakota. WIC offers healthy food for proper growth and development and helps families choose healthier ways of eating. The North Dakota WIC program is administered by the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Maternal and Child Health.
  • Summer Food ServiceThe North Dakota Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals when school is in session. SFSP helps children to maintain a nutritious diet and helps their families to stretch their food dollars during the summer months. The program is offered in many and various locations such as parks, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches, community centers, etc. Often the SFSP meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) safeguards the health and well-being of low income North Dakotans. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement an individual or a family's food budget. SNAP recipients are issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT). The store cashier runs the EBT card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient's purchase amount from their allotted SNAP benefits. North Dakota SNAP operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy FamiliesThe Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides funds to assist families in any manner that is reasonable. These include: assisting needy families to care for children in their homes, reducing dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage: preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
  • Unemployment BenefitsUnemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet North Dakota's eligibility requirements.
  • Weatherization Assistance ProgramThe Weatherization Assistance Program was established to help low-income families and individuals decrease their home energy costs and to be attentive to energy-related health and safety issues in the home. The North Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
  • Special Milk ProgramThe Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
N.D. Nonprofits
N.D. Community Foundation: Established in 1976 to improve the quality of life for state citizens through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.  As of 2018, NDCF managed about $80 million in assets in more than650 charitable funds, all benefiting state communities, charities and citizens.


Federal Government

Access BoardIndependent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards.  Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the board is now a leading source of information on accessible design.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Information and technical assistance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Disability Impacts All of Us
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Department of Education



  Department of Health and Human ServicesHHS administers more than 100 programs across its operating divisions. HHS programs protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
  • Aging.gov: Programs, services, and tools specifically designed to help older individuals, their caregivers and their communities.
  • BeTobaccoFree.gov: Consumer guide to tobacco information, including health effects of tobacco, nicotine and electronic cigarettes, and tips to quit tobacco use and never start smoking.
  • Foodsafety.gov: Gateway to food safety information provided by U.S. government agencies. Help prevent food poisoning by learning about the four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. Also find information about the different types of food poisoning and how to avoid it.
  • HealthCare.gov: Information about health insurance plans.
  • HHS.gov/HealthCare: Facts about the Affordable Care Act including an overview of its key features and reference the text of the full law.
  • HHS.gov./Hepatitis: Information about how HHS is dealing with the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis. Most people with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) don’t have symptoms until the later stages of the infection.
  • HHS.gov/Opioids: Learn more about pain management, prescription opioids and heroin, treatment and recovery, and overdose response. The site includes resources for health professionals, law enforcement, parents, and others.
  • HHS.gov/Zika: Information on the Zika virus, what HHS is doing to fight Zika, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. The site also includes information on safe travel to Zika-affected countries.
  • HIV.gov: HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and how social media is being used in response to HIV/AIDS. HIV.gov also includes a Service Locator, a location-based search tool for finding HIV testing sites and care services.
  • MentalHealth.gov: One-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov explains the basics of mental health, myths and facts and more.
  • MentalHealth and Addiction Insurance Help: The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care and was expanded so that qualified plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace cover many behavioral health treatments and services.
  • StopBullying.gov: Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • Vaccines.gov: Gateway to information about vaccines and immunizations for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors. Get the basics, check immunization and vaccination schedules and learn about the diseases that vaccination can control.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nation's health protection agency works to guard the nation from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same, and conducts critical science and provides health information.

National Institutes of HealthMade up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency’s activities and outlook.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI leads a national effort to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer. Through basic and clinical biomedical research and training, NCI conducts and supports research that will lead to a future in which we can prevent cancer before it starts, identify cancers that do develop at the earliest stage, eliminate cancers through innovative treatment interventions, and biologically control those cancers that we cannot eliminate so they become manageable, chronic diseases.
  • National Eye Institute (NEI): The National Eye Institute’s mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. The NHLBI stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public.
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI): NHGRI is devoted to advancing health through genome research. The Institute led NIH’s contribution to the Human Genome Project, which was successfully completed in 2003 ahead of schedule and under budget. Building on the foundation laid by the sequencing of the human genome, NHGRI’s work now encompasses a broad range of research aimed at expanding understanding of human biology and improving human health. In addition, a critical part of NHGRI’s mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research.
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA): NIA leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): NIAAA conducts research focused on improving the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems to reduce the enormous health, social, and economic consequences of this disease.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): NIAID research strives to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent the myriad infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases that threaten millions of human lives.
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB): The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD research on fertility, pregnancy, growth, development, and medical rehabilitation strives to ensure that every child is born healthy and wanted and grows up free from disease and disability.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical research and research training on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language that affect 46 million Americans.
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR): NIDCR provides leadership for a national research program designed to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent the infectious and inherited craniofacial-oral-dental diseases and disorders that compromise millions of human lives.
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): The mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is to conduct and support medical research and research training and to disseminate science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, to improve people’s health and quality of life.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. 
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS): The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded scientists investigate how living systems work at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms and populations. The Institute also supports research in certain clinical areas, primarily those that affect multiple organ systems. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and in developing research capacities throughout the country.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): NIMH provides national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To accomplish its mission, NIMHD plans, reviews, coordinates, and evaluates all minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health; conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities; promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce; translates and disseminates research information; and fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. To accomplish this goal the NINDS supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research on the normal and diseased nervous system. The Institute also fosters the training of investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM): NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals, and the public. The Library’s Web-based databases, including PubMed/Medline and MedlinePlus, are used extensively around the world. NLM conducts and supports research in biomedical communications; creates information resources for molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, and environmental health; and provides grant and contract support for training, medical library resources, and biomedical informatics and communications research.
  • NIH Clinical Center (CC): The NIH Clinical Center, America’s research hospital, provides a versatile clinical research environment enabling the NIH mission to improve human health by investigating the pathogenesis of disease; conducting first-in-human clinical trials with an emphasis on rare diseases and diseases of high public health impact; developing state-of-the-art diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic interventions; training the current and next generations of clinical researchers; and, ensuring that clinical research is ethical, efficient, and of high scientific quality.
  • Center for Information Technology (CIT): CIT incorporates the power of modern computers into the biomedical programs and administrative procedures of the NIH by focusing on three primary activities: conducting computational biosciences research, developing computer systems, and providing computer facilities.
  • Center for Scientific Review (CSR): The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. CSR organizes the peer review groups or study sections that evaluate the majority (70%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. CSR also receives all grant applications for NIH, as well as for some other components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Since 1946, the CSR mission has remained clear and timely: to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews — free from inappropriate influences — so NIH can fund the most promising research.
  • Fogarty International Center (FIC): FIC promotes and supports scientific research and training internationally to reduce disparities in global health.
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS): The mission of NCATS is to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing, and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions.
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): The mission of NCCIH is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Disability and Equal Housing Opportunity
Department of Justice
Disability Rights Section
Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Summary
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
Disability Resources (disAbility.gov)
Disability Rights Section
Department of Transportation
Traveling with a Disability
Department of Veterans Affairs

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:  Field-based program of Patient Care Services, the center advocates for health promotion, disease prevention and patient health education and advises Veterans Health Administration leadership on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention policy. Provides programs, education, resources, coordination, guidance and oversight for the field to enhance health, well-being, and quality of life for veterans. To accomplish this mission, NCP partners with colleagues within and outside VHA.

National Council on Disability: I
ndependent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of presidential and congressional appointees, an executive director appointed by the chair and a full-time professional staff.
National Disability Employment Policy, From the New Deal to the Real Deal: Joining the Industries of the Future (2018 report)
National Endowment for the Arts:  Independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of U.S. communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
Creating Successful Museum Experiences for Children with Disabilities
Dancing with Disability: A Look at the Infinity Dance Theater
Department of State
Travelers with Disabilities: Research Your Destination

Arts: 
 
Veterans Health Administration: Largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,243 healthcare facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,062 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to more than 9 million veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare program. Offers tools and information to help veterans reach their optimal health. Tools such as My HealtheVet enable veterans to manage your medical priorities through an online prescription refill service, personal health journal and links to Federal and VA benefits. Use the health support services listed below to maintain veterans' physical and mental wellness: 

  • Blind Rehabilitation: Support for blind and low-vision veterans and their families.
  • Caregivers/Caregiving: Support and services for those who care for veterans. Chaplain: Attending to the spiritual health needs of veterans.
  • Community Living Centers: Short-stay and long-stay nursing home care for veterans who are medically and mentally stable.
  • Compensated Work Therapy: Vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work-ready veterans in competitive jobs.
  • Dental Care Benefits: Facts regarding dental eligibility criteria and information to assist Veterans in understanding their eligibility for VA dental care.
  • Disease Prevention: Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention and health education for veterans.
  • Fisher House: "Home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
  • Geriatrics & Extended Care: Geriatric and extended care services for veterans that include non-institutional and institutional options.
  • Homeless Services: Variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist veterans who are homeless.
  • Mental Health: Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education and research. MyHealtheVet: Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.
  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Empowers veterans to define and achieve their own lifelong goals. Prescriptions: Online prescription refills provided through My HealtheVet (requires login).
  • Prosthetics and Sensory Aids: Premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment and support services for veterans.
  • Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers): Offers services to eligible veterans and their families in an effort to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life.
  • Rural Health: Improving access and quality of care for veterans living in rural areas. Smoking Cessation: Resources and tools to help smokers quit.
  • Substance Abuse Programs: Treatments addressing all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions. Telehealth: Connecting health records and services to veterans and providers.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1 (800) 273-8255 and Press 1) is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
  • Weight Management: MOVE! program helps veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health. MOVE!’s core ideas — encouraging healthy eating behavior, increasing physical activity and promoting even small weight losses — are easy to follow and based on the latest in nutrition science.
  • Women Veterans Health Care: Implementing positive changes in the provision of care for all women veterans.
Disability.govThe U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.
Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles: Under the ADA, DOT issues and enforces accessibility standards for transportation vehicles that are based on the Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Transportation Vehicles.  These requirements apply to new or remanufactured vehicles covered by the ADA, including buses and vans, rail cars (rapid, light, commuter, intercity, high-speed, and monorail), automated guideway vehicles, and trams and similar vehicles. General Services Administration: Provides workplaces by constructing, managing and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of governmentwide policies/
Section508.gov: Government-wide IT Accessibility Program
Internal Revenue Service
Tax Highlights for People With Disabilities (2017 tax year)
National Institutes of Health
: Largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
National Institute of Mental Health: Lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Social Security Administration Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs: Information on the Extra Help program. Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
Department of Health and Human Services
 
  • Disabilities (Healthfinder.gov): Information about disabilities from healthfinder.gov, a government website with information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • Disabilities en español (Healthfinder.gov): Spanish-language information about disabilities from healthfinder.gov, a government website with information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • Disabilities (MedlinePlus®): Information about disabilities provided by the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
  • Discapacidades (MedlinePlus®): Spanish-language information about disabilities provided by the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
  • Get Help: People with Disabilities (Administration for Community Living): Resources to connect people with disabilities, caregivers, families, and professionals to federal, national, and local programs and information.
  • Discrimination on the Basis of Disability (Office for Civil Rights): Learn more about HHS’ role in enforcing non-discrimination requirements related to health care and social services programs.
  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Administration for Community Living): The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.

FAQ: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

FAQ: What agencies advocate for persons with disabilities?


Disability Assistance - Federal
(Source: Benefits.gov)
  • Architectural Barriers Act Enforcement: This program assists individuals subject to discrimination on the basis of disability within the domain of federally assisted programs.
  • Assistance for Indian Children with Severe Disabilities: The purpose of the program is to provide special education and related services to Native American children with severe disabilities, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Automobiles and Adaptive Equipment for Disabled Veterans and Servicemembers: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a one-time payment to disabled veterans of no more than $19,817 toward the purchase of an automobile or other transportation. Additionally, the VA will pay for adaptive equipment, or for repair, replacement and reinstallation of automobile equipment required because of disability. Payments for adaptive equipment may be made multiple times during the veteran's life.
  • Caregiver Programs and Services: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that family caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of veterans under VA care. Under the "Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010," additional VA services are available to seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and their family caregivers through a new program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
  • Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Benefits Program: The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) Health Care Benefits Program provides reimbursement for medical care related to covered birth defects and conditions associated with a covered birth defect except for spina bifida. VA can also reimburse expenses for covered travel to and from your doctor or health care facility within a reasonable commuting area. Preauthorization is required for travel outside of the commuting area.
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center: The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The primary goals of the PRC are to foster involvement in the community, promote health and improve quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI), paralysis from other causes, and mobility-related disabilities by providing free comprehensive information, referral, and resources. The PRC’s services are completely free of charge and are funded by a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Client Assistance Program (CAP): The Client Assistance Program (CAP) was established to advise and inform clients, client applicants, and other individuals with disabilities of all the available services and benefits under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and of the services and benefits available to them under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Services include advising and informing individuals of their rights in direct connection with programs authorized under the Act, including advocacy services. CAP does not provide financial, housing or medical benefits directly to individuals with disabilities. 
  • Clothing Allowance: Clothing Allowance is an annual sum of money paid to any veteran who, because of a service-connected disability: Wears or uses a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance which tends to wear or tear clothing, or uses medication, which a physician has prescribed for ask in condition that is due to a service-connected disability and causes irreparable damage to the veteran's outer garments.
  • Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC): The mission of the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, or Federal Black Lung Program, is to administer claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Black Lung Benefits Act provides monthly monetary payments and medical benefits to coal miners who are totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) arising from their employment in or around coal mines. Monthly monetary payments are also awarded to a miner's dependent survivors. 
  • Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Each state receives money to help parents identify if their infant or toddler (birth through age 2) is disabled. If a child is found to be experiencing any sort of developmental delay (cognitive, physical, communication, social, emotional or self-help), the state may then (at a minimum) provide the funds for evaluations and assessments, service coordination and the development and review of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which are available at no cost for eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities. Other early intervention services designed to meet the unique needs of the child may be provided on a fee-for-service or sliding fee scale on a state-by-state basis. 
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides workplace protections - unpaid, job-protected leave - to those living with a serious health condition, including HIV/AIDS. 
  • Federal Retiree Benefits: The Services Online (SOL) program offers federal retirees and survivor annuitants a place to learn more about retirement benefits and make changes to federal annuity payments. 
  • Former Worker Medical Screening Program (FWP): The Former Worker Program (FWP) identifies, notifies, and makes medical screening services available, at no cost, to former employees who have worked in the weapons complex during the past 60-plus years for the Department of Energy (DOE) or its predecessor agencies (the Atomic Energy Commission and the Energy Research and Development Administration). DOE uses occupational health experts to independently offer medical screening to former workers for potential adverse health outcomes related to occupational exposures to such conditions as radiation, noise, beryllium, asbestos, lasers, silica, and others. 
  • Home Based Primary Care (HBPC): VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a unique home care program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of veterans with complex medical, social, and behavioral conditions for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective. In contrast to other home care systems that target patients with short-term remediable needs and provide episodic, time-limited and focused skilled services, HBPC targets patients with complex, chronic, progressively disabling disease and provides comprehensive, long-term home care. HBPC is designed to serve the chronically ill through the months and years before death, providing primary care, palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management and coordination of care services. 
  • Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind: Grants are made to states to support services for individuals age 55 or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment difficult to obtain but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Independent living services for older blind persons aims to support individuals whose recent visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain, but for whom independent living goals are feasible. 
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free, expert and confidential technical assistance to both employees and employers regarding workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs: Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs) (including Domiciliary and RRTPs) provide residential rehabilitative and clinical care to veterans who have a wide range of problems, illnesses, or rehabilitative care needs which may include mental health and substance use disorders, co-occurring medical conditions and psychosocial needs such as homelessness and unemployment. All of these programs provide a 24/7 therapeutic setting utilizing both professional and peer supports. Treatment focuses on the veteran's needs, abilities, strengths, and preferences.
  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability: The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is an online resource for research and practice information in the area of health promotion and physical activity for persons with disabilities. The primary focus of the center's approach is to collaborate with the nation's leading health advocacy and disability organizations in linking them to the hundreds of program initiatives ongoing across the nation and using this framework to build inclusion and integration into these existing programs. 
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the braille and talking-book program, a free library service for residents of the United States and its territories and American citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical disability makes reading regular print difficult. Through its national network of cooperating libraries, NLS mails digital audio players and books and magazines - in audio and in braille - directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials also are available in large-print, braille, and recorded formats. Select materials are available online for download via the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service online and via BARD Mobile, available through the App Store. 
  • National Limb Loss Information Center: The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization serving the limb loss community and operates the National Limb Loss Resource Center. The National Limb Loss Resource Center offers programs, services, and publications designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with limb loss/difference and their families, improve patient care and raise awareness about limb loss and limb loss prevention. The Resource Center is staffed by trained and certified information specialists who provide information about limb loss, referrals to local programs and other programs offered by the Coalition, including our peer support program and educational events. 
  • Non-Discrimination in Federally Assisted and Conducted Programs (On the Basis of Disability): The program is designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
  • Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights: The Program of Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights provides grants for states to support systems for protection and advocacy for the rights of individuals with disabilities who are ineligible for services from the Protection and Advocacy for DevelopmentalDisabilities (PADD) program and the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program, or whose problems fall outside the scope of services available from the Client Assistance Program (CAP).
  • Respite Care: VA medical centers can give the veteran's caregiver (family member or friend) a "break" by taking over the Veteran's care for a limited time. VA medical centers may provide respite care to an eligible veteran for up to 30 days in a calendar year.  Families and patients who are in need of respite care in excess of 30 days because of unforeseen difficulties, such as the unexpected death of the caregiver, may receive additional days of care with the approval of the medical center director. Respite Care may be provided at the VA medical center, in a community setting or in the veteran's home.
  • Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities: The Section 811 program allows persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community by subsidizing rental housing opportunities which provide access to appropriate supportive services. Section 811 program is authorized to operate in two ways: by providing interest-free capital advances and operating subsidies to nonprofit developers of affordable housing for persons with disabilities and by providing project rental assistance to state housing agencies. 
  • Services and Aid for Blind Veterans: VA provides personal and social adjustment programs and medical or health-related services for eligible blinded veterans at selected VA Medical Centers maintaining blind rehabilitation centers. Assistance comes in many forms.  Services include assessment skill training, counseling, peer support, family education, and the provision of and training with assistive technology such as magnification devices and adapted computers. 
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death. 
  • Special Education - National Activities - Parent Information Centers: The Special Education Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers Program ensures that children with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities receive training and information on their rights and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and that they can effectively participate in planning and decision making related to early intervention, special education and transitional services, including the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
  • Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program: VA Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program covers most health care services and supplies that are medically or psychologically necessary. The VA can also reimburse expenses for travel to and from your doctor or health care facility. 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Supplemental Security Income is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI provides financial help to disabled adults and children who have limited income and assets.
  • Survivors Pension: Survivors Pension is a tax-free benefit payable by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and unmarried dependent child(ren) of a deceased wartime veteran.
  • TRIO Student Support Services: The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides support services to low-income students, first-generation college students and disabled students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. Eligible students may receive (among other services) personal and academic career counseling, career guidance, instruction, mentoring, and tutoring. The goal of SSS program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.
  • Tax Help for People with Disabilities: The program provides tax relief for disabled individual taxpayers. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you or a member of your household must be disabled, or you must provide care for a disabled person. You must also be a taxpayer who is interested in receiving tax information and tax return preparation assistance.
  • Ticket to Work Program: Free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.
  • The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA): The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) provides benefits to employees (or their survivors) of the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors/subcontractors, who became ill as a result of exposure to radiation and/or other toxic substances authorized by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA or Act). It includes two separate benefit programs: Part B and Part E.
  • The National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System: The National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) helps reunite families separated by a disaster. It allows displaced individuals to register and provide information about their current location and situation, and then allows them to designate individuals (called designees) who may view their information. Affected individuals, or those seeking information about friends or family, can visit the NEFRLS website or call their hotline to register themselves or inquire about another person. The system is only activated to support presidentially-declared disasters and mass evacuations.
  • VA - Birth Defects Assistance - Payments for Children with Spina Bifida whose Parents Served in Vietnam or Korea: Spina bifida patients who are natural children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance. Note: If you want to apply for either of the other spina bifida benefits (healthcare assistance or vocational training), you must start by applying for the monthly allowance.
  • VA Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Home Care): VA Community Living Centers (formerly known as nursing home care) are long-term care services provided to veterans who need a skilled environment for short-term and long-term stays. Mandatory eligibility is given to veterans who need nursing home care for their service-connected disabilities, who are rated 70 percent service-connected or more, and who have a total disability rating based on individual unemployability.
  • Vaccines for Children Program: The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule.
  • Veterans Pension: Veterans Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to eligible wartime veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements.
  • Veterans Prosthetic Appliances: The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) provides medically prescribed prosthetic and sensory aids to eligible veterans. These aids include artificial limbs, hearing aids, communication aids, eyeglasses, orthopedic braces and shoes, wheelchairs, crutches and canes.
  • Veterans' Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose amount will depend on the degree of the veteran's disability.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities: The purpose of this program is to assist tribal governments to develop or to increase their capacity to provide a program of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, in a culturally relevant manner, to American Indians with disabilities residing on or near Federal or state reservations. The program's goal is to enable these individuals, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment and may include native healing services.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning servicemembers and veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap to prepare for, obtain and maintain suitable employment. 
  • Vocational Training for Children with Spina Bifida or Certain Birth Defects: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a monthly monetary allowance, health care specific to the disability, and vocational training, if reasonably feasible, for biological children diagnosed with Spina Bifida (except Spina Bifida Occulta) and certain other birth defects, born to Vietnam veterans who meet certain criteria. 
    This program enables a qualified child to prepare for and attain suitable employment. Services may include counseling and rehabilitative services, education, training, and employment services leading to suitable employment. VA pays for the cost of these services.
Health Care
N.D. Medicaid Program

National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
N.D. Newborn Screening Program
Rural Health Information Hub

Nonprofits


Diseases, Disabilities and Conditions
ADHD
Aging
A Profile of Older Americans: 2016

Arthritis Asthma

Autism

Birth Defects

Bullying
Bullying and Children with Disabilities
Cancer


Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Cleft Lip and Palate

Diabetes Down Syndrome
Dyslexia

Epilepsy

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Flu (influenza)

Hearing loss
  • Deaf-Blindness National Clearinghouse: Information and referral service related to children and youth who are deaf-blind. Topics include early intervention, education, health, employment, legal issues, post-secondary education, and independent living.

Heart Disease
Cardiac Conditions Resource Book

Hepatitis

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Injury, Accidents and Violence Inflammation
Inflammation: Causes and Effects (University Health News): What is Inflammation? How Inflammation Affects You. Fighting Inflammation with Food. Beyond Diet: How to Fight Inflammation.

Kidney Disease

Meningitis

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

Microcephaly

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Oral Health

Obesity and Overweight

Organ Donation

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS): Non-profit, scientific and educational organization that administers the only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) in the United States for the federal government. Advances organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development. Donate Life North Dakota
Donate Life Minnesota
How to Make Organ Transplants Last: New approaches try to train the body to welcome the replacement parts
(Science News, 2018)
The Gift of a Lifetime (OrganTransplants.org)
Organ Donation: While People Die, A Search For A Better System
Parasites

Polio

End Polio Now
Mayo Clinic: Polio
About Polio

Salmonella

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Smoking and Tobacco Spinal cord injury or disorders Stroke
N.D. FAST Access to Stroke Care

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
TB (Tuberculosis)

Vision loss Water-Related Diseases

Misc.
  • abledbody.comNews and media platform for the 54 million Americans and 20 million families touched by physical or mental disability, and those who engage with the disability community. "It’s a place where consumers can read the latest disability-related happenings in technology, workplace, design and life/culture," the website says. "We focus on assistive and emerging technologies, and we’re one of the first ever consumer websites to write about new technologies for people with disabilities in the workplace and lifespace."
  • About Disability:  Annotated bibliography of books organized by categories such as disability studies; family, children and relationship; history; and policy/civil rights. Separate categories for radio, movies, the Web, publications and videos. The list is a compilation of recommendations from a diverse group of disability scholars and activists. (source: National Center on Disability and Journalism)
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  • Campaign for Disability Employment: Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the CDE is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that is working to change attitudes about disability and employment. 
  • The Case for Inclusion: United Cerebral Palsy report ranks 50 stages and the District of Columbia on service outcomes for Americans with intellectual and development disabilities.
  • Center for Research on Women with Disabilities: Mission to promote, develop and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. The faculty and staff of this Baylor College of Medicine program accomplishes this by working with a consortium of local and national research collaboratorsmedical advisors, and consumer advisors.
  • College Resources for Students With Disabilities: Specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.
  • College Student Mental Health: Learn more about common mental illnesses, support systems and how to request accommodations. Current college students utilize campus mental health services more than any generation before them, showing that students are taking charge of their mental health and that colleges have services in place to help.
  • DART Center for Journalism & Trauma: The Dart Center advocates ethical and thorough reporting of trauma; compassionate, professional treatment of victims and survivors by journalists; and greater awareness by media organizations of the impact of trauma coverage on both news professionals and news consumers. It educates journalists and journalism students about the science and psychology of trauma and the implications for news coverage. It provides a professional forum for journalists in all media to analyze issues, share knowledge and ideas, and advance strategies related to the craft of reporting on violence and tragedy. It creates and sustains interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among news professionals, clinicians, academic researchers and others concerned with violence, conflict and tragedy.
  • Designing Accessible Software Guide: Guide from The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center at the University of Washington, which is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. Disability Information and Resources, University of California, San Francisco: Resources for patients, providers, employees, supervisors and students. This website was created by the UCSF Committee on Disability Issues (CDI).
  • Disabled World: Disability news and information via Disabled World's disability, health, medical, assistive products, and worldwide news and information from world disability organizations, government departments, universities and other educational institutions, and in-house articles.
    • Disability Loans, Grants and Low Income Finance Information: Online resource of financial assistance programs available including grants for disabled students, low-income families and singles, the elderly and people with disabilities. Listed financial aid programs cover lending institutions for low-income people in major world countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdome and the United States.
  • Creating More Authentic Disability TV Casting and Representation: Ruderman White Paper 2017 challenge and results.
  • Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide: ImproveNet.com resource guide created specifically for people with disabilities, with recommendations on how to prevent, prepare and recover from a fire.
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  • Guide for Disabled Home Buyers: Information about buying a home, including an explanation of the Fair Housing Act and programs which assist homebuyers with disabilities.
  • Guide for Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: Resource to cover essential information for disability home remodeling identifies legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offers tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggests modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible.
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  • Institute on Employment and Disability: Mission of Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability advances knowledge, policies and practice to enhance equal opportunities for all people with disabilities.
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  • Mobility International USA (MIUSA): Disability-led non-profit organization advancing disability rights and leadership globally by implementing innovative programs.
  • Museum of disABILITY: Dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. Museum’s exhibits, collections, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery. Based in Buffalo, N.Y., the museum also has virtual exhibits.
  • National
  • National Arts & Disability Center: Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. The NADC is a project of the Tarjan Center. The information, technical assistance and evaluation services of the NADC aim to strengthen the capacity of the mainstream arts community to include artists and audiences with disabilities, and promote the professional development of artists with disabilities through access to educational, vocational and community activities, supports and networks. 
  • National Council on Aging: Partners with nonprofit organizations, government and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help and advocacy to people ages 60 and older.
    • Benefits CheckUp: Check eligibility for benefits to pay for food, medicine, rent and other daily expenses.
    • Economic CheckUp: Get tips and resources to manage your budget, save money, avoid scams, find a job and more.
    • My Medicare Matters: Explore how to make the most of Medicare benefits and fin d the best plan.
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  • National Public Radio
  • Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT): Fostering collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Includes section Accessibility and Employment: What People with Disabilities Need to Know.
  • Types of Wheelchairs: A Visual Tour
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
  • Internet news accessibility: Nieman Reports article about making news websites accessibile to all.
  • Special Needs Assistance Programs for Kids (Snap4kids)
  • United Spinal Association: Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
  • World Institute on Disability: Internationally recognized public policy center founded in 1983.WID's program work focuses on issues and problems that directly affect people’s ability to live full and independent lives.
Articles & other information
Accessible Air Travel
Canes to Wheelchairs: Mobility Options
Disability Etiquette
5 Ways of Getting Over Parental Guilt: For parents of children with disabilities.
Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home
Five things you didn’t know about disability and sexual violence
Preventing Spinal Cord Injury
Sexuality Following Spinal Cord Injury
16 Cooling Products That Can Help Relieve Pain
16 Everyday Tasks, and What They Feel Like for a Person With Chronic Pain

13 Things I Hear a Lot as Someone Living With a Chronic Illness
Tips For Employers On Accommodating Job Seekers with Disabilities:
Transportation Wheelchair Woes: Speak, Act, Solve: Making your complaint count: how to simply and effectively report your negative transportation experience and positively affect transportation accessibility for all.
20 Brands of Compression Wear People With Chronic Illness Recommend
21 Worst Parts of Having Multiple Chronic Illnesses
26 'Hacks" That Can Make Cleaning Easier If You Have a Chronic Illness

Understanding the Fair Housing Amendments Act
Understanding Neurogenic Bladder
Winter Safety Tips for People with Disabilities



Extensive resource list from the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

Service Providers for Seniors Grand Forks area guide to services

Harold Ennis
On a pleasant August day in 2012, Harold Ennis got a good, long look at the miles of northwest North Dakota countryside around Tagus, a now-unincorporated town where he spent his youth.   In this rural area between Minot and Stanley, Ennis saw the wetlands and varied waterfowl. New oil development. The crops and grain ...
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