RESOURCES Americans with Disabilities Act
Accessibility Clearinghouse is an
information hub about phones and innovative ways to communicate, especially for
people who may have a disability. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is
dedicated to ensuring that all Americans - including Americans with disabilities
- have full access to the accessible communications. The 21st Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act put into motion new requirements to
ensure that everyone has access to communications as well as the ability to send
and receive emergency information and services.
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges is a
web-based resource for finding online accredited colleges and universities. They
provide a searchable directory of online colleges and universities.
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental
ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent needed
community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that
promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and
inclusion in all facets of community life.
Disabilities Act (ADA) and Childcare Centers
Assistive Technology Partners' website
includes information on funding sources for assistive technology. AT Partners issues a newsletter, with
the most current issue available here. Learning Labs are free and provide participants an opportunity to speak with the knowledgeable staff at Assistive Technology
Partners about a variety of assistive technology devices.
The Assistive Technology Coalition issued a White Paper on Assistive
Technology and Health Care Reform in March 2011.
Autism National Committee,
AUTCOM, is the
only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All
Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive
approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the
human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive
Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.
In the face of social policies of devaluation, which are expressed in the
practices of segregation, medicalization, and aversive conditioning, we assert
that all individuals are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable
rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Center on Human Policy is a Syracuse
University based policy, research and advocacy organization involved in the
national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.
CHANCE, The Center for Housing and New
Community Economics improves and increases access to integrated, affordable, and
accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and
"Choices, Control and Community" and "Opciones, Control y Comunidad"
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the documentary, a product of the work of El Grupo Vida, Coloradans for
Family Support, Advocacy Denver and the Arc of Jefferson County, Colorado TASH, the
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, and Families and Allies. This
documentary received the TASH 2003 Image Award.
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, CCDC, is
cross-disability organization dedicated to ensuring the independence,
self-reliance, and full participation of people with all types of disabilities
Colorado Fund for People with
Disabilities: The Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities (CFPD) is a
trust fund designed to protect a person's public benefits, such as Supplemental
Security Income and Medicaid, should the person receive a sum of money that
would otherwise make them ineligible for public benefits. Funds in CFPD are seen
as unavailable assets for eligibility determination.
Colorado Legal Services: Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit
corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State
of Colorado for over 85 years. The mission of Colorado Legal Services is to
provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit
of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable populations
throughout Colorado as possible.
on Disability Rights: The ABA has a deep and long-standing commitment to
diversity and to promoting opportunities for persons with disabilities in the
legal community. One of the ABA’s four fundamental goals is the elimination of
bias and the enhancement of diversity in the profession. Part of that vision
includes access and participation in all aspects of the legal system by persons
with mental and physical disabilities. The ABA’s Commission on Disability
Rights spearheads this effort.
Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center: The mission of the
Denver Metro CPRC is to inform and empower low-income, culturally and
linguistically diverse families as advocates for their children with
disabilities, ages birth-26, to achieve meaningful participation in their
schools and communities.
Disability History Museum: Their
mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people
with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories.
Disability Is Natural: The mission of Disability is
Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities,
in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes
and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with
developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams,
included in all areas of life. The website offers articles, books and links to
Family Center on Technology and Disability: Provides a
wide range of resources on instructional and assistive technologies, from
introductory fact sheets through CEU's for practitioners and educators. View the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition
Planning, designed to provide families with the information they need to
effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their
Grupo Vida: With the love, wisdom, and support of their families and
communities, individuals with disabilities can experience and live happy and
productive lives. Grupo Vida is network of families who have children with
disabilities or special needs.
Harvard Project on Disability (HPOD) works to promote
the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. They
empower all people to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD) to develop fully equitable societies. They have
publications that are worth reading, such as their handbook with an easy to read
explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This
publication is designed for anyone wanting a clear explanation of the CRPD,
including people with intellectual disabilities, their organizations, and their
Housing and Mortgages for People with
website provides useful information and assistance for people with disabilities
who are interested in buying a home. Website
provides ideas to consider when deciding to buy a home, describes the process,
explains mortgage and housing terminology, and how to obtain financial
assistance to buy a house.
Inclusion Daily Express:
This site includes the top disability rights stories for the year. The mission of the
Inclusion Daily Express is is to provide disability advocates with the most
up-to-date news, information and commentary about community inclusion,
self-determination and disability rights, in a way that saves time and is easy
Institute on Disability (IOD) at the
University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent
university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policy and practice
related to the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies
a private non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The
association was founded in 1949 in New York at the annual meeting of Human
Rights Agencies from four states, which was referred to as the "The
Conference of Four State Commissions." IAOHRA's membership presently
consists of approximately one hundred sixty (160) human rights agencies in the
United States and Canada. IAOHRA’s mission is to foster human and intergroup
relations, to enhance human rights practices under law, to promote civil and
human rights around the world, and to provide leadership in the development and
enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safeguard the human and civil
rights of all people.
Knowledge Path: Locating Community-Based Services to
Support Children and Families
is an electronic guide for service providers and families to help them find resources within their communities to address child
and family needs.
Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR): Beginning in 1950 with 30 organizations,
mostly civil rights and labor groups, the LCCR has grown in numbers, scope, and
effectiveness. Here you will find a listing of the more than 180 national
organizations that comprise the LCCR.
Mobility International: Is a US-based
national non-profit organization. The mission of Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
is to empower people with disabilities around the world through international
exchange, information, technical assistance and training, and to ensure the
inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development
disability rights bi-monthly print magazine. Mouth Magazine is now the only
disability rights-oriented magazine put to printed page. The Ragged Edge (see
below), recently went to web only, and is the place to go for the latest news
and articles if you prefer the free and complete coverage via accessible web.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for
Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to
better serve youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth,
created in late 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in disability,
education, employment, and workforce development issues. Funded by a grant from
the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP),
the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership.
National Down Syndrome Congress: The mission of the NDSC is to provide
information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals
with Down syndrome. The vision of the NDSC is a world with equal rights and
opportunities for people with Down syndrome. It is the purpose of the National
Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will
recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.
Not Dead Yet: Not Dead Yet is a
national disability rights group that is the disability community's definitive
source on the implications of public policy and media activity related to
euthanasia and assisted suicide.
an online magazine that began in 1997, offers topic-area
searches and articles from the world of disability activism, and news updates
supported by Inclusion Daily Express
an e-newsletter for self-advocates. Self-advocates are people with
disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. Self-advocates speak up
with spoken words, sign language, language boards or in ways unique to each
person. The Riot! is all about self-advocacy. We also want to make you
laugh and feel good about life. Every issue focuses on a timely theme, or
a particular idea. We also cover life topics, such as dating, health and
Rethinking Autism: All too often in the world of autism, celebrity and sex appeal are used to promote
pseudo-science and personal agendas. RethinkingAutism.com wants to change
minds, change the current media conversation and help give autistic people a
more prominent voice in the conversation. Up to this point, celebrities
and parents of autistic children have dominated the media with their miracle
cures and unsubstantiated theories on causation. This exploits autistic people,
their family members and the public. Please join us. Share the
videos, read the blog and sign up to be part of our emailing list. Let’s
change the conversation one video at a time.
The Road to Self-Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship
for Youth with Disabilities is a resource for organizations working with youth
on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth
programs through policy and practice. The Guide shows how entrepreneurship
education can be implemented in programs and offers suggestions on how to
introduce self-employment as an option for all youth, including youth with
Social Security Administration:
The Social Security and
Medicare link provides current information on Social Security programs and work
incentives that are available. Applications for
retirement, Medicare, Social Security disability,
dependent and survivor's benefits can be filed online as well as disability
medical reports for adults and children.
Rocky Mountain ADA/IT Center:
Providing information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
accessible education-based information technology to Colorado, Utah, Montana,
Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Sexuality and Developmental Disability Resources: Following are links to some
helpful resources from a 2010 issue of Impact magazine and a 1996 article from
the Bioethics Forum.
Social Security and Disability Resource Center: The Social
Security and Disability Resource Center website provides answers to questions
concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a
denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes
that are commonly made by applicants filing for either SSD (social security
disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) benefits. The site is
based on the author's personal experience as a former disability-Medicaid
caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the Social Security
Transportation Hotline for Air Travelers .
Updated Air Carriers Access Act regulations became effective May 13, 2009. For
detailed information on the changes click on this link to the Disability and
Business Technical Assistance Center for the Southwest (DBTAC Southwest).
Watch Our Words (WOW) – Watch Our Words is a
group of facilitated communication users, their facilitators and friends who
meet monthly alternately in Lafayette and in Denver. WOW offers trainings to any groups interested in learning
about facilitated communication. WOW
has also produced two DVDs, one with short documentaries about 5 WOW members,
and another that can be used as a training video.
Click here for the documentaries on Michael
Hoover, Jaison Hart, Daniel
Sutter, Sharisa Kochmeister
and Chris Patton. Click here for the training segments
"What is FC" and "Learning to be a Facilitator."
You may call or email the Council to have a set of DVDs mailed
to you, at no charge. Please use the "Contact Us" form on this
website, or call the Council at (720) 941-0176. Thanks!
Web Accessibility Standards:
most websites and web software have
accessibility barriers that
make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use the Web. This
an overview of the various disabilities that can affect how people use the
Internet, plus links to resources that can help you make your website or Web
content more accessible.