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Disabilities and Impairments

disabled man and woman in electric scooters on ramp: resources for patients with disabilities or impairments

Managing a disability or impairment is difficult for patients, their families and their caregivers. We hope you find these resources for patients with disabilities or impairments helpful.

ABLEDATA

www.AbleData.com

800-227-0216

This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The site provides information on over 36,000 assistive technology products in 20 categories to help people with physical limitations. The site does not sell products, but provides information on where to buy needed items. There is also information on conferences, state agencies and organizations, as well as access to a library of publications and related news.

Disability.gov

www.Disability.gov

This U.S. government site provides information to connect the disability community to information and opportunities. Find information on disability benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. Sign up to receive e-mail updates for notice when new information is added to the site.

Easter Seals, Inc.

www.EasterSeals.com

800-221-6827

This non-profit organization provides services and information for people with disabilities, including children and seniors. Topics include facts about disabilities, medical rehabilitation, accessibility, transportation, employment and legislation. Learn tips for choosing child care, including care for children with special needs. Find a local chapter near you. Information is available on-line in Spanish.

National Rehabilitation Information Center

www.NARIC.com

800-346-2742

This website provides access to over 75,000 resources for people with disabilities. Search for information on topics such as employment, advocacy, benefits, financial assistance, education, technology, making your home accessible, research updates and more. You can call or live chat with an agent Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:30 Eastern Time. Spanish speaking agents are available. This site was developed under a contract from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a division of the U.S. Department of Education.

This Caring Home

www.ThisCaringHome.org

This organization is funded by several foundations, including the Weill Cornell Medical College. The site provides information on best practices and home care for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Find videos, photos and animations, along with expert reviews, of home furnishings, smart technologies and home care products all specifically chosen for the needs of these patients. Their Virtual Home lets you explore research-based solutions to home safety and daily care issues. Explore the challenges and solutions for bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas, living rooms, stairs, and outdoors. Their technology allows you to “visit” a room, click on an area within the room, and see videos and tips.