Disability Resource List

News and insights on assistive technologies and innovations for people with disabilities. It also covers disability-related news, including politics, business, education and culture as it relates to helping people with disabilities become more abled in the workplace and lifespace.

Maintained by Anthony Tusler, this is an annotated bibliography of books organized by categories such as disability studies; family, children and relationship; history; and policy/civil rights. There are 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.

Accessibility and Employment
This site includes information on workplace technology by the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT).

Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles
This site provides details of the American with Disabilities Act rules and regulations regarding vehicles ranging from vans to mass transit.

Accessibility for Internet News
A look at accessibility on news websites and tips for accessible website design.

Accessibility for Study Abroad
How do educators in-charge of study abroad programs make sure those programs are accessible for students with disabilities? UNC-Chapel Hill leaders describe their process.

Accredited Schools Online: Promoting Student Mental Health
This guide offers resources for student mental health, including how to deal with anxiety, depression and drug abuse.

American Press Institute: Increasing Accessibility and Usability on Mobile
This site offers information on increasing accessibility on a mobile platform.

Americans with Disabilities Act
This federal government Web site provides information and technical assistance regarding the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division operates the site.

U.K. National Autism Society
The U.K. National Autism Society charity provides information and support for autistic people and their families.

A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers
This guides offers information about buying a home with a disability, including an explanation of the Fair Housing Act and programs which assist homebuyers with disabilities.

Buying a Home | Department of Housing and Urban Development
Arizona Office for Americans with Disabilities
Know-the-Ada provides information to help understand the rights of the disabled in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE)
A program spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, this site provides tools and information relating to disability employment.

The Case for Inclusion
A report from United Cerebral Palsy, offering a state-by-state examination of Medicaid services.

Cerebral Palsy Fact Sheet
Facts from the CDC about cerebral palsy.

Center for Accessible Society Census 2000 Analysis
The center offers an interpretation of 2000 census numbers on disabilities.

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
CROWD is a research center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse and independent living for women with disabilities. The violence section includes information ranging from academic papers to a resource kit.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance 
Informational guide on Cerebral Palsy, including an overview on financial assistance.

Checking Your Website’s Accessibility
Ten free Web-based tools to assess the accessibility of your website. We recommend, in particular, WAVE.

College Resources For Students with Disabilities
This guide from Affordable Colleges Online shares alphabetized resources and information for specific disabilities.

College Student Mental Health
This guidebook, created by Affordable Colleges Online, offers college students and their families resource they can use should a mental health concern arise. It also identifies common mental health issues for college students, how to identify problems and when and how to get help.

Dart Center On-line Curriculum: Journalism & Traumatic Stress
This site provides best practices, self-study units and other resources on reporting on trauma and emotional injury.

Disabled World 
A disability news resource with sections like health, travel, sports, and more.

Disability and the Global South
A peer reviewed international journal committed to publishing high quality work in both English and Spanish, focused exclusively on all aspects of the disability experience in the global South.

The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

News organization that covers topics of interest and concern to people with developmental disabilities. Coverage includes news about various conditions, including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Writers often examine news about education, politics and health, among other topics, through the lens of how such things impact people with disabilities.

Disability Statistics Center at the University of California at San Francisco
The center produces and disseminates statistical information on the demographics and status of people with disabilities. Topics include employment, access to technology, health care, community-based services and other aspects of independent living and participation in society.

Designing Software that is Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities
A guide from Washington University on designing accessible software.

Understanding Dyslexia
The Child Mind Institute provides information to help aid in understanding the common learning disability dyslexia.

Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School
The institute conducts research on a variety of topics that apply to disability in the workplace. Technical assistance and training are also provided by the institute in areas such as community inclusion, disability benefits and statistics, as well as workforce development.

Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television (Sept 2017)
A White Paper by the Ruderman Family Foundation closely examining disability inclusion in the casting process for TV pilots. The paper documents current trends and makes recommendations to casting directors on how to improve diversity.

Expertise.com provides consumer information for home remodeling for disability and special needs and provides a platform for finding contractors, Web developers and other professionals.

Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Funding Modifications to a Home to Make it More Accessible
MoneyGeek’s experts explain how to fund a remodeling project to make a home more accessible, pointing to helpful resources.

Guide to Disability Benefits from Disability.gov

Guide to Moving for the Disabled

Higher Education and Students with Disabilities
Accredited Schools Online offers a wide range of resources on rights and resources for college students with disabilities.

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

Homeschooling and Special Needs Children
Outlines what homeschooling a special needs child may involve.

Hope Through Research
Research and information about cerebral palsy from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

How Tech Companies are Making their Apps More Accessible for The Disabled: The Week
The Week profiles tech companies working to make software apps more accessible for those with disabilities.

Independent Living Research Utilization
The ILRU program is a national center for information, training, research and technical assistance in independent living. It is a program of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities. Local independent living centers in each state can be found in an online directory.

Institute for Community Inclusion: State Data Online
This Web site generates customized charts of state, national and individual disability data. Accessible text versions are automatically created by the charting software. Data includes state mental retardation/developmental disabilities agencies, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Internet Closed Captioning Guide
To help companies and individuals seeking to comply with new FCC rules for closed captioning on the Web, the NCDJ surveyed various services and compiled a list of resources as well as a summary of the rules and deadlines for compliance.

Investigating Disability Issues IRE Panel
A compilation of presentations at the 2017 IRE Conference on covering disability issues from an investigative angle.

Journalist’s Resource
The group Journalist’s Resource examines a study on the prevalence of reported disability in all 50 states.

Key Elements of Accessible Websites
Guidelines for developing websites accessible to those with different disabilities.

Media & Disability Links
Journalism Professor Beth Haller provides links to news, blogs, publications and studies related to disability.

Media Guide: Your Language Matters when Writing About Mental Illness (PDF)
Style guide created by the Mental Health Association of Portland.

Medicare & Social Security: Benefits for Disabled Individuals

Mindset Reporting on Mental Health
A new guide to mental health reporting from Canadian journalists launched at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto promoting more factual coverage; fairer, less stigmatizing treatment; and the airing of systemic issues in mental health care across the country.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, Disabilities and Violence
This electronic clearinghouse on violence and abuse includes a section on disability with articles and fact sheets, books and videos and references to institutions and organizations.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD provides information and resources for people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents and families to learn more about their specific diagnosis and ways to succeed in school, the workplace and elsewhere. Much of the site is dedicated to educational tools for students with LD and their parents, but you can also find resources if you are an adult with diagnoses such as dyslexia or ADHD. Many of the pages within the site include videos and/or audio links.

National Disability Rights Network
A public policy advocacy network working to change law across the United States.

National Endowment For the Arts: Office of Accessibility
The NEA’s Office of Accessibility offers resources for those in the arts with disabilities.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
This InfoUse project provides dozens of charts and graphs that measure disability in the United States.

National Organization on Disability
This site provides Harris poll data on the participation gaps between Americans with and without disabilities in 10 major life activities as well as an assortment of other disability-related surveys and studies.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
This site provides extensive materials on disability and rehabilitation-oriented information, including full-text documents, targeted bibliographies, historical data and resources for employment, advocacy, education, benefits and technology.

National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force
According to one of the most comprehensive national surveys ever conducted on disabilities and the workforce, unemployment among adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities was more than twice as high as for the general population from 2011 to 2012. The survey was commissioned by the Special Olympics, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and administered by Gallup.

On the Wagon
Weekly essays, art and opinions exploring the lives of people living with disabilities. Many stories in this section are written by people with disabilities.

The New York Times section on disability topics
Weekly essays, art and opinions exploring the lives of people living with disabilities. Many stories in this section are written by people with disabilities.

Science Communication tips for science journalists covering disabilities
Article for The Open Notebook by science journalist Rachel Zamzow that provides tips targeted at science journalists, students, and communicators covering disability-related issues. Article offers numerous resources such as databases of disabled writers, links to additional advice columns, advocacy groups, and exemplary science articles. Key tips include avoiding “inspiration porn” and speaking directly with people with disabilities instead of only relying on non-disabled medical experts.

Special Education Guide
Special Education Guide features information about different types of personalized education plans, and helps parents and others navigate the special education system. This site also contains key points to help educators and parents to identify different disabilities and offers some suggestions on how to maximize a student’s success in the classroom based on their diagnosis. It also provides a dictionary of terms related to special education, as well as other resources.

Society of Professional Journalists Diversity Toolbox
This site offers a wide range of articles, teaching plans and advice for journalists covering disability issues.

Society of Professional Journalists Rainbow Diversity Sourcebook
Search this database by common news topics to find qualified experts contributed by fellow journalists.

Tax Benefits for Businesses who have Employees with Disabilities
The IRS provides information about the range of tax credits and deductions that businesses who employ people with disabilities may be eligible for.

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 
This guide from Accredited Schools Online offers expert advice for assisting college students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Teaching Students with Special Needs
A guide for new teachers from Teacher Vision, which includes advice for teaching students with learning disabilities.

Trace Research and Development Center
This center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides information and research on voting accessibility, including assistive voting.

Travel Resources for the Disabled and Handicapped
This site offers detailed information on traveling with a disability, including links and tips.

U.S. Census 2010
This site provides the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent reports, briefs and data on disability.

U.S. Census: Americans With Disabilities Act facts

The U.S. Census Bureau offers facts and figures on Americans with disabilities.

U.S. Census Bureau News
The Census Bureau’s Facts for Features newsroom segment commemorates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a list of data on people with disabilities from the 2010 Census. It includes the number of people with a disability (56.7 million), the state with the highest rate of disability in the nation (West Virginia) and the average salary of a worker with disabilities ($20,184 annually).

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation
This Web site offers information on grants, educational resources, research and statistics in the areas of special education and vocational rehabilitation.

Using Census Data to Report on Businesses Serving People with Disabilities 
The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism offers advice on using census data to help reporting on businesses serving people with disabilities. The detailed post explains how to correctly analyze the data and provides story ideas for journalists.

U.S. Business Leadership Network
The U.S. Business Leadership Network provides businesses advice on disability inclusion, accessibility and supplier diversity.

U.S. News and World Report: Best Countries Disability Series
A series of articles from U.S. News and World Report focusing on disability issues around the world.

VOR Resource Links
More than 100 links to nonprofit organizations and service providers dedicated to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the country.

VSA: The International Organization on Arts and Disability
VSA aims to increase opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. The organization, within the Kennedy Center, was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith.

Why Diversity in Staff Can Improve Business Performance
The site chronicpaincrps.com offers an infographic on how disabled employees can help boost a business’s performance.

Cerebral Palsy Causes Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.
News organization that covers topics of interest and concern to people with developmental disabilities. Coverage includes news about various conditions, including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Writers often examine news about education, politics and health, among other topics, through the lens of how such things impact people with disabilities.
This link provides information on drug addiction and resources for anyone seeking recovery, including statistics and news on drug abuse.