Disability Links and Information

ADA and Fair Housing

ADA Basics: ADA Title I: Employment / ADA Title II: State & Local Entities / ADA Title III: Public Accommodations (stores, common areas) / ADA Title IV: Telecommunication.
The Fair Housing Act Basics: Residential Housing, 4+ Attached Units. Landlord and Owner Residences.
ADA Helpline 1-800-949-4232
The Fair Housing Act (800) 669-9777
Fair Housing Title VIII: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Advocacy

Disability Websites

Disability Benefits

Allsup: Representation service for disability claims. Free Consultation Tell them IDA sent you.

Applying for Disability Benefits with Chronic Illness
Common Mistakes When Social Security is Denied
Disability Articles by Scott E. Davis, P.C.
Disability Evaluation Resource
Disability Insurance Issues (excellent resources and links)
MCS Legal Help – Michael Walkup
Scott E. Davis, P.C.- Disability Attorney. specializing in FM and CFIDS/ Case histories and article
Six Advantages of Representation for SSDI
Social Security Administration: Disability Information from the SSA.
Social Security and Disability Resource Center: Not an SSA.gov site.
Social Security Disability Denial Rates
Tips on SS Eligibility

Disability Rights and Issues

ADAPT: Disability rights activism
American Pain Foundation: Nonprofit consumer education and advocacy organization. Online resource center for people with pain, their families, friends, caregivers, the media, legislators, and the general public. Includes links, policy and advocacy, media resources and more
FindLaw – law, lawyers, legal search engine
Fox & Robertson, PC
Welfare to Work: Links welfare recipients to State Web pages which include links to sites containing information and employment openings; information on the status of government welfare-to-work programs

Disability Publications

Abilities Magazine- Canada’s foremost cross-disability lifestyle magazine.
Ability Magazine- a bimonthly featuring celebrity interviews with emphasis on health and disABILITY issues. News and resources related to assistive technology, medical research, the ADA, personal empowerment and employment for individuals of all ages with a mental or physical disability.
AbleTV.net- multimedia network for people with disabilities.
Action Alerts and Legislative Updates- The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law web site offers regularly updated “alerts” about legal and advocacy issues affecting people with mental disabilities.
Active Living Magazine- healthy lifestyles for today’s amputees
Audacity Magazine- a news and entertainment magazine geared toward the disabled community in the United States and the world.
BusinessWeek Online; Assistive Technology- a wide range of disability news items and issues relating to assistive technology.
Careers And The Disabled Magazine- career-guidance and recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels.
Caregiver- magazine for caregivers, about caregivers, by caregivers.
Closing the Gap- newspaper highlights hardware and software products appropriate for people with special needs, and explains how this technology is being implemented in education, rehabilitation, and vocational settings around the world.
Deaf Digest- newsletter for the deaf and the hearing-impaired.
Disability News and Information Service- a fortnightly news service on the Indian disability sector.
Disability Now- UK news pertaining to topics for people with disabilities.
DO-IT Newsletters- disabilities, opportunities, internetworking, and technology.
Employers’ Forum on Disability Employers’ Forum on Disability is the world’s leading employers’ organisation focused on disability as it affects business.
Enabled Online- News of people with disabilities, special reports, and opinions.
Exceptional Parent Magazine- parenting those with disabilities or special needs.
HomeCare Magazine- electronic news service of the home medical equipment industry.
Inclusion Daily Express- The daily disability rights email news service
Justice for All E-Mail Network- formed by American Association Of People with Disabilities, to defend and advance disability rights and programs in the 104th Congress. One JFA goal is to work with national and state organizations of people with disabilities to get the word from Washington D.C. out to the grassroots.
Mainstream Magazine- news and advocacy in disability rights.
Metropolitan Washington Ear- free services for blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled people who cannot effectively read print.
Mouth Magazine- Dedicated to disability rights and discrimination issues.
National Council on Disability Bulletin- monthly publication on the latest issues and news affecting people with disabilities.
National News- news provided by The Council for Disability Rights
New Horizons Newsletters- a nonprofit newsletter published twice a year by and for ventilator users, their families and those that care for them.
New Mobility Magazine- New Mobility magazine’s site for wheelchair users includes a wealth of articles, active message boards, chat rooms, a calendar of events, links and classifieds.
Ragged Edge Magazine Online- publication of The Advocado Press, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1981 to publish materials on disability rights.
Reach Out Magazine- Bringing People With disAbilities Together Online.
Spinal Cord Injury Update Newsletter- covers topics related to spinal cord injury (SCI) for both health care providers and consumers.
Suite101 Disabilities- Exploration of the online Disability World, varied topics.
The Med-Psych Network- Recent news stories on areas where medicine and psychiatry overlap, a discussion forum regarding medical education, and a large collection of medical jokes and cartoons.
The PDG E-news Monthly Internet Newsletter- monthly edition of the PDG E-news dealing with disability issues, concerns, sharing, and fun.

Statistics

Disabilities/Limitations Statistics

~Number of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 34.3 million (2003). Percent of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 12.1 (2003)

Noninstitutionalized adults

~Number of adults with hearing trouble: 30.8 million (2002). Percent of adults with hearing trouble: 15.0 (2002)
~Number of adults with vision trouble: 19.1 million (2002). Percent of adults with vision trouble: 9.3 (2002)
~Number of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 12.4 million (2002). Percent of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 6.2 (2002)
~Number of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 28.3 million (2002). Percent of adults with moderate mobility difficulty:  13.8 (2002)

Noninstitutionalized older adults

~Percent of adults aged 65 years and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 6.5 (2003)

Children

~Number of children age 3-17 years ever told had a learning disability: 4.6 million (2003). Percent of children age 3-17 years ever told had a learning disability: 7.5 (2003)

More Data

~Limitation of activity caused by chronic conditions: United States, 1997-2002 Health, United States, 2004, table 56
~Nursing home residents 65 years of age and over, according to selected functional status and age, sex, and race:  United States, 1985, 1995, and 1999 Health, United States, 2004, table 100

Additional Resources

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (Asthma StatsAllergy Stats)

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