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Employment

Department of Education: Education for Students with Disabilities

Rhode Island has a long and proud history of ensuring that people with disabilities of all ages are provided with the support, care, and treatment they need. This has been particularly true for pre-school and school-aged children with disabilities. Rhode Island has had comprehensive and effective special educational programs and services for many years.

Department of Labor and Training

The Department of Labor and Training provides workforce protection and development services with courtesy, responsiveness and effectiveness. Services and information are available for workers, job seekers and employers.

DLT Labor Market Information

Labor Market Information tailored to your needs as a jobseeker. What jobs are in demand? What jobs are drying up? How much does this job pay? Which industries are expanding or declining?

One-Stop Career Center/netWORKri

NetWORKri is Rhode Island's One-Stop Career Center System. It is a partnership of professional labor, training, and education organizations. There are six netWORKri Centers conveniently located throughout the state where jobseekers and employers are matched through quality employment programs and services. Whether you are a jobseeker looking for just the right job or an employer looking for qualified employees we have all the resources to make it easy for you… all at no cost!

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

The goal of the Office of Rehabilitation Services is to assist persons with disabilities to become employed and to live independently in the community. In order to achieve this goal, we work in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council, RI Council on Assistive Technology, Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired, netWORKri, State Independent Living Council, and our customers, staff and community.

Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work (referred to as the Ticket) is a new Social Security Program designed to give an individual with a disability, aged 18 to 64, who receive SSDI and/or SSI greater choice in getting the services they need to earn enough money from working so they will no longer need Social Security cash benefits.

RI Links

Education and Training

Preparing for College

This web site is meant to be a resource for students, families, and educators to help make the most of the 6th through 12th grade years and beyond. It will help answer questions and provide the tools needed to understand and to take advantage of available opportunities in higher education.

RI Board of Governor's for Higher Education

The mission of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education is to provide an excellent, efficient, accessible and affordable system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of Rhode Islanders and thereby enrich the intellectual, economic, social and cultural life of the state, its residents, and its communities.

RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Special Education Secondary Transition Services

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Special Needs has actively worked with students, parents, local school districts, and other state and local agencies to promote an effective statewide system of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. This page provides information on Secondary Transition, some of the system structures RIDE has employed to improve transition outcomes for students in Rhode Island and links to sources of information for students, parents and professionals.

School to Career

School to Career is a system of educational opportunities that promotes high academic standards while preparing students for real world challenges of the 21st Century.

Youth Service Providers

Workforce Partnership of Greater RI is to provide strategic leadership to meet the current and future human resource needs of Rhode Island's employers and to ensure a well-trained, self-sufficient and adaptable workforce. Programs and Services include needs assessment, goal-setting, grant writing assistance, and information & referrals to alternate resources for companies and business consortia.

RI Links

Advocacy and Legal

Commission on Disabilities

The Commission's objective is to ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of this state and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency.

Court Access for Individuals with Disabilities

The Rhode Island Judiciary is committed to providing equal access to all services, programs, and proceedings in a manner that includes individuals with disabilities as much as possible, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other laws.

RI Disability Law Center

Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) provides free legal assistance to persons with disabilities. Services include individual representation to protect rights or to secure benefits and services; self-help information; educational programs; and administrative and legislative advocacy. The agency administers eight federally funded advocacy programs, each of which has its own eligibility criteria.

RI Links

Job Accommodations

RI Relay

RI Relay is a statewide relay service with the assistance of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and includes relay service from deaf/hard of hearing caller to voice caller or from voice caller to deaf/hard of hearing caller and Internet Protocol (IP) and Video Relay Services.

RI Sign Language Interpreter Referral Service

The RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RI CDHH) provides direct services in its operation of sign language interpreter services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

RI Links

Assistive Technology

RI Technical Assistance Project (RITAP)

RITAP is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Special Needs and Rhode Island College. It provides practitioners, parents, and policymakers with the knowledge and resources necessary to increase their capacity to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to all children including those with disabilities that result in improved educational performance and enhanced life-long outcomes.

Talking Books Plus

Talking Books Plus is the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and functions as a public library for eligible persons with disabilities who reside in Rhode Island. It is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. Talking Books Plus is administered by the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), which is dedicated to providing equal access to library services and information for all Rhode Island citizens.

RI Links

Transportation

RIPTA and Ride Paratransit Program

RIPTA is dedicated to providing top-quality transportation services to all of our customers. That's why we've developed several programs to ensure that transit service is affordable and meets your travel needs. Here you'll find information on all of RIPTA's transit programs, special features, and seasonal services.

RI Links

Independent Living

Ocean State Independent Living Center

Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) is a consumer controlled, community based, nonprofit organization established to provide a range of independent living services to enhance, through self direction, the quality of life of Rhode Islanders with significant disability and to promote integration into the community.

PARI Independent Living Center

PARI was incorporated in 1980 as a "consumer-directed" Independent Living Center. Our staff works with people with any kind of disability to identify goals and provide training, equipment, advocacy, and counseling to help them to achieve their goals. For traumatic brain injury, please see the following:

Housing

Clearinghouse for Accessible Rental Housing

The Clearinghouse for Accessible Rental Housing makes possible the review of accessible rental property that is available in Rhode Island. Persons having a disability who are seeking accessible housing are encouraged to review site listings. Landlords who have accessible rental property can list available units on the web-site (free of charge) in order to connect with persons having disabilities who are looking for accessible rentals.

HomeLocatorRI.net is a free, easy-to-use website that lists homes for rent or sale in Rhode Island. In addition to providing an accessible and easy to use housing search tool, the HomeLocator also offers a Special Populations Housing Search tool which allows approved providers to access information on property owners interested in renting to people with special housing needs. The website is for Rhode Islanders looking for a home, property owners and managers who have listings to post, and social service agencies seeking to assist their clients.

Housing Resources

Subsidized housing programs were established to provide safe, decent, affordable rental housing for low-income individuals, families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Subsidized housing programs include vouchers for people with disabilities.

HUD

Find information on HUD homes for sale, HUD homebuying programs and subsidized apartment rental searches in Rhode Island.

Ocean State Center for Independent Living

EOSCIL has developed this site to assist persons having disabilities, their family and friends, service providers and the community at large with a variety of information that may help to break down the barriers to independence by lining up necessary community based services and supports.

PARI Independent Living Center

PARI staff works with people with any kind of disability to identify goals and provide training, equipment, advocacy, and counseling to help them to achieve their goals. Whether the consumer is seeking medical resources, new ways of performing activities of daily life, transportation, housing, or ways of becoming involved in the community.

RI Housing

As the state's principal housing agency, we help low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders find houses and apartments they can afford. Get a low-interest loan to buy a house. Find an apartment you can afford. Get money to repair your home or remove hazardous material such as lead paint and asbestos. We even help developers build affordable apartments.

RI Housing Network

The Housing Network of Rhode Island exists to provide a forum for communication and resource-sharing among non-profit housing developers and others who support their goals to facilitate the development and preservation of affordable housing by non-profits.

RI Links

Recreation

Access to Adventure

Access to Adventure's goal is to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities in southern New England thorough sports, recreation and adventure travel.

Challenge Cycling

Take a look at Challenge Cycling's schedule of cycling trips. Find information on handcycling rentals, special interests, and recommended cycle shops.

Sail-to-Prevail

SAIL-TO-PREVAIL's mission is to empower individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury and other related nervous system disorders to develop the skills needed to reach their highest potential for an independent life. Those attending our programs are given the opportunity to expand their physical capabilites and explore and maximize their human potential. out intent is to treat the whole individual - addressing both their psychological, as well as, physical therapeutic needs - with the belief that self-confidence and self-esteem are the ingredients necessary for individuals with severe disabilities to reach independence and full integration into the community..

Special Olympics

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

UCP Adaptive Arts Program

Adaptive arts provide a special freedom of expression & creativity for people with disabilities. In some cases, this form of independence is the only means by which the feelings of those with cognitive and physical challenges may be expressed. Adaptive Artists utilize special devices and physical therapies to overcome their challenges. Often artists of true talent, even genius, are discovered!

VSA arts of RI

VSA arts of Rhode Island creates high quality programs in the literary, performing, and visual arts for inclusive audiences throughout the state. Through its collaborations with partners from the arts, cultural, disability, and educational communities, VSA arts of Rhode Island increases public awareness of the creative talents of people with disabilities, integrating their achievements into Rhode Island's mainstream community to provide cultural experiences for all.

RI Links

Disability Agencies

Aging and Disabilities Resource Center

The Rhode Island website for elders and people with disabilities.

Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

To provide innovative leadership in public policy, advocacy, service delivery and accessibility throughout the Ocean State, RI CDHH ensures opportunities for each deaf and hard of hearing person to become an empowered, contributing citizen.

Court Access for Individuals with Disabilities

The Rhode Island Judiciary is committed to providing equal access to all services, programs, and proceedings in a manner that includes individuals with disabilities as much as possible, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other laws.

Department of Health

Promote the health and wellness of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, prevent secondary conditions resulting from disabilities and chronic health issues and to assure that health care and related services are accessible to all persons with disabilities.

Department of Human Services

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services' mission is to provide a full continuum of quality services to those Rhode Islanders in need including children, adults, families, the disabled, the elderly and our state's veterans. The Department is a full-service agency offering a broad spectrum of high quality programs, services and benefits to help promote family and individual self-sufficiency and economic independence by maximizing opportunity and potential.

Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospital

The mission of BHDDH (fka MHRH) is to fulfill its statutory responsibilities to fund, plan, design, develop, administer and coordinate a system of services for identified citizens of Rhode Island with specific disabilities. BHDDH is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for its consumers and the taxpayers of Rhode Island within its legislated, annual budget.

Developmental Disabilities Council

The Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council promotes ideas that will enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Under our federal enabling legislation we must stay abreast of and share information about new programs and services and important issues, trends and ideas that are of concern to people with developmental disabilities, families, service agencies, business and community leaders, legislators and olicy makers. In this sense our web site connects people with the information they need to make positive changes in their lives or to develop a frame of reference for decision making.

Disability Determination Process

Determines the medical eligibility of children and adult who are Rhode Island Residents with disabilities and are applying for cash benefits via Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)(Title II) and/or the Supplementary Security Income (SSI)(Title XVI). Although the DDS is fully funded by the Federal Government, the state agency is responsible for developing medical evidence and determining whether the claimant is or is not disabled or blind under the law.

Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind

Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind duties include: advising the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired regarding the programs provided by the agency, continuing to participate in a working relationship with the State Rehabilitation Council and the Statewide Independent Living Council., providing oversight responsibility to the Independent Living Program for the Elderly Blind, and for the operation of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Governor's Commission on Disabilites

The Commission's objective is to ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of this state and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in ndependence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency.

Rehabilitation Council

The Rehabilitation Council will work with ORS to assure that all Rhode Islanders with disabilities are able to obtain and keep meaningful and satisfying employment.

RI Council on Assistive Technology

RICAT is actively involved in legislative and other initiatives that will increase access to assistive technology for Rhode Islanders. Assistive technology is any tool, equipment or service designed to help you develop, maintain, or improve your ability to function in all aspects of your life. Assistive technology helps people of all ages who may have a broad range of disabilities or limitations.

RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations

The Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations (RICCMHO) is a responsive resource comprised of eight private, non-profit community mental health organizations in Rhode Island. Established in 1979, the Council is an effective conduit through which member organizations channel their collective expertise to form a united voice of public advocacy for all persons with mental illness.

RI Relay

RI Relay is a statewide relay service with the assistance of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing includes relay service from deaf/hard of hearing caller to voice caller or from voice caller to deaf/hard of hearing caller and Internet Protocol (IP) and Video Relay Services.

Sign Language Interpreter Referral Service

RI CDHH's Interpreter Referral Service does not charge a fee for referrals. Interpreters are available for a variety of settings that require communication access such as public events, employment, trainings/workshops, doctor visits, mental health services, health care facilities, classrooms, meetings, cultural events, courts, religious activities, governmental agencies and functions (legislative sessions, hearings, inaugurations, town hall meetings), theatrical performances, and many more.

State Independent Living Council

The Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council (RISILC), a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, fosters full access to, and equal participation in, the services, benefits, and enjoyments of the community by individuals with disabilities.

State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community.

RI Links

Disability Organizations

Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action is Rhode Island's statewide self-advocacy organization. Self-Advocacy is an organized, international movement in which people who have a developmental disability, along with families and friends, Speak-up, Become Leaders, Work Together and Make a Difference on issues that are important to them.

Aids Project RI

AIDS Project Rhode Island is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a non-judgmental safe environment where people affected by HIV can access resources to make informed decisions regarding their quality of life, and to stop the transmission of HIV through advocacy, prevention, and education programs.

ALS Association RI Chapter

Once ALS is diagnosed the patient and family face a multitude of physical, emotional and financial needs. To provide assistance through their ALS journey, the Rhode Island Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association provides patient services and support.

Autism Project of RI

The Autism Project of Rhode Island provides the information educators, parents and professionals need to help our kids maximize their potential and become interesting, participating members of society.

Blackstone Valley Chapter ARC

The Arc of Blackstone Valley is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1955 to provide services and supports to persons with mental retardation and their families. Our business is helping people learn... we teach skills to persons with mental retardation and related disabilities and provide opportunities for the use of those skills in the community.

Brain Injury Association of RI

To prevent brain injury and to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury.

Cancer Council

The Rhode Island Cancer Council is a State supported community program whose mission is to help lower cancer's toll in our State. We have helped thousands of Rhode Islanders to find resources vital to deal with their cancer, learn what can be done to prevent cancer and ways to detect it early. The Rhode Island Cancer Council achieves its mission by providing programs in Public Education, Professional Education, and Public Information.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level.

Corliss Community

The mission of the Corliss Institute is to provide social and rehabilitative services to deaf persons with diverse disabilities in a manner which empowers them to live, learn, and work successfully as integrated members of the community.

Cranston ARC

The Cranston ARC believes everyone has abilities, and can be contributing members of the community. We will do whatever it takes so people with disabilities gain greater independence, and lead fulfilling and productive lives. The Cranston ARC works to empower people with differing abilities to claim and enjoy their rights to dignity and respect.

Down Syndrome Society of RI

The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI) is dedicated to promoting the rights, dignity and potential of all individuals with Down Syndrome through advocacy, education, public awareness, and support. We offer quarterly membership meetings (open to the public), quarterly newsletters, a lending library, public awareness activities and conferences as well as support and personal assistance on educational and medical issues.

Epilepsy Foundation of Mass. and RI

The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

Family Voices

Family Voices at the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) works to effect systems change for families of children and youth with special health care needs in our state. We partner with many state and community agencies, family organizations, Medicaid and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island to support smooth transitions to managed care for children with special health care needs.

Kent County ARC (J. Arthur Trudeau Center)

Kent County ARC's mission is to promote an enhanced quality of life, social integration, and support for individuals of all ages affected by mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. KC ARC works to empower communities and individuals to promote wellness through prevention which includes: public awareness, education, public policy, and research.

Learning Disabilities

Find links, addresses and phone contact information for Rhode Island State Resources, State Government Agencies, Federally Funded Programs, Parent and Professional Organizations and Technology.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of RI

NAMI-RI is an independent organization which provides support to people with mental illness and their friends or family members. It also educates professionals and the public about mental illness, and advocates for improved services for all people with mental illness.

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

The mission of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island is to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and improve mental health services through advocacy, education, and research. The goal is to make mental health care achievable, affordable, and accessible for all Rhode Islanders.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, RI Chapter

The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The Rhode Island chapter provides services and programs to approximately 21,000 people affected by MS throughout Rhode Island.

PAL

PAL is committed to supporting families, individuals with disabilities and their network of friends in their effort to achieve their own personal dreams and to assume a social role of respect and dignity as a valued member of their community.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

The mission of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote the community membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and society.

RI Association of the Deaf

The Rhode Island Association of the Deaf (RIAD) provides support and active advocacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Rhode Island.

RI Disability Law Center

Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) provides free legal assistance to persons with disabilities. Services include individual representation to protect rights or to secure benefits and services; self-help information; educational programs; and administrative and legislative advocacy. The agency administers eight federally funded advocacy programs, each of which has its own eligibility criteria.

RI Parent Information Network

The Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) is a statewide, nonprofit agency that provides information, training, support and advocacy to parents seeking help for their children. RIPIN is the home of five projects that are made up of 11 programs and services for families with children in RI, including families of children with special needs.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing

A friendly organization offering support and advocacy to those who have a hearing loss.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People

SHHH exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. Self Help for Hard of Hearing People is the nation's largest organization for people with hearing loss.

Talking Books Plus

Talking Books Plus is the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and functions as a public library for eligible persons with disabilities who reside in Rhode Island. It is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. Talking Books Plus is administered by the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), which is dedicated to providing equal access to library services and information for all Rhode Island citizens.

United Cerebral Palsy of RI

UCP of RI's goals include... Recognizing the value of people's contributions and potential; Encouraging their expanding possibilities and exploration of choices; Focusing on individual needs, wants, dreams and Enriching lives through creatively encouraging meaningful community involvement.

RI Links

Disability News and Culture - (National Links Only)

American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

The mission of AUCD is to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities by supporting our members and engaging in research, education, and services that support independence, productivity and satisfying quality of life.

Cornucopia of Disability Information

CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.

Disabled American Veterans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a nonprofit organization of more than one million members. DAV is a strong, insistent voice that represents all of America's 2.1 million disabled veterans, their families and survivors. Its nationwide network of services - free of charge to all veterans and members of their families - helps men and women to regain health, reshape lives shattered by disability, learn new trades or professions, and rejoin the civilian world.

DisabilityInfo.Gov

DisabilityInfo.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.

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DisabilityInfo.gov offers information on educational programs and resources available throughout the federal government, including Individualized Education Programs; college opportunities; school-to-work transition and tools for educators.

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DisabilityInfo.gov offers a wide range of information on accessible transportation systems, community transportation initiatives and federal laws and regulations to improve access and availability of bus, rail and air travel.

http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=217

DisabilityInfo.gov provides links to information on the ADA and other federal civil rights laws pertaining to people with disabilities, their families, employers and community members.

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This interagency Web site connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to pursue their personal and professional ambitions - delivering on America's promise of equal access to opportunity for all citizens.

Disability Statistics Center

The Disability Statistics Center produces and disseminates policy-relevant statistical information on the demographics and status of people with disabilities in American society. The Center's work focuses on how that status is changing over time with regard to employment, access to technology, health care, community-based services, and other aspects of independent living and participation in society.

Disability World

Disability World is a new web-zine dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities. The web-zine is the heart of a larger project, IDEAS for the New Millennium, funded in 1999 by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a five-year project.

Emergency Preparedness Initative

The Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) is to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in all levels of emergency preparedness-planning, response, and recovery.

Institute for Community Inclusion

The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. As practitioners, researchers, and teachers, we form partnerships with individuals, families, and communities. Together we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice.

Mobility Internaitonal

Empowering people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and international development to achieve their human rights.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education funds a variety of high-level research and knowledge dissemination projects that are making significant contributions in advancing knowledge related to disability issues.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is "Exercise is for EVERY body", and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

It is the mission of NIDRR to generate, disseminate and promote new knowledge to improve the options available to disabled persons. The ultimate goal is to allow these individuals to perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society's ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its disabled citizens.

National Organization on Disability

The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps.

Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

Usability.gov

Your resource for designing usable, useful and accessible web sites and user interfaces.

World Institute on Disability

The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. WID's work focuses on four areas: employment and economic development; accessible health care and Personal Assistance Services; inclusive technology design; and international disability and development.

RI Links

 

National Resource Links

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Employment

Abilityjobs.com

Claims to be the largest stand-alone resume bank for people with disabilities.  We help companies fulfill their affirmative action compliance requirements and are committed to expanding awareness about this job site to as many companies as possible.

APSE - Association for Persons in Supported Employment

APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Business Leadership Network

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities. The USBLN is the national organization that supports development and expansion of BLNs across the country, serving as their collective voice.

Career One Stop

CareerOneStop, is a collection of electronic tools, operating as a federal-state partnership, and funded by grants to states. Each tool offers a unique solution to the overwhelming demands of today's labor market from the perspective of the job seeker, the employer, and the public workforce community.

Center for Workers with Disabilities

The Center for Workers with Disabilities is a technical assistance center for states enhancing or developing employment supports programs for working persons with disabilities

DisabilityInfo.gov (Employment)

This section of DisabilityInfo.gov covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.

EEOC for Youth

The EEOC's goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers. This website is designed to teach you about some of your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Employment and Training Administration, Disability & Workforce Programs

DDWP develops and implements disability policy and program initiatives related to the workforce system, including a cross-agency collaboration to address structural barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities. DDWP supports the New Freedom Initiative to improve career and employment outcomes for people with disabilities through innovative skill training and systems change grant activities.

National Business and Disability Council

The National Business & Disability Council is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.

Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, for college students with disabilities. 

National Links

Education and Training

Association on Higher Education and Disability

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD dynamically addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to achieve universal access.

Department of Education

Promoting educational excellence for all Americans.

DisabilityInfo.gov (Education)

DisabilityInfo.gov offers information on educational programs and resources available throughout the federal government, including Individualized Education Programs; college opportunities; school-to-work transition and tools for educators.

Educational Testing Service

Find Information for applicants with disabilities who seek approval of reasonable testing accommodations. Application forms may be obtained by linking to the specific testing program.

Employment and Training Administration, Disability & Workforce Programs

DDWP develops and implements disability policy and program initiatives related to the workforce system, including a cross-agency collaboration to address structural barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities. DDWP supports the New Freedom Initiative to improve career and employment outcomes for people with disabilities through innovative skill training and systems change grant activities.

HEATH Resource Center

The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

National Center for Secondary Education & Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Center on Workforce and Disability

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available. CWD/Youth strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living.

National Youth Leadership Network

The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders. The NYLN promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States. LYLN fosters the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels and communicates about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices that affect their lives.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

By providing funding to programs that serve infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities, OSERS works to ensure that these individuals are not left behind ... in school, in employment, in life. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals.

Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities that postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure that you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, for college students with disabilities.

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Advocacy and Legal

DisabilityInfo.gov (Laws and Rights)

DisabilityInfo.gov provides links to information on the ADA and other federal civil rights laws pertaining to people with disabilities, their families, employers and community members.

New England ADA & Technical Assistance Center

The New England ADA & Accessible IT Center provides information and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508, and accessible information technology to individuals living in New England.

ADA Hot Links and Document Center

JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects.

ADA Technical Assistance

The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (Access IT) at the University of Washington serves to increase access to electronic and information technology for students and employees with disabilities by leading a nation-wide effort to incorporate accessibility into policies and practices in the nation's classrooms, computer labs, libraries, offices, and everywhere else where information technology is used in education.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

To ensure that a qualified employee or applicant with a disability who can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the job in question are not discriminated against.

US Department of Justice ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page with links to Federal Agencies with ADA Responsibilities, including employment, Public Transportation, Telephone Relay Service, Proposed Design Guidelines, Education, Health Care, Labor, Housing, Parks and Recreation and Agriculture.

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Job Accommodations

Job Accommodation Network

JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

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Assistive Technology

Abledata

ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, we can help you locate the companies that do.

Adaptive Environments

Adaptive Environments is a 25 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design. Projects vary from local to international. All are characterized by collaboration and user participation.

Alliance for Technology Access

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project

The National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project supports the advocacy efforts of attorneys, advocates, service agencies, persons with disabilities and their families as they seek funding for AT services and devices.

New England ADA and Accessible IT Center

Mission Statements: The New England ADA & Accessible IT Center provides information and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508, and accessible information technology to individuals living in New England.

New England Assistive Technology Marketplace

NEAT is about access: access to information, to products and equipment, and to the manufacturers and vendors of equipment. The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) marketplace was formed because limited access to equipment and devices that can minimize the effects of disabilities is, in itself, a disability.

AT Network

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers' (CFILC) goal is to provide leadership, coordination, development and implementation of comprehensive, technology-related assistance that is responsive to the needs of Californians with disabilities.

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Transportation

 

Department of Transportation

It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide people with disabilities equal access to transportation. Find links to DOT accessibility policy, resources for travelers with disabilities, disability laws and regulations and other related links.

DisabilityInfo.gov (Transportation and Travel)

DisabilityInfo.gov offers a wide range of information on accessible transportation systems, community transportation initiatives and federal laws and regulations to improve access and availability of bus, rail and air travel.

FTA ADA

The goal of the Federal Transit Administration is to ensure that all Americans have access to transit to meet basic mobility needs.

Project Action

Congress originally commissioned Easter Seals Project ACTION in 1988 as a research and demonstration project to improve access to public transportation for people with disabilities. With the passage of the ADA two years later, our goals expanded to help transportation operators implement the law's transportation provisions.

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Independent Living

National Center for Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living, as a membership organization, advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

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Housing

AbilityAwareness.org

is a non profit organization dedicated to building a world of inclusion for people with health conditions and disabilities. ABILITY Build is our hallmark program which engages volunteers with health conditions and disabilities to build accessible low-income homes.

Adaptive Environments

Adaptive Environments is a 25 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design. Projects vary from local to international. All are characterized by collaboration and user participation.

Housing Options

DisabilityInfo.gov provides information on housing laws, design and technical advice or people with disabilities, their family members, public housing organizations and the nation's builders.

DisabilityInfo.gov (Housing Rights)

This site provides links to information on housing laws and regulations as they relate to people with disabilities.

US HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Information for People with Disabilities page includes links to Federal Housing Resources and Accessibility Resources

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Recreation

Adaptive Adventures

The Mission of Adaptive Adventures is to identify, promote, and provide progressive sports & recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities.

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs

This collaboration, called Project ASPIRE, is the first national education campaign to promote competitive after-school sports leagues for youth with physical disabilities or visual impairments.

Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a nation-wide network of community-based chapters offering a variety of recreation programs. Each chapter sets its own agenda and activities. These may include one or more of the following: snow skiing; water sports (such as water skiing, sailing, kayaking, and rafting); cycling; climbing; horseback riding; golf; and social activities.

National Center for Physical Activity and Disability

The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.

National Sports Center for the Disabled

The mission of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is to provide quality outdoor sports and therapeutic recreation programs that positively impact the lives of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral challenges.

Recreation Resources

Website Excerpt: Fun is for Everyone! And... you can work hard and be your best when you are feeling fit! Play and recreation are an important part of keeping life in good balance. Find information on Personal Fitness, Adapted Physical Activity, Creative and Expressive Activities, Hobbies, Sports Organizations, Spectator Sports, Team and Solo Sports, Outdoor Recreation and Extreme Sports.

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Disability Agencies

DisabilityInfo.gov (Interagency Site)

This interagency web site connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to pursue their personal and professional ambitions - delivering on America's promise of equal access to opportunity for all citizens.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

To ensure that a qualified employee or applicant with a disability who can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the job in question are not discriminated against.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Disability Issues

It is a very high priority at the Federal Communications Commission Disability Rights Office that people with disabilities--such as a hearing, visual, speech, or other types of disability--get the same opportunities as everyone else to telecommunicate.

First Gov

The U. S. Government's Official Web Portal with links to agencies and reference information.

GovBenefits

Your benefits connection; find a complete list of Federal and State benefits programs.

HUD

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Homes & Communities created this page as a one-stop resource for People with Disabilities. We have pulled together a directory of links from our site as well as outside sites to assist you.

Job Accommodation Network

JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

National Council on Disability

NCD's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Library Service for the Blind

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the Library of Congress National Library Service administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Protection and Advocacy Systems

The National Disability Rights Network serves a wide range of individuals with disabilities – including, but not limited to, those with cognitive, mental, sensory, and physical disabilities – by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

US Access Board

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

By providing funding to programs that serve infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities, OSERS works to ensure that these individuals are not left behind ... in school, in employment, in life. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals.

US Department of Justice ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page with links to Federal Agencies with ADA Responsibilities, including employment, Public Transportation, Telephone Relay Service, Proposed Design Guidelines, Education, Health Care, Labor, Housing, Parks and Recreation and Agriculture.

US Department of Health and Human Services

United States Department of Health & Human Services; leading America to better health, safety and well being. Links to sites on Disease & Conditions, Families & Children, Safety & Wellness, Aging, Drug & Food Information, Disaster & Emergencies, Grants & Funding, Resource Locators and Reference Collections.

SSA Disability Programs

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

DLT Office of Disability Employment Policy

News and updates for individuals and businesses from the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Disability Organizations

American Council of the Blind

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Diabetes Association

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population - employment, independent living, and technology.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports individuals with any of the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.

Amputee Coalition of America

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.

Arc of US

The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.

Autism Society of America

Thousands of individuals, families, professionals, and agencies are already part of the Autism Society of America. Together we work to be the voice and resource for the autism community providing information and advocacy for autism-related issues, and much more.

Brain Injury Association of America

Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.

Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is all about people working. We are one of the world's largest nonprofit providers of education, training, and career services for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, as well as those with disadvantages such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience. We believe in work. We have witnessed its power to transform lives. Work helps build self-confidence, friendship, independence, creativity and trust. Everyone deserves a chance to have these things in life. Goodwill provides that chance.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

National Association of the Deaf

The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.

National Federation of the Blind

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

National Mental Health Association

NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs— including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

The mission of The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is to enable people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to achieve their highest level of independence, health, and personal fulfillment by providing resources, services, and peer support.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members— veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People is the nation's largest organization for people with hearing loss. SHHH exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support.

TASH

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

United Cerebral Palsy

UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

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