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Complete Disability Resource Guide | Medicare Solutions

Disability often brings to mind wheelchairs and amputees on crutches. The scope of disability has changed throughout the years and so has the mindset on what constitutes a disabled person. Federal disability discrimination law states that disability is defined as a mental or physical affliction that to a large extent hinders at least one or even more of an individual’s important life actions. Impacted life activities can include self-care, learning, moving, and the basic activities of daily life, which include cooking to keeping your home clean. The terms that once defined disability have changed as well. Mental retardation is no longer a mainstream term, intellectual disability has long replaced it. People are less likely to be pigeon-holed into a category as the world awakened to what's possible, not impossible for a person "differently-abled." There is no physically disability that needs to set a person back, those veterans who have lost a limb, a child born with a physical birth defect such as a shortened arm, to diseases such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy, don't need to curtail activity or social life. Many disabled people used to live in institutions, now the amount of resources available to live a quality life are abundant; and most people living with an impairment can either live on their own or with support from family, friends, private, public or government programs.

With the advent of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons with disabilities can be assured equal opportunity in education, employment, government service, public accommodation, communications, and transportation. Classrooms are required by law to accommodate children with physical, mental, or other disabilities. Physically or mentally impaired adults can find help with employment, re-employment, services, and education. The information and the resources are available and waiting for those who know where to seek help. Accessibility to goods and services is a human right, not a privilege.

Disability Rights

The History of the Disability Rights Movement

Timeline 1817-2001

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The ADA National Network

Employee Rights

Accessibility/Adaptive Technology

Who Might Need Assistive Technology?

Web Accessibility for the Blind

Accessible Buildings

Publications

Special Education Dispute Resolution Literature

Disability Insurance Forms and Publications

Publications Related to Disability

Emergency Preparedness for those with Disability

International Disability E-Zine News

Support Groups

The Share Network

Augmentive Alternative Communication Support

Disability Online Community

Disabled Online Social Networking and Resources

Birth Defect Support Group

Government Resources/Organizations

Social Security: Applying for Disability Benefits

Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

Easter Seals Foundation

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Comprehensive Disability Information

Physical Disabilities

Clearinghouse for Visual Impairment Resources

Free Courses for the Blind

National Cued Speech Association

Physical Disability and Diabetes

Sports for Children with Disabilities

Mental Disabilities

Mental Disability Rights International

11 Facts About Mental Disability

The ARC: Mental and Physical Disabilities

Living Well with Psychiatric Disability

Disability Employment

Ask JAN: The Job Accomodation Network

Office of Disability Employment Policy: "Unlimited Employment Opportunities"

Employment and Disability Education