Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans has a disability? People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report having poorer overall health and less access to adequate healthcare. They are also more likely (statistically speaking) to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity. Nearly everyone either knows someone with a disability or has someone with a disability in their family. Together we can build supportive communities, share information and experiences. To do our part in helping people with disabilities, we would like to share some useful information. The links below are a good place to gather information on behavioral issues, helpful guidelines, resources, etc.
Routines and Children with Disabilities - Children with disabilities benefit from routine. This guideline has some good tips and providing routines to help a child with disabilities develop skills.AbilityPath.org - This non-profit organization provides support for parents of children with special needs. There are blogs, reports, newsletters, support groups, and tools available on a wide range of topics.
College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD - Scholarships, grants and other options are available for those with an attention disorder. Having a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD doesn't mean you can't have a college education. ADD and ADHD are attention disorders. Many people with ADD and ADHD are intelligent - their brains just work differently. The symptoms association with attention disorders make in more challenging as these students must adapt to their disability and develop alternative methods for learning and retaining information.
Disability.gov's Guide for Family Caregivers - in 2009 it was reported that approximately 61 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided care to an adult with a disability or chronic health condition at some time during that year. It is clear that family caregivers play a major role in our health care system as providers of long-term care. Caring for yourself is one of the most important - and one of the most often forgotten - things you can do as a caregiver. This link goes to a web site with lots of information designed to help caregivers care for themselves and their disabled or ill family member.
Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act - This website provides information from the Job Accommodation Network, a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN (Job Accommodation Network) consultants have developed practical ideas to help employees understand the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and request and negotiate reasonable accommodates in the workplace.
Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications - This is another valuable information source from Disability.gov. This page provides resources to help make home repairs or modifications possible for people that need to make their homes more accessible to accommodate their disabilities.