OnLine "is a friendly and safe computer friendship network
where children and youth with disabilities or chronic illnesses
connect to each other as well as to their friends, family members,
caregivers and supporters." New users must register, after
which they receive their own e-mail address and can connect with
one another through e-mail or live chats. There are separate
areas reflecting a wide variety of topics and age-specific interests,
as well as areas for caregivers and healthcare professionals.
The registration process, which requires real names and addresses
(a keyword is sent to registrants by postal mail) is unwieldy
but helps to ensure security. The site claims that online volunteers
monitor the public content 24 hours a day.
Times started out as an online newspaper for and by kids in hospitals,
and has evolved into a kids' club and online support group too.
We couldn't get a sense of how the latter operate or the kind
of security available since you have to e-mail for place and
to cope with diabetes, how to make blood tests and shots as easy
as possible, where to find camps or scholarships, how to join
the kids and teens mailing lists, and more, in this section of
the Children with Diabetes web site.
listed on this page as @ctive Teen, this website now includes
a "general" disability section as well as an "editorial
area by teens for teens, including the e-zine for disabled teens,
Beyond All Barriers!" The latter includes articles, interviews,
etc., some of general interest and some specifically geared to
teens. There are also chat rooms and message boards. While we
found the site confusing to navigate and the features of mixed
quality, this is one of a relatively few decent sites specifically
for young adults. Teens that are willing to spend the time here
will find articles and interactive opportunities that are really
oriented towards them, such as dating, scholarships, and recreation.
designed by, for and about kids with disabilities, explores visible
and invisible disabilities, and provides opportunities for kids
with and without disabilities to learn and contribute. There
is an excellent list of disability links, but it hasn't been
updated in some time.
A web site
about brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Includes
a newsletter, resources, workshops info, resources, and more.
Though this site is primarily for mom and dads, check out the
mailing lists just for siblings.
site of Winners On Wheels (WOW), a non-profit social and recreational
program for children who use wheelchairs. Provides information
about basic internet surfing skills, offers youngsters an opportunity
see their creative genius displayed, and provides e-mail based