These sites represent major multidisciplinary national organizations or resources that deal with disability issues and programs with a broad prospective, such as major federal agencies and disability policy and research organizations.
This relatively new web site is devoted to bringing information on U.S. federal programs, services, and resources to Americans with disabilities and their families. Developed by the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, this Access America site includes sections on children and youth, self-employment, transportation, health choice and self-determination, employment, recreation and travel, civil rights and protections, college and adult education, housing, technology, income support, tax credits and deductions, emergency preparedness, and disability statistics. Each section includes a short overview of the resources available and links to authoritative information about them. The site is authoritative, attractive, and easy-to-use.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. Its web site includes information about the agency, monthly bulletins, publications, calendars of community briefings, and links.
Part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, NIDRR “provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.” NIDRR is a major funding resource for disability research; its web site will lead you to NIDRR-funded projects, publications, and related resources.
The National Organization on Disability is a national cross-disability network organization that promotes the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of American life. In addition to information about the organization and its programs, this website offers frequently updated news and resources concerning people with disabilities and employment, education; access to health care, transportation and technology; and community, political, and religious participation.
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) collects and disseminats the results of federally funded research projects. NARIC’s literature collection, which also includes commercially published books, journal articles, and audiovisuals, averages around 200 new documents per month. “NARIC is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to serve anyone, professional or lay person, who is interested in disability and rehabilitation, including consumers, family members, health professionals, educators, rehabilitation counselors, students, librarians, administrators, and researchers.” See our page on disability databases for more information.
“Located in Oakland, California, WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.” The web site is primarily devoted to WID projects in these divisions: Research & Training Center on Personal Assistance Services, Research & Training Center on Independent Living & Disability Policy, The Center on Economic Development and Disability, International Division, and Technology Policy Division.