Native Americans with Disabilities

According to the Montana University Affiliated Rural Institute on Disabilities, American Indians experience the highest rate of disability of any group in the United States, yet the Americans with Disabilities Act specifically excludes tribes from coverage; there are also few services for people with disabilities on reservations. These web sites provide information about research and services for Native Americans with disabilities.
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (AIRRTC)
The mission of AIRRTC is to improve the quality of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities through research and training. Its web site includes information about the Center’s activities, publications (check out the online newsletter), links, and related material.
National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMHR)
One of five minority mental health research Centers sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Center focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The web site provides information about the Center’s activities, which include research, research training, information dissemination, and technical assistance.
The Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
Initially funded by the Administration on Aging, the Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC) is a national resource center for older American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, with special emphasis on culturally competent health care. Its web site includes a library, links, and related resources.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Programs – Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians with Disabilities
A brief overview of the RSA program designed to provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations.
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