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Access Living

Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform.

American Red Cross: Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. Our booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
(Formerly “Twinges and Hinges”)

A National Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program taught in conjunction with the YMCA. Its purpose is to reduce pain and stiffness while increasing range of motion in the joints and activities of daily living (ADL’s).

Council for Learning Disabilities

The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span.  CLD accomplishes this by promoting and disseminating evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities.  In addition, CLD fosters (a) collaboration among professionals; (b) development of leaders in the field; and (c) advocacy for policies that support individuals with learning disabilities at local, state, and national levels.

Disabled and Alone/Life Services for the Handicapped, Inc. (Life Services)

We believe that no person should have to live his life in loneliness and isolation because of a disability.

Life Services is a non-profit organization established to help families provide a secure future for their loved ones with a disability.

Disabled Outdoor Opportunities (Illinois)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing greater access and more programs for persons with disabilities. We want to make it easier for disabled individuals to hunt, fish and pursue other outdoor activities.  Disabled hunters can participate in deer, pheasant, waterfowl and dove hunting at various sites throughout Illinois. A number of fishing events are held each year as well. DNR’s intention is to expand these opportunities so more individuals may take part. One example of a successful event is at Rock Cut State Park where hunters have participated in shotgun deer hunts for several years now.

Meditainment

An online guided meditation designed to make your pain seem less important (initial 21-minute trial is free).

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.

Disabled Outdoor Opportunities (Washington)

Washington State is recognized for its wide array of outdoor recreational activities and wildlife. The Department of Fish and  Wildlife (WDFW) encourages all persons with a disability to experience recreation in Washington’s wonderful outdoors. Numerous opportunities are offered for hunters and anglers with disabilities through legislative mandates, statues, and policies complying with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization that operates as a national accreditor of institutions that primarily offer distance education. Assuring students high quality distance education through accreditation, peer review, and institutional improvement.

National Council on Independent Living

NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

Outdoors for All Foundation (Pacific Northwest – US)

Outdoors for All enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities and families and helps them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Outdoors for All’s programs includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, day camps, rock-climbing, camping and custom events.

Social Security’s Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

Administration on Aging

The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.

The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965

National Institute on Aging Information Center

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.