External Resources


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AETC Aids/Equipment/Technology/Computers
AA Architectural Accessibility
DC Disability Categories
DS Disability Studies
ED/ES Education: Elementary-Secondary
ED/PS Education: Postsecondary
ED/G Education: General
EVE Employment/Vocational Education
END Equity/Non-disability
GPCS Guidance/Personal Counseling/Spirituality
LS Life Safety
MD Media/Disability
OA Organizations and Agencies
PN Personal Needs
RL Recreation/Leisure
RB Reference/Bibliography
RE Rights/Entitlement
S Sexuality and Gender Identity
TM Tests/Measurements
TT Transportation/Travel
WD Women/Disability


From the website: ABLEDATA provide objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.

From hostingreviews.com, tips on preventing repetitive stress injuries.

Do-IT is a program at the University of Washington that serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.  It has a lot of resources on making technology and the web accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Duxbury Systems (Braille Embosser)
Duxbury Systems develops Braille translation software for the blind and visually impaired.

Online retailer for hundreds of assistive technology products, categorized according to disability and/or equipment needs.

Freedom Scientific (Publisher of JAWS)
Offers products for individuals who are blind, have low vision, or have learning disabilities. Includes screen reading software, braille displays, notetakers, PDAs, and magnifier software.

Harris Communications
The one-stop source for products for deaf and hard of hearing people. Offers products from consumer electronics to DVDs to baby items.

Inspiration Software, Inc.
Develops visual-learning based software including mind mapping programs for students and educators.

Kurzweil Education Systems
Offers Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 scanning and recognition software. Built-in voice synthesizer makes print books accessible to visually impaired individuals with the help of a scanner.

Maxi Aids
A large online store with products designed for those with vision, mobility, or hearing impairment.

Microsoft Accessibility
Tutorials on making Windows software more accessible, products and services offered by Microsoft, and articles on assistive technology for individuals and businesses.

Nuance, formerly Scansoft, Inc. (Publisher of Dragon NaturallySpeaking)
Develops speech recognition software, as well as scanning, imagine and document conversion applications.

Web Accessibility Initiative: Getting Started
Basic information for people who are new to Web accessibility

Web Accessibility in Mind
Information on Web Accessibility conferences and lectures.


Architechtural Accessibility

Garaventa Accessibility: Stairlift/Platform lifts
Accessibility equipment manufacturer.

Sells and installs residential and commercial wheelchair lifts.


Disability Categories

Chronic Medical Condition (CMC)

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Lyme Disease Foundation
A nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions for tick-borne disorder. Includes lyme disease in the news, research, and awards in the field, and links to other sites.

Anosmia Foundation
Approximately two to five million American adults suffer from disorders of taste and smell. Anosmia is to smell, as blindness is to sight, or deafness is to hearing. Anosmics cannot detect scents of any kind. Over 200 medical conditions and many medications have been associated with olfactory changes and loss.

Children with Diabetes
Offers sections for kids, parents, and families dealing with child Diabetes. Also has information and resources for adult Diabetes.

Crohn's Disease Resource Center
Offers directories of books, online resources, and information on diagnosis, treatment and support group for Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Ehlers-Danlos Society
The Ehlers-Danlos Society creates resources for those affected by the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  This non-profit organization provides research, resources, education, and care in an effort to improve the lives of those with EDS. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group
Formerly the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Association,  this nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping everyone who suffers from IBS through patient support groups, treatment, accurate information and education.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
MSAA’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Includes information for newly diagnosed MS, programs and services, local support groups and current MS news.

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. Large site with many informative documents such as current research and reports, and health information for Diabetes and many other topics, as well as easy-to-read versions of the information.

National Vulvodynia
A nonprofit organization created to improve the lives of individuals affected by vulvodynia, a spectrum of chronic vulvar pain disorders. They offer information about local support groups, and have up to date news and advocacy programs.

Solve ME/CFS Initiative
The organization is a non-profit working on expanding treatment and research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), previously referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They ofer resources, education, and advocacy efforts.

Food Allergy (FA)

Bob's Red Mill
A natural food store producing more than 400 products including a full line of gluten-free products.

Celiac Disease Foundation
Support and information for people affected with celiac disease.  They have been raising awareness since 1990.

"The cool guide to a hip and healthy celiac lifestyle." A blog by two women, Kelly and Kim, who are sensitive to gluten.

Celiac Disease and gluten-free diet information since 1995.

Ener-G Foods
Products free of gluten, wheat, egg, and dairy, and products for low protein diets.  Included a resources directory.

Food Allergy Research & Educationis is an organization that raises funds toward the research, education, awareness, and advocacy for thos living with food allergies.

A Low prices and a wide selection of gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, and other allergy-related health foods and special dietary products
A website created by a woman who has a daughter with Celiac disease.  This is a fantastic outreach for families suffering from Celiac disease.  (Her daughter, Alex, has her own website at glutenfreekid.net.)
The Providing support to people with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiforms, and other sensitivities.

Hearing Disabilities (H)

Hearing Loss Association of America
The HLLA provies resources, information, education, support, and advocacy to those faced with hearing loss.

National Association of the Deaf
"The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America." They also provide resources, information, and advocacy support.


Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
The mission of ADDA is to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them. In doing so, ADDA generates hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of AD/HD

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD works to improve the lives of people affected by AD/HD through: Collaborative Leadership, Advocacy, Research, Education and Support.

Healthline ADD / ADHD Learning Center
This site has information on ADD/ADHD symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.

LD Online
Offers resources, news, and information for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

LD Pride: What Is It to You?
Contributions from people with learning disabilities about what LD pride means to them. The main site also discusses ways to find your own LD/ADD pride, and other types of disability pride.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Mobility Impairment (MI)

From the site: "Community is the spirit of GimpGirl. We have been supporting the pride and self-esteem of our fellow women with disabilities since 1998, and have no thought of stopping anytime soon. We also invite our current partners and academics to join in!"

Limbless Association
A large, well-organized site offering information about products and services, event postings, news, discussion forums and more aimed to help limbless individuals of all ages (and their carers) achieve maximum mobility and independence in home, hospital, education, employment and the community.

Tetra Society
A volunteer-based group that creates unique assistive aids for people with disabilities, particularly mobility impairment.

Psychiatric Disability (PD)

BPD Central
BPD Central is a list of resources for people who care about someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Bodies Under Siege (BUS)
An active web board for people struggling with issues related to self-harm, with support and information for families and friends as well.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (Boston University) 
The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.

Wrong Planet: Online community for those living with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
Want to discuss Asperger's issues? Wrong Planet is a web community designed for individuals (and parents and doctors of those) with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and other PDDs. Wrong Planet has everything from valuable links and forums to how-to guides, and has nearly 15 thousand members!

Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor's Guide
At just over 12 minutes in length, this video is long enough to give a concise introduction to life as a college student with Asperger Syndrome.  It allows students to practice self-advocacy by identifying needed and reasonable accommodations to help them be successful.  Students can provide the video as a tool to educate their professors, teaching assistants, and others about the disorder.

Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)

Active Forever
Online retailer of products for rehabilitation, mobility and pain management.

Ergonomic Information Sites
Listing of several good ergonomic-related sites for individuals with repetitive stress injuries.

Substance Abuse/Recovery (SA/R)

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Programs now include both in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention.

Visual Impairment (VI)

Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse International's mission is to overcome vision impairment for people of all ages through worldwide leadership in rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy.

National Federation of the Blind
Information about NFB and other resources for people with visual impairments.

New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)
NYCSB provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to blind and visually impaired New York State residents.  One of NYCSB's primary objectives is to assist consumers in achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.


Disability Studies

About Disability: Here's How I View It
Information about Anthony Tusler's book, How to Create Disability Access to Technology.The book discusses best practices in electronic and information technology companies.

Disability History Museum
A site that aims to "promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories." Includes information and online texts from the disability library, and more content coming soon.

Disability Social History Project
Community-led site that has information on news, articles and books on current and historical disability issues.

Disability Studies Quarterly
The first journal in the field of Disability Studies, it is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities.

Society for Disability Studies
Organization including social scientists, health researchers, and humanities scholars that works to explore issues of disability and chronic illness from scholarly perspectives.


Education: Elementary-Secondary

National Center on Secondary Education & Transition
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


Education: Postsecondary

American Association of University Professors
Offers information and articles relating to issues in higher education such as balancing family and work, governance and legal considerations, and academic freedom. AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

American College Personnel Association
A student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. Includes information about publications, annual conventions, career connections and research.

American Council on Education
ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

Association of American Medical Colleges
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. The AAMC seeks to improve the nation's health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.

Association on Higher Education and Disability
A professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. Has information about publications, training and events, and resources, as well as a student section.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
JECT is a peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 
NASPA seeks to provide professional development and advocacy for student affairs educators and administrators who share the responsibility for a campus-wide focus on the student experience.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Online resource for writing, including links to research, MLA, and APA style guides, as well as a newsletter discussing writing centers in high schools, colleges and universities.

U.S. Department of Education Article - Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know your Rights and Responsibilities
An article on the U.S. Department of Education's site that discusses some of the differences between disabilities laws when transitioning from high school to college or any other postsecondary educational institute. It also addresses self-identification to the school, what to do in cases of discrimination, and some of the details of the applicable laws.


Education: General

New York State Education Department
Includes resources for citizens, parents, individuals with disabilities, students, teachers and school administrators and other professionals. Also includes recent education-related news.


Employment/Vocational Education

Cancer and Careers: Living and Working with Cancer
Articles, resources, and support groups for professionals with cancer. Includes sections for women with cancer, employers, and coworkers and caregivers.

Job Accommodation Network
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options

Office of Disability Employment Policy 
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is a federal agency in the Department of Labor. ODEP's mission is to provide leadership and to bring a permanent focus to the goal of increasing employment for adults and youth with disabilities. 

Social Security Online: The Work Site
Working to promote the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.

Disability:IN is a national organization that supports development and expansion of Business Leadership Networks across the country, serving as their collective voice. Disability:IN recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities. 


The National Center for Transgender Equality                                                                                                                                                                    A social justice oranziation that provies inofrmation and advocacy for transgender people.


Guidance/Personal Counseling/Spirituality

Family Caregiver Alliance
Offers information, education, services, resources and advocacy for and on the behalf of informal caregivers of loved ones and friends.

Life Safety

If you have any questions regarding Life Safety, please contact ODS directly at 212-854-4634, to speak with a staff member.



Under Our Skin
Revealing the fault lines in our broken health care system, Under Our Skin takes viewers on a journey beneath the surface of one of the least understood diseases of our time--Lyme disease.

Organizations and Agencies

Benefits, advocacy and information on aging for people age 50 and older. Features information on politics and elections, health, learning and technology, family and legal issues, and money and work, among others.

One of the largest and most diverse marrow registries in the world.
A resource for the higher education community, providing a menu of services for those concerned with disability and access in higher education. 

Disability Resources from the US Department of Labor
Online resource for Americans with disabilities. Offers information on employment, housing, education, transportation, health, technology, and more.

Hospital Audiences, Inc.
Seeks to provide access to the arts to culturally isolated New Yorkers, from people with mental and physical disabilities, mentally retarded/ developmentally disabled persons, bed-confined/ wheelchair-users, to visually and hearing-impaired individuals, the homeless, and many other.

Learning Ally
Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 70,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, mainstream computers and devices like iPhone and iPad, as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success.

The Lymphatic Education & Research Network 
The Lymphatic Education & Research Network is a not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic diseases through education, research, and advocacy.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. Large site with many informative documents such as current research and reports, and health information for Diabetes and many other topics, as well as easy-to-read versions of the information.

The New York Blood Center conducts research, develops new and products and technologies, and consults with NY area hospitals.
Provides programs and volunteer opportunities to help vulnerable children and adults throughout New York City.

United Spinal Association
Formerly known as the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, this organization now serves all  Americans with Spinal Cord Impairment.

World Marrow Donor Association
Organization that provides a platform to match donors and patients, supports global development, and ensure donor care.


Personal Needs

National Allergy
Recommended site by a current ODS student — includes helpful information on healthy bedding, allergen control, air filtration, sinus relief, HEPA vaccuums, asthma treatment, safe cleaning, and personal care.

Virtual Physical
Information about comprehensive diagnostic screening done by medical professionals.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Provides a full range of home health care services to the New York metropolitan area, including rehabilitation therapy, after hospital care and private care.



Achilles International
Achilles' purpose is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement, enhanced self esteem, and the lowering of barriers between people. Includes information on volunteering, news, and local and national events.

United States Association of Blind Athletes
The United States Association of Blind Athletes enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.



Columbia University Libraries
Columbia University Libraries offer acess to millions of academic articles, books, journals, and other resources in different areas including education, psychology, health, and the many others.



Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Its purpose is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. Details breaking news, as well as legal opinions and articles on current events. Also details current calls for action in the field of mental health law.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Information about legal resources and directories to find local attorney offices.

Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)
DBTAC, also known as The Great Lakes ADA & Accessible IT Center, provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and accessible information technology (IT).

NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Information for New Yorkers about city laws and benefit programs, community resources, recreation, and government forms.

Office for Civil Rights
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know your Rights and Responsibilities
An article on the U.S. Department of Education's site that discusses some of the differences between disabilities laws when transitioning from high school to college or any other postsecondary educational institute. It also addresses self-identification to the school, what to do in cases of discrimination, and some of the details of the applicable laws.

US Department of Justice ADA Homepage
Information about the ADA, including other Federal agencies with ADA responsibilities, an individual's guide to disability rights laws, and information for businesses.


Sexuality and Gender Identity

Passing Twice
A proud network of queer stutterers and their allies.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health
The WPATH is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. It offers a printed directory of resources for $10, as well as information for members about symposia, committees, and journals.



Graduate Record Examinations
Information about the GRE, including test taking tips, as well as news and alerts about the test.

Law School Admission Council
Offers online registration for the LSAT, as well as information about law school rankings, test fees, and other topics of interest to potential law school students.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
Information about the TOEFL, including test taking tips, as well as news and alerts about the test.



Purchase airline seat-belt extenders here.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
Information on New York's public transportation for riders with disabilities, including the half fare MetroCard program, lists of accessible stations, and general information on riding subways and buses.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Has an international exchange program which encourages young people with disabilities to travel abroad and experience foreign cultures. Includes news, forums, and program information.



Center for Research On Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
CROWD's mission is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. Educational materials, general information, and research is available.