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Summaries of useful websites that contain information on topics of importance to person-centered services. Websites are organized by topic, with direct links to all sites provided.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (9 Products)
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Organizations, Programs, and Projects (27 Products)
Online Forums (2 Products)
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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
2012 National Transition Conference Resources: College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities
This conference was about transition options for students with disabilities. All of the materials are available online.
Capacity Works
Capacity Works creates books, worksheet kits and posters for facilitators of person-centered planning meetings. The material is also helpful for the people with disabilities, family members and other support circle members.
Out of Reach
This website compares wages and rents for housing throughout the United States. It tells how much a person needs to earn to afford an apartment.
Pursuing Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
A guide for people with disabilities and families about choosing and attending the right university, community college, or technical college.
Research on People with MR/DD based on the National Health Interview Survey - Disability Supplements
This is a series of reports that provide wide ranging information about people with intellectual or developmental disabilities that is based on analyzing special census data.
Sexuality and Disability Webliography
This PDF lists resources to help meet the sex education needs of individuals with all types of disabilities.
The Right People for the Job (direct support tool)
This brief gives the basic information on how to recruit, assess, and select DSPs.
Through Asking the Right Questions . . . You Can Reach Your Destination
A guide that provides information about what to ask, and look for when visiting homes and comparing service providers.
Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
This online toolkit has many resources to help companies develop a flexible workplace. A flexible workplace is one where employees have some control over when, where, and how they do their work.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
abledbody
This blog is about current topics related to people with disabilities. The entries are organized into the areas of technology, workplace, design and life/culture.
About Disability: A Resource for the Disability Community
This topical website offers a number of links to articles written about technology, disability culture, and health. It also has several documents that refer to historic disability issues.
ADA Building Blocks
This web-based training explores the legal requirements and the spirit of the ADA. It is free.
Australian Center on Quality of Life
A web site where people can learn about quality of life and people with disabilities. The web site is especially for researchers and university students who want to investigate this interesting area, but everyone is welcome to come and take a look.
Autism.Lovetoknow.com
This is a website about many aspects of autism. On the website are articles related to current information involving autism.
AutismAsperger.net
A website that seeks to build awareness of the autism spectrum.
CAVNET
Communities Against Violence Network is an international network of experts and advocates working in the areas of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
Offers an array of materials related to violence and women with disabilities, including information on its prevalence, guidelines for clinicians, access to battered women's programs, interventions and research methods.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research: Disability Employment Policy
This website has easy-to understand summaries of research articles. The articles are related to people with disabilities in the workforce.
College of Direct Support
This on-line College has many training opportunities for people who provide direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities.
College of Frontline Supervision and Management
This online training program helps frontline supervisors, managers, and others in organizational leadership roles, learn about critical issues such as recruitment and retention of DSPs, staff performance and training and interventions plans.
College Programs for Students with Asperger Syndrome
This web page has a list of colleges in the US that offer programs specifically for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Congress.gov
Congress.gov is a website that offers information and regular updates on Federal legislative issues in the United States.
ConnectABILITY Website
A website for people with a developmental disability and their support networks. It has information about many different topics.
Connections for Information and Resources
This agency provides training, opportunities, and resources on person-centered planning and community supports.
DDS Safety Net
This web site has a lot of information on health, safety, and everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. Most of the information is easy-to-read.
Direct Support Professional Workforce Resources from the RTC on Community Living
This web site describes many research projects, training materials and resources for Direct Support Professionals, Frontline Supervisors and the individuals and organizations who employ them.
Disability History Museum
A website with all kinds of information on the history of people with disabilities in America.
Disability.gov
A one-stop shopping website that pulls together information about topics related to disability from across the federal government.
Disabilityinfo.org
This website has information about programs, providers, and services for people with disabilities living in Massachusetts. It is meant to help people take control over their services.
DisabilityTraining.org (Iowa Training Consortium)
This website has information about training opportunities for DSPs in Iowa.
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities (DisabilityResources.org)
This web page lists a lot of disability-related disaster preparedness information available on the web.
Discover Camp!
A website for families preparing to select a summer camp for their child with disabilities.
EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network)
This Center shares ideas with employers on how to recruit, hire and manage people with disabilities. It's website is well organized and has a lot of information.
El Peecho's Pennhurst Page
This is a website dedicated to the former residents of the Pennhurst State School in Pennsylvania. It includes a good amount of information on Pennhurst, including first-hand accounts of what went on at the institution.
Freedom Clearinghouse Web Site
A web site offering information on community-based services for persons with disabilities.
Global Disability Rights Library
A website that has resources for disability advocates relating to the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Grants.gov
This website has information about applying for money from the Federal Government.
HHS emPOWER Map
This is an interactive online map to aid agencies and emergency officials to be prepared for a disaster. It helps them locate people who rely on electronic medical and assistive equipment and would need immediate help if the power went out.
ilivewithadisability.com
A social networking website of people who have disabilities.
Illinois Life Span Project
This website is a central source of information about services available to persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Illinois.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota website
The website for the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Issues in Developmental Disabilities
This is an internet-based distance education course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre's Website on Violence, Abuse, and Disability
A website with information explaining policies and resources in Canada to prevent violence and abuse against persons with disabilities.
Karin Melberg Schwier Website
A site featuring Karin Melberg Schwier. Karin is the parent of a person with an intellectual disability, an author, a blogger and more.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey: Data on the employment status of people with a disability
This website has data summaries from an ongoing survey of everyone in the United States. It focuses on the employment status of people with a disability, and is updated monthly.
Laws.com
Laws.com is a website that offers information on state and federal laws about social justice issues like domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement
A multimedia, wiki website on leadership in the history of the developmental disabilities movement.
LifePages.org
A web site with information about recreation and leisure activities, services, advocacy, and other useful things to persons with disabilities who live in Minnesota.
Marlaina by Ear
This is a podcast done by a woman who is blind. She shows you what life is like the way she sees it.
Medline Plus
A website with health information.
Meet the Future Face of Employment: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Technology Fields
This website is about matching people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to jobs in the field of technology.
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
A web-based clearinghouse of information about violence
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
Highlights of the research and research outcomes of grantees funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
National Gateway to Self-Determination website
A website with information and resources about self-determination and people with intellectual disabilities.
National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities website
This website provides many resources supporting communication services and supports for children and adults with severe disabilities.
National Rehabilitation Information Center
This website has information about all of the many research and demonstration projects funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) over the past 10 years in an accessible format.
Ohio Employment First Transition Framework Tools and Processes
The website offers tools that guide multiagency teams through agency-neutral, outcome-focused and person-centered planning processes for transition youth.
ONET OnLine - Occupational Information Network
This site tells people about different kinds of jobs.
Ouch!, It's a disability thing!
This website explains the issues of people with disabilities who live in the United Kingdom. There are articles, videos, and podcasts for visitors to use.
Parents with Disabilities Online
This website has information, support and resources for parents with disabilities.
Partners in Policy Making Online Courses
This online curriculum teaches self-advocates, families, and DSPs many things to help them be effective advocates for change. Anyone can register and take the courses for free.
Paul H. Brookes, Inc.
This is a publisher of many books about issues in support provision with people who have developmental disabilities
Project Hope
This website has information about how to get help with mental health needs. It is prepared for DSPs who support people with intellectual disabilities.
Robert Perske: Street-Court-Prison Worker and Advocate
This website is about the work of Robert and Martha Perske. Robert has spent many years advocating for people with disabilities caught in the criminal justice system.
SB University (SBU)
A website with online training about important topics in the Spina Bifida Community.
Source: International Online Resource Centre on Disability and Inclusion
A website that provides free access to information about disability and inclusion from around the world. It is intended for practitioners and academics.
State Health Facts Online
A website with health care coverage availability information for all 50 states.
Susan's Sex Support Site
This is a website with information about sexuality and sex and people with disabilities. It includes information useful to both self-advocates, and to their allies.
The Arc Legislative Action Center
Up-to-date information about federal and state legislation affecting people with developmental disabilities
The Arc's Center for Future Planning
This website has information for families about person-centered futures planning.
The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement website
This website shares information on key leaders in the disability rights and Independent Living movement.
Think Beyond the Label
An advertising campaign making the business case for employing people with disabilities.
THOMAS
A website that includes full copies of United States Laws and proceedings of Congress from throughout history.
U.S. General Accounting Office
The General Accounting Office prepares comprehensive reports on many issues for use by members of the United States Congress. These reports are generally available to the public.
Voting Information Website
This website has information about voting rights and people with disabilities in Ohio and the US.
Workforce.com
Workforce.com is a website containing resources for supervisors, managers and administrators on human resource issues.
Wrightslaw
Wrightslaw offers up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. This website offers articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about dozens of topics in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Advocating Change Together
ACT is a self-advocacy organization run by and for persons with developmental and other disabilities.
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
This initiative keeps track of how many children have autism spectrum disorders in different parts of the country. It keeps track of other disabilities too.
Autism Now
A national resource center on Autism.
Autism Speaks
This national organization has three main purposes. It provides services, conducts research, and provides advocacy, all to make life better for people on the Autism spectrum.
Disability is Natural
This organization is working to create new and positive ways of thinking about people with disabilities. It is led by a parent and has many products to sell.
EARN (Employer Assistance and Resource Network)
This Center shares ideas with employers on how to recruit, hire and manage people with disabilities. It's website is well organized and has a lot of information.
Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit
This research center at the University of Washington focuses on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
High Tide Press & Cherry Hill Bookstore
A publisher of fascinating books in many leading-edge areas.
Illinois Life Span Project
This website is a central source of information about services available to persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Illinois.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Inclusive Innovations for Inclusive Faith Communities
This organization helps Jewish faith communities to be inclusive of people with disabilities.
Institute on Disability Culture
This center promotes pride in the history, activities, and identity of people with disabilities.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey: Data on the employment status of people with a disability
This website has data summaries from an ongoing survey of everyone in the United States. It focuses on the employment status of people with a disability, and is updated monthly.
National Arts and Disability Center
A national information center on the arts, and people with disabilities
Not Dead Yet
This group of disability activists is opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center is a primary source for crime victim information.
Project C3 (Conecting Youth to Communities and Careers)
This program helps improve postsecondary outcomes for students
Research On Disability (researchondisability.org)
This research center explores new disability research and translates it into best practice and resources. They have information on and graphs with employment, health, and demographic statistics.
SB University (SBU)
A website with online training about important topics in the Spina Bifida Community.
Source: International Online Resource Centre on Disability and Inclusion
A website that provides free access to information about disability and inclusion from around the world. It is intended for practitioners and academics.
STEPS Forward
This program helps students with intellectual disabilities go to college. It was started by parents, and is located in British Columbia.
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
This organization provides information and support to all of the Parent Training and Information Centers in the United States
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
An organization that advocates for equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities.
The IOD Bookstore
An online bookstore from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UCEDD). There are many resources available for free or at a very low cost.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
A national clearinghouse on physical activity for persons with disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
The website of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a national advocacy organization. This website includes background information about UCP, and also much news about national news affecting persons with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Wrightslaw
Wrightslaw offers up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. This website offers articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about dozens of topics in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.
Online Forums
Caring for Lauren: A mother's journey as caregiver for a young woman with developmental disabilities.
This blog was written by the mother of Lauren-a young person with multiple disabilities. It shared the struggles and joys of caring for Lauren, and also self-direction from the caregiver viewpoint. The blog was discontinued in 2011, but is still powerful.
El Peecho's Pennhurst Page
This is a website dedicated to the former residents of the Pennhurst State School in Pennsylvania. It includes a good amount of information on Pennhurst, including first-hand accounts of what went on at the institution.
Other
The Arc Online Legislative Action Center
Interactive legislative online action center to contact Congress.
Woodbine House
Woodbine House is a publishing company that has books about people with disabilities and also about special health needs.


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