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Independent Living

The Independent Living Institute
The Independent Living Institute “offers resources for persons with extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity.” Browse the virtual library, listen to Radio Independent Living and get referrals for personal assistants.

U.S. Department of Education: Centers for Independent Living
Find out more about The Center for Independent Living program, which provides grants for community-based non-profit agencies operated by and for Americans with disabilities.

Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
A national center for training, assistance and research in independent living for disabled Americans, the ILRU site features information on statewide independent living centers, a searchable directory of centers throughout the U.S. and relevant links and publications.

National Council on Independent Living
Founded in 1982, the NCIL represents more than 700 centers for independent living and other disability rights organizations. Learn more about its legislative priorities and find links of interest.


Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
An initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Web site for Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST contains educational materials on reasonable accommodations and accessible design, plus a list of requirements for disabled-accessible buildings.

Concrete Change
The Web site for this accessible housing initiative features a photo gallery of homes with inclusive design and visitability do’s and don’ts.

National Accessible Travelers’ Database
Search this database of U.S. transit systems to find accessible tours and tour companies, taxi services, airport shuttles and travel agencies by city and state.

The International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA)
Read papers and reports from this organization which works towards the global implementation of more equitable and accessible environments, technology and information.

U.S. Department of Transportation: Accessibility
Browse information, resources, laws and more on providing equal access to transportation for disabled Americans.


Disability Rights and Culture

The National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability aims “to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.” Read articles and find links to resources on closing the participation gaps in areas such as economics, politics and health care access.

Get comprehensive disability related information and resources from this Web portal created by the U.S. federal government.

American Association for People with Disabilities
The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the U.S., the AAPD is dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment to all disabled Americans. Read news items and get information on the organization’s many programs.

Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing
Learn more about the visitability movement and inclusive home design from this disability rights coalition working to provide more housing justice for disabled Americans.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
A popular source of information on cerebral palsy, UCP is also a leader in the American disability rights movement. Visit the site’s “channels” on topics such as education, housing, employment, transportation and health.

Disability Gulag
Read disability rights activist and lawyer Harriet McBryde Johnson’s 2003 article, first published in the New York Times Magazine, on the importance of independent living options for the disabled.

Easter Seals
Learn more about the organization’s projects and services—from child development centers to job training for disabled Americans—and get disability facts and accessible living resources at the Easter Seals Info Center.

New Mobility
Read articles and join the online discussion at the online home of this magazine dedicated to disability culture and lifestyles.

This bi-monthly webzine features international disability news and views. Read articles on topics such as independent living, access and technology.

The National Center for Victims of Crime: “The Invisible Victims”
Find out more about how people with disabilities suffer violent crime at an alarming rate in this article by Daniel D. Sorenson.


Greg Smith

Strength Coach
Learn more about Greg Smith on his official Web site, read interview transcripts from his talk radio show and listen to past shows online.

NPR: All Things Considered: On a Roll
Listen to Aileen LeBlanc’s radio profile of Greg Smith from this 1999 episode of NPR’s All Things Considered.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association
Learn more about the neuromuscular disease that affects more than a million Americans, including Greg Smith.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Read news stories and more—including regular columns written by Mike Ervin, Greg Smith’s producer—from the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease.


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