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World

  • Deaf Websites
    The best and newest websites.
  • AbilityHub
    an Assistive Technology related web site for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. AbilityHub is a firm starting point for finding information concerning Assistive Technology.
  • Disabled Peoples' International
    The purpose of DPI is to promote the Human Rights of People with Disabilities through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. DPI is a grassroot, cross-disability network with member organizations in over 110 countries, over half of which are in the developing world.
  • Whirlwind Women
    Whirlwind Women seeks to support women and girls with disabilities in the design, production, and repair of Whirlwind Wheelchairs. Whirlwinds are low-cost wheelchairs designed for use in the rugged conditions of developing countries where fewer than 5% of people needing wheelchairs have them. Our goal is to enable women with disabilities to take an active role in making themselves and others more mobile.
  • World Institute on Disability
    WID is a nonprofit research, training and public policy center promoting the civil rights and the full societal inclusion of people with disabilities.

Asia & Pasific

  • Australia, Disability Online
    established in June 2002 by the Victorian (Australia) Government's Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division. The aim of this site is to provide people with a disability, their families and carers with access to online disability related information across governments and the non-government sector.
  • The Independent Living Centre of Western Australia
    non-profit community service organisation which provides impartial, expert advice on equipment, building and design, access and resources for people with disabilities, their advocates, carers and service providers.
  • Action for Autism, India
    AFA, a non-profit organization, is the national Autism Society of India. AFA serves people affected by autism, their family members, and professionals who work with them through a full range of services and programs. These include counselling and assessment, referral, a training center for people with autism, home-based management programs, networking throughout India, and training workshops for parents and professionals. AFA also publishes a journal and is leading the movement for legal reform for persons with autism in India. All people interested in autism are invited to pool energy and resources with AFA to achieve our goal of a society more aware, accepting, and involving of persons with autism.
  • Deaf Reach, India
    To Educate,Enable and Empower the Deaf in India.
  • Nilam Patel Bahushrut Foundation, India
    The foundation encourages integration, higher education and subsequently equal opportunity for hearing impaired students by awarding scholarships and prizes to those who pass Secondary Level examination from Normal schools.
  • Asia Disability Institute, Japan
    Independent living in Japan ADI was established in 1990 in Hachioji, Japan. It aims to promote independence of persons with disabilities in Asia.
  • Information Resources for People with Disabilities, Japan
    The purpose of the homepage is to research on welfare use of Internet. The page includes contents about disability (welfare, education, technology, and so on). Resources in Japan and International. Japanese/English
  • National Assembly of People with Disabilities New Zealand
    DPA is an umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities, the organisations involved in advocacy on their behalf, and service providers. As a national assembly encompassing people with all types of disabilities - physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric, neurological and age related - DPA is the voice of people with disabilities in New Zealand.
  • The Disabled People's Association Singapore
    "People often close their ears to advice but open their eyes to examples."
    It was with the wisdom of such an adage that the disabled people around the world finally, united in strength and committed in purpose, decided to set up an example of a self-help organisation of the disabled, by the disabled and for the disabled, so as to achieve a "VOICE OF OUR OWN" - "VOX NOSTRA".
    To this purpose, a small group of disabled people in Singapore, with the help of about 100 volunteers, became engaged in a battle against time, obstacles, lack of funds, to mention only a few problems...to bring to fruition an idea fathered in Winnipeg, Canada some months earlier in 1980 by 12 people and 300 supporters with disability.
    In pride and not immodesty, we claim the Disabled Peoples' International by right and place of birth as a citizen of our beloved country.
  • MINDS
    a voluntary wing of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, consists of teenagers and adults who volunteer weekly to teach and train IDs from various backgrounds, ethnicity and ages.
  • Disability Forum Vietnam. The Disability Forum of the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre includes all of the organizations listed in this website. It’s aim is to promote co-operation, collaboration and better communications among non-governmental organizations, disabled people’s organizations and Government ministries.
  • Special Attention towards Handicapped (SATH) Special Attention towards Handicapped (SATH) is a non-profit organisation, working with the disabled children those who live in rural and suburban area through community based rehabilitation program in marginalized communities.

North & South America & Carribean

  • Axis Disability Rights Website
    Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent the last 20 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. In 1990, Norman and Emma established Axis Consultation and Training Ltd., and since then have been kept quite busy providing in-service and training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, conflict resolution, and other disability rights issues.
  • Council of Canadians with Disabilities/Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences
    -Persons with disabilities hold the same rights and responsibilities as other Canadians. Barriers to our participation discriminate against us and must be removed
    - As full citizens, we assert our right to direct our own lives and make our own decisions.
    - We must be centrally involved in the decision making processes that affect our lives.
    -Que les personnes avec des déficiences ont les męmes droits et responsabilités que leurs concitoyens. Les obstacles ŕ notre intégration doivent ętre supprimés.
    -Qu'en tant que citoyens ŕ part entičre, nous revendiquons nos droits nous permettant de diriger nos vies et prendre nos propres décisions.
    -Que nous devons ętre totalement impliqués dans les processus décisionnels affectant nos vies.
  • Disability Mortgage and Loans
    A comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities that covers terminology, the process of buying a house, financial assistance and more.
  • Inclusion Press International
    Inclusion Press is a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.
  • Advocating Change Together
    grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT's mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.
  • ADAPT
    American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today There's no place like home, and we mean real homes, not nursing homes. We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
    Whenever a person or family is suddenly confronted with the world-changing experience of a catastrophic spinal cord injury or brain injury, there are a host of questions but seemingly few solid answers. These questions involve a wide spectrum of issues: health, rehabilitation, hope for recovery, current research, financial, legal, and the list goes on. BrainandSpinalCord.org was created as a knowledge-base for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors to help answer these kinds of questions.
  • DAWWN
    Disability Advocacy Work With Networking. Well organized collection of links to resources for disability advocacy, assistance, education and more.
  • The Deaf Queer Resource Center
    DQRC is a national non-profit resource and information center founded and directed by Deaf Queer activist Dragonsani Renteria. This is "the place" to find the most comprehensive and accurate information about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community.
  • Disability Cool
    Is it cool to be disabled... the Disability Cyberchicks think so. With this website, we plan to challenge all the preconceived notions about what it's like to live with a disability... the good parts and the bad parts. When we've finished with you, we hope you will never again accept society's stereotypes and low levels of expectations of what people think we should be. This is a forum for the expression of ideas and opinions.
  • Disabled in Action
    DIA We are a civil rights organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities — all disabilities. We fight to eliminate all barriers that prevent us from enjoying full equality in American society. Founded in 1970, DIA is a democratic, not-for-profit, membership organization. DIA consists primarily of and is directed by disabled people. We believe in the motto, "Nothing about us without us!"
  • The Disability Rights Activist
    A lot is happening at the federal level with legislation and regulations that affects the lives of disabled people. Unfortunately we are seeing a backlash against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There is more and more information available for people to take action in support of the rights of people with disabilities but it is, for the most part, scattered across the Web. DRA brings together much of the information needed to enable anyone interested in the rights of disabled people to work for those rights.
  • Institute on Disability Culture
    "People with disabilities have forged a group identity. We share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature, and other expressions of our lives, our culture, infused from our experience of disability."
  • The Invisible Disabilities Page
    This page is aimed to those of us who have diseases, disorders and disabilities that aren't visible to most people and are misunderstood, or even met by hostility by society at large. As a hearing-impaired, vision-impaired person with ADD, I have had plenty of experience (too much) from this perspective. While there are many good disability pages, some of which I've included here, none have spoken from this view. This page is for all people with disabilities who want to understand each other a bit better without falling for the stereotypes so often held against them by others within the disabled community, and society at large.
  • Mesothelioma Cancer Center
    Asbestos.com is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to our visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options. As the leading asbestos and mesothelioma resource, Asbestos.com offers more than 2000 pages of the most comprehensive and cutting edge information on the web.
  • National Association of the Deaf
    Founded in 1880, NAD is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States. The NAD safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications.
  • New Mobility
    Magazine and much more.
  • WAPD
    World Association of Persons with Disabilities relies on support of donations, volunteers, corporate / business contributions to continue the ever growing service program for persons with disAbilities who desire to advance with their untapped sources of Ability,Talent and Desire.
  • Women and Disability Resources
    These are social, academic, activist, and just-for-fun online resources Barbara Robertson has collected on women and disability.

Europe, Russia & Near East

  • European Disability Forum
    EDF is a European umbrella organisation representing more than 50 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens' full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.
  • Czech Blind United
    Vítejte na serveru Sjednocené organizace nevidomých a slabozrakých ČR "Nejsme organizací, která rozhoduje a jedná za nevidomé; jsme nevidomí občané rozhodující a jednající sami za sebe. Jednáme na základě následujících zásad: sebedůvěra, rovnocenné partnerství,solidarita a úcta k lidské důstojnosti, svobodě volby a smyslu pro společenství."
    The motto of Czech Blind United says: "We are not an organization deciding and acting on behalf of the blind; we are blind citizens deciding and acting for ourselves. We act on the following principles: self-reliance, partnership, solidarity, respect for human dignity, freedom of choice, common sense."
  • De Samvirkende Invalideorganisationer, Denmark
    Begynd her, hvis du sřger oplysninger om handicap. Lćs om dansk handicappolitik og om DSI - handicapbevćgelsens paraplyorganisation siden 1934. Eller fřlg vore links til organisationer, myndigheder, videnscentre med mere.
  • Kynnys ry/Threshold Association, Finland
    Independent Living Center. On eri tavoin vammaisten ihmisten kansalaisoikeusjärjestö. Sen perustivat vammaiset opiskelijat vuonna 1973.
  • Bureau Francais De l'Epilepsie
    Le B.F.E. s'est fixé notamment, les objectifs suivants :
    1 - permettre la centralisation des services qui peuvent ętre rendus ŕ la personne épileptique ; 2 - susciter et développer tous les modes d'information et de formation ; 3 - mettre en place toute forme de réunion (séminaire, collčge, congrčs nationaux et internationaux) ; 4 - créer des antennes régionales qui permettent d'assurer la coordination des actions locales ; 5 - enfin, favoriser la création, l'amélioration et l'adaptation de lieux de vie pour les personnes épileptiques.
  • Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece
    specialised in the Welfare of the Blind. Its aims are mainly to provide, among other things, specilised services and programs and to create favourable opportunities allowing capable blind men and women to develop their own abilities, skills and potential to the highest possible degree, toward their vocational rehabilitation and full social integration.
  • International Federation of Hard Of Hearing Young People
    IFHOHYP is an international non-governmental federation for national and regional youth organizations that are dedicated to hard of hearing young people throughout the world and is independent of sex, race, religion, nationality and politics. IFHOHYP was founded in 1968 under the name "International Committee of Hard of Hearing Young People." Later, the committee was changed to a federation. IFHOHYP is comprised of organizations from mostly European countries. Our greatest priority is improving the quality of life of hearing impaired youth worldwide and promoting equal rights for hard of hearing young people at all levels of society. IFHOHYP specializes in meeting the changing needs of hard of hearing young people. We raise disability awareness on national and international level through activities run by and for hard of hearing young people aged from 18 to 35.
  • The Panhellenic Association of the Blind
    was established in 1932 and it is the first organisation of the blind for the blind and for all the other handicapped in Greece. Its 60-year-old course completes an interesting history of social and syndicalistic actions, which started in the '30s.
  • The Center for Independent Living, Dublin
  • Disability Federation of Ireland
    DFI is a national umbrella organisation for voluntary / non-statutory agencies who provide support services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions. DFI currently has over 70 full member organisations and an association with up to 200 other organisations throughout its 8 regional networks in Ireland.
  • ENIL Italia
    European Network on Independent Living - cioč Rete Europea per la Vita Indipendente, č una organizzazione di persone con disabilitŕ, che opera per diffondere e promuovere l'applicazione di definizioni, concetti e principî della Vita Indipendente.
  • Pro Retina Deutschland e.V
    Selbsthilfevereinigung von Menschen mit Netzhautdegenerationen
  • COCEMFE, Spain
    Confederación Coordinadora Estatal de Minusválidos Físicos de Espańa
  • Imagina, Spain
    Iniciativa Múltiple de Atención de Gaps a la Integración, Normalización y Accesibilidad.
    Defense of rights of persons with disabilities
  • Instituto Universitario de Integración en la Comunidad, Spain
    The mission of the INICO is to undertake specialized research and training activities, and to offer technical support that promotes, increases and facilitates living conditions for disadvantaged people in different contexts though their life-span.Target population includes people with physical, psychological or sensory disabilities, as well as people with chronic-illness or psychiatric disorders, minorities and disadvantaged people. The INICO is the only Institute in the University of Salamanca, and in the Spanish society devoted to the disabled people The INICO's main objetives are:-To strengthen postgraduate and specialized training of both researchers and direct care professionals. -To organizate meetings, lectures, seminars, workshops and congresses
  • Institute on Independent Living Sweden
    Stiftelsens ändamĺl är att främja möjligheterna för människor med funktionshinder till mer personlig och politisk makt, självbestämmande, full delaktighet och jämlikhet i Sverige och internationellt genom att bedriva utbildningsprojekt. Stiftelsen ska samarbeta och samordna sin verksamhet med liknande forsknings-, tränings- och informationscenter som främjar självbestämmande för människor med funktionshinder.
  • IVB, Switzerland
    die INVALIDEN-VEREINIGUNG beider BASEL (IVB) als soziale, politisch und konfessionell neutrale Selbsthilfeorganisation gegründet. Seitdem verfolgt sie konsequent und professionell ihre selbst gesteckten Ziele, die laufend den aktuellen gesellschaftspolitischen und medizinischen Gegebenheiten angepasst werden: Gesellschaftliche Integration und Zusammenschluss aller Behinderten und Betagten; Aktive Hilfe für in Not geratene Behinderte und Betagte; Kostenlose Rechts- und Sozialberatung; Vertretung der Behinderten und Betagten bei Behörden und in anderen sozialen und politischen Organisationen; Förderung der kulturellen Interessen Pflege der Freundschaft unter den Mitgliedern; Fundierte periodische Information der Mitglieder mittels vereinseigener Zeitung &laqno;IVB-Noochrichte
  • Centre for Independent Living UK
    This website is designed to be a resource on independent living and Direct Payments for disabled people and others working in the field.
  • Disability Awareness in Action, UK
    Disability Awareness in Action (DAA) is an international human rights network, run for and by disabled people.

Africa & Middle East

  • Kenya Disabled Development Society
    KDDS was formed in January 1992. The Society is exclusively manned by disabled persons. Its main objective is to develop the disabled persons educationally, socially and economically, hence fit in the mainstream of the society.
  • SANEL
    South African National Epilepsy League is a NGO dedicated to working with people with epilepsy and their families, to enable them to lead meaningful and enriching lives. Sanel's vision: A society in which people with epilepsy have equal opportunities to achieve their fullest potential in all areas of life.
  • Uganda Society for Disabled Children
    USDC is a development agency established in 1985 to improve the quality of life of children and young people with disabilities in Uganda.

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