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Bay Area Resource Directory
Developed as part of our Accessibility Connections Project, this "Bay Area Resource Directory" will guide you to local disability resources. A great Bay Area resource.

American Printing House for the Blind external link
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) was founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1858, making it the oldest institution of its kind in the United States. APH is also the world's largest company devoted solely to creating products and services for people who are visually impaired

Apple Computer's Disability Solutions external link

AT&T Products and Services for People with Disabilities
We deliver solutions that keep our customers with vision, hearing, mobility, or speech limitations connected. And some needs require additional equipment, and not only will we provide the tools to qualified customers free of charge, we also have a long-term goal to develop products that make universal access a reality. Vision Solutions, Hearing Solutions, Mobility Solutions, Speech Solutions, Information and Ordering California Equipment Loan Program, Universal Design Policy

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program external link
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) is a non-profit organization that provides challenging and innovative sports and recreation programs to Bay Area residents with physical disabilities and visual impairments. We offer a variety of free and low-cost activities to people of all ages. We also have a resource library on recreation and other disability issues, and provide consultation and training on integrating recreation programs.

Berkeley Public Library external link
Services for patrons with disabilities.

California Telephone Equipment Loan Program external link
Relay service, TTY, telephone equipment - How much does it cost? Nothing. It's free!

Center for Independent Living external link
The Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a national leader in helping people with disabilities live independently and become productive, fully participating members of society. The staff and board, most of whom have disabilities, are strongly committed to supporting others in their efforts towards self sufficiency. Since 1972 we have opened doors for over 200,000 people, who were traditionally viewed only as "patients", to help them leave institutions, set up independent living situations and hold jobs.

Computer Technologies Program external link
CTP's mission is to increase employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities by providing training in Information Technologies in partnership with the business and rehabilitation communities.

disABILITY Information and Resources external link
Many useful linksEASI external link (Equal Access to Software and Information)
EASI's mission is to serve as a resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

Ed Roberts Campus external link
The Ed Roberts Campus is a nonprofit corporation formed by nine organizations that share a common history in the Independent Living/Civil Rights Movement of People with Disabilities. These nine organizations have joined together to plan and develop a universally designed, transit-oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in south Berkeley. The Ed Roberts Campus will become the world's foremost disability rights service, advocacy, education, training, and policy center. The ERC commemorates the life and work of Edward V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities. Ed believed in the strength of collaborative efforts: He called it "working toward our preferred future.

Extensions for Independence external link
In these web pages you will find things that have helped me live a meaningful and productive life in spite of my disability. These things are low-technology aids, tips of knowledge, and my philosophy of life. It is all there for you to take or use what you need. My life would not have meaning if I did not know that someone, somewhere is learning from it, or using the benefit of a product of my creation.

Free-Loan Open-Captioned Videos Available external link
If you know of someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, the Captioned Media Program (CMP) can help with video resources. The program provides free-loan, open-captioned videos to deaf and hard of hearing persons. More than 4,000 titles including classic movies, educational videos, and special-interest videos are available. Open-captioned videos, like subtitles, provide the viewer all the information contained in the audio track.

IBM Special Needs Solutions external link

Interagency Committee on Disability Research external link
The ICDR has unveiled a new website to gather comments and recommendations on research needs of persons with disabilities. The site provides a form for submitting recommendations on research concerning access to technology, education, employment, community life, health care and other needs. The ICDR intends to use the feedback received through the site in developing recommendations to the President and Congress on policy and priorities related to disability and rehabilitation research

La Familia Counseling Service (no web site)
A community based organization serving a broad range of human services with emphasis on advocacy, education and community mental health. While the central focus of the agency is the Latino family, services are open to all and are delivered by a dynamic and highly qualified, multi-racial and multi-lingual staff. La Familia is about empowerment and is an active and vital member of many collaborative efforts attempting to correct the exclusion of poor and disenfranchised individuals.
Phone: (510) 881-5921 or (625) 933-3960
E-mail: or

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped external link
NLS administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.

National Rehabilitation Information Center external link
For 20 years, the staff of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) has collected and disseminated the results of federally funded research projects. NARIC's literature collection, which also includes commercially published books, journal articles, and audiovisuals, averages around 200 new documents per month.

Parents Helping Parents external link (ATA Center)
Located in Santa Clara County, Parents Helping Parents is a parent-directed family resource center serving children with special needs, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Children with special needs are simply children that have a need for special services due to illness, accident, conditions of birth, learning differences or family stress.

Protection and Advocacy external link
The Protection and Advocacy for Persons with developmental Disabilities (PADD) Program was created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights (DD) Act of 1975. P&As are required by the Act to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies to protect and advocates for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities under all applicable federal and state laws.

Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind external link
The Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind and visually impaired through provision of rehabilitation training and relevant services such as: access to employment, education, government, media, recreation, transportation and the environment.

Se external linknsory Access Foundation external link
Sensory Access Foundation is a private nonprofit which is dedicated to providing opportunities to people who are blind or visually impaired, through the use of access technology.

Steven Fullmer's "Where can I go to find Disability Related Information ?" external link
Steven L. "Speed" Fullmer, Ed. D., age 48, died of cancer August 21, 1998. He was the founder of the award-winning Untangling the Web. As a Research Assistant Professor in the International Center for Disability Information at West Virginia University, he published scholarly research articles and book chapters.

Through The Looking Glass external link
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a community non-profit organization which emerged from the disability independent living movement in 1982. TLG has pioneered clinical and supportive services, training and research serving families in which one or more members--whether parent or child--has a disability or medical issue. TLG's mission has been to create, demonstrate and encourage resources and model early intervention services which are non-pathological and empowering.

TRACE Resource and Development Center external link
Trace is a research center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison which focuses on making off the shelf technologies and systems like computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible design.

Turning Point Technology external link
Custom keyguards and other assistive tech devices

Virtual Assistive Technology Center external link
Putting computers within reach of individuals with disabilities. Resources and downloadable software.

Whirlwind Wheelchair external link
Whirlwind Wheelchair International (WWI) is the communications hub of the Whirlwind Wheelchair Network of independent wheelchair-producing workshops in developing countries. Founded in 1989 as the Wheeled Mobility Center (WMC), WWI is dedicated to the social integration of people with disabilities throughout the world. WWI╣s primary goal is to develop a worldwide network of wheelchair inventors/designers, users, and manufacturers to address the need for wheelchairs in developing nations. WWI relies on wheelchair riders themselves to play the central role in all aspects of this effort.

World Institute on Disability (WID) external link
The World Institute on Disability is a non-profit public policy center dedicated to the promotion of independence and full inclusion in society of people with disabilities. Founded in 1983 by leaders of the Independent Living/Civil Rights Movement for people with disabilities, WID is committed to bringing policy into action.