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MEGASITES

These sites offer a very wide range of links to other sources of information of interest to blind and visually handicapped web surfers, as well as to people with other disabilities.

abilityWeb: The Disability Resource Site is a Yahoo-style collection of resources, still very much under construction.

ABLEDATA: a database, based on information provided by manufacturers, of over 29,000 products for assistive technology and rehabilitation, searchable on the web; Informed Consumer Guides; Fact Sheets on different types of assistive technology; links to other disability sites.

Accessability Online Resource (Australia) collects much information about adaptive computer technology, programs, hardware and providers.

ADAPT: Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today. "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." Their site has press releases, bulletins, newsletters and other information.

The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (University of Toronto) provides direct services as well public education and reference resouces.

Blind Links: one of the indispensable sites for the blind and visually handicapped: you have to bookmark this one!

Blind Net Home Page: organizations of and for the blind, other net resources.

Blindness Resource Center (New York Institute for Special Education): an exceptionally well-organized and maintained set of files and links; for last four years has compiled a monthly report on what's new on the Web for blind people.

BrailleNet is a comprehensive guide to francophone resources: e-texts, web accessibility, adaptive web browsers, search engines, accessible media sites, education, visual handicaps, and other selected links. Some titles can be digitalized to order.

Camera Obscura: one of the best megasites, with links to e-text on-line, a list of blindness-related email lists, documentation for Lynx users and "Blindness-Related Resources on the Web and Beyond," all of them well-organized.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind: "CNIB is a voluntary, not-for-profit rehabilitation agency that provides services for people who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind. The CNIB's primary goal is to empower its clients to participate fully in a sighted world. The CNIB provides consultation in safe and efficient travel training; Braille, tape and electronic information; employment; environmental accessibility; government and community entitlements; technology; sight enhancement; eye banks and community integration"; its links, as one might expect, include many sites outside the United States that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Disabilities/Industrial Complex: "consists of people with disabilities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other legislation), companies and individuals who provide products/services for them, and advocates for their accessibility who may or may not be in the former groups."

disAbility Information and Resources: a huge listing of links to sites dealing with a wide range of disabilities and disability issues.

The Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet: thousands of annotated disability resources, well-organized and indexed, covering a very wide range of disabilities.

The Disability Rights Activist: current information, with links to many other organization, publications and controversies.

Disability Social History Project: timeline, brief biographies, specialized studies of particular aspects of the history of disabled people. The annotated links are exceptionally valuable. A text-only version is available.

Disability Studies Web Ring: links to nine sites, mainly academic and many offering valuable perspectives from outside the United States.

Disability WebLinks/Reseau handicap is a Canadian web site that offers "a single-window access to federal, provincial and territorial government programs and related services for persons with disabilities. Disability WebLinks provides information on a variety of topics, i.e., accessibility, education, employment, financial supports, health, housing and residential supports, personal supports, rights, tax programs and transportation."

"disabilityworld.org" is the e-zine of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) Project 2000-2004, supported by the US Department of Education National Instiutute on Disbility and Rehabilitation Research. It covers independent living, employment, media, technology and accessibility, and other topics from around the world. [Note: I found that the combinations of background color and type made the front page almost unreadable.]

DISinHE (Disability Information Systems in Higher Education) is a national clearing house in the United Kingdom. It offers information to university policy makers, information technology and media services directors, librarians and others concerned with making higher education accessible. DISinHE also maintains a comprehensive "National Internet Accessibiity Database" that will be useful to many people outside the United Kingdom.

Do-It: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology: one of the prime sites for news of efforts to make electronic information resources, including the Web and libraries, accessible to all.

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information): besides disseminating news of accessibility issues, it conducts distance education programs on Web accessibility and other topics.

The Electric Edge is the online version of The Ragged Edge: "We cover the disability experience in America -- what it means to be a crip living at the end of the 20th century."

Empowerment Zone: huge number of links, roughly organized, on accessible education, housing and travel; civil rights; employment; computer technology and programs; and much much else well worth the trouble of hunting for.

EnableLink.com, "the online community for people who are blind and visually impaired, their families, friends and colleagues," provides national and world news, information about health and wellness, lifestyle, technology, disability rights and living with vision loss. The content is still somewhat thin [March 2001].

Eye Resources on the Internet is a compilation by the Association of Vision Science Librarians containing over 300 links and 40 e-mail lists dealing with an extensive range of organizations and eye conditions.

Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources: comprehensive resources for a very broad range of disabilities: medical, educational, recreational and religious information; links to many service organizations; listservs and chatrooms for disabled parents and children; sponsored by the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Denise Ferrin's wide-ranging compilation, Guide to Resources for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments, Third Edition, is now out of print, but is available, much revised and expanded, at the web site of Six Friends: Resources for Christian Families Living with a Visual Impairment.

Information Resources for People with Disabilities [Japan] has lists of links covering resources in Japan and around the world. The links are organized by subject but not annotated.

The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet has links to web resources for disabilities in general, children and youth, education, sports and accessibility issues.

LVRGNET: the LOW VISION network (Low Vision Research Group): a resource for researchers, clinicians and others interested in low vision; FAQ's, support groups, discussion groups; links organized by disease or eye condition.

Low Vision Gateway: the best place to begin for news of the broadest range of topics dealing with low vision.

Mainstream: Magazine of the Able-Disabled. Covers both practical matters of daily living and larger issues of disability rights.

Manolo.net is a source of information for Spanish-speaking people with visual handicaps. It covers assistive computer technology, news, information about eye diseases and conditions, organizations, news and questions of accessibility. The site is entirely in Spanish.

MedWeb: Biomedical Internet Resources (Emory University Health Sciences Center Library): pages on, along with much much else, assisitive technology, diabetes, dialysis, disabilities, ophthamology and optometry, and medical quackery.

The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. Many of its comprehensive reports are essential sources for disability policy.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities: provides information and referrals on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators and other professionals; information specialists can answer specific questions (1-800-695-0285); publications, many available online; customized information database searches.

National Rehabilitation Information Center: funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research "to serve anyone, professional or lay person, who is interested in disability and rehabilitation"; provides information and referral, customized database searches, document delivery and their own publications; over 60,000 disability-related records in five databases.

The National Women's Health Information Center is a one-stop gateway for women seeking health information. NWHIC is a free information and resource service on women's health issues. [The graphics are all ALT-tagged but the tables might be confusing; go right to the end of the page where the site is mapped with tagged graphics.] A toll-free number connects the caller to an information specialist who can refer her to the right source of information.
Phone: 1-800-994-WOMAN

Greg Smith's "On A Roll! Talk Radio on Life and Disability" also sponsors an e-mail discussion list aimed at African Americans with disabilities.

TRACE Research and Development Center: "The Trace web site is designed to introduce visitors to the center's research and give them information related to its main goal: making the world of information technology and systems more usable for everyone"; information about universal design, assistive technology, computer accessibility, guidelines, standards, and publications ("Cooperative Electronic Library") available online and on CD-Rom.

Untangling the Web: Where Can I Go to Get Disability Information? is an extraordinarily wide-ranging set of links to information about specific disabilities, adaptive equipment, education, legislation and service agencies.

Vision World Wide "provides medical information and emotional encouragement to the vision impaired and their families, serves as a communication link between the vision impaired and their caregiving community, serves as a consumer protection organization . . . and aims to enlighten the general public about issues, trends and treatments related to vision loss." It publishes a quarterly magazine, "Vision Enhancement," in a variety of accessible formats.

WebABLE (Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation): best source for disability-related internet resources; well organized and current; wide geographical sweep; special emphasis on issues of Web accessibility.

Yahoo: Disabilities: collection of links organized by subject, including assistive technology, education, organizations and specific disabilities; also several dozen links to megasites on disabilities.

Yanous "reports current events about the topic 'handicap' in France, features international press releases, columns about everyday life, sport and leisure activities, specialized materials and information about various physical and mental deficiencies, a wide panorama opened on the life and the necessities of the handicapped people in France and worldwide." The title means "Here we are!" [In French, with running machine translation into a variety of other languages.]

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