Disability.gov is no longer available. Many of these resources, covering benefits, civil rights, community life, education, and employment, are now linked at the U.S. Department of Labor. See also Federal ADA and Disability Resources, Disability Assistance, and Disability Benefits Q&A. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Home Page includes an introduction to the ADA, plus design standards, business requirements, links to other Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, and more (U.S. Department of Justice). The N.J. Division of Disability Services primarily serves people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury, but also has a toll free hotline (1-888-285-3036) providing information and referral assistance for people with any type of disability.
Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7. Specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE : 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)
AbleData – A comprehensive database for information on “products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.” Includes New Jersey Resources & Organizations (Maintained for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Dept. of Education by New Editions Consulting). Disability Information & Resources [EXPECT SOME BROKEN LINKS] is an extensive directory of websites offering information on topics ranging from all kinds of disability-related products & services (assistive devices, medical supplies, clothing, etc.) to health, political, and legal issues (by Jim Lubin; site includes advertisements). See also UCP Disability Resources (United Cerebral Palsy).
Accessible Housing Resources – A listing of information sources relating to Accessible Homes and Universal Design, including web resources, products, and manufacturers & distributors. Part of AbleData.
Assistance Animals for the Disabled – See Service Animal Basics and related links.
Deafness Information – Information & resources related to deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through age 21. Covers topics such as ASL, assistive technology, deaf culture, deaf education, early intervention, interpreting, literacy, multicultural considerations, transition beyond secondary education, and more. (Gallaudet University)
Disability etiquette – See Friends with Disabilities and related links.
Disability Rights New Jersey – Provides free services to eligible New Jersey citizens with disabilities. Services include information & referral, technical assistance & training, legal & non-legal advocacy, and outreach & education. (Non-profit organization)
Disaster Preparation for Individuals with Disabilities – People with disabilities often need additional time and assistance to prepare for a disaster. This page offers a printable brochure (in English and Spanish) with some basic practical advice, and a link to NJ Register Ready, a free and confidential program which allows residents with special needs to register with emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better serve them in an emergency (New Jersey Office of Emergency Management). The Red Cross offers a free booklet you can download and print, Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (American Red Cross, Department of Homeland Security and FEMA). See also Ready.gov. For more general resources on dealing with disasters, see our Disasters Webfinder.
Driving: Wheelchair Symbol Plates and Persons with a Disability Placards [UPDATED LINK!] – Information on how to obtain special parking privileges in New Jersey if you are temporarily or permanently disabled. (N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission)
Employment Info – See U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources. For additional resources, see South Plainfield Public Library’s DIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT links and EMPLOYMENT LAW, HEALTH, & SAFETY links [UPDATED LINK!].
Library Services for People with Disabilities – See BOOKS & READING links for people with special needs. Locally, the South Plainfield Public Library offers audio books, large print books, free audiobook & ebook downloads and homebound delivery. Call us at (908) 754-7885 for more information.
National Center on Workforce and Disability – Fact sheets on many Specific Disabilities, with links to related resources.
National Council on Independent Living – Selected links to organizations, agencies, and other resources for the disabled and their families.
National Federation of the Blind – A directory of resources for living, working, learning, and recreation, plus information about vision loss, state & local organizations, publications, and products & technology.
Parent Center Hub: Disabilities Fact Sheets – Information about the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders (Center for Parent Information and Resources, formerly National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities). See PARENTING: Special Needs Children for more links to selected resources for parents of children with disabilities. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Physical Activity and Disability – General fitness advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness – use the menu on the right to navigate. Click on Articles for more resources on sports, exercise, nutrition, fun & leisure, and more, including advice for specific disabilities (University of Illinois). Disabled Sports USA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability, plus regional chapters, online magazine, info on dozens of specific Adaptive Sports from Archery to Yoga, and more. See also Paralympic Games and Special Olympics.
Rehabilitation Information – Links to agencies, organizations, and online resources for treatment, benefits, and services; organized by subject. (National Rehabilitation Information Center)
Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center – Links to a wide range of information covering health, assistive technology, employment, legal issues & services, relationships, and more. Also offers links to state and local resources. (National Spinal Cord Injury Association; site includes advertisements)
Starting a Business for People with Disabilities [UPDATED LINK!] [Link opens a PDF] – Links to entrepreneurship resources that help and support people with disabilities (U.S. Small Business Administration). For general resources on starting a business, see Useful Websites: BUSINESS.
Traveling with Disabilities – ‘Preparing for your trip in advance will help to ensure that your travel is accessible, safe, and enjoyable. Each country has its own standards of accessibility for travelers with disabilities, and many countries do not require accommodations similar to what you might find in the United States.’ This page provides guidance to help you review your needs and conduct necessary research before you travel (U.S. State Department). Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions provides information on security regulations which apply to traveling with medications and medical equipment (U.S. Transportation Security Administration). Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality has an assortment of resources and articles on travel for people with disabilities. Use the menu on the left to navigate the site. Includes links to access information for major airlines [EXPECT SOME BROKEN LINKS]. Emerging Horizons and Barrier Free Travels [UPDATED LINK!] (formerly Have Disabilities, Will Travel) provide information & news on accessible travel for wheelchair users, slow walkers, and boomers. By Candy Harrington, author of Barrier Free Travel. America the Beautiful Access Passes [NEW!] are available free for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. They provide free entry to National Parks and other federal recreation sites; see the linked page for details.
BOOKS for SPECIAL NEEDS READERS
EMPLOYMENT LAW, HEALTH, & SAFETY
PARENTING & FAMILY: Special Needs Children
Webfinders: Learning Disabilities
Links updated February 2018.