Webfinder: People with Disabilities

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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, and Disability Assistance (select ‘Disability Assistance’ from the ‘Filter by Subcategory’ menu). 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.

UCP Disability Resources – A collection of useful resources on arrange of topics (education, employment, assistive technology, health care, housing, etc.); select a specific topic under ‘Explore Resources‘ on the menu (United Cerebral Palsy). …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder : Learning Disabilities

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Accessible Educational Materials – Do you have someone in your family who needs extra help using textbooks, online learning programs, or other educational materials or technologies? The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials can help answer your questions and find resources so that your family member gets what they need to do their best learning.

Additude Magazine – Information and support for families and adults living with ADHD and learning disabilities. Includes practical advice about raising children, expert Q&A, and resources to help students with attentional or learning differences succeed at school. (New Hope Media LLC; site includes advertisements)

Books for Special Needs Readers – Links to information & resources on books and reading for adults and children with special needs.

Disability Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions – Explains federal laws Section 504 and Title II, and laws relating to accessibility & services and disability harassment in public schools, public colleges & …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

COVID mask exemption cards are not from the government

There are cards circulating online and on social media that say the holder has a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask, and that it’s illegal for any business to ask them to disclose their condition. Variations of the card include the seal of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one of the federal agencies responsible for enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The fact is, these cards aren’t issued or endorsed by DOJ, or any other federal agency. DOJ urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings, and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the agency.
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/06/covid-mask-exemption-cards-are-not-government

Videos from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) offers videos on mindfulness meditations, home workouts, and related health & fitness topics for people with disabilities, older adults, and others.
Mindfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwMObYmlSHaOVKVVBzFPCZWgpbqy9HCIf
Home Workouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwMObYmlSHaPIArTOC4JBZfeuU7LN7KVJ
Inclusive Aging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwMObYmlSHaOLI-GqbNar9zN__IK8yl64
ALL VIDEO PLAYLISTS: https://www.youtube.com/user/NCPAD/playlists
https://www.nchpad.org/Videos/ncpad

COVID-19 resources for special needs families & people with disabilities

==> National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a 25 minute standing workout video that guides you through several strength and cardio activities to increase your heart rate and help you meet your physical activity goals. NCHPAD’s YouTube channel also includes videos on meditation, home workouts, telehealth, inclusive yoga, and more (see picture above).

==> POAC Autism Services is offering daily and weekly Live Events such as: Story time, Yoga, Zumba, Music, Parent Support Groups, Webinars and much more.

==> Autism NJ offers resources for family support, education rights, legal & financial issues, safety & crisis issues, and more.

==> Autism Society has a COIVD-19 Toolkit that covers Modifying Routines, Mental Health & Respite, Education, and more, plus a weekly video broadcast on Facebook with COVID-19 information for the autism community, featuring an expert discussing specific topics like mental health, federal emergency funding, and financial planning.

==> Understood.org‘s extensive collection of COVID-19 resources cover School Closings & Distance Learning, At-Home Activities & Schedules, Coping Tips for Families, Disability Issues at Work, and more.

==> PACER.org’s COVID-19 page, though mainly aimed at Minnesota families, includes a few resources that may be helpful for all special needs families, including COVID-19 Distance Learning and Challenging Behaviors and Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellness During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

==> SPAN Advocacy’s COVID-19 Information Page includes links to fact sheets and YouTube videos, and information about how to contact their Family Resource Specialists, Parent Group Specialists, Community Health Workers, and others by phone and email.

==> Center for Parent Information and Resources has advice on Coping with COVID-19 for Adults and for Children, as well as additional helpful resources on homeschooling, telecommuting, and more.

==> What Do People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders Need to Know about COVID-19? [NEW!] Advice on care during COVID-19, including prevention, routine care, mental health & stress management.

==> Disability Rights New Jersey covers critical issues facing New Jersey Residents with Disabilities during the pandemic.

==> Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund COVID-19 page is dedicated to their own COVID-19 materials and communications on healthcare rights & non-discrimination, opportunities for advocacy, government information, and helpful resources, and will be updated as the situation changes. (Some information is specific to California.)