New to Disability: Learn More about Disability and Independent Living

New to Disability: Learn More about Disability and Idependent Living

Find national and state resources on community living for people with disabilities.

Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site has information on topics such as applying for benefits, getting health care, finding a job, paying for housing and protecting the legal rights of people with disabilities. Want to learn more? Visit the About Us section. 
Keep in mind that
Disability.gov is a web portal, so every time you select a resource, you will be taken to another website. For example, a resource about Social Security benefits may direct you to the Social Security Administration’s website, www.ssa.gov. Disability.gov is not responsible for the maintenance of these resources or websites. 
Select one of the links below to learn more about: 

How Can I Find a Good Amplified Stethoscope to Hear Soft Sounds

How Can I Find a Good Amplified Stethoscope to Hear Soft Sounds?

As you probably know, there are many different types of stethoscopes available to student and health professionals. Sometimes it takes trial and error to find the right one, so it may be worthwhile to order a few and check the return policy so the ones that don’t work as well can be returned.

The best source of information on the various stethoscopes can be found at AMPHL Stethoscope Information. Here you will find articles on stethoscopes as well as the various features available. Some work with hearing aids, some with cochlear implants, etc. These websites have additional information on “The Best Amplified Stethoscope for Hard of Hearing Medical Professionals” and “Technical Considerations in Using Stethoscopes

AMPHL Forums
AMPHL (Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses) provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.

If you have specific questions, join the AMPHL forums and ask other healthcare professionals with hearing loss what they have used and what works and does not work for them. 

What if I Need Assistance with Personal Needs when I am at School or Work in the Clinical Setting?

What if I Need Assistance with Personal Needs when I am at School or Work in the Clinical Setting?

This may be a personal assistant issue and not your school’s or employer’s responsibility.

Below are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:




Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

As a Nurse or Nursing Student Using a Wheelchair, How Can I Perform a “Head-to-Toe” Physical Exam?

As a Nurse or Nursing Student Using a Wheelchair, How Can I Perform a “Head-to-Toe” Physical Exam?

You also may ask your patient to sit in a chair or non-rolling stool for part of the exam, lower the table or bed so that you can reach your patient more easily. Remember that many nurses complete the exam on the patient’s front side first, progressing to the back, which would require you to reposition yourself less frequently.

See how one nursing student using a wheelchair adapted to situations like this in the film entitled Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker. In addition, here are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:


If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Care for Patients with Contact Precautions?
If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Complete a Student Rotation in the Operating Suite?



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

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