National Disability Organizations
Federally Funded Projects on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Related Disability Issues
Universities and University Based Programs
International Disability Organizations
Federal Agencies
Additional Resources

National Disability Organizations
American Association on Mental Retardation Home page for AAMR, the national organization for professionals and others interested in the field of mental retardation. Along with The Arc, AAMR is a founding member of the United States International Council on Developmental Disabilities. 

National Down Syndrome Society Home page for this national organization on Down syndrome. Includes information on inclusion.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) NCPAD conducts research and disseminates information on physical activity and disability to promote healthy lifestyles.
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Federally Funded Projects on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Related Disability Issues
The Waisman Mental Retardation Research Center

National Rehabilitation Information Center Federally funded by NIDRR (National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research) as a collection and information resource for NIDRR projects.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) is a pilot project designed to help the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research(NIDRR) funded researchers publicize the results of their research.

National Resource Center on Community Integration Distributes bulletins, research reports, articles, information packages, and other materials on a broad range of topics related to integration or inclusion for people with disabilities, and specifically those who have been labeled mentally retarded and developmentally disabled.

RRTC on Health and Wellness The RRTC on Health and Wellness is a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to conduct research and training to support the health and wellness of persons with long term disabilities. Intended to specifically address the conditions of cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, amputation and spinal cord injury, we believe the web site will be of interest and value to all persons with disabilities, and, in fact, all persons without disabilities as well.
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Universities and University Based Programs
Department on Disability and Human Development The Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD) of the University of Illinois at Chicago is dedicated to the scholarly, interdisciplinary study of disability and related aspects of human development.  It critically examines current and prospective disability policies, conceptual models, and intervention strategies in terms of their historical development and their present merits.

The Institute on Community Integration The Institute on Community Integration, a University Affiliated Program at the University of Minnesota, is dedicated to improving community services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Internetwork Institute at San Diego State University The Internetwork Institute is comprised of two divisions; the Rehabilitation Continuing Education Efforts and Special Education. All efforts focus on promoting the integration of individuals with disabilities into all aspects of school, work, family and community life.

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Materials The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Materials provides a wide variety of disability related training resources, locates, collects and distributes a wide variety of training materials such as participant and trainer manuals, videos, syllabi and curricula from publicly funded rehabilitation training programs for rehabilitation practitioners in state, federal and private agencies nationwide, provides reference and research services, and locates and delivers training materials to your doorstep.

The University of Kansas SPED ON-LINE Home of the Beach Center for Families and Disability.

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment State-of-the-art information on employment of people with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Aging With a Disability This is a collaborative effort of the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center at the University of Southern California. International Disability Organizations
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International Disability Organizations
World Health Organization - Mental Health
The World Health Organization's Department of Mental Health web pages offers news, documents, fact sheets and links to resources about mental health problems.  The recent IASSID's Reports on Aging and Intellectual Disabilities are featured here as well.

International Association  for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID): Special  Interest Group on Aging and Intellectual Disability (SIRGAID) The Special Interest Research Group on Aging and Intellectual Disability of the International Association for the Scientific Study on Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) is an international network of researchers, clinicians, providers, administrators, and others who are interested in furthering the study of aging in people with intellectual disabilities.

Developmental Disabilities Center This web site from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada provides information on developmental disabilities, including abstracts from the journal Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, and information on ICAD-L, and a listserv on abuse and violence in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) A web site from the University of Buffalo. The mission of CIRRIE is to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries.

International Network for Research in Elder Care ( INREC ) The International Network for Research on Elder Care (INREC), founded in 1998, comprises a group of social and behavioral-science researchers from five countries whose interests lie at the intersection of several topics: the demography of population aging and of family and social-support networks in old age; patterns and trends in disease, functioning, and disabilities that give rise to needs for personal care in old age; and patterns of exchange and support between generations, including the care received by older persons unable to live independently; the respective roles of family members and of formal or institutional service providers in those care patterns; and the impact of public policies on those patterns.

Central England People First This is an organization of people with learning difficulties speaking up for themselves.   Central England People First is operated by people with learning disabilities. Federal Agencies Agency for Health Care Policy & ResearchBroad programs of research bring practical, science-based information to medical practitioners and to consumers and other health care purchasers.
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Federal Agencies
Agency for Health Care Policy & Research The World Health Organization's Department of Mental Health web pages offers news, documents, fact sheets and links to resources about mental health problems.  The recent IASSID's Reports on Ageing and Intellectual Disabilities are featured here as well.

Additional Resources
Elder Law Answers Created by a nationwide network of attorneys, provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers may find attorneys by searching by area code or city. The information on the site includes primers on Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning.  Handy tools include checklists on decisions seniors and their families must make, including buying long-term care insurance and choosing a nursing home.   The site includes a dedicated search engine for finding elder law answers on the Internet.

Independent Living Contents of site include a full-text library, accessible vacation, home exchange, assistant referral service, global networking, and discussion forums.

The Able Project Seeks to empower people with disabilities (illness, accident, aging), and care providers, to locate needed mobility and assistive devices faster, easier, and at a competitive price, in Silicon Valley and eventually nationwide

The Center on Human Policy ( CHP )The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

The GeroWeb Virtual Library on Aging GeroWeb is designed as an online resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in aging and older individuals. 

The Alzheimer’s Association The site offers targeted, up-to-the minute information on Alzheimer research, treatment, and care.

Managed Care Clearinghouse Web Site MCARE is a National Clearinghouse on Managed Care and Long-Term Services and Supports for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and their families. The site provides information about managed health care, long-term services and supports, upcoming conferences and more.

Resources on Managed Care for People with Disabilities This site addresses topics like understanding managed care, strategies for managing your managed care, what to look for in health care providers, and what consumers need to know about managed care.

ASPE’s Disabilities & Managed Care Web Site This site is a clearinghouse for Internet information on managed care and disabilities. Designed for use by people with various disabilities.

Program Development Associates Provides ideas, training and solutions for today’s disability professional.

The Family Village A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and supports

The Disability Resource This is a Disability information provider & facilitator. A site for answering the information needs of everyone with a disability.

Equip for Equality This is a private, nonprofit organization that operates the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for Illinois, which safeguards the rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities (including developmental disabilities and mental illnesses). They offer help with advocacy, legal services and with other special projects as well.

The Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities (IPCDD) (IPCDD) believes in and supports the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities of all ages.

American Society on Aging - Network on Environments, Services and Technologies to  Maximize  Independence (NEST) NEST brings together professionals working with older adults who have life-long and late-life physical, sensory and/or cognitive disabilities. Maximizing Human Potential is the quarterly newsletter designed to share information across aging, rehabilitation and disability systems about best practices and innovative programs; research that describes the need for assistive environments, services and technologies and evaluates their impact on function, behavior, quality of life and quality of care; trends in policy and funding, and strategies for advocacy and systems change.

AARP Research Information Center AARP serves the needs of people 50 and over through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country.
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