Section I – USA Helfpul Links

Section II – UK Helpful Links

Section III – Global Helpful Links


Section I – USA Helpful Links

Contact Elected Officials - A Government website to find contact information for President-elect Barack Obama, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, State Governors and State Legislators. Link:

Equal Rights Center (ERC) – ERC addresses issues of discrimination in six areas: fair housing, fair employment, disability rights, access to public accommodations, access to government services, and immigrant rights. Address: Equal Rights Center, 11 Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 450, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (Free) 866-719-4ERC, (Voice) 202-234-3062, (TTY) 202-234-7590. Link:

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship – The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a program we offer to full time college students who use wheelchairs. Our goal is to help provide financial assistance for the winning student’s books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students. Phone: 800-790-1635 URL:  

Architecture for Humanity – Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. Through a global network of building professionals, Architecture for Humanity brings design, construction and development services to communities in need. Address: 848 Folsom, Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94107-1173; Phone: 415.963.3511. Link:

Architecture for Humanity Boston – The Boston chapter of Architecture for Humanity, and work on projects in the Boston area and around the globe. Address: P.O. Box 382194, Cambridge, MA 02238-2194. Link:

** Beacon Health Care Products, LLC **
P.O. Box 351
312 South Main Street
Hopedale, MA 01747
Phone: 800-730-2402

“Beacon Health Care Products, LLC is a family run distributorship for Liko patient lifts – – and OR Safety operating room lifts, – with a choice of “Minimal Lift Programs”. With the right products and service, you can easily reduce patient transferring injuries and related Worker’s Comp costs by 90% in some cases. In addition to selling lifting products, Beacon has now expanded and is offering a flexible rental program. For over 11 years they have been proudly serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island!”

Everyone’s Invited: Laura Grunfeld, founder of Everyone’s Invited, specializes in helping outdoor festivals improve access for people with disabilities. Address: PO Box 1184, Sheffield MA 01257, Phone: 413-717-0183: Link:

Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) – ‘The primary purpose of the CRSCAD is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and in all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters.’ Address: University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125; Phone: 617-287-7116; Link:

Social Security and Disability Resource Center (SSDRC) – provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI) and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to. Link: – A free resource for finding local senior homes. We have comprehensive information on all nursing homes, assisted living, memory care and retirement communities, as well as articles on important senior housing topics to help you through your search. Link:

United Nations ENABLE – Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Address: Two United Nations Plaza, DC2-1382, New York, NY 10017. Link:

JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – “JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.” Address: 26 Broadway; New York, New York 10004; Phone: 800-533-CURE (2873); Link:

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder caused by Reglan and a variety of other prescription medications, and can potentially be confused with Parkinson’s Disease. Tardive Dyskinesia Center offers comprehensive and up-to-date information on TD as well as its causes, treatment options, and symptoms. For more information, please visit

Adaptive Fly Fishing Institute is dedicated to the education and certification of fly fishing instructors, guides, medical professionals, educators, and other service providers in order to ensure the highest possible quality of service to the special needs community. Address: 415 South Mesa Hills Drive. El Paso, Texas 79912 -Phone: 417.766.3003 Email:  Link:

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) – “American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” Link: 

Everyone Outdoors – Adventures in Adaptive Recreation highlighting the experiences of people with disabilities in the outdoors. Link:

Gillette Stadium Hotels – Your online source to find hotels around Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. URL:

A Stellarlife By Diane J Standiford: “Living a life with Multiple Sclerosis and all the rest. This blog will include my views on current events, disability issues, entertainment and silliness, politics, health issues, and I am sure to offend some; but the celebration of diversity is my main goal.” Link:

BrainandSpinalCord.Org – “Our mission is to be the most reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors.  Our hope is that this site will become relied upon as a trustworthy resource for the community and for those who are searching for information.” Link:

BrainandSpinalCord.Org/blog/ - Blog updated daily with new information for their viewers. Link: is a website dedicated to helping people take care of their aging parents and other loved ones. can provide your visitors with a much-needed care giving resource. Link:

COAT – Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology: “COAT’s primary goal is to ensure that legislative and regulatory safeguards are in place so people with disabilities have access to evolving high speed broadband, wireless, and other Internet-based technologies.” : Link:

RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety - The mission of the RERC WTS is to build on the accomplishments of the past RERC to make measurable improvements in transportation safety, usability, and independence for people who remain seated in their wheelchairs when traveling in public, school, and private motor vehicles. Address: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; 2901 Baxter Rd.; Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Link:

Ride-Away is America’s largest provider of wheelchair vans and wheelchair van modifications including hand controls, wheelchair and scooter lifts and ramps, raised doors, lowered floors and specialized gas, brake and steering controls. Over 350 wheelchair vans, from manufacturers such as Braun and Viewpoint, are in stock throughout our 11 East Coast locations. Phone: 888-743-3292; Link:

Wounded Warrior Project – “The Mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The Purpose is To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; To help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.” Link:

AVBI -American Veterans with Brain Injuries – “AVBI mission is to offer support to the families of American Service members and Veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.” Link:

D.E.A.F. INC – “D.E.A.F. Inc., Inc. encourages and empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to lead independent and productive lives. We offer a comprehensive package of programs and services in a supportive community environment that is linguistically and culturally accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural populations.” Link:

Institute for Community Inclusion - ”ICI offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.” Link:

MArtap is the acronym for Massachusetts (MA) Rural Transit Assistance Program (rtap). This program is a federally-funded, state-administered program that offers training, education and other benefits to public transportation providers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Link:

National MS Society – “The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.” Link:

Ride Safe – Information to help you travel more safely in motor vehicles while seated in your wheelchair: Link:

ADAPT – “We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes…” Link:

Americans with Disabilities Act – Link:

Architectural Access Board Massachusetts
“The Architectural Access Board (AAB) is a regulatory agency within the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. Its legislative mandate states that it shall develop and enforce regulations designed to make public buildings accessible to, functional for, and safe for use by persons with disabilities.” Architectural Access Board – 1 Ashburton Place, Rm 1301, Boston, MA 02108, Phone: 617-727-0660  Link: Architectural Access Board Massachusetts 

United States Access Board
“The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities”.
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
Phone: (202) 272-0080 (v)   (202) 272-0082 (TTY)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development : People with Disabilities Learn about renting, buying and making your home accessible, and about your Fair Housing rights. Link:

We Connect Now – A website to serve college students with disabilities in an effort to connect and integrate them more as a virtual community with a voice on important issues. Link:

Chair-wear – Easy on Adaptive Outerwear designed for and by people who use wheelchairs. Link:

The Wheelchair Recycler is A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization whose mission is to provide any means necessary to mobilize those in need. This is accomplished through recycling, refurbishing and reclaiming used electric power wheelchairs and scooters as well as other durable medical equipment. They will pick up your donated chair or scooter, repair as needed and make available to others at a very small cost. Repair service is also available at a fraction of the regular rates. Phone: 508-460-6328: Link:

Wheelchair Cushion Sage – The Wheelchair Cushion Sage website provides brief educational overviews of dynamic cushions, air cushions, gel cushions, and honeycomb cushions. A variety of wheelchair cushions may also be purchased via the website. Link:

WHEELIE CATHOLIC – “A blog where issues concerning people with disabilities intersect with observations about life, encouraging prayerful efforts toward social justice and inclusion of people with disabilities”. Link:

Armor -Tile offers the largest selection of ADA tactile system products for transit platforms, multi-modal transit centers, ramps, curb ramps, stairwells, escalator approaches, pedestrian crossings, parking areas, reflecting pools, and building entrances. Armor-Tile, available from Engineered Plastics, Williamsville, NY. Phone: 800-682-2525. Link:

WARP ROBOTICS – “Warp Robotics is dedicated to repairing and maintaining electric handicap carts, installation of handicap equipment for the elderly and handicap……. among other electronically automated devices for your home or retail and commercial and industrial location. WARP builds upon our commitment to mobility by breaking down barriers in the home and industry”. Link :  

PortaWalk Portable & Modular Access Ramps -  Portable and Modular Building Handicap Access Ramps. PortaWalk, Inc. has dedicated itself to manufacturing and installing superior modular ramping systems that enhance the lifestyle of those who are entitled to the benefits of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Address: 3060 N. I-35; Lancaster, TX 75134; Phone: 972-228-8245. Link :

MA Health and Human Services’s / Blindness and Low Vision
A great web site that lists any valuable resources for disabled. “These resources are dedicated to raising awareness of resources for individuals with vision impairment, legal blindness or deafblindness and developmental disabilities.”Link:

Guide to Accessible Transportation in Bristol and Plymouth Counties (MA): “This guide concentrates on transportation operating through the Greater Attleboro/Plymouth/Onset and New Bedford/Fall River areas of Southeastern Massachusetts.” Link:

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - “DSS is committed to working with individuals, families, self advocates, service providers and local communities to make available the assistance, resources, and quality supports that will meet the needs of individuals and their families.” DDS – 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: (617) 727-5608  Link:

MA Government Department of Conservation and Recreation- Accessible Activities. Link:

Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD): The Massachusetts Office on Disability was created in 1981 as the state advocacy agency that serves people with disabilities of all ages.  MOD’s primary mission is to ensure access. Link:

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, formerly Massachusetts Advocacy Center, is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities: Massachusetts Advocates for Children; 25 Kingston Street, 2nd. Floor; Boston, MA 02111; Phone: 617-357-8431. Link:

The Arc of Massachusetts: ‘The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community.’ Link:

DPC – Disability Policy Consortium – ‘The DPC’s mission is to promote inclusion, independence, and empowerment by guiding statewide development of policies that ensure that programs and services enable people to participate in the political, economic, and social mainstream of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.’ Link:

Neighborhood Access Group – ‘Neighborhood Access Group, or NAG, is a grass-roots organization dedicated to improving street-level access in Boston. This includes fighting for level sidewalks, snow removal, and clear curb ramps; accessible public accommodations (stores, restaurants, cultural institutions, etc.); and resisting the spread of brick sidewalks. This website covers a broader range of issues under the general rubric of disability rights.’ LinK:

M.A.S.S. – Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong – A statewide self advocacy organization to ensure that people with disabilities are treated equally with other people. “We believe in empowering our members to speak out for ourselves and each other, and to stand by each other and make things better in our lives.” Link:

NSCIA – National Spinal Cord Injury Association. “The mission of The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is to enable people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to achieve their highest level of independence, health, and personal fulfillment by providing resources, services, and peer support.” Link:

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Community: “Our goal is to connect patients, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.” Link:

**(new November 2009) Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation – ‘One Degree of Separation’ – Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation recent Paralysis Population Survey revealed that one in 50 Americans is living with some form of paralysis, whether caused by disease, spinal cord injury or neurological damage. One Degree of Separation recognizes this fact by showcasing thirty-five real people – fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, business owners, athletes, educators, entertainers, and more – who are living with paralysis. They are thirty five of the 1,275,000, and we hope that by featuring them in this way, we underscore the point that these people are so much more than statistics.  The site asks visitors for a small donation of five dollars or more, with the goal of raising $1,275,000 – one dollar for every person who is affected by spinal cord injury – to help the Foundation fund cutting-edge research, improve the lives of people living with disabilities, and find a cure for those living with a spinal cord injury. Link:

Pitt Rehab Counselor: “The purpose of this website is to act as a resource for individuals with disabilities”. Link:

National Park Services offers ‘The Golden Access Card’ for persons who are permanently disabled and it allows the disabled and all persons accompanying him or her in a private vehicle to access all National Historical Parks for FREE. Link:

The Miracle League – Baseball league for children who use a wheelchair! Link:

Center for Public Representation (CPR) ‘The Center for Public Representation is a non-profit, public interest law firm seeking to improve the quality of lives of people with disabilities.” Center for Public Representation, 22 Green Street, Northampton, MA 01060  Phone: 713-586-6024  Link:

Community Systems, Inc. (CSI)
‘Community Systems, Inc. is a four-state family of non-profit, tax exempt corporation whose MISSION is: helping persons with disabilities to find happiness in their own homes, in their personal relationships, and as contributing members of their community.’ Community Systems, Inc, 280 Route 130, Bldg A Unit 1 & 2, Forestdale, MA 02644 – Phone: 860-482-2887  Link:

Cape Cod Disability Access
Cape Cod Disability Access provides residents and visitors with useful information about accessibility on the Cape so your experience is more enjoyable on Cape Cod. Link:

Massachusetts RMV – Official MA ID Card
For people who do not have a Massachusetts driver’s license, the RMV can issue an official identification card – The Massachusetts ID. The ID looks similar to driver’s licenses. This ID card is an official form of identity, signature, and age. Link:

* Massachusetts Identification Requirements and Acceptable Documents to obtain an Official MA  ID card

* Locations of Massachusetts RMV

MA Government Disabled Parking Fact Sheet
Explains how to obtain a Handicap Placard and where you can park… even for free at city meters. RMV – Disabled Parking FAQ’s for Customers. Link:

Code of Federal Regulations – Title 39-  Postal Service. Link:

**Part 255-Access of Persons with Disabilities to Postal Service Program

Locate your local Library To obtain DISCOUNTED PASSES to Museums, Parks etc. Links:
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(B) Middleboro Library
(C) Discounted passes from Library

Plymouth Public Library Disability Services
“Plymouth Public Library has worked to ensure that the best possible programs and services are provided to people with visual, hearing, mobility and developmental disabilities”. Plymouth Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 – Phone: 508.830.4250 Link:

Specialized Telephone Equipment Program For Disabled
Verizon offers assistive telephone equipment for the disabled who have Blindness, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, or have Speech, Cognitive or Motion disabilities. For more Information, contact: Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities,  Phone: 1-800-974-6006 (V/TTY)  E-mail: , Link:

Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program (MassEDP)
MassEDP run by Verizon offers free telecommunications equipment for people with disabilities as well as other services for disabled. Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program | Home: Application Link:

MassMATCH is the Commonwealth’s initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology (AT) in Consumer’s Hands. Link:

getATstuff is ‘The Assistive Technology Exchange in New England that is a like Craigs list for Assistive and Adaptive Technology. Link:

508 Compliance - A certification that web sites are user friendly and accessible.

Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home  Reform (MANHR) MANHR’s mission is to improve the qaulity of care and ensure dignity and quality of life for all Massachusetts nursing home residents. Contact: MANHR, PO Box 560224, West Medford, MA 02156   Phone: (800) 988-4450  Email:   Link:

A Great Web site for all disabled re Life, Community and Travel. Disaboom is one of the first interactive online community dedicated to improving the way people with disabilities or functional limitations live their lives. Link:

Barrier Free Travels:
Candy Harrington, the author of “101 Accessible Vacations” and the editor of Emerging Horizons is an expert on vacation planning needs of wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Contact: Candy Harrington, P.O. Box 278, Ripon, CA 95366. Link:

ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities –  

The American with Disabilities Act: Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal
Adaptive Environments: 374 Congress Street, Suite 301, Boston, Massachuetts 02210 Phone: (617) 695-1225 (voice/TTY)

Air Carrier Guide to Disability Law: Air Carrier Access

Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings Aviation Consumer Protection: Passengers with Disabilities

Access New York City

Chamber of Commerce – ‘A world of resources’

Power Chair Info -  ’Power Chair Info provides information and resources to disabled people who are considering or in the process of buying a power wheelchair.  Much of their content is contrubuted or written with the help of people who use power chairs on a daily bases, so you can get on-the-chair information from real users.’

U.S. Department of Justice – Americans with Disabilities Act – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Proposal to Revise ADA Regulations under Title II and Title III 

Quality Mall  - A  place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities. Link:

XABLE – The Interactive Media Network for the Disability Community. Link:

‘No Free Rides’ with Tiffiny Carlson  – “Tune in each week as Tiffiny Carlson shares her angle on life with a disability. A well-published writer in the Disability Community and independent diva extraordinaire, Tiffiny hopes to break stereotypes, solidify stereotypes, and just flat-out “tell it like it is” – well, as she sees it.” Link:

Beauty Ability – Tiffiny Carlson, a 23 year old C6 quad, gives information for females with SCI on dating , sex, fashion, and plastic surgery post-injury. Link:

Disability Voice Space is dedicated to educating the public about people with disabilities. Link:

60 Minutes: BrainGate Movement – Cathy’s Brain Power  Features Cathy Hutchinson, my friend who suffered a stroke which left her mentally sharp but totally paralyzed and unable to speak can now communicate with this new technology that connects her brain to a computer. Link:

Seven Wheelchairs By Gary Presley - Author Gary Presley’s memoir is a history — an American tale — of his fifty year wheelchair journey after being struck by both bulbar and lumbar poliomyelitis after a vaccine accident in 1959. His BLOG has daily posts. Link:

GO! Mobility Solutions – Rick Goldstein, a C5-6 quad invented GO! Mobility Solutions which is a product line with one mission only: “To enable physically-challenged individuals and their families to travel wherever they’d like to go, whenever they want to go.” GO! Mobility Solutions’ portable shower chairs and other mobility-related products can, and will, improve your lifestyle and your life. Link:

BraunAbility is the leading Manufacturer of Handicap Accessible Wheelchair Vans, Wheelchair Lifts, and Handicap Van Conversions. BraunAbility’s personal mobility products enable handicapped people to lead more active, independent lifestyles. Link:


Section II – UK  Helpful Links

  • Ableize UK Disability – “Disability and mobility aids services and advice for disabled people and those with special needs. A UK and Ireland resource of disability mobility and special needs advice, support and information.” Link:


  • UK Mobility and Disability Blog - Disability and mobilty blog of Ableize the UK’s resource of disabled and health matters. Share you views, rants, raves and ideas, watch related disability video clips or just browse, the choice it yours. Link:


  • Allterrain4×4wheelchairs – All Terrain 4×4 Wheelchairs offer a fantastic range of specialist off road wheelchairs and beach wheelchairs which can travel over sand, mud, gravel, rocks snow with ease, and the Challenger 4×4 also has the ability to climb stairs. Telephone: (+44) 7481 1316; Email:; Link:




  • Straight Stairlifts – Ransome Mobility is a friendly family run business which offers a range of innovative mobility aids and vehicle adaptions to provide access solutions for the elderly and less abled. Ransome Mobility specialise in stair-lift sales and rentals for customers in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Northampton, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough . URL:


  • Heaven’s Special Child – ‘Giving Special Needs Children a voice all over the world.’ Contact: Sally-Anne Stephenson, Director ; 2 Polsted Road; Catford UK; Phone: 07941777059. Link:


  • Power Chairs Info aims to provide information and resources to disabled people in the UK who are considering or in the process of buying a power wheelchair. We also provide articles of general interest to power chair users and disabled people. Much of our content is contrubuted or written with the help of people who use power chairs on a daily bases, so you can get on-the-chair information from real users. Link:


  • Jubilee Sailing Trust – The two tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious operated by Jubilee Sailing Trust are specially designed to accommodate sailors on wheelchairs and they have specially trained crew allowing event to go up the mast on special lift . Link:


Section III – Global Helpful Links

  • HOCHBAHN VICTIMS – “This Site was created due to the German Governments refusal to meet national and international safety regulations concerning the transportation of handicapped wheelchair users in Class 1 vehicles and the City of Hamburgs continuing breaches of the German and EU competition laws.” Link: 


  • Globalidea – “Welcome to the source for the disabled traveler, filled with great, timely and helpful information written and shared by the members of our global community in “real time.” – A wiki where disabled travelers add and get information that will make their global travels better. Link: