Rockford, Illinois

Disability-Related Resources

The following sites contain information and resources on disability and/or accessibility-related issues:

AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
A professional organization that focuses on accessibility of persons with disabilities in post-secondary education.

Provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.

DAIS (Disability Access Information and Support)
Provides a variety of services and resources to those concerned with disability and access in higher education.

Deaf Linx
A very comprehensive site containing resources on hearing loss, Deafness, education, employment and other areas pertaining to hearing loss.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology)
Provides programs, publication and resources on a variety of topics.  DO-IT promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity and participation of individuals with disabilities in education and employment.

DO-IT also features the Faculty Room, a space for faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.

Exceptional Nurse
Contains a wide variety of resources for students with disabilities who are interested in, or already working, in the nursing profession.  This site is also a resource network for educators who are committed to the inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
Provides information on how to break down barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the assistive technology that lets them work, play and live in the community.  Also has an equipment loaner program.

PepNET (Post-secondary Education Programs Network)
Assists post-secondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

We Connect Now
Created  in 2008 by a former college student to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community to address important issues such as access to higher education and employment.  The website has been accessed in all 50 states and in at least 10 foreign countries.

Accessible Emergency Information
Northeast Texas Public Health District developed a website with emergency preparedness information primarily for those with limited hearing and sight abilities.  The website includes videos with ASL and printable content in Braille.

Affordable Colleges Online: College Guide for Students with Disabilities
A resource guide for students and their families which includes: Advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities; Comprehensive list of recommended schools for students with disabilities, Distance learning tips, Job resources, and Other information.