Disability and Senior Resources’ mission is to offer access to the most up-to-date, reliable, lifestyle change resources, all located here on our website and in our publications. 57 million Americans are currently disabled and others, especially America’s elders, will have significant difficulty with activities of daily living. Some people are born with a disability, others become disabled as a result of an illness or injury, and some people develop them in their senior years. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point in our lives.
Lifestyle Change Resources
Mobility aids and other useful assistive devices for around the home are designed to enhance the lives of the disabled and those with mobility challenges. Assistive devices and daily living aids assist in supporting independent living for persons with disabilities, seniors and those with specialized needs. Utilizing assistive devices and mobility aids allow people with disabilities to lead long healthy lives. Having a disability does not mean a person cannot be healthy.
AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. They serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
AbleData’s most significant resource is the AbleData database of assistive technology, which contains objective information on almost 40,000 assistive products. For each product, there’s a detailed description of the product’s functions and features, price information (when available), and contact information for the product’s manufacturer and/or distributors. To select products most appropriate to your needs, we recommend combining information provided by AbleData with professional advice, product evaluations, and hands-on product trials.
On the website you can search all of our information on assistive products, as well as information about the companies that make and sell them, by using the Search function that is available on every page. Or you can browse the Products section of the site. There are several other types of resources on the AbleData site:
- links to Web resources that provide information on assistive technology and other disability-related issues
- the Assistive Technology Library, a searchable list of books, articles, papers and other paper and electronic publications that deal with topics relating to assistive technology
- AbleData’s own publications that aid in selecting assistive products
- product reviews and classified ads in the Consumer Forum
- conferences and other events on topics relating to assistive technology and disability
- news items on assistive technology and disability issues that you may have missed.
The AbleData Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. eastern time (except Federal holidays) to answer your questions on assistive technology. You can contact AbleData at:
103 W. Broad Street, Suite 400
Falls Church, VA 20910
AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education. AbleData is operated under Contract No. ED-OSE-13-C-0064.
You can learn more about AbleData using the links below:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides answers to questions that we often receive from people who use AbleData.
- Sponsors offers information about the organization that provides funding for AbleData.
- Awards showcases some of the honors that AbleData has received over the years.
AbleData is an associate member of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). For more information on ATIA, use the following link: ATIA site.
AbleData is one of the founding members of the International Alliance of Assistive Technology Information Providers. As a member of the Alliance, they work with other projects in eight other countries that provide information on products for people with disabilities.
Disabled World – “Towards Tomorrow”
Disability News & Information
“Disability will affect the lives of everyone at some point in their life, it is time society changed to acknowledge this” – Disabled World
The primary focus of the Disabled World website is to provide information via our disability news, informative articles, and educational videos. In addition to our articles and stories from our in-house writers and submitted news items by various organizations and Government Departments, each day we manually select relevant items from around the web for publishing that we consider will be of interest to persons with disabilities and carers, as well as the general public. Some people are born with a disability, others become disabled as a result of an illness or injury, and some people develop them as they age. Almost all of us will have a disability at some point in our lives. One of the key challenges for a person with a disability is to be seen by the public, to be portrayed in media outlets, and treated by health care professionals, as an individual with their own abilities, not just stereotyped as a “disabled person.”
Some Quick Disability Facts:
About 1 in 5 people in America currently has a disability. Over a billion people, around 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability. Between 110 million and 190 million adults worldwide have significant difficulties in functioning. People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care needs. Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, 33% of 20-year-old workers will become disabled before reaching retirement age.
For more information visit our section that provides further data and documents regarding World Disability Facts & Statistics – See more at: http://www.disabled-world.com/#sthash.rw4Taa0H.dpuf
Other Category Topics
- Assistive Technology
- Charts & Calculators
- Editorials & Opinions
- Fitness & Nutrition
- Medical Information
- Recreation and Entertainment
- Famous People with Disabilities
- Disability Video Clips
- Disability Questions and Answers
- Disability Products & Aids
- Blood Pressure Charts
- List of Awareness Dates
- Count & Calculate Calories
- Adults Height to Weight Chart
Disabled World Travel: Accessible Disability Travel Information
Disabled World disability travel section covers reviews of accessible tours, vacations, and cruises for persons with disabilities including wheelchair accessible accommodation reviews and articles about interesting places to visit and/or vacation around the world. Our holiday travel destinations are listed by continent, as seen in the right hand menu, and include travel tips for those traveling with disabilities and various health conditions. Many of these travel articles have been written by Disabled World members who wanted to share their traveling experiences with other readers in the hope they will be of assistance to others with disabilities who may be thinking of traveling locally or abroad. Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. It encompasses publicly and privately owned tourist locations. – See more at: http://www.disabled-world.com/travel/#sthash.t8Rc8Lbi.dpuf
About Disabled World
Disabled-World.Com is an independent Health and Disability news source that offers subject areas covering seniors and disability news, assistive device reviews, and articles on everything from helpful tips to disability sports articles. Their slogan “Towards Tomorrow” reflects on the fact that humanity is on its way toward the manifestation of global recognition of the rights and abilities of people with disabilities.
The mission of Disabled World is to report daily health and disability news and inform the public. disabled-world.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.