Physical Disabilities: The First Step Is Understanding
Physical disabilities come in a range of forms, and they stem from a variety of causes. On the Web, you will find sites that provide resources to help you understand, find ways to limit the impact of, and get support for your physical disability.
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Physical disabilities create both logistical and emotional challenges that present themselves daily. Whether you need to obtain a wheelchair, access a public building, or deal with the frustration or sadness that can accompany a disability, the Web has resources that can help you cope.
- There are many foundations with Web sites full of information about physical disabilities and other health issues. These sites also have support resources such as online communities and peer-counseling programs. For a directory of several foundations and organizations that address physical and other disabilities, see the Member Directory of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Web site.
- Coping with a disability may be easier if you have others to talk to. The “Support Groups for Those with Physical Disabilities” section of this guide can help you find other people who have had (or have) an experience similar to your own.
For adaptive technology …
offers information about adaptive resources that enable individuals with physical disabilities to use computers effectively. If you have questions regarding adaptive technology for computers, you may send a brief message to AbilityHub using the "Contact Us" link.
For resources for people who are blind ...
The American Foundation for the Blind
was established to expand possibilities for the blind through education and technology. Its “Find helpful services” tab will take you to directories for local organizations that help in learning Braille, getting medical help, finding educational resources, obtaining guide dogs, and more.
The Blind Readers' Page
provides links to hundreds of resources for individuals with visual impairments. You’ll find links to information about adaptive computers, activities for blind and visually impaired children, and employment facts.
For resources for people who are deaf …
For those in wheelchairs …
is a virtual community where people share information about wheelchairs. Because of the design, you’ll probably find it easiest to locate information at this site by using the site map. WheelchairNet links to disability-specific organizations, consumer reviews of wheelchair projects, and resources regarding wheelchair etiquette and health issues for people with disabilities.
To engage in physical activity or a sport …
has posted an article about exercising with a physical disability. Several approaches to physical activity are presented, so you can find the one that sounds right for you. The article also links to two other articles about ways to get started with physical activity and the benefits of exercise.
America's Athletes With Disabilities, Inc.
promotes sports activities for individuals with a physical disability. You can learn about various America's Athletes sports programs, review a sports calendar, or learn how to become a sponsor or volunteer for the America's Athletes organization. Make sure to check the "Links" page on this site, which connects you to several other sports-oriented pages for people with disabilities.
The U.S. Paralympic Team Web site
discusses the Paralympic Games, explains how you can get involved in the event, provides information about the sports in the Paralympic Games program, and provides a calendar of Paralympic Games events.
For information about coping with the emotional aspects of a physical disability …
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has this Chronic Illness or Disability page, which will help you sort out and understand the emotional frustration that can accompany a physical disability. The "Information Page"
of this site will be helpful if you have questions about other emotional issues, such as anger, denial, or self-esteem.
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