Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Couple of Good Websites For People With Disabilities.

I was checking around for sites to help disabled citizens with employment and found 2 organizations that help, not only with employment but one even with basic life issues. They deserve looking at if you need any information -- good places to start.

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: the areas they cover are employment, housing, health, interfaith, technology, international concerns, veterans, to name a few. "The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change" is their mission. They even offer a discount healthcare benefits program. It has 3 levels covering pharmacy mail-order, durable supplies, dental, hearing aids, etc. This is called Medivest; click on the name and you can see what they cover.

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed" is what they do. Their mission is 'to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 56 million men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Our current focus is on improving employment prospects for America’s 33 million working-aged Americans with disabilities'. The organization 'researches, develops and demonstrates creative approaches to employment issues'. They work with the Wounded Warriors as well.

There is a lot of information on both these sites -- too much for me to try and dissect. I would suggest you take the time to look at them both to see if they can offer any help. The site mentions 2 program design projects to help disabled people get into the workplace: Bridges to Business is an ongoing collaboration with corporations across the nation to design effective approaches to recruiting, training, and retaining career-seekers with disabilities and Start on Success (SOS) is an innovative transition from school-to-work program, which gives high school students with disabilities workplace experience while educating employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.




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