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Associations        Government Groups        Links to Helpful Websites        Trade Shows and Organizations        Glossary of Terms


Associations

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Association that promotes, advocacy, research, programs, and support for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
www.nmss.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Association is dedicated to conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than one million Americans.
www.mdausa.org

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

National Organization dedicated to the fight against ALS through research, community services, education, and advocacy.
www.alsa.org

United Cerebral Palsy

Leading source of information on Cerebral Palsy and advocate for people with disabilities.
www.ucp.org

Huntington's Disease Society of America

Dedicated to finding a cure for Huntington’s Disease while providing support, education, resources, and services to improve the lives of those affected.
www.hdsa.org

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association

National Association dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries and their families.
www.spinalcord.org

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

Dedicated to research and finding cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and other central nervous system disorders.
www.crpf.org
www.paralysis.org


Brain Injury Association of America

Helping to create better lives for those affected by brain injuries through advocacy, research, support, and education.
www.biausa.org

Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation

Organization that offers medical and emotional support to those affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Part of the agency's mission is to help fund adaptive devices to those in need.
www.mdff.org

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Support and education for families of people affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
www.parentprojectmd.org

Spina Bifida Association

Association to help prevent Spina Bifida, the most common permanently disabling birth defect.
www.sbaa.org

National Stroke Association

Organization committed to fighting and preventing stroke and to provide support to those recovering.
www.stroke.org

American Stroke Association

Division of the American Heart Association dedicated to reducing the risk for stroke through advocacy, research, support, and education.
www.strokeassociation.org

Community Health Charities

Group of charities working hard to improve the lives of people with life-threatening illnesses and diseases.
www.healthcharities.org

American Association for Homecare

Association dedicated to improving the access to home healthcare.
www.aahomecare.org

The American Occupational Therapy Association

National organization of occupation therapists and associates.
www.aota.org

The American Physical Therapy Association

National organization of physical therapists and associates.
www.apta.org

Disabled American Veterans

Organization helping to provide aid to disabled American veterans.
www.dav.org

American Amputee Foundation

Helping to provide information, counseling, and education to amputees.
www.americanamputee.org

National Amputation Foundation

Offering valuable assistance to both veteran and civilian amputees.
www.nationalamputation.org

Amputee Coalition of America

National organization dedicated to empowering people with limb loss through advocacy, support, and education.
www.amputee-coalition.org

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Information about rare diseases and support for those affected.
www.rarediseases.org

Transverse Myelitis Association

Organization dedicated to providing support to people and families affected by Transverse Myelitis through advocacy, support, and education.
www.myelitis.org

American Spinal Injury Association

Providing information about spinal injuries.
www.asia-spinalinjury.org

American Paraplegia Association

Organization dedicated to improving the medical care for people affected by spinal cord injuries.
www.apssci.org

Access for Disabled Americans

Non-Profit corporation dedicated to helping people with disabilities live and function independently.
www.accessfordisabled.com

American Association on Health and Disability

Promoting health and wellness for people with disabilities through research, advocacy, and education.
www.aahd.us

Assistive Technology of Ohio

AT Ohio's mission is to help Ohioans with disabilities acquire assistive technology. We offer several different programs to accomplish that goal.
www.atohio.org



Government Groups

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

www.va.gov

Veterans Benefits Administration

www.vba.va.gov

Americans with Disabilities Act

www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm

Disability.gov

www.disabilityinfo.gov

GovBenefits.gov

www.govbenefits.gov



Links to Helpful Websites

disABILITY Information & Resources

Website resources for a variety of issues concerning people with disabilities. These include assistive technology such as wheelchairs and aids to daily living.
www.makoa.org

Abledata

National database of assistive technology products and equipment including electronic aids to daily living.
www.abledata.com

The Boulevard

A Disability Resource Directory of Products and Services for the Physically Challenged, Elderly, Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
www.blvd.com

National Public Website on Assistive Technology

Database of assistive technology products and adaptive equipment
www.assistivetech.net

USA Tech Guide

www.usatechguide.org

UPMC - Traumatic Brain Injury Organizations and Partners

www.rehabilomics.pitt.edu

Assistive Technology of Ohio

www.atohio.engineering.osu.edu

AT Network

www.atnet.org

The Disability Link Barn

www.accessunlimited.com/html/link_barn.html

PN - The Magazine for wheelchair users

www.pvamagazines.com/

Cerebral Palsy Guide

www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

Mayo Clinic - Cerebral Palsy

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cerebral-palsy/basics/definition/con-20030502

Online Health Resources

www.onlinehealthresources.com

Chuck Oakes

Consultant for job search and senior issues. Chuck is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
www.chuckoakes.com

Vision Technology, Inc.

Your worldwide resource for low vision products: VTI video magnification, Daylight Company room and task lighting and COIL hand held magnifiers.
www.visiontechnology.com

LaZee Tek

LaZee Tek is a manufacturer of assistive technology products, specializing in computer access products.
www.lazeetek.com

My Speech World

Assistive communication devices and resources.
www.myspeechworld.com

Mobility Works

Wheelchair accessible vans & mini-vans. Wheelchair and Scooter lifts for vans, trucks, SUVs, and cars. Driving Aids.
www.mobilityworks.com

ICDRI

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
www.icdri.org

National Care Planning Council

Guide to Long Term Care Planning
www.longtermcarelink.net

Tardive Dyskinesia Center

Providing Educational Information on Tardive Dyskinesia.
www.tardivedyskinesia.com



Trade Shows and Organizations

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America)

www.resna.org

Closing The Gap

www.closingthegap.com

ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association)

www.atia.org

World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities

www.wcdexpo.com

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)

RESNA is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. The organization's purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. RESNA serves that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.
www.resna.org



Glossary of Terms
Assistive Technology (AT)
Term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using those devices. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing.

Environmental Control Unit (ECU)
Device to allow users to control specific aspects of their surroundings with a variety of input types.

Infrared (IR)
Programmable invisible light in which commands may be infused to operate compatible devices.

Infrared Interface Device (IRID)
Device that receives infrared commands and initiates switching devices contained within to operate surrounding devices.

Input Method
The method of which a user interacts with a device. Some common methods are Voice, Switch Scanning, Touch and Movement Tracking.

Remote Electronic Access & Control - Hands Free (REACH)
A device from Break Boundaries that allows users to control specific aspects of their surroundings with a variety of input methods.

Switch Scanning
A method of input that allows operation of devices with minimal movements by selecting a desired group of options with a switch, being scanned (highlighted) by a program. Once a group is selected a programs proceeds to scan (highlight) sub-categories until the user selects on and so on until desired function is achieved.

X-10
International and open industry standard for communication among electronic devices used for home automation. Primarily uses power line wiring for signaling and control, where the signals involve brief radio frequency bursts representing digital information. A wireless radio based protocol transport is also defined.


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