Special Needs Travel
- Travel Wright with Barb – Official Travel agent for SOAR – Specializes in travel arrangements for families with special needs! Tell Barb that SOAR sent you!
Federal Disability Resources
- U.S. Social Security Administration Disability Benefits Information
- U.S. Social Security Administration — Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool
- Benefits.gov Disability Assistance
- U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section
- File a Disability Complaint
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
- Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health Care
- Disabled Veteran Rights and Discrimination
- Administration for Community Living (Also known as the Administration on Disabilities)
- Corporation for National and Community Service — Questions & Answers for People with Disabilities
- Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
- SPED Homeschool – Special Ed Homeschooling Headquarters
- Developing Your Child’s IEP – Also available in Spanish!
- The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview – Also available in Spanish!
- Understanding Your Child’s IEP: What Parents should Know
- Careers & Degrees in Healthcare: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
- Individualized Learning Plans How-to Guide
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Resources for Students with a Learning Disability
- Resources and Support for College Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
- Scholarships & Resources for Students with Visual Disabilities
- U.S. Department of Education — Disability Discrimination
- U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
- What Can You Do? Campaign for Disability Employment
- Social Security Administration Ticket to Work
- Tips for Applicants with Disabilities Applying for Federal Jobs
- Information about Disability Employment in the Federal Government
- Information about the Schedule A Hiring Authority
- CareerOneStop Resources for Workers with Disabilities
- VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Benefits
- Disability and Employment Community of Practice
- Vets.gov Careers and Employment Information
- CDC Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities
- FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
- American Red Cross – Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities
- Ready.gov — Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
- Cerebral Palsy Guide
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention State Disability and Health Programs
- How to Qualify for Medicaid and CHIP Health Care Coverage
- The Birth Injury Justice Center
- Deafness and Hearing Loss
- To Parents of Deaf Children
- Communication Plan for a Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Resources for People Who Can’t Afford Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
- The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Health for Veterans
- Housing Information for People with Disabilities
- Disability Rights in Housing
- Nursing Home Abuse Justice
- ABA Programs Online: Find helpful online resources for teachers, students, and parents
- Special Needs Homeschooling
- Office of Disability Employment Policy — Accessible Technology Information
- Examples of Assistive Devices and How They Are Used
- How to make the Internet Easier to Navigate with Impaired Vision
- Internet Navigation for Individuals with Low Vision or Blindness
- Making Technology Accessible for Americans with Disabilities
- Job Accommodation Network
- Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT)
- Equal Access to Transportation
- U.S. Department of State — Traveling with Disabilities
- Airport Screening for People with Disabilities or Medical Conditions
Resources for your Family/Individual with Special Needs
- Crystal Creek Ranch – offer free “mini-vacations” to families coping with challenges in the areas of special needs, pediatric oncology, counseling, life-threatening illnesses, and the military. Tell them SOAR Special Needs sent you!
- Routine Factory – creates individual resources/apps where you can create prompts or visual schedules.
- Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices – The purpose of the Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (ADEPP) is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices in the areas of aging and disability and determine which of these may best meet their needs.
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers Program/No Wrong Door – These systems provide information and assistance around planning for long-term care needs.
- Americans with Disabilities Act National Network – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network provides information, guidance, and training on how to implement the ADA in order to support its mission to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
- Centers for Independent Living – ACL’s independent living programs work to support community living and independence for people with disabilities across the nation based on the belief that all people can live with dignity, make their own choices, and participate fully in society. These programs provide tools, resources, and supports for integrating people with disabilities fully into their communities to promote equal opportunities, self-determination, and respect.
- Employment – ACL and its Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) administer a range of initiatives that aim to improve employment outcomes.
- Help American Vote Act Programs – Help America Vote Act (HAVA) programs are designed to establish and improve participation in the election process for individuals with the full range of disabilities.
- National Limb Loss Resource Center – The mission of the National Limb Loss Resource Center (operated by the Amputee Coalition) is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support, advocacy, and the promotion of limb loss prevention.
- Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) – The mission of the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) operated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.
- Person Centered Planning – Allows individuals to be engaged in the decision making process about their options, preferences, values, and financial resources.
- The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) – PCPID promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong community inclusion.
- Self-Advocacy Programs – A variety of ACL programs under the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) help people with developmental disabilities and their families advocate for themselves, along with Centers for Independent Living.
- State Councils on Developmental Disabilities – State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils) are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives.
- State Protection & Advocacy Systems – Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) work at the state level to protect individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf.
- Supported Decision Making Program – Supported decision making is a more flexible alternative to guardianship that provides older adults and people with disabilities. It is a process of working with an individual to identify where help is needed and devising an approach for providing that help.
- Transportation Research and Demonstration Program – Through an inclusive transportation program, ACL works with communities across the country to give travelers a voice in the planning process and to improve transportation options.
- Traumatic Brain Injury Program – The TBI State Partnership Grant Program provides funding to help states increase access to services and supports for individuals with TBI throughout the lifetime.
- University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research & Service (UCEDDs) – 68 UCEDDs throughout the United States and its territories to serve as liaisons between academia and the community.
- Veteran-Directed Home & Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) – Provides veterans with opportunities to self-direct their LTSS and continue living independently at home.