NOVA, formally The Ralph Braun Foundation was created to assist individuals with mobility needs by providing information, education, and monetary assistance to those who qualify, toward the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
To learn more about NOVA, please click the link above.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now; to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Find links to your local chapter here.
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.
the membership division of United Spinal, was founded in 1948 to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease. We provide active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life.
is a genetic neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle atrophy and weakness. The mission of the SMA Foundation is to accelerate the development of a treatment for SMA, the number one genetic killer of infants and toddlers.
to provide you with the most comprehensive resource and compassionate voice for all things related to caring for a child with cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions. We strive, everyday, to be your ULTIMATE Resource for EVERYTHING Cerebral Palsy. Find links to your local chapter here.
provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
Is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Find links to your local chapter here.
Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. Find links to your local chapter here.
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.
The mission of the Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board is to administer, manage, operate and defend the Patient's Compensation Fund in a manner that will timely and efficiently meet the needs and interests of those Louisiana citizens for whom the PCF was created to serve - Louisiana healthcare providers, legitimate injured parties of medical malpractice and the citizens of the State of Louisiana.
Is leading the charge for a cure for paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. SSPF provides quality of life grants to organizations throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other life challenges.
Mark Wellman is a nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker. Despite being paralyzed in a mountain climbing accident, Mark has inspired millions to meet their problems head-on and reach for their full potential.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging.
Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.
Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions 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.
The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. With a network of state affiliates, local chapters and support groups, we are the voice of brain injury.
Chive Charities is dedicated to championing the underdogs. Among the causes we focus on are: individuals with rare medical conditions, disabled veterans and first responders in need of quality of life enhancements, underfunded special needs education initiatives, and organizations that provide emergency assistance / disaster relief.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services
Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working.
NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.
The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.
The introduction of new technology continues to broaden opportunities for people with disabilities to drive vehicles with adaptive devices. Taking advantage of these opportunities, however, can be time consuming and, sometimes, frustrating.
The information in this brochure is based on the experience of driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who work with individuals who require adaptive devices for their motor vehicles. It is centered around a proven process, evaluating your needs, selecting the right vehicle, choosing a qualified dealer to modify your vehicle, being trained, and maintaining your vehicle that can help you avoid costly mistakes when purchasing and modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment.
This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.
Founded in 2009, HOMH honors our wounded service heroes who have served in recent conflicts and are recovering from severe injuries that require modified minivans. To date, we have awarded over 75 adaptive minivans to some of our Nations most deserving, and most inspiring heroes.
Our Mission: To provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other need-based assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors and Marines, their eligible family members, and survivors.
Vision: As a non-profit, volunteer service organization, we use both financial and non-financial resources to identify solutions to meet emerging needs. We help clients improve personal financial skills and encourage individual financial responsibility.
We are a private, non-profit, volunteer, public benefit corporation. We are committed to ensuring that all available resources are used to assist eligible members, caregivers and families of members of Military and Civilian personnel who have been severely disabled as a part of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom both domestically and abroad to achieve financial self-sufficiency and find solutions to short term and long term needs.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families. Plus much more!
To act as a service organization for those veterans and their families affected by the war on terror in an effort to provide them with support and appreciation they need for a healthy return to civilian life.
NOTE: WHF recognizes that not all wounds of war are visible. Decisions on financial assistance are made on a case-by-case basis by the WHF board, taking into account the needs of veterans based on their military medical backgrounds and current situations.
If you have served in the military during wartime, chances are that you’ve taken advantage of education programs, career resources, and home loans available to you. But while those life issues may be behind you, there is a host of other resources to know about in your retirement years.
NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning.
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. We serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education / driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination.
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR.). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDRR. NIDRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.
A 2004 study, found that disabled people have higher expenses in almost every aspect of life; from food to medical care to utilities, and have additional costs due to their disabilities. And yet, the U.S. Census Bureau found that adults age 21 to 64 with disabilities made almost $800 less each month than those with no disability.
Due to these financial constraints, it is essential for people with disabilities to have the personal finance skills that will help them manage their money so that they can live fulfilling lives.
Following is a resource guide for people with disabilities to help them manage their finances and meet their financial goals.
If you’re looking for information about disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, you’ve come to the right place! The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) offers information and connections to the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders.
More than 21 million US adults 18 to 64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.
While there are challenges that come with having mobility issues, by adopting a creative approach, you can overcome any physical limitations and find enjoyable ways to get active and improve your health and well-being. This guide will help get the creative juices flowing.
This fact sheet offers general advice for people who are wheelchair-bound but everyone is different. It is therefore beneficial to have a personal health and nutrition assessment to get specific advice for your individual needs including medical conditions, digestive health, hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders etc.
Medical malpractice exists in cases where a patient sustains some level of damages from a medical professional during the course of his or her official medical duties. Damages are a legal term, but ultimately, include a number of harms that the patient sustains as the result of medical treatment, which can include exacerbated medical issues, unnecessary medical costs, untreated but otherwise treatable conditions, as well as a whole host of other issues relating to income earning capacity, costs of medical care, as well as psychological and emotional duress.
Children with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often have a variety of long-term physical, cognitive and psycho-social difficulties. Teachers, therapists and parents frequently ask how they can help these students succeed in the classroom. Because each child is unique, there is no one teaching program that applies to all students with brain injuries. By adapting instruction or modifying the environment, however, the student can have greater opportunities for success in the classroom and community.
This website is designed to connect and integrate college students with disabilities with a virtual community with a voice on important issues with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment.
More and more organizations are now actively creating jobs for disabled people. No matter what type of disability you might have, you can discover the satisfaction that often comes from realizing, and using your strongest abilities and skills.
This resource explores three different philosophies related to making homes more usable and accessible for all its residents. These philosophies and techniques will then be incorporated into ideas on how to make a single-family home more accessible.
Whether you’re in an older home that needs significant changes or are looking for ways to make your newer home even more accessible to disabled needs, this guide is for you. It will cover modifications for every area and room to make your home safer and more accessible.
Disabled people have significant protections when they rent living space. Do you know your rights? This site provides some basic legalities of the Federal Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act.
Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. Our booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.
This fact sheet from AARP explains home modifications and how they can increase accessibility and safety for older adults so they can stay in their homes. It also addresses common home modifications needed for older adults and how to get assistance to pay for them.
Changing, remodeling or making additions to your home to accommodate people with disabilities can be done in a variety of different ways. Disability accommodations can range in cost depending on the complexity of the changes. If you need to accommodate a wheelchair then you may choose to add ramps, stair lifts or an elevator. There are many ways to change your home or business to accommodate for disabilities including turning written signs into Braille or adding alerts to things like clocks and computers.
If you remodel your home for handicap accessibility, your first priority should be to get the access you or your loved one need, experts say. Additionally, maintain your home’s appeal to as broad a market as possible, should you eventually sell it, to help recoup your investment.
Through advocacy activities and capacity building efforts, the mission of this collaborative system is to make assistive technology (AT) information, devices and services easily obtainable for people of any age and/or disability.
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 140 rehabilitation counselors in over 50 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky.
A 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization that connects individuals with disabilities and older persons to the Assistive Technology (AT) that enables independence in employment, school, and community living.
Assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.
The Samaritan Multi-services Centered on Living Foundation & Associates, Inc. (SMCL) was established to improve the quality of life of our veterans, those who are disabled or those who are economically disadvantaged in the New Orleans community and South Louisiana.
Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive neurology-based inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. BRRH is designed with patient care and family support in mind.
When injuries happen, the Touro Rehabilitation Center in New Orleans is here to help families receive quality care and recover while either admitted in the hospital for inpatient services or through a referral program for patients who may need daily or weekly rehabilitation services. The Center is a leader in rehabilitative medicine for programs such as brain and spinal cord injury, and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is an acute care rehabilitation hospital for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. RHI specializes in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and comprehensive medical rehabilitation for injuries or illnesses resulting in loss of function.
RHI is a community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent and is located in Indianapolis, IN.
HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital is a joint venture partner with Deaconess Health System and is located in Evansville, IN. Our hospital is an 85-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives.
The Dekko Foundation invests in projects that help children up to age 18, build the skills, knowledge and character that they’ll need to travel the path toward economic freedom. We welcome the opportunity to discuss grant proposals.
Opened in 1978 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is East Tennessee's recognized leader in rehabilitating stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients.
Designed to determine eligibility, determination of the nature and scope of VR services and the provision of employment-focused rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities consistent with their strengths, priorities and resources.
The Commission is dedicated to working for older Tennesseans and adults with disabilities by providing leadership and guidance for a system that promotes health, dignity, independence, and security through an array of community and in-home services, the protection of rights, and the implementation of best practices.
As the world leader in mobility with over 40 years of experience, BraunAbility understands what you're looking for in wheelchair vans, wheelchair lifts and mobility products. Why? Because we were founded by a man who needed that mobility for himself. Ralph Braun built his company on a commitment to quality, safety, and innovation. He also believed in giving his customers the peace of mind that wherever their travels take them, there's an experienced mobility professional close by.
As one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair van conversions, we take great pride in building leading-edge mobility products that meet the needs of our customers. With a genuine care for the disabled community as our driving force, we have been constantly innovating and working to improve our products and our service throughout our long history.
B&D Independence is recognized as the world leader in the design and manufacture of power transfer seat bases for wheelchair accessible vans. We are committed to our customers and to providing the finest power seats in the industry.
Veigel North America is an acknowledged engineering partner of the automotive industry, and the internationally leading manufacturer of driving school systems and driving aids for handicapped persons. We believe in absolute customer satisfaction which we are achieving by developing and manufacturing our products at the highest quality level.
Electronic Mobility Controls, LLC is located in Augusta, Maine and was founded with the single goal of providing individuals with high level disabilities the freedom of mobility. We take great pride in knowing that we can provide unique solutions to your difficult driving control challenges.
Proudly manufactured in the U.S.A for over 40 years the Monarch Hand Control has stood the test of time providing mobility freedom to countless people. Excellent Design, and unparalleled 5year limited warranty, along with outstanding service, and Technical support has made the Monarch series the leader of the Hand Control industry.
Safety is something we all expect when looking at mobility solutions. Adapt Solutions is proud to be the first seating manufacturer to participate in the FMVSS Compliance Review Program in the industry.
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The World’s #1 Personal Fundraising Websites. This may be an option for many in raising enough funds for your organization, medical emergency, etc.
Now, VMI has partnered with GoFundMe to expand your fundraising needs! When you setup an account through VMI's introduction, or even if you already have an account, VMI is providing an additional $1000 rebate if you use your funds to purchase a VMI wheelchair van. To learn more, Visit, and be sure to checkout their Fundraising Guide.
Vacation by V - When it comes to accessible travel, Vacation by V can help! Specializing in customized travel packages, Vicky has the experience with helping travelers with special needs get the most out of their vacations. Whether it's a family or individual vacation; leave the planning to Vicky. If you're ready to get out of town, contact Vacations by V today.
Lets face it, traveling can be a stressful time for everyone; now consider being in a wheelchair. Here you will find a list of 15 US and Canadian airline companies and their accommodation guidelines for wheelchair users. Information is a courtesy of cheapflights.com.
Today, individuals who use a wheelchair can travel by nearly every mode of transportation to virtually everywhere in the world. But whether traveling two hours or two thousand miles away, traveling with a wheelchair still requires a lot of thought and careful planning.
Adaptive skiing provides people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of snow sports at resorts and facilities throughout North America. This resource informs adaptive skiers of all levels how they can access and enjoy programs at many of the major resorts in the US and Canada.
Morgan’s Wonderland is the first, fully accessible water park designed for those physically disabled, and where every guest with special needs enjoys free admission. Supported and funded by donations from individuals and corporations alike, Morgan's Wonderland relies on your generosity and support to continue its goal of providing a safe haven where everyone can smile, laugh and make wonderful memories with family members, caregivers and friends. Time to plan that family vacation!
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
This is a free pass to more than 2000 recreation sites for U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age who have a permanent disability; they can be accompanied by three fellow passengers in the car. Admission isn't always free-it may just be discounted-so check the site you're planning to visit. Find the application by clicking the heading above; there's a $10 processing fee plus documentation is required.
FREE iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
Different Iz Goodgifts iPod Touches and iPhones to people with speech that is unintelligible; Nevada state residents receive priority. The HollyRod Foundation's Gift of Voiceprogram provides tablets pre-loaded with apps and games to children with autism in need. The National Autism Association has a Give A Voice program that provides iPads, apps and cases to individuals with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal. Danny's Wish also provides iPads to kids with autism.