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Mobility Links & Resources

Below you will find a comprehensive list of links to many helpful and informational resources directed at mobility. The list is arranged by various categories. Superior Van & Mobility is not affiliated and does not endorse any of the websites listed below and/or the content they provide. The list was compiled for informational purposes only and subject to change or cease to exist without notice.

Cause Specific Agencies & Grants

  National Organization For Vehicle Accessibility (NOVA) - Formerly Ralph Braun Foundation NOVA is a national organization that helps provide grants for vehicle modifications to those with physical disabilities and who have a financial need. Grants are offered up to $5000. Contact NOVA for full details and qualifications.

Letters Foundation

Founded by Warren and Doris Buffet, this foundation helps people who need financial assistance for various reasons. If you wish to apply, follow the link for complete details. You will be required to write a letter explaining your situation and need.

Paralyzed Veterans Of America (PVA).

The PVA across the country fights for veteran equality and is a great resource and social organization.

MDA

Muscular Dystrophy Association is one of the world’s largest nonprofit health organizations. They sponsor research for effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases, provide resource assistance and support groups for those affected by this condition.

MS Society

The National MS Society works to eradicate Multiple Sclerosis. The link above provides resource information, local chapters and support group information for those affected by this debilitating disease.

National Stroke Foundation

National Stroke Association’s mission is an organization out to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through educational programs, research and resources.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation was founded by Christopher and Dana Reeve to promote the health and well-being those living with a spinal cord injury and more.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Founded in 1948, the NSCIA is out to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans. The goal of the NSCIA is to improve the quality of life of those living with a spinal cord injury or disease.

Spina Bifida Association

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves to benefit both adults and children who live their lives with the challenges of Spina Bifida. Look here for research, support groups, local chapters and much more.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

SMA is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease that is generally characterized by muscle atrophy and weakness. The goal of the SMA Foundation is assist in funding research for the development of a treatment.

Cerebral Palsy Foundation

CPF is everything Cerebral Palsy you may be looking for. This resource provides a comprehensive and compassionate voice for assistance in caring for a child with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

CPG is another great resource that assists in providing parents and caregivers with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and the treatment options that are available.

Cerebral Palsy Group

The Cerebral Palsy Group is a dedicated resource of information on caring for children with CP.

HIE Help Center

The HIE Help Center is a support provider with vast amounts of information for families and loved ones of children diagnosed with conditions from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Find many links to other websites through this portal, all providing large amounts of research and assistance.

Easter Seals

ES was created to provide exceptional services, education, and advocacy for those living with autism and other disabilities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals for over 90 years live, work, learn and play regardless of their condition. Easter Seals is a great resource for those needing job training, rehabilitation, etc.

United Way Worldwide

UW is an organization providing various assistance of nearly 1800 community-based locations across 45 countries and territories who assist individuals and their families achieve their potential through education, health and financial difficulty.

ALS Association

The ALS Association is leading the way to treat and cure ALS through various global research programs. The ALS Association is also a tremendous resource and support to those affected with Lou Gehrig's disease, and their families. Click for links to local chapters in your area for more information.

Team Gleason - ALS

Steve Gleason was a professional football player that played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. After his career, in 2011, Steve was diagnosed with ALS. Steve and his wife, Michel formed “Team Gleason” to assist those with ALS fight for research, live with ALS, and provide the support and resources to help others accomplish their goals and much more.

American Assoc. Of People W/Disabilities

The AAPD is the nation's largest disability rights organization that promotes equal opportunity, economic stability, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

RMHC was organized to provide resources, assistance and support to directly improve the health and well-being of children across the nation.

Conquer Paralysis Now (Sam Schmidt Foundation)

SSPF is a leader advocating for a cure for paralysis by assisting with the funding of research, treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. This support is provided through quality of life grants to numerous organizations that work to benefit people with paralysis and other life challenges.

National Council On Aging

NCOA is a national leader that helps those aged 60+ with the challenges of aging.

National Organization On Disability

NOD is a non-profit organization that promotes participation and contribution of over 56 million people with disabilities. NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for those Americans with disabilities and not currently employed.

Amputee Coalition

AC is one of the nation’s leading organizations on limb loss and are dedicated to not only improving the quality of life for amputees, but to also improve patient care to limit limb loss.

Brain Injury Association

BIAA works to prevent brain injury through education and research opportunities while also working to improve the quality of life to all individuals affected by a brain injury.

Brain Injury Association

BIAA works to prevent brain injury through education and research opportunities while also working to improve the quality of life to all individuals affected by a brain injury.  

Government Agencies

National Resources

 

Family Caregiver Alliance

This is a U.S. Government site that provides numerous links to information and resources on a various disability related topics: benefits, civil rights, community services, health services and more. Their site also includes a state and local resources map which allows the user to locate disability related information/services in their area.

ADA.Gov

A monumental milestone, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. The act was 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. A great resource with a lot of information not only on the act, but how it can benefit everyone.

SSA.Gov

Social Security Administration is responsible for paying disability benefits to qualified individuals and their families. Here is a quick link for more information on the program.

U.S. Dept. Of Labor Disability Division

ODEP's is in place to develop and influence policies and practices to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

National Council On Independent Living

NCIL assists with development and enforcement of the rights of those disabled who live independently.

National Council On Disability

NCD is a federal agency that acts as an adviser to the President, Congress, and any other federal agency in regards to policies, programs, practices and procedures that ultimately affect people with disabilities.

National Institute Of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

NINDS provides information, research, resources and guidance to those families affected by someone with a neurological disease.

NHTSA Adapting Motor Vehicles For People With Disabilities

NHTSA helps those with a physical disability strive for independence through driving a motor vehicle. They provide information and resources for driver evaluators, programs and the technological capabilities available on the market today.

HUD For Disabled

HUD is a federal organization that addresses housing rights and needs for all and the disabled. HUD works to protect rights, provide housing assistance and numerous other resources.

USAGov's Guide For Seniors

This guide is directed at seniors and prepares them and their family for those years. You will find many resources, tips and information to help with challenges that may arise.

Services and Funding for Veterans

 

Disabled American Veterans Association

The DAV works as advocacy for the men and women who have served our country. Find information on their services and programs here.

Veteran Affairs

VA is the government organization that provides benefits and resources to veterans and their families. The VA has numerous benefits available.

America's Fund

The Semper Fi Fund was created to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to those 9/11 survivors who were wounded or are critically ill, as well as other injured members of all military branches and their families. They also have programs and resources to help with transitions back to civilian life, etc.

America's Fund

The Semper Fi Fund was created to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to those 9/11 survivors who were wounded or are critically ill, as well as other injured members of all military branches and their families. They also have programs and resources to help with transitions back to civilian life, etc.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief

NMCR is a partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps to help financially, educationally, as well as helping with other need-based assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors and Marines and their eligible family members.

Operation Family Fund

OFF is a private, non-profit that is committed to ensuring that all of their available resources are used to the maximum to assist all eligible members, their caregivers and the families of military and civilian personnel who have been severely disabled as a part of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Homefront

OHF assists all military families during difficult financial times. They help provide food assistance, vision care, auto repair, home repair, travel and transportation assistance, moving assistance, essential items for the home, and even rent-free transitional housing for all wounded veterans and their families.

Wounded Heroes Fund

WHF is for veterans and their families who have had their lives affected by the war on terror. WHF makes decisions on financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Wounded Warrior Project

WWP was created to provide services and free programs to our military wounded warriors by helping to fill the gaps in our government programs.

National Council On Aging - Veteran Benefits

Open to all veterans, the NCOA VB helps veterans during their retirement years by providing assistance and resources unannounced to members.    

Informational Resources

 

NMEDA

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an industry created non-profit that advocates for people with disabilities and their right to drive despite their challenges. NMEDA is not only an organization that balances professionalism and organizational processes, it ensures it’s members all adhere to set standards that provide a higher level of service in their business dealings.

AARP

AARP is a non-profit organization that was developed to assist seniors as a cohesive unit in reducing healthcare, employment dealings, and all aspects of retirement.

AbleData

AbleData is a data resource full of objective information on the various types of assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment. AbleData has information available that will help you and your loved ones make informed decisions in your research of mobility aids, retirement services, and much more.

ADED

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists is the supporting organization that represents the field of driver education, driver training, and transportation equipment modifications for all persons with a disability.

Independent Living Institute (ILI)

ILI works to set policies for the disabled and focuses on ensuring all are treated equally with self-respect and the dignity they deserve.

Caregiver Action Network

CAN is one of the nation’s leading family caregiver organization that works to improve the quality of life and care of loved ones with chronic conditions and disabilities.

National Rehabilitation Information Center

(NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR.). They provide access to articles, reports, guides, etc.  on issues such as technology, health, independent living, etc.

Personal Finance Guide For People With Disabilities

This resource site assists those with disabilities with their personal finance skills so that they can manager their money more effectively and live a comfortable, fulfilling life.

Center For Parent Information & Resources

CPIR provides information and resources related to youth disabilities and rare disorders.

Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults With Disabilities

The resource provides tips and information on how to increase the physical activity of those with a disability. It’s a known fact that adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have health issues which many are avoidable with a regimen of physical activity.

How To Exercise If You Have Limited Mobility

Another resource that provides tips on how to safely exercise if you have limited mobility.

Healthy Eating Advice For Wheelchair-Bound Individuals

This resource provides advice for people who are wheelchair-bound on how they can eat better and live a healthier life despite limitations in physical activity.

Stay Active With A Disability - Quick Tips

Here is another resource that discusses the benefits and importance of staying active despite a disability.

How To Cope With Sudden Illness Or Disability

Let’s face it, coming to terms with an illness of a loved one is no easy task. Here you will find resources that work to assist you with the sudden changes life has thrown your direction.

Protecting The Elderly From Financial Abuse

More and more today, the elderly is being targeted with financial abuse. Sometimes this abuse comes from caregivers, family members, and friends or at the hand of a complete stranger. This resource addresses these issues and provides tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim of this horrible situation.

Learn About The Types Of Service Dogs

Here you can find more about service dogs and the types available.

We Connect Now

This resource is designed to assist college aged / enrolled students with disabilities on their educational path and road to employment.

Employment With A Disability Resource Guide

This guide assists those with a disability in the search for employment.

34 Great Jobs For People With Disabilities

Have a disability and looking for employment? Check out this list of 34 careers that are ideal for your situation.

How To Make Your Home Handicap Accessible

This resource is designed to assist you in making your home handicap accessible. Learn tips and tricks to making sure the modifications you are considering make sense to not only your current, but future needs.

How To Create Wheelchair Friendly Home

Here is another guide designed to assist you in making your home wheelchair accessible.

Guide To Home Accommodations For Disabled

Here is another guide to home modifications for the disabled.

Disabled Renters' Housing Rights

Have you been a victim of housing rights violation? Are you unsure? This site helps those with disabilities determine if they have been unfairly targeted by an individual using the foundation of the Federal Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act.

Disability Rights In Housing

Do you know your rights when it comes to housing? Find information here from HUD on what you should know.

Home Safety For People With Disabilities

Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. This resource is here to provide a comprehensive discussion on how you can ensure your home is made as safe as possible if any of the occupants are disabled.

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Are you thinking of remodeling to accommodate a loved one with a disability? This resource helps establish the costs that could be associated with those upgrades to ensure you are educated on what to expect before it’s too late.

Find Grants For Home Modifications

Here is a resource that provides information to the disabled on acquiring grants to help pay for needed home modifications.

Backyard Camping For Kids With Disabilities

Let’s face it, camping with a child who has a disability could pose a challenging opposition as needs may arise that are tough to accommodate far from home. This guide explores the option of camping with kids in your own backyard by still providing them with an experience in nature and an escape from life’s bump and grind.    

Additional Resources and Rehabilitation Facilities By State

 

State By State Vocational Rehabilitation List

The following link takes you to a page listing the Vocational Rehabilitation Services across the U.S. The dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists the physically disabled with many programs including funding for assistive devices. Please contact your local office today to learn more about the many services offered.

Kentucky

KATS Network

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services works toward making assistive technology information, devices and services available to everyone regardless of their age or disability. KATS does provide grants to those who qualify.

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC)

KATLC is a program to assist Kentuckians with disabilities in obtaining needed assistive technology devices that will improve their independence or quality of life.

Kentucky Department Of Veteran Affairs

KDVF is here to serve and honor the veterans in Kentucky and to ensure they and their families receive all the benefits they've earned.

Kentucky Office Of Vocational Rehabilitation

KOVR assists Kentuckians with disabilities in achieving employment and their independence through assisting in the purchase of assistive technology devices.

Kentucky Cabinet For Health And Family Services

KCHFS helps the families of children with special health care needs and the professionals/caregivers who serve them.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

CHRH is located in Lexington, KY and provides post-acute inpatient physical rehabilitation services for all ages.

Frazier Rehabilitation Facility

Frazier Rehab in Louisville, KY is known for their world-class acute rehabilitation care. Frazier provides extensive inpatient and outpatient therapy options that cross a number of specialties and needs.  

Louisiana

 

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network ( LATAN)

LATAN helps individuals with disabilities and older persons with assistive technology options and services. LATAN is aimed at establishing independence in employment, school, and community living.

Louisiana Department Of Veteran Affairs

LDVA helps serve and honor the veterans in Louisiana, and ensures the veterans and their families receive all the benefits they've earned.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)

LRS helps assist individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services.

Samaritan Acts Of New Orleans

SANO works to improve the quality of life of veterans regardless if disabled or if economically sound in and around the New Orleans area.

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital

BRRH is an accredited inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital that also offers comprehensive neurology-based inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Touro Rehabilitation Center

TRC in New Orleans is here to help families recover through rehab when injury happens. TRC is a leader in rehabilitative medicine when it comes to brain and spinal cord injury or comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation.  

Indiana

 

Rehabilitation Hospital Of Indiana (RHI)

RHI provides inpatient and outpatient acute care rehabilitation in the Indianapolis area who specialize in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and comprehensive medical rehabilitation.

Assistive Technology At Easter Seals Crossroads

ATESC works one-on-one with individuals in researching and obtaining the appropriate assistive technology that will meet their needs.

HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital

HSDRH is located in Evansville, IN. HealthSouth offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives.

The Dekko Foundation

The Dekko Foundation helps fund projects that are aimed to assist children up to age 18, in their path toward independence. They are open to discussing grant proposals.  

Tennessee

 

Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center

PNRC is located in Knoxville, TN and is East Tennessee’s recognized leader in stroke, spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation.

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation

TVR helps those facing a disability regain their independence through employment-focused rehabilitation and by helping with their assistive technology needs.

Tennessee Commission On Aging & Disability

TCAD works with older adults with disabilities by providing guidance in their health, dignity, independence, and security through various community and in-home services.

Tennessee Division Of Disability Services

TDDS assists disabled individuals living in the state of Tennessee with various services and programs.  

Nebraska

 

MDA Of Omaha

MDA of Omaha is the local chapter aimed at helping individuals and their families fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related muscle-debilitating diseases that hinder their independence.

MS Society Of Omaha

MS of Omaha is the local chapter aimed at helping those affected by MS live the best lives they can as they continuously work to eliminate MS.

ALS Association Mid-America Chapter 

ALS Mid-America Chapter serves Nebraska and Iowa with numerous support and guidance opportunities while working toward a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Of Nebraska

VRN helps people with disabilities in all aspects of employment and helps with assistive technology needs.

Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) Of Nebraska

ATP helps Nebraskans of all ages obtain and use assistive technology for a variety of purposes and in regaining independence.  

Iowa

 

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

IVRS helps people with disabilities in all aspects of employment and helps with assistive technology needs.

Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) Of Iowa

ATPI helps Iowans of all ages obtain and use assistive technology for a variety of purposes and in regaining independence.

Mobility Manufacturer Web Sites

 

BraunAbility

BraunAbility is a worldwide leader in developing automotive mobility products. From wheelchair vans to handicap lifts to mobility seating, look to BraunAbility.

Vantage Mobility (VMI)

VMI is one of the largest manufacturers of wheelchair accessible vehicles and lifts for both consumer and commercial customers.

Bruno

Bruno Independent Living Aids is a major developer of handicap accessible lifts for wheelchairs, power-chairs and mobility scooters. Products are available for your home or auto.

Harmar

Harmar provides a large portfolio of wheelchair, scooter and power chair lifts for your home or auto.

Q-Straint

Q’Straint provides the world’s most effective wheelchair restraint systems used today in both public and private transportation.

EZ-Lock

EZ-Lock is an automated wheelchair restraint system designed for those who remain in their wheelchair for seating inside an automobile.

B & D Independence

B&D Independence is a world leader in the design and manufacture of power transfer seat bases for wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Veigel Hand Controls

Veigel is an engineering partner of the automotive industry providing driving hand controls and mobility aids for those with physical disabilities.

EMC Advanced Vehicle Control Devices

Electronic Mobility Controls, LLC designs advanced electronic driving controls that are used to operate a motor vehicles thus allowing individuals with comprehensive disabilities the ability to drive and remain independent.

MPS Hand Controls

MPS is a leading manufacturer of mechanical hand controls used in operating various aspects of an automobile.

Creative Controls Inc.

CCI is the nation’s premier manufacturer of assistive mobility equipment for your vehicle.

Adapt Solutions

Adapt Solutions was the first seating manufacturer to participate in the FMVSS Compliance Review Program in the industry! They design and manufacturer numerous assistive seating devices to aid individuals with physical disabilities safe transfer in and out of their vehicle.  

Alternative Funding Resources

 

GoFundMe.Com

GoFundMe is one of the premier crowd sourcing websites where anyone can create a fundraiser for a particular event or need. A great option for those needing assistance in paying for much needed mobility equipment. To learn more Visit, and be sure to check out their Fundraising Guide.

Indiegogo.Com

Indiegogo.com is another crowd sourcing website that works to help users create and obtain funding/assistance for various needs.

Help Hope Live 

Help Hope Live provides one-on-one fundraising help and assistance through community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to catastrophic injuries and illnesses.  

Accessible Travel Information

 

Vacation By V

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.

32 Vacation Destinations For Special Needs

Here is a list of 32 vacation destinations that cater to those with special needs. At these destinations, accessibility is the name of the game.

Airline Accessible Accommodation Guidelines

Here you will find a list of 15 US and Canadian airline companies and their accommodation guidelines for wheelchair users. This information has been provided as a courtesy by cheapflights.com.

Airline Accessible Accommodation Guidelines

Here you will find a list of 15 US and Canadian airline companies and their accommodation guidelines for wheelchair users. This information has been provided as a courtesy by cheapflights.com.

Trip Buzz - Travel Guide

Travelers that use wheelchairs has dramatically increased over the last ten years, but so has the landscape related to accessibility. Look here for tips and suggestions on what to look for in your travels.

Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide

Adaptive skiing is a great getaway that 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 Accessible Water Park

Morgan’s Wonderland is the first, fully accessible water park designed for those with physical disabilities and every day, every guest with special needs enjoys free admission.

Travel New Orleans

This is the official website of travel to the New Orleans area. Here you will find a vast amount of travel information pertaining to the Big Easy as well as accessible travel information.

Visit Indy

Visit Indy is the official website of travel to Indianapolis, IN. Here you will find various travel information and tips for your next visit. Included is also accessable travel information.  

 Accessible Sports

 

Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA’s works to provide opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to develop confidence and fitness through participation in community recreational programs.

United States Power Soccer Association

The USPSA is the governing body for Power Soccer in the United States. Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users.

United States Tennis Association

The USTA sanctions wheelchair tennis tournaments throughout the country, creating play opportunities for all skill levels and those with disabilities.

United States Of America Wheelchair Rugby

USA Wheelchair Rugby Association has programs throughout the United State for those with disabilities. Wheelchair rugby is a physical sport that is exciting to watch.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association

NWBA is an organization represented by over 200 wheelchair basketball teams across twenty-two conferences in the United States. If you would like to learn more or to find a division near you, click here.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics provides year-round training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics provides 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.  

Miscellaneous Resources

 

Ability Magazine

ABILITY Magazine is a magazine that focuses on the health and human potential of those with disabilities. AM is consistently ranked among the top 50 Magazines in the World.

Fashion for People of ALL Abilities

Have a hard time finding fashion items or gift items for someone with a disability? Here is a great site for fashion items for everyone, regardless of their ability.  Find items for men, women, and children here.  

FREE Items For Physically Challenged

 

FREE Lifetime Pass To National Parks, Etc.

Did you know a FREE pass to more than 2000 recreation sites is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age who have a permanent disability? Find more information here about the program and start seeing the amazing world right in our backyard. Note: Admission isn't always free-it may just be discounted-so check the site you're planning to visit.