Resources

Web Surfing Guidelines

US National Library of Medicine Guidelines
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthywebsurfing.html

 


ADVOCACY

San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities
http://www.smchealth.org/smccod

City and County of San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council
http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=281

City of Alameda Commission on Disabilities
http://alamedaca.gov/city-hall/commission-disability-issues

City of Berkeley Commission on Disabilities
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/Commissions/Commissions__Commission_on_Disability_Homepage.aspx

California Commission on Disabilities
http://www.ccda.ca.gov

Disability Rights California
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org

Disability Rights Advocates
http://www.dralegal.org

National Disability Rights Network
http://www.ndrn.org/index.php

Santa Clara University runs Advice Clinics to give legal guidance about your rights on employee, consumer law, immigration or being in debt.
http://www.law.scu.edu/kgaclc/advice-clinics/

Human Services Agency of San Francisco
http://www.sfhsa.org/DAAS.htm

The Disability Organizing Network
https://www.disabilityorganizing.net 

Looking Glass is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue
http://www.lookingglass.org

Serving the sierra foothills, this support group based in Placerville fosters improved physical, mental, and emotional health for the mobility impaired.
http://placervillemobilitysupportgroup.org

Based in Modesto, the Society operates the largest loan closet of adaptive equipment in the county, provides educational programs, job training services, recreational programs, a long standing special need program, and resource and referral services to the resident of Stanislaus County who have a disability.
http://societyfordisabilities.org

Promoting accessibility, acknowledging advocacy work, and providing connection between communities throughout San Luis Obispo County
http://sloaccessforall.org

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CAREGIVING

California In-Home Support Services
http://www.cdss.ca.gov/In-Home-Supportive-Services

Care.com is a for-profit site advertising caregiving service
http://www.care.com

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EQUIPMENT

ReCares (Formally Home CARES) has three San Francisco Bay Area sites that collect and redistribute donations of clean, gently used medical equipment and unused home health care supplies each week. These are provided free of charge to those in need who visit our sites
http://www.homecares.org

Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals
http://www.wheelersvanrentals.com

Rentable wheelchair-accessible vehicles
http://www.wheelchairgetaways.com

Handcycle is a manufacturer and purveyor of fine handcycles and recumbents
http://www.handcycle.net

Rio Mobility was founded in 2002 with the mission of developing unique products that increase the mobility and health options of wheelchair users.
http://www.riomobility.com

Nationwide rental of Accessible Vans
http://www.accessiblevans.com

Rental of wheelchairs, scooters, walkers
http://www.scootaround.com

Adaptive daily living aids and products
http://www.thewright-stuff.com

Department of Rehabilitation Mobility Evaluation Program
http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov/MEP

Innovative drinking aid designed to help those living with physical disabilities
https://fleximug.com

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EXERCISE/THERAPY

Online Exercise Video from Kaiser Vallejo Rehab Center designed specifically for patients with spinal cord injuries and presented by an adaptive sports consultant
http://info.kaiserpermanente.org/facilities/Vallejo/media_overview.html?config=richmedia/skin/cfg_resistance.xml

Physiotherapy exercises for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions
http://www.physiotherapyexercises.com/ptx.aspx?lang=english

A for profit organization founded over 25 years ago as an alternative to traditional neurological rehabilitation programs and strive to provide this service in the patients home surroundings
http://www.rehabwithoutwalls.com

A for profit organization owned and run by Kyle Smith who provides neurological rehabilitation Physical Therapy in the patients home in the South Bay and the Peninsula
http://www.orionphysicaltherapy.com

For profit subacute care facilities in California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado offer rehabilitation for traumatic injuries and progressive diseases
http://www.caremeridian.com

Adaptive Physical Education at College of San Mateo
http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/adaptedpe

Adaptive Physical Education at DeAnza College
http://www.deanza.edu/ape

A for profit organization providing exercised based therapy
http://www.projectwalk.com

A for profit organization providing exercised based therapy
http://www.sci-fit.org

A for profit organization based in Florida providing exercised based therapy
http://www.centerforneurorecovery.com/

The Timpany Center is a non-profit therapeutic facility that is operated by San Jose State University’s Department of Kinesiology from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts in conjunction with the County of Santa Clara. We offer specialized services within a warm water pool, as well as a spa. Both the pool and spa have accessible ramps and small steps. Wheelchairs and walkers are available to use for easy pool and spa entry and transfer.
http://www.sjsu.edu/timpany/

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FINANCIAL

Government Benefit Information
http://www.benefits.gov

Social Security Disability benefits
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi

Financial Assistance For Low Income Individuals and Families
http://helpwithpayingbills.org/

Help Hope Live is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses
http://helphopelive.org/

Go Fund Me is an online for profit company providing online fund raising resources
https://gofundme.com/

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HOUSING

Freedom to Live is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible housing to individuals who have survived a spinal cord injury (SCI) and desire to live independently in the community
http://www.freedomtolive.org

Housing Authority of Santa Clara County – HACSC’s mission is to provide and inspire affordable housing solutions to enable low-income people in Santa Clara County to achieve financial stability and self-reliance
http://www.hacsc.org

Santa Clara County Housing Search
http://www.scchousingsearch.org

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing – The mission is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence
http://www.dfeh.ca.gov

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INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS

Independent Living Research Utilization – research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
http://www.ilru.org

National Council on Independent Living
http://www.ncil.org

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
http://www.april-rural.org

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center with offices in San Jose and Gilroy
http://www.svilc.org

Center for Independent Living in Berkeley
http://www.thecil.org/

Center for Independent Living in San Mateo
http://www.cidsanmateo.org

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (comprehensive list of members)
http://www.cfilc.org

Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
http://www.ilrcsf.org

Community Resources for Independent Living, Alameda County
http://crilhayward.org

Marin Center for Independent Living
http://www.marincil.org

Independent Living Resources for Solano and Contra Costa Counties
http://www.ilrscc.org

Central Coast Center for Independent Living serving Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
http://www.cccil.org

Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL) serving Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveros, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties 
http://www.drail.org

DSLC operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives and advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties
http://disabilityserviceandlegal.org/index.shtml

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RECREATION/SPORTS/TRAVEL

SCI Active Network is a non profit organization who have created a network of paras and quads who want to get out and get active. They play sports, they work through common issues, and help each other live the lives they want.
http://www.sciactive.net

Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
http://www.highfivesfoundation.org

Traveling as a disabled individual
http://www.gimponthego.com

Travel site created and managed by paraplegic Ashley Lyn Olson
http://www.wheelchairtraveling.com

Access Northern California is a non-profit organization working to increase opportunities and improve access to travel and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities and seniors throughout Northern California.
http://www.accessnca.org

Organizers of recreational activities for the disabled
http://www.sharedadventures.org

Access guide to Santa Cruz County
http://www.scaccessguide.com

Outdoor Activities Organizers
http://www.disabledsportsusa.org

Theater group, embracing disability-a little risqué
http://www.sinsinvalid.org

Theater group, not as risqué
http://www.axisdance.org

Wheelchair rider’s guide to California Coast
http://www.wheelingcalscoast.org

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program for adapted sports and rec activities
http://www.borp.org

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
http://www.baads.org

Adapted Recreational Resources- San Francisco Bay Area
https://diversityandaccess.stanford.edu/disability-access/adaptive-recreational-resources

California State Parks- Information and Disabled Pass
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21944

Disabled Sports USA
http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services in San Jose
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=204

Valor Games series provides opportunities for Veterans and service members with disabilities to participate in sports and connect to community providers
http://www.ValorGamesFarWest.com

Access Able provide information about: disabled travel, wheelchair travel, disabled holidays, disability travel, handicapped travel, accessible travel, accessible travel, vacations for disabled, mature travel.
http://www.access-able.com

Disability Travel is a vacation planner and tour operator exclusively for wheelchair travelers, their families and friends
http://www.disabilitytravel.com

Environmental Traveling Companions – ETC makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth
http://www.etctrips.org

Flying Wheels Travel is a travel agency for people with physical disabilities, chronic illness or difficulty walking
http://www.flyingwheelstravel.com

Mobility International USA empowers people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development
http://www.miusa.org

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality
http://www.sath.org

The Disabled Traveler- Questions to ask before you travel…..
http://www.the-disabled-traveler.com

Emerging Horizons magazine
http://www.emerginghorizons.com

Ride A Wave is an all-volunteer organization that enables kids with special needs to experience the thrill of riding a wave
http://rideawave.org/

Very comprehensive repository of articles and relevant web sites devoted traveling with a wheelchair
http://www.tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide/

Adventures From A Wheelchair – Reviews and Videos of wheelchair accessible trails in the San Francisco Bay Area
https://irishsea-mark-videos.blogspot.com/

Achieve Tahoe provides winter and summer sports instruction at all ability levels for adults and children with disabilities.
http://achievetahoe.org/

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RELATIONSHIPS/SEXUALITY

My Pleasure is a resource for education, information and sexual enhancement products for the disabled
http://www.mypleasure.com/cp/42709/Sex_and_Disability_

Sexuality and disability information
http://www.sexability.org

Dr. Mitch Tepper is a disabled and internationally recognized sexuality educator, disability expert, and pioneer in the application of telemedicine to sexual health
http://www.mitchelltepper.com

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RESEARCH

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
http://www.cirm.ca.gov

Centerwatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
http://www.centerwatch.com

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
http://www.christopherreeve.org

The Miami Project Clinical Trials Initiative
http://www.themiamiproject.org

National Institutes of Health Spinal Cord Injury Trials
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/spinalinjury/clinicaltrials

North American Clinical Trials Network
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov

Spinal Cord Injury Information Pages – informative resource for those living with a spinal cord injury or other disabling injuries or diseases of the spine
http://www.sci-info-pages.com

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SCI-RELATED WEB SITES

The rehabilitation center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
http://www.scvmcrehab.org

Patterson Network is a web resource based in the South Bay dedicated to everything SCI including Forums, Resources, Blogs and Events Calendar
http://www.patterson-net.org

FACEBOOK – Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation
https://www.facebook.com/vmcrehabilitation?fref=ts

FACEBOOK – Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support – San Jose, CA
https://www.facebook.com/groups/VMCSCIpeers/

FACEBOOK – Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group of Concord, California
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313514302088815/

spinalinjury101 explains the basics of a spinal cord injury. The site is developed by the Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury
http://www.spinalinjury101.org

Care Cure Community is made up of a very large community of SCI members spread out across the world covering just about every topic imaginable, SCI-trained nurses are also available to answer questions, requires free registration
http://sci.rutgers.edu/index.php?

Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Spinal Cord Injury Support Forum
http://inspiredsciforum.com/

Founded by Andrew and Kirsten Skinner, The Triumph Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day
http://www.triumph-foundation.org

Founded by Sonny and Jeanette Ali, The Sacramento Spinal Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families in Sacramento & Yolo County. Their goal is to raise awareness of this disability, provide resources and financial assistance to SCI individuals for intensive physical & occupation therapy rehabilitation.
http://sacspinalfoundation.org

Founded by Arthur Renowitzky, Life Goes On Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals deal with challenges in life with positivity, knowledge and athleticism.
http://www.lgof.org

The University of Alabama Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) offers educational materials and information on services along with links to national organizations, government agencies, commercial products, and educational resources related to spinal cord injury
http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/

The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury
http://www.miamiproject.miami.edu/

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy, available in various languages
http://www.christopherreeve.org

The United Spinal Association is the nation’s oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families, founded in 1948
http://www.spinalcord.org/index.php

Disability.gov contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives
http://www.disability.gov

Paralyzed Veterans of America
http://www.pva.org/spinal-cord-injury-information

Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
http://www.MyShepherdConnection.org

Tips & tricks from people with SCI
http://www.spinalistips.se

New Mobility is a magazine for active wheel chair users
http://www.newmobility.com

Canine Companions for Independence
http://www.cci.org

Re-defining Disabled Art Project
http://www.redefiningdisabled.org

Endless Ability Enterprises provides male and female apparel specifically designed for the disabled
http://www.endlessability.com

3ELove is a social entrepreneurial experiment to change the perception of disability
http://www.3elove.com

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TECHNOLOGY

Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, is California’s Assistive Technology Act Program. We provide a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages
http://www.abilitytools.org

Mobility Products Reviews
http://www.crytico.com

Dragon Voice Recognition software runs on Windows and Mac.  Works best with a USB headset.
http://www.nuance.com/dragon

App for finding wheelchair-accessible parking space & toilets
http://www.wheelmate.com/en

The Accessibility Engineering Team at Google focuses on conducting research sessions with users with all types of disabilities in order to gather valuable feedback and make Google products more accessible.
http://google.com/accessibility

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TRANSPORTATION

Funds & Grants for wheelchair-modified vehicles
https://www.braunability.com/help-me-buy/financing/#grants-funds

Access Paratransit – Santa Clara County & Interactive Paratransit Site
http://www.vta.org/getting-around/paratransit/accessibility-paratransit-service

Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the Bay Area
http://511.org/transit/accessibility/overview

San Mateo County transportation services for the disabled
http://www.samtrans.com/Accessibility/Paratransit.html

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WORK/EDUCATION

Department of Rehabilitation offering programs to re-train disabled individuals and help them secure employment
http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov

Project Hired assists individuals with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment
http://www.projecthired.org

SCHEDULE A – Tips for Applicants with Disabilities on Getting Federal Jobs
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/initiatives/lead/abcs_of_schedule_a.cfm

Disability.gov is a federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives
http://www.disability.gov

Disability Benefits 101 gives tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits to plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together
http://www.db101.org

 


LOCAL WEBSITES

Promoting accessibility, acknowledging advocacy work, and providing connection between communities throughout San Luis Obispo County
http://sloaccessforall.org

Based in Modesto, the Society operates the largest loan closet of adaptive equipment in the county, provides educational programs, job training services, recreational programs, a long standing special need program, and resource and referral services to the resident of Stanislaus County who have a disability.
http://societyfordisabilities.org

Serving the sierra foothills, this support group based in Placerville fosters improved physical, mental, and emotional health for the mobility impaired.
http://placervillemobilitysupportgroup.org

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