Resources for People with Disabilities

Career Resources

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)  provides individualized worksite accommodation solutions, as well as technical assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation. JAN offers online accommodation resources categorized by disability as well as one-on-one guidance both over the phone and online.

California Department of Rehabilitation

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides consultation, counseling, vocational rehabilitation services, and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for people with disabilities. The DOR works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders in the communities in which they live and work.

Hire-Ability

This non-profit vocational services program partners with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California State Department of Rehabilitation to connect employers with trained, assessed and pre-qualified employees. They provide job training and job placement assistance in order to provide employers with a pool of employees matching them with qualified individuals with disabilities who reflect the diverse and multicultural population of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bay Area Community Services

The BACS Employment Program helps people with mental illness find meaningful work. In partnership with the State Department of Rehabilitation, they provide job development and follow-along services using  evidence-based programming

 

Academic Resources

The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying For College for Students with Disabilities

Navigating the complex process of paying for college raises a ton of questions for most students. Those questions can pile up even more quickly for a student with a disability. This site is optimized for accessibility and follows W3C standards for web accessibility for students using assistive technology:

Submitted by Michelle Billick

Academic Accommodations for People with Disabilities 

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology (also known as DO-IT) provides information about a variety of learning disabilities, common functional limitations, and appropriate accommodations.

Submitted by Sarah Brian

Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

The guide covers topics such as transitioning into college, rights of students with disabilities, disability documentation, scholarships, choosing the right school, and many other helpful resources for students with disabilities.

Submitted by Tyler Stevens

College Support for Students with Disabilities

A user-friendly guide that explores rights and protection provided by law, the many different education opportunities, as well as in-depth grants and scholarship programs designed specifically to support higher education.

Submitted by Claire Castillo

Guide for Online Colleges and Disabilities

This guide provides a starting point with resources for students with disabilities deciding on schools. It also provides an overview of the resources and accommodations available to students at whichever institution they ultimately choose.

Submitted by Rachel Carmela Baltazar

 

Housing & Independent living

Home Remodeling and Modifications for People with Special Needs

The site features information on federal laws, federal resources, and what to consider when taking steps to design or modify a home for people with disabilities.

Submitted by Keri and Reese Evans

Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

This guide covers information for disability home remodeling such as legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, tips for hiring the right contractor, and suggestions for modifications.

Submitted by Ronah Alemania

Independent Living Resource Utilization

The IRLU provides research, education, and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community based services, and health issues for people with disabilities. This website also has a directory of centers for independent living across the United States, as well as Canadian and other international centers.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

This non-profit trade organization supports independent living centers in their local communities through advocating for systems of change and promoting barrier-free access, equal opportunity, and integration for people with disabilities. Learn about independent living, issues facing people with disabilities and how to take action, and where to find a Californian independent living center near you.

Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco

This organization strives to support and empower people with disabilities to lead meaningful, independent lives and to actively participate in their communities. They work collaboratively with individuals to help determine what services and programs are right for them and provide information and referrals related to assistive technology, housing, employment, and eligibility for benefits, as well as free peer counseling. The Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco is a disability rights advocacy organization, and actively encourages consumers to advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities.

Center for Independent Living

The Center for Independent Living provides direct services to residents of Alameda and West Contra Costa Counties with disabilities. They also offer extensive information and referral to outside resources to anyone who needs them.  The CIL provides services, support, and advocacy to enhance the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to actively participate in their communities and to live self-determined lives.

Independent Living Resource Center

This center is part of the California state-wide independent living center network. It serves Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo. The center works in the community to support  independent-living efforts, remove barriers, promote access, and create systems of change so that all people with disabilities are treated with equality, dignity, and humanity.

AT Network

The AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility to assistive technologies that can help increase independence, improve personal productivity, and enhance the quality of life for all Californians. Services of the AT Network include a free Information & Referral line, device lending libraries, low interest loans, a used device exchange, training programs, public policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of the disability community. The AT Network provides free information, education, and outreach about assistive technology, and offers a free information and referral service to California residents on AT suppliers, daily living devices, community resources, funding resources and more.

Children with Special Needs

Exceptional Family Member Program

The National Military Family Association provides information on the support services available to military families to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Submitted by Sarah Brian

Reduce the Noise

The Real Deal provides tips for helping loved ones cope with sensory overload while shopping. Learn the signs and how to make shopping more enjoyable for those who experience sensory overload.

Submitted by Sarah Brian

Estate Planning for Children with Autism

Just Great Lawyers covers what you need to know for a planning an estate with a child with autism. This site addresses the challenges of estate planning, necessary documents, and how to proceed once affairs have been put in place.

Submitted by Sarah Brian

Sesame Street and Autism

Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

Submitted by Sarah Brian

 

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI provides a full spectrum of support services and programs for people who have been affected by serious mental illness, as well as education, advocacy, and reform efforts. NAMI also provides a directory of state and local NAMI organizations.

Mental Wellness Center

The Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara County is a private, non-profit organization that provides support services and housing to adults and families affected by severe mental illness, as well as education and advocacy in the community at large.

 

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