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Abuse

Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect at the UC Irvine School of Medicine (http://www.centeronelderabuse.org)

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2008-2010 - Statistical Tables (http://bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2238)

Face to Face (800-842-4546

Give Back a Smile (800-773-4227)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233)

Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Law Center (http://www.noelderabuse.com/)

Advocacy

ADA Basics (http://www.adabasics.org/)

Advocacy for Informed Choice (http://aiclegal.org/)

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) (http://www.aapd.com/)

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (http://www.dredf.org/)

LGBT Legal Aid Forum Listserv

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (http://www.narpa.org/)

National Empowerment Center (http://www.power2u.org/)

Notice Concerning The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) (http://ocapica.org/us/)

PLAN - Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (http://plan.ca/)

Road to Freedom (http://roadtofreedom.wordpress.com/)

Steve Gold's Treasured Nuggets of Information (http://www.stevegoldada.com/)

 

Assistive Technology

Center for Accessible Technology (http://www.cforat.org/)

E-ssential Guide - Assistive Technology, A Parents' Guide

Funding of Assistive Technology through State Medicaid Programs

Independent Living Aids (http://www.independentliving.com/)

Supplemental Security Income and the Family Law Attorney: Using Creative Alimony, Child Support and Property Settlements to Maximize SSI, Medicaid and Create Funding for Assistive Technology

 

Benefits

After DOMA: What it means for you (http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=DOMA_FAQ_2013)

 

Children's Health

100% Campaign (http://www.100percentcampaign.org/)

Birth Injury Guide (http://www.birthinjuryguide.org)

Child Care Law Center (http://www.childcarelaw.org/index.shtml)

CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program (http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/)

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center (http://www.forockids.org/)

Kids Data (http://www.kidsdata.org/)

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/)

Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care (http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/ap/index.aspx)

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) (http://www.ncwd-youth.info/)

 

Conservatorship

 

Developmental Disabilities

A Consumer's Guide to the Lanterman Act (pdf) (July 2001)

Ability First (http://www.abilityfirst.org/)

Autism Awareness Centre Inc (http://www.autismawarenesscentre.com/)

"Autism Today" (http://www.autismtoday.com/)

California Department of Developmental Services (http://www.dds.ca.gov/)

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (http://www.scdd.ca.gov/)

CIRCL - Connections for Information and Resources on Community Living Resources(http://www.allenshea.com/CIRCL/CIRCL.html)

EFA - Epilepsy Foundation of America (http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/)

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) (http://www.feat.org/)

Frank Lanterman Regional Center (http://www.lanterman.org/)

Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) (http://www.fcsn1996.org/)

NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. (http://www.ncld.org/)

Our-Kids (http://www.our-kids.org/)

Regional Centers (http://www.dds.ca.gov/rc/rclist.cfm)

Regional Center Service Providers (http://www.campdepot.com/serviceproviders/SC_ServiceProviders.cfm)

Special Needs Alliance (http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/home)

Sprout (http://www.gosprout.org/2011/index.html)

Supported Life Institute (SLI) (http://www.supportedlife.org/)

Suzie's Cerebral Palsy Homepage (http://www.susiecphome.com/)

WarmLine Family Resource Center (http://www.warmlinefrc.org/)

Westside Center for Independent Living (http://www.wcil.org/)

Whispers of Hope (http://www.whispersofhope.com/)

 

Employment

America's Job Bank (http://www.ajb.dni.us/)

California Department of Rehabilitation (http://www.rehab.ca.gov/)

California One-Stop Career Centers (http://www.edd.ca.gov/jobs_and_training/pubs/osfile.pdf)

DisabilityBiz.org (http://www.disabilitybiz.org/)

Employment - JOB access (http://www.jobaccess.org/)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov/)

JAN - Job Accommodation Network (http://askjan.org/)

LEAD Center Launches National Employment First Policy & Data Platform (http://employmentfirst.leadcenter.org/)

NCWD/Youth - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (http://www.ncwd-youth.info/)

NSIP - National Service Inclusion Project (http://www.serviceandinclusion.org/)

How the ADA applies to businesses (http://www.ada.gov/reachingout/intro1.htm)

Toolworks (http://www.toolworks.org/)

U.S. Department of Labor (http://www.dol.gov/)

U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/vrpractices/index.html)

"Work Early, Work Often" Video Series Released by Youth Transitions Collaborative (http://thenytc.org/workearly)

Worksupport (http://www.worksupport.com/)

 

Facilities

 

Federal / State Laws

10 Things you need to know about the ADA (https://www.disability.gov/home/newsroom/disability_connection_newsletter/2013/july)

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) is pleased to announce the initial launch of http://medicaid.gov/ (http://medicaid.gov/)

Disability Related Information (https://www.disability.gov/)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov)

EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (http://www.eeoc.gov)

FirstGov (http://www.firstgov.gov)

Medicare (http://www.medicare.gov)

Medicare Options in California (http://www.CalMedicareOptions.org)

Quick Guide to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (http://www.thefirstamendment.org/foia.html)

Social Security Administration (http://www.ssa.gov/)

Statistics - National (http://www.fedstats.gov)

Thomas (Library of Congress) (http://thomas.loc.gov/)

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) http://www.access-board.gov

U.S. Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (http://www.dhhs.gov/)

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services ACF - Administration for Children and Families (http://www.acf.hhs.gov)

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Poverty Guidelines, Research and Measurement (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/)

U.S. Department of Justice (http://www.usdoj.gov)

U.S. Department of Labor (http://www.dol.gov)

U.S. Department of Transportation (http://www.dot.gov)

U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (http://www.va.gov)

U.S. Government Printing Office (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html)

White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov)

Your Right to Federal Records (http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/fed_prog/foia/foia.htm)

 

General Information

Legal Aid Association of California (http://www.laaconline.org)

LawHelpCA.org (http://www.lawhelpca.org)

 

Health Benefits

ADAP Advocacy Association (http://www.guideline.gov)

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (http://www.canhr.org)

California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) (http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx/)

California Department of Managed Health Care (http://www.hmohelp.ca.gov/)

California Health Advocates (http://www.cahealthadvocates.org)

California Healthline (http://www.californiahealthline.org/)

California Medicare Options (http://www.CalMedicareOptions.org)

California Patient's Guide (http://www.calpatientguide.org)

California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. (http://www.crihb.org)

The Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) (http://pascenter.org/newsletter/)

Families USA Foundation (http://www.familiesusa.org)

The Health Consumer Alliance (http://healthconsumer.org/)

Health Rights Hotline (http://www.hrh.org)

Healthy Families and MRMIB regulations (http://www.mrmib.ca.gov/)

Medicare (http://www.medicare.gov)

Medscape (http://www.medscape.com)

What to do if I get Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal or just Medi-Cal and my doctor tries to charge me

 

Higher Education

AcademicInfo: Subject Guides & Online Degrees (http://www.academicinfo.net)

ADA Resource Center (http://www.adacourse.org/)

Adaptive Environments (http://www.careersindesign.org)

California Association for Post-Secondary Education and Disability (http://www.caped.net/)

California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/)

College Autism Spectrum (http://www.collegeautismspectrum.com/)

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (http://www.dredf.org/)

Financial aid to attend college if you have a disability (http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html)

HEATH Resource Center (http://www.heath.gwu.edu/)

Info page for people with intellectual abilities about ways to pay for college (http://www.thinkcollege.net/for-students/paying-for-college)

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) (http://www.icdri.org/Books/books.htm)

New England ADA Center (http://adaptiveenvironments.org/neada/site/student_videos)

NewMobility (http://www.newmobility.com/review_article.cfm?id=122&action=browse)

On-Campus Outreach Project (http://www.education.umd.edu/oco/)

Scholarships for people with disabilities from disability.gov

Test Prep Review (http://www.testprepreview.com)

Think College (http://www.thinkcollege.net/)

Transition to College (http://www.transitiontocollege.net/)

UCLA Pathway program at for students with developmental disabilities (https://www.uclaextension.edu/pathway/r/Default.aspx)

U.S. Dept. of Education OCR, Office for Civil Rights (http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html)

 

Housing

Bazelon compilation of housing cases (http://www.bazelon.org/issues/housing/cases/index.htm)

California Community Transitions Project (http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ltc/pages/cct.aspx)

California Housing Law Project (http://www.housingadvocates.org)

California Independent Living Centers (http://www.cfilc.org/site/c.ghKRI0PDIoE/b.735475/k.3345/List_of_California_Independent_Living_Centers.htm)

Concrete Change (http://www.concretechange.org/)

Designing Accessible Communities (http://www.designingaccessiblecommunities.org)

Easy Living Home (http://www.easylivinghome.org/)

Fair Housing Video Series (http://www.fairhousingdeafvideos.com)

Housing and Mortgages for People with Disabilities (http://www.mortgageloan.com/disabilities)

Housing Related Information on the Web (http://www.prrac.org)

HUDCLIPS (http://www.hudclips.org/cgi/index.cgi)

Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs (http://www.hudclips.org/sub_nonhud/cgi/hbks_run.cgi?hbks_run)

PG&E CARE Program (http://www.pge.com/care/)

Rebuilding Together (http://rebuildingtogethersf.org/)

 

Immigration

Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/07/20/us-confused-alone-and-legal-limbo)

Immigrant Eligibility for the major federal public assistance programs (http://www.nilc.org/table_ovrw_fedprogs.html)

NILC - National Immigration Law Center (http://www.nilc.org/ciwc/ciwc_ce/index.htm)

Urban Institute - "The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families" (http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/310584_B52.pdf)

 

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Americans with Disabilities for Attendant Programs Today (http://www.adapt.org/index.php)

California Community Transitions Project (http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ltc/pages/cct.aspx)

California Disability Community Action Network (http://www.cdcan.us/IHSS/index.htm)

California In-Home Supportive Services Consumer Alliance (http://www.cicaihss.org/)

Freedom Clearinghouse (http://www.freedomclearinghouse.org)

IHSS Providers (http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/research/res/pdf/IHSSproviders.pdf)

IHSS Social Work Training Academy (http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/PG1214.htm)

Independent Living Research Utilization (http://www.ilru.org/)

In-Home Supportive Services Coalition (http://www.ihsscoalition.org/)

Living Independently in Los Angeles (http://lila.ucla.edu/Master.cfm?Content=Main.cfm)

National Senior Citizens Law Center (http://www.nsclc.org)

Personal Assistance Service Council of Los Angeles (http://www.pascla.org/Pages/IHSS.htm)

 

Mental Health

2011 Mental Health Law manual (http://www.calhospital.org/mental-health-law)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/index.cfm#subList6)

Asian-American Mental Health On-Line Directory (http://www.asianmentalhealth.info)

Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) (http://www.acmhs.org/)

California Coalition for Mental Health (http://californiamentalhealth.org/)

California county mental health departments (attachments/CMHDA.pdf)

California Association of Mental Health Patients' Rights Advocates (http://www.camhpra.org)

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (http://web.bu.edu/SARPSYCH)

The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project (Justice Center) (http://consensusproject.org/)

CSSP - The Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (http://www.breggin.com/)

CNMHC - California Network of Mental Health Clients (http://www.cnmhc.org)

California Department of Mental Health (http://www.dmh.ca.gov/)

The Center for Peer Networking (CPN) (http://www.nasmhpd.org/consumernetworking.cfm)

Connect for Kids (http://www.connectforkids.org)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=dbsa_aboutdbsa)

Forensic Mental Health Association of California (http://fmhac.net/)

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) (http://psychrights.org/index.htm)

MHDD - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (http://www.npi.ucla.edu/mhdd/)

NAMI California - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, California (http://www.namicalifornia.org)

NARPA - National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (http://www.narpa.org/)

National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice (http://www.edjj.org/index.html)

National Empowerment Center (http://www.power2u.org/)

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse (http://www.mhselfhelp.org)

Network of Care (http://www.networkofcare.org)

NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health (http://www.nimh.nih.gov)

PEERS - Peers Envisioning & Engaging in Recovery Services (http://www.peersnet.org/content/)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) (http://www.pbis.org/main.htm)

SAMHSA (http://www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov/)

Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS): Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.cimh.org/downloads/TBSfaqs.pdf)

 

Parenting

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) (http://www.lookingglass.org)

 

Social Security

Disability Benefits 101 (http://www.disabilitybenefits101.org)

Disability, Divorce, SSI and Medicaid (http://www.nls.org/av/DisabilityandDivorce.pdf)

Disability Information on Government Resources (http://www.disabilityinfo.gov)

DRI – Disability Research Institute (http://www.dri.uiuc.edu)

Government benefits (http://www.govbenefits.gov)

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits (http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/326)

Medicare: 6 things you need to know now (attachments/2011-05-31MedicareMiniGuide.pdf)

The People's Guide to Welfare, Health, and Other Services (http://www.lacehh.org/tpg/index.php)

Social Security Administration (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/index.htm/#content)

Social Security Disability Benefits: A Primer (http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/i28_ssdi.pdf)

Social Security - Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.ssa.gov)

Social Security - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/index.htm)

Spotlight on Dedicated Accounts for Children (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-dedicated-accounts.htm) or Cuentas Dedicadas Para Ninos (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/sp-spot-dedicated-accounts.htm)

Welfare Information Network (http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/win/)

Your rights under California welfare laws for people applying for or receiving aid in California (http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/pub13ada.pdf)

 

Special Education

Administrative Office of the Courts, Education Division (http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/protem/pubs/)

AchieveKids Kindergarten (http://www.achievekids.org)

Building the Legacy: A Training Cirriculum on IDEA 2004 (http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp)

CADRE - Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/index.cfm)

California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers (http://www.carsplus.org)

California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/)

California Department of Education Special Education Division (http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/)

California Department of Education Special Education Division's newsletter (http://www.calstat.org/specialEdge.html)

A Composite of Laws (http://www3.scoe.net/speced/laws_search/searchLaws.cfm)

California Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities (http://www.fetaweb.com/help/ca.htm)

Dandelion Parents (http://www.dandelionparent.com/)

Family Friendly Fun (http://www.family-friendly-fun.com/)

Impact: Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/201/default.html)

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) (http://www.icdri.org/Books/books.htm)

ISER - Internet Special Education Resources (http://www.iser.com)

OSERS (http://www.osepideasthatwork.org/index.asp)

PEER - Parents Engaged in Education Reform (http://www.fcsn.org/peer)

Protecting Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities (http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html)

Special Education for Parentally Placed Private School Students (http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=239)

Special Education News (http://www.specialednews.com)

State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED503715.pdf)

 

Transportation

Access San Francisco (http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org/plan_your_trip/access_guide.asp)

Fly-Rights: A Consumer Guide to Air Travel (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/flyrights.htm)

New Horizons for the Air Traveler with a Disability (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/horizons.htm)

"Riding the Bus with My Sister," by Rachel Simon (http://www.rachelsimon.com)

Supershuttle Settlement Agreement (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/superstl.htm)

Travel for adults with developmental disabilities (http://tripsinc.com/home/tr1/listcats)

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (http://www.access-board.gov)

U.S. Department of Transportation (http://www.dot.gov/citizen_services/disability/disability.html)

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association, Inc. (http://www.biausa.org/)

 

Voting

Audio Version of the Official Voter Information Guide (http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/alt-versions/audio/)

California Secretary of State Voters with Disabilities Information page (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/)

California Voter (http://www.calvoter.org/)

County Election Officials Contact Information (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/new-voters/county-elections-offices/)

Easy Voter (http://www.easyvoter.org)

Election (non-HAVA) Voter Complaint forms (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/additional-elections-information/voter-complaint)

Find Your Polling Place (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/find-your-polling-place/)

Go Voter: Make Voting Accessible for ALL (http://www.govoter.org/)

HAVA Complaint Forms (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/additional-elections-information/help-america-vote-act/complaint-procedure/)

Help America Vote Act (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/additional-elections-information/help-america-vote-act/)

Launching a Successful Voter Empowerment Campaign (http://www.ncstac.org/content/materials/vote.pdf)

Polling Place Accessibility (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/additional-elections-information/publications-and-resources/polling-place-accessibility-guidelines/)

Smart Voter: Nonpartisan Election Information (http://www.smartvoter.org)

Voting Rights (http://www.civilrights.org/issues/voting/)