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Disability Websites

Statewide Disability-Related Web Sites

Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc: http://www.familyconnectionsc.org
Family Connection is a support network for families who have children with special needs. Founded in 1990, we're here to help thousands of children in South Carolina reach their potential by providing parent-to-parent connections, linking families to community resources, and sponsoring educational and support programs.

Hands On Health-South Carolina: http://www.handsonhealth-sc.org
Annotated links to web sites of interest to South Carolinians. Some of the disability related-topics are Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

"Perfectly Peter: A Family's Journey Through Autism": https://perfectlypeter.wordpress.com/
Perfectly Peter is meant to be a way for our family to share information about autism with your family.

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc (P&A):

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) protects the rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina. P&A promotes this mission by enabling individuals to advocate for themselves, and by promoting policies and services which respect their choices.

South Carolina Access: Aging and Disability Information: http://www.scaccesshelp.org
Searchable database of resources for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.

South Carolina Autism Society: http://www.scautism.org
The purpose of the South Carolina Autism Society is to enable all children and adults in South Carolina who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to reach their maximum potential. 

South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS): http://www.state.sc.us/dss
The purpose of the South Carolina Department of Social Services is to ensure the safety and health of children and adults who cannot protect themselves, and to assist those in need of food assistance and temporary financial assistance while transitioning into employment.

South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council (SCDDC): http://www.scddc.state.sc.us/
The SCDDC was established in 1971 and is federally funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act. The DD Council advocates for the independence, promotes the productivity, and fosters the integration of people who have developmental disabilities.

South Carolina State Library: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/
The purpose is to improve library services throughout the state and to ensure all citizens access to libraries and information resources adequate to meet their needs. The State Library supports libraries in meeting the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the people of South Carolina.

Talking Books: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/tbs
The SC State Library offers free recorded, Braille, large print, and other library materials for South Carolinians with qualifying disabilities. All services are free to eligible South Carolinians. Materials are delivered by U.S. Postal Service as free-matter mail for persons with disabilities.

The Arc of South Carolina: http://www.arcsc.org
The Arc of South Carolina works to improve the lives of people with special needs. The Arc advocates for people with disabilities to ensure they have the services and supports they need to grow, develop, and live in the community. The Arc of South Carolina is affiliated with The Arc of of United States, a national organization on mental retardation.

The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group: http://www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org
The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group offers the Parkinson's community (Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients - their care partners and caregivers - family members - and others who are working in related fields or have an interest in Parkinson's disease) a safe environment to obtain encouragement and support; news and information about PD research and clinical trials; special PD events; and educational programs; as well as other opportunities and information relevant to living with Parkinson's.

National Disability-Related Web Sites

ABLEDATA: http://www.abledata.com
Provides information on assitive technology and features a database of assistive technology products.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD): http://www.aucd.org
A network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Autism Society of America (ASA): http://www.autism-society.org
The voice of the autism community. ASA is designed to promote education, awareness, and advocacy of autism issues.

Brain Injury Association of America (BIA): http://www.biausa.org
The BIA was founded in 1980 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of life for their family members who had sustained brain injuries. Their mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.

Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE): http://cirrie.buffalo.edu
Provides and maintains the Database of International Rehabilitation Research, which contains over 18,000 citations for research conducted outside of the U.S.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center: http://www.paralysis.org
The electronic library provides information for those who are living with paralysis and their caregivers.

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents: http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/family-engagement-and-children-with-disabilities-a-resource-guide-for-educators-and-parents
This resource guide was compiled to help parents and special educators establish a comfortable and effective partnership in service of promoting successful outcomes for children with disabilities. We highlight research reports, journal articles, examples of best practices, and tools that suggest methods for developing productive collaborations so that educators and families can, together, ensure better services for children in their care.

Genetics Home Reference: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ghr/page/Home
The National Library of Medicine’s consumer web site about genetic conditions.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): http://idea.ed.gov/
IDEA is our nation's special education law. It guides how states and school districts provide special education and related services to more than six million eligible children with disabilities.

KidsHealth: http://kidshealth.org
KidsHealth has specialized portals for parents, kids, and teens. The site focuses on health information about children from birth through adolescence.

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/index.cfm
This web site provides a search feature as well as an alphabetical list of diseases and conditions. In the healthy living centers section, there is a baby’s health and children’s health section.

MedlinePlus: http://www.medlineplus.gov
Reliable health information from the National Library of Medicine. The web site includes fulltext medical dictionaries, drug information, directories, and over 600 health topics. There is a low vision version available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lowvision.html

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities:

Features information on developmental disabilities, prevalence rates, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activities.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD): http://www.ncpad.org
This web site features information on accessible physical activity and a database of programs and facilities in the U.S.

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL): http://www.ncil.org
The NCIL, as a membership organization, advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. They envision a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC): http://www.ndsccenter.org
The purpose of the NDSC is to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. The mission is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS): http://www.ndss.org
NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome. The purpose is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research, and advocacy.

National Rehabilitation Information Center for Independence (NARIC): http://www.naric.com
The NARIC web site provides access to databases related to disability and rehabilitation research projects and literature. The REHABDATA database contains over 12,000 citations and abstracts for research conducted in the U.S.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP):

OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

ZERO TO THREE:http://www.zerotothree.org/
ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization. ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development.

If you have any questions or comments about this site, please email steve.wilson@uscmed.sc.edu.