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Disability Magazines, Publications & Newsletters

Magazines & Newsletters
Ability Magazine
ABILITY Magazine provides information on New Technologies, the “Americans with Disability Act”, Travel and Leisure, Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Human Interest Stories, National and Local Resource Centers and more.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Electronic Newsletter.
Deaf Nation Newspaper
Diabetic-Lifestyle Online Magazine
In each monthly magazine you will find articles on the latest in diabetes management, medical research, and updates on treatments for diabetes complications such as eye disease (retinopathy), heart disease (cardiovascular), and kidney (renal) disorders, plus a wealth of tips on ways to cook with a minimum of fat and a maximum of flavor.
DIALOGUE Magazine’s Home Page
Blindskills, Inc. is a non profit corporation, based in Salem, Oregon, that publishes DIALOGUE, a magazine written specifically for persons who are blind or are experiencing sight loss.
PO Box 5181; Salem, Oregon 97304-0181 USA
Disability International
Disability magazine supported by Disabled Peoples’ Internation
101 – 7 Evergreen Place; Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2T3 Canada
Disabilityworld e-zine
E-zine of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) Project 2000-2004
Emerging Horizons
the accessible travel newsletter, features foreign and domestic destinations, timely travel tips, accessible B&B’s travel resources and accessibility information.
Candy & Charles Creative Concepts
PO Box 278; Ripon, California 95366 USA
is a monthly newsletter that informs members and other people in the disability community about services, events and issues that impact them.
Hearing Health Magazine
PO Drawer V; Ingleside, Texas 78362 USA
JRA On-line
The Journal of Rehabilitation Administration is published quarterly and includes theoretical papers, applied research studies, practice reports, editorials and commentary designed to improve the practice of administration, management and supervision in a wide variety of human service settings.
Magazine of the Able-Disabled, Produced by, for and about people with disabilities, Mainstream covers news & current affairs, new products & technology, profiles of movers & shakers, education, employment, sexuality & relationships, housing, transportation, travel & recreation.
New Mobility Magazine
Free Monthly eZine
from Joni and Friends.
Electronic magazine for people with Spinal Cord Injury.
Parent to Parent’s Newsletter
is published quarterly. Current and back issues are available online.
PN / Paraplegia News Magazine
The News & Information Magazine for People with Mobility Impairments. PN / Paraplegia News covers the latest on spinal cord injury research, new products, legislation impacting people with disabilities, accessible travel, computer options, car/van adaptations, human-interest stories, news for veterans, and articles on housing, employment, health care, and all issues affecting wheelers and caregivers.
Ragged Edge online
The Ragged Edge: Disability-rights culture, ideas, revolution, humor … the best you’ve known with The Disability Rag, now even better. Created by Cliffwood Organic Works for The Advocado Press.
Self-Help & Psychology Magazine
Self-Help & Psychology Magazine is an educational publication written by mental health professionals for the discussion of general psychology as applied to our everyday lives.
Special Child
Online magazine For Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.
Special Child uses JavaScript.
Sports ‘N Spokes
S’nS is a magazine dedicated to the ACTIVE Wheeler!, covering the latest in competitive wheelchair sports and recreational opportunities. Colorful, comprehensive information on training, nutrition/exercise, individual achievements, national/international competition, junior athletics, new products/equipment surveys, sports associations, calendar of worldwide events… and much more.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-4702 USA
The Braille Forum
from the American Council of the Blind.
The Magnifier – Newsletter of the MDF
Free subscriptions are offered to The Magnifier, the large-font newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Foundation.
The Multiple Sclerosis Quarterly Report
from the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Jackson Heights, New York. EPVA produces a quarterly newsletter dedicated to examining research and quality-of-life issues pertinent to people with multiple sclerosis.

Books & Publications
ADA Compliance Guide
Step-by-step instructions for compliance and practical advice on what you can do, what you must do and what you cannot do.
Thompson Publishing Group
America’s War On The Disabled: 1975-1992: A Personal Account
by T. B. Morse. A gripping personal narrative gives a face to the statistics. Extensively researched. Impressive Bibliography. History, Politics, Disability, Women’s Issues, Activism, the American campaign against the poor.
Another source for Books: Electronic Text
From the Library of Congress.
Beyond Ramps
Disability at the End of the Social Contract
by Marta Russell
The First Place to Look for Book Information.
Deaf-Blind Perspectives
is a free journal-like publication, published three times yearly by the Teaching Research
Division of Western Oregon State College, focusing on all pertinent issues important to people who are deaf-blind, and the people who serve them.
Teaching Research
345 N. Monmouth Ave.; Monmouth, Oregon 97344 USA
Diabetes Mall
World’s Largest Diabetes Bookstore/Information Center. Books, Info, Software, Pumps, Humalog, Research.
Disability Etiquette Handbook
prepared by The City of San Antonio, Texas and the Disability Advisory Committee to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities to pursue their careers and independent lifestyles. It contains information that can help make San Antonio (or any city) a better place for all who visit, live and work there.
Disability Solutions
A resource for families and others interested in Down syndrome and related disabilities. Disability Solutions is published 6 times yearly by The Enoch-Gelbard Foundation, a nonprofit, private foundation.
is an interactive, on-line publication that is updated regularly, providing information and resources on tinnitus, hearing loss, hearing evaluation referrals, hearing protection, hearing aids, and Assistive listening devices (ALD’s), as well as a referral service for Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R). and entertainment links.
Inclusion Press International
is a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation For Those With Disabilities.
Program Development Associates (PDA)
Resources include video, CD-ROM and books covering all aspects of disabilities including areas of Disability Awareness, Advocacy, and the ADA.
Psychological Self-Help
a science-based, comprehensive, easy-to-use self-help book. This is not a book read in an hour! You will want to spend a lot of time with it. Lots of good information.
Simtech Publications
Make this site your first stop for multimedia resources. Simtech specializes in HyperStudio based software for people with disabilities.
The Unwelcome Companion
An Insider’s View of Tourette Syndrome provides details about obsessions, compulsions, tics, and symptoms of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome.
Author – Rick Fowler
Travel Tales: A Mobility Storybook
has been on the market since l988, and continues to get high grades from mobility instructors, vision teachers, parents, and blind students themselves.
Voice of the Diabetic
Free quarterly publication from Diabetes Action Network division of the NFB. Includes medical, scientific, health, diet news, living with complications options.
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Disability Catalogs
Access to Recreation
Adaptive Recreation Equipment for the Physically Challenged. Access to Recreation’s catalog is full of recreation and exercise equipment that has been adapted specifically for use by the elderly and disabled. There is something in the catalog for everyone who is physically challenged.
Access to Recreation, Inc.
8 Sandra Court; Newbury Park California 91320 USA
Ann Morris Enterprises Inc.
One stop shopping for talking products, electronics and safety, housewares, kitchen, microwave, novelties, pet supplies, leather goods and more. Products for people with vision loss whether partially sighted or blind.
551 Hosner Mountain Rd.; Stormville, NY 12582 USA
Assisted Living Store
Independent living products and gifts for Seniors. Unique “Ask a Gerontologist” page. Visitors can receive answers to Gerontology/Aging related questions free of charge.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Different Roads to Learning
On-line catalog specializing in learning materials and playthings for children with developmental delays and challenges. This catalog puts together educational toys and materials that stimulate the skills leading to speech and language for challenged children ages 2 to 10.
Dynamic Living
Cost effective solutions for easier living: unique daily living aids, kitchen appliances, home automation and other products that promote a convenient, comfortable and safe home environment for people of all ages.
Hartford, Connecticut 06137-0249 USA
Independent Living Aids
National distributor of aids to people who are blind or visually impaired.
27 East Mall; Plainview, New York 11803 USA
Independent Living Products®
Assistive Devices that help seniors, caregivers, elder mature adults, geriatric, and disabled people achieve a quality, independent lifestyle.
10799 N. 90th St; Scottsdale, AZ 85260-6726 USA
Maxi-Aids Products Catalog
Maxi-Aids is one of the largest distributors of products for people with Special Needs. We have several thousand products for daily living. From Sewing needles to Voice Recognition Computer products.
Farmingdale, New York 11735 USA
MedCatalog.Com is a free medical catalog request service for medical products and supplies
North Coast Medical
Offers a wide range of Assistive technology products.
Check out their direct-order retail Functional Solutions Online Catalog
18305 Sutter Boulevard; Morgan Hill, California 95037-2845 US

Independent Living Products

Search words: adaptive techology, independent living

Assistive Devices/Products for Independent Living
Transfer Lifts/devices
Adapted Special Needs Clothing
Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Exercise Devices/Equipment
Medical Supplies
Medical Equipment Classifieds
Reading Aids
Toys for Differently Abled Kids
Other Products/Services

Assistive Devices/Products

Ablephone – hands-free phone
Access to Recreation – Independent living products
Achievable Conceptsy – Adapted Recreation and Sporting Equipment offers a wide selection of assistive daily living aids
Adaptive Technologies & Research – The Adapt-A-Grip System
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
Bright Start Therapeutics – dedicated to developing better therapeutic solutions for special needs children
Cane Candle – cane/walker accessory
CARE4U – Aids for Daily Living
Comfort House products that make life easier, arthritis and independent living aids
Dining with Dignity – Utensils for the Disabled
Discount Medical Supplies is a physician operated medical equipment and supply company,
Dragonfly Toys – Aids for daily living
Dynamic Living – Solutions for Easier Living
Extensions For Independence – mouthstick devices
Grab Bars – Bathroom Handrails – Bathtub Handles
Independent For Life – e-Store – Walkers, Rollators, Canes and Crutches
LogicMark 30911 Guardian Alert 911 Emergency Contact Base & Pendant
North Coast Medical – Functional Solutions for Independent Living
Parentgiving – Home Care Products
Petite Baubles Boutique – custom medical id alert bracelets for baby’s,kids, teens and adults.
R.D. Equipment, Inc. – Tub Slide Shower Chair, Electric Leg Bag Emptier
Sammons Preston – Products for Personal independence
Seabridge Bathing Walk-in Bathtubs
Technical Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
WestCanProducts – aids to daily living products.

Transfer Lifts/Devices

Accessible Designs, Inc. – anti-slip transfer boards, more
Liko – patient lifts, overhead lift systems
Med-Lift & Mobility – power lift/power recline chairs
MobilityPro – Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Lift Chairs and Accessories
RAND-SCOT – EasyPivot Transfer Machines
UPlift Seat Assist
Waverley Glen – Patient Lifts, Ceiling Lifts, Lift Slings, Floor Lifts, Safe Patient Handling Products, Mechanical Lifts

Products for Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Advanced Hearing Aid Center
SoundBytes – the hearing enhancement rescource company
Exercise Devices/Equipment

Access to Recreation – cycles, exercisers
Endorphin Corporation – Fitness & Rehabilitation Products
Flexiciser – Fitness for the Mobility Challenged
Therapeutic Alliances Inc
Uppertone Unassisted Muscle Strenghtening System For Quads
Wheelchair Gym – a unique wheelchair accessible hydraulic resistance movement therapy machine
Bed/Comfort Products

Aquila Corp – Wheelchair Cushion Manufacturer
Invacare Standard Products Group
Progressive Medical – Air mattresses, Foam Mattresses, and Miscellaneous products.
Turnsoft® – automatic turning mattress heals “Decubitus”
SenTech Medical Systems, Inc. – Thera-Turn Family Of Products
The EASE – Active Massage Wheelchair Cushion
Hygiene Assistance

Freedom Industries unique line of leg bag release systems
SelfWipe® Bathroom Toilet Aid
Urological/Incontinence Supplies

180 Medical – disposable medical supply company specializing in intermittent catheters
Comforthouse – Incontinence Products
Home Care Delivered – Incontinence Supplies – Incontinence Products Adult Briefs and Incontinence Products
Medical Supplies

A-MED Health Care Center – Medical supplies
AllegroMedical – Discount Medical Supplies
ConvaQuip – Obese and Bariatric Patient Aids
Elite Medical – Crutches, Forearm Crutches, Guardian Crutches, Walk Easy Crutches
ME Medical Shop | Home Medical Supplies and Equipment
Medical Department Store – Portable Concentrators | durable medical equipment | Medical Supplies
Medical Goods, Inc. – Discount Medical Supplies Store
Medical Supplies – Discount Medical Supplies and Equipment at
Medical Equipment
Ocelco Medical Supply | Patient Aid Equipment and Parts – Medical Supplies Online
Portable Oxygen Concentrators – Portable and Home Oxygen Concentrators. Portables are FAA Approved for travel!
Posey Company – health care products
Medical Supplies at
WHYP Inc. – Medical Supplies for Persons With Disabilities
Medical Equipment Classifieds

Medical EquipNet
Project Mend – Medical Equipment Network for the disabled

Fanlight Production – educational healthcare videos
Walk This Way – a film by Chris Sheridan
WHEELCHAIR WORKOUT-with beginning Karate
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Seated Version for Wheelchair Use)
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program
ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise and Relaxation Program (Lupus/Sun Sensitive Version)
Wrist/Hand Pain Gentle Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Intermediate Exercises
Wrist/Hand Pain Advanced Exercises
RESIST-A-BAND Chair Fitness Video for Seniors and Rehabilitation with Resistance Exercises
Tantric Massage Video
Reading Aids

Artograph Projectors
Mons International, Inc. – magnifiers,visually impaired,low vision,blind
Telesensory – Personal Reading Systems and Computer Magnification Systems for Enlarging Text
The Magnifying Center – Aid for the visually impaired
The Reading Edge – The “Edge” in Reading Technology


Audiobooks Online – Ear Friendly Books
Brookes Publishing
AWE-Struck E-Books – Sci fi, new age, romance, instructional books, software.
Other (alphabetical)

A.D.D. WareHouse – Products for Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities
Alphabet Signs – ADA signs
AOK Medi Rescue Chair – Emergency Stair Chair used for quick and safe evacuation of people in multi-story buildings.
Different Roads to Learning – products for children with developmental delays
Disability Product Postcards – Free product information
Family friendly fun and special needs resources that enhance the quality and fun of family life with special needs.
Handi-Ramp – Provides ramps, lifts and support information to people with disabilities and to meet ADA requirements.
Brush-Away – In-Wall Toilet Brush Cabinet
QuadAntics – QuadAntics: Tees promoting integration w/ Humor – Drug Side Effects Information for Consumers
ShurLok Key Storage Lock Box
The Boulevard – a Disability and Healthcare site
The Mining Company – Deafness/Hard of Hearing
Toys for Special Children & Enabling Devices
Tumble Forms – positioning and mobility equipment.
Umbrella of the Capital District — provides support services for elderly and disabled live safely and independently in their own homes.
Van Duerr Industries – ADA Compliance Products

Access to Independence – Free Online Magazine for Disability Community

Published: Mar 07, 2014 (Revised: Mar 07, 2014)
Author Contact Information: Ph. 1-888-428-0240
Abstract: Access to Independence for the disability community is a free online magazine launched by United Disabilities Services headquartered in Lancaster PA.
“Tiphany Adams, one of four stars in the reality show “Push Girls,” is featured on the cover of the magazine.”
Detail: United Disabilities Services debuts “Access to Independence,” an online magazine for the disability community featuring Tiphany Adams from “Push Girls,” artist Jonathan Whitlock, trip free zones and home modification products.
“UDS has so much experience and expertise to share with those who have disabilities and the online magazine format is a way for us to reach more people and help more people across the country,” noted William Kepner, president of the non-profit organization.

The debut issue of “Access to Independence” is available on the UDS eStore website at

Tiphany Adams, one of four stars in the reality show “Push Girls,” is featured on the cover of the magazine. The reality show star shares her message of “Never, EVER give up,” with the magazine’s readers and gives inspiration and tips for staying positive when times are tough. She recommends keeping a toolbox of solutions for problems that create everyday stress.

Trending artist Jonathan Whitlock shares his story of recovery from an accident where he suffered traumatic head injury and had to relearn how to do everything; including the basic skills of everyday life. Through it all, his creative talent persevered and today, 15 years later, he is recreating his life as an artist. Jonathan recently had several gallery shows and his artwork is trending up.

Dr. Jill Bjerke gives tips on preventing falls for those aging in place. The nationally known Bjerke is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a Commissioner to the Iowa Department on Aging, as well as an international author and passionate advocate for seniors.

Additional features in the magazine focus on the 2014 “hot” products for home modifications in the bathroom. These products, and many others, are available on the UDS eStore,, and have been vetted by the UDS Home Modifications eStore team.

Three disability blogs are featured in the magazine, along with interaction from one of the UDS eStore Facebook fans. The UDS story is told and is accompanied by a video.

Events covered in the online magazine include a Life Care Planning workshop given by UDS and MassMutual on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the UDS Headquarters, 1901 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA. Families involved in caring for someone with a disability are encouraged to attend to learn more about developing a life care plan that can help a person with a disability maintain a quality lifestyle.

The Life Care Plan is a coordinated program including future care planning, financial, and legal strategies that families can learn about in the workshop. Registration is free and more information is available by calling Larry Aubrey at UDS at 717-715-8763

United Disabilities Services has years of experience in helping the disabled, veterans and those aging in place to create individualized design solutions for home modifications. Products can be found at or the UDS Home Modifications team can be reached at 1-888-428-0240.

Related Topics
This information is from the Disabled World Books Guides & Publications Section – Other relevant documents include:
Disabled World (Sep 29, 2012). Disability Awareness Posters, Pamphlets, Leaflets and Flyers
National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (Sep 03, 2011). Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain LIFE Magazine
New You Magazine (Feb 10, 2011). Magazine on Anti-Aging
Netbuddy (Nov 17, 2010). Parents and Carers Create First Online Special Needs Handbook
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