Today, about 50 million Americans, or 1 in 5 people, are living with at least one disability, and most Americans will experience a disability some time during the course of their lives. Anyone can have a disability.
People with disabilities face many barriers to good health. Studies show that individuals with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to report:
Having poorer overall health.
Having less access to adequate health care.
Having no access to health insurance.
Skipping medical care because cost.
Engaging in risky health behaviors, including smoking and physical inactivity.
People with disabilities can lead long healthy lives. Many can and do go to school and attend places of worship. They also vote, marry, have children, work, and play. Having a disability does not mean a person can’t be healthy.
People with or without disabilities can stay healthy by having health care access and living healthy lifestyles.
To be healthy, people with disabilities require health care that meets their needs as a whole person, not just as a person with a disability.
Learn What You Can Do
Get the best possible healthcare
Get Tips on leading a healthy life and for getting physically fit.
Improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities
Person with Disability:
Make Sure You are Getting the Best Possible Healthcare
There are also many things you can do to make sure you are getting the best possible health care:
Know your body, how you feel when you’re well and when you’re not.
Get regular preventive screenings (e.g., mammograms, prostate, colorectal)
Talk openly with your health care professional about your concerns.
Find out who the best health care professionals are in your area to meet your needs.
Check to be sure you can get into your health care professional’s office and that he or she has the staff and equipment you need.
Think through your concerns before you visit your health care professional.
Bring your health records with you.
Take a friend with you, if you’re concerned you might not remember all your questions and all the answers.
Get it in writing. Write down, or have someone write down for you, what is said by the health care professional.
Ask for help finding more information through materials like brochures, or at specific Web pages on the Internet.
Tips for Leading a Long and Healthy Life
Children and adults with disabilities are less likely to be of healthy weight and more likely to be obese than children and adults without disabilities.
Overweight and obesity can have serious health consequences for all people. Learn more…
Eat healthy foods in healthy portions.
Be physically active every day.
Don’t get too much sun.
Get regular checkups.
Don’t smoke or use illegal drugs.
Use medicines wisely.
If you drink alcohol, drink it in moderation.
Stay in touch with family and friends.
If you need help, talk with your healthcare professional.
Tips for Getting Physically Fit
To be healthy, all adults should be physically active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days each week; all children should be active for 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days each week.
Set physical activity goals that you can reach.
Track what you do.
Reward yourself when you meet your goals.
Seek support from your friends and family members. Ask them to join you in your activities.
Don’t give up. If you miss a day, don’t quit. Just start again.
For more tips and information on disability and health, you can read The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities: What It Means to You. Also called the “People’s Piece,” it provides helpful ways to improve everyone’s knowledge about the health and wellness of people with disabilities
Improve the Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities
Health Care Provider:
You can do a lot to improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities. For instance, you can:
Video: Mark’s Story
This video tells the story of Mark and his role as a person helping future health care providers improve their care of people with disabilities. The intent of this video is not to endorse specific activities, but to share one man’s story, experience, and hope.
Address the medical needs of the whole person, not just the disability.
Be as attentive to concerns of pain, depression, job pressures, smoking and alcohol use as you are with all patients.
Be aware and patient of the extra time it might take a person with a disability to speak or act.
Recommend and monitor clinical preventive services as closely as will other patients.
Know that the facilities you refer patients to for preventive screenings (e.g., mammograms) are accessible.
Ensure that your facility is fully accessible (e.g., parking, exam tables, restrooms, etc).
Ask the person with a disability if he or she needs any help. Do not assume help is needed.
Understand that not having access to work, school, health care, or fun things to do can cause more problems than a disability itself.
Seek training on disability competence for health professionals.
Disability & Health – CDC
Physical Activity and Disability
The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010 (US Department of Health and Human Services)
Office on Disability (US Department of Health and Human Services)
20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
Healthy Living – CDC
Health Care: See Why Being Insured Matters
CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
Disability Newsletters List
Author: Ian Langtree+
Published: Jan 01, 2009 (Revised: Mar 07, 2014)
Author Contact Information: Disabled World
Abstract: A list of newsletters regarding disability issues and news that can be read online or subscribed to via email.
Detail: Many disability organizations publish online newsletters, or magazines, often e-mailed to subscribers. This is a list of newsletters regarding disability issues and news that can be read online or subscribed to via email.
Disabled World: Subscribe to our weekly newsletter by simply filling in your name and email address in the Newsletter Signup box here.
Access to Independence – Free Online Magazine for Disability Community
WHO newsletter on disability and rehabilitation: WHO newsletter dedicated to disability and rehabilitation and aimed to keep you abreast of WHO’s activities in this area. It will be produced three times a year and distributed via e-mail.
Spotlight on Disability Newsletter: This publication of the Office on Disability Issues in Psychology features ongoing advocacy efforts by committees within APA, and highlights up-to-date research on disability and health from all over the world.
LD OnLine: Learning disabilities and ADHD. Sign up to receive news and information about key issues in reading, learning disabilities, and other areas of learning – http://www.ldonline.org/ldnewsletters
U.S. Disability Newsletters:
Disability Connection Newsletter: Disability Connection is the bimonthly newsletter of Disability.gov. It provides updates and information on useful tools and resources, federal partner initiatives for people with disabilities and news and events.
AAHD: Publishes an informative, timely and interesting electronic quarterly newsletter for AAHD members and others interested in the field of disability and health. To subscribe or to submit ideas for newsletter topics e-mail email@example.com
Diversity World: A medicinal concoction of insights, information, tools, and resources designed to cure ailing and impoverished workplaces by increasing the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate equitably in the workforce.
BellaOnline: Strictly adheres to a No Spam policy. Your email address will never be sold or used for anything other than their Disabilities Newsletter – http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art315.asp
The Family Center on Technology and Disability: Provides a wide range of resources on instructional and assistive technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEU’s for practitioners and educators – http://www.fctd.info/newsletters
E-News from MobilityWorks – My Mobility: MobilityWorks MyMobility is sponsored by BraunAbility, providers of the Entervan, Entervan XT, Entervan RE and Rampan wheelchair minivan conversions.
Disability Newsletters Canada:
Alberta Seniors Premier’s Council Publications: Disability in Focus, newsletter of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities – http://www.seniors.gov.ab.ca/premierscouncil/publications.asp
BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society: The newsletter distribution is quarterly and includes articles and concerns raised directly from the First Nations/Aboriginal disabled community and others associated with the disabled. Members automatically receive a copy of the newsletter. You can become a member at – http://www.bcands.bc.ca/member.html
e-Spoken: Enter your email address to receive their free bi-monthly electronic newsletter – http://www.cpaont.org
U.K. Disability Newsletters:
Disability Research E-Newsletters: Provided to Breakthrough’s Independent Employment Advocacy Centre as an information resource by the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC), Manchester Metropolitan University, in association with the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin – http://www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk/Resources/drn
Disability Equality NW’s Newsletter: DENW produces a newsletter four times per year. If you are a member you should receive these automatically – http://www.disability-equality.org.uk/about-us/disability-equality-nws-newsletter/21
Disability Voice: Accessible newsletter available every month in English and French – http://www.edf-feph.org/pg_newsletter.asp
Disability Federation of Ireland: For newsletter queries and submissions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your details via the form at – http://www.disability-federation.ie/index.php?uniqueID=10469
BBC – Radio 4: Peter White’s You & Yours Disability Newsletter – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/you-and-yours/newsletter/
Australian Disability Newsletters:
NSW CID E-news: A monthly email news bulletin to update NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) members and supporters of recent NSW CID activities. It contains news, events and information relevant to people with intellectual disability and their advocates – http://www.nswcid.org.au/home/home-pages/newsletter-signup.html
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations: The AFDO Newsletter allows you to stay informed on their latest news via email subscription – http://afdo.org.au
IDEAS Online: The IDEAS’ website provides a high quality accessible web portal for people with disability and people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to access and search for information that promotes their independence. IDEAS produces 6 printed newsletters a year, keeping younger people with disability and people with aged related disability, their families and carers up-to-date and informed on services, products, workshops, forums and issues relating to aged and disability services. The newsletter is available in alternative formats (such as audio and plain text) on request – http://www.ideas.org.au
Warringah Disability Newsletter: To receive a newsletter by email in Microsoft Word, pdf format or large print, provide your name, email address, organisation and phone number to email@example.com or phone 9942 2686.
Disability News – Infoxchange Australia: To receive weekly Disability and Community News updates, simply enter your email address at – http://www.disabilitynews.infoxchange.net.au/
Schools and Universities:
Newsletter for Students with Disabilities at Flinders University: Students with Disabilities Newsletter.
PACER Newsletters on Disability, Special Needs Information, Parenting: PACER’s main newsletter; information on special education, PACER programs, and resources – http://www.pacer.org/newsletters/
Disability Newsletters: Published by the Disabled Students Programs & Services staff at College of the Redwoods.
Disability Magazines, Publications & Newsletters
Magazines & Newsletters
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 magazine supported by Disabled Peoples’ Internation
101 – 7 Evergreen Place; Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2T3 Canada
E-zine of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) Project 2000-2004
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
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.
Online magazine For Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.
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.
Disability at the End of the Social Contract
by Marta Russell
A WARNING FROM AN UPPITY CRIP
The First Place to Look for Book Information.
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.
345 N. Monmouth Ave.; Monmouth, Oregon 97344 USA
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
Support for Caregivers
Caregiving.com – Helpling you help aging relitives
Exceptional Parent Magazine – Eparent.com
Extended Care Information Network.
Lift Caregiving | Simplified Family Caregiver Support, Help and Advice | Caring for Aging Parents
National Caregivers Library
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Family Caregivers Association
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Today’s Caregiver Magazine Online
Well Spouse Foundation – an association of spousal caregivers
Aging With Dignity – Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.
American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association National Center
American Lung Association
FacingDisability.com For Families Facing Spinal Cord Injuries
Hospice Foundation of America
Muscular Dystrophy Association – USA
National Association for Home Care and Hospice ::
National Family Caregivers Association
National Kidney Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Stroke Association
Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – Nursing Resources
Senior Home Referrals and Resources – Senior Seasons
Senior Housing Assistance Group – SHAG – Affordable Senior Housing in Washington State
Transverse Myelitis Association
Assisted-Living-List – Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
Senior Living – An Independent And Complete Senior Living Resource
A Place for Mom! a free referral service helping families find nursing homes, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, retirement communities, and home care.
Assisted Living Directory: Facilities Information, Senior Care Providers
Assisted Living Facilities For Seniors – Nursing Homes, Independent And Assisted Living Facilities
Brandywine Senior Care, Inc. – ventilator care, home healthcare
CiteHealth – Reports & Ratings on Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Other Health Care Providers
Myziva.net: The Guide to Nursing Facilities
Palliative CareCenter of the North Shore
Special Needs Trust
National Special Needs Network
Conservatorship, Trusts and Wills – for People with Developmental or Other Disabilities
Good Shepherd Fund – Services – Special Needs Trust
Frequently Asked Questions About Special Needs Trusts
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 https://estore.udservices.org
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, http://estore.udservices.org, 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 http://estore.udservices.org or the UDS Home Modifications team can be reached at 1-888-428-0240.
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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