Resources for the Disabled

Services for Persons with Disabilities and Their Caregivers


Assistance Dogs

Dogs for Better Lives was founded in 1977 by the late Roy G. Kabat, a long-time Hollywood and circus animal trainer who raised animals for motion pictures and television shows including "Dr. Doolittle" and "Born Free." DFD is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency with the mission to rescue and professionally train dogs to assist people and enhance their lives. Voice/TDD: (541) 826-9220.

Paws With A Cause® trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS® promotes awareness through education.

Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism
A guide on therapy dogs and how a therapy dog can help children with austism.


Caregivers and Caregiving

Caregiving Facts

Resources for Specific Health Issues
List of web resources for specific health issues, such as cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's and neurological diseases.

WA State Department of Social and Health Services--Caregiver Services Information

Medicaid Caregiver Resources
Caregiver Resources, Information & Assistance--Eldercare Locator, Alternative to Nursing Homes: Compare Medicare-certified home health agencies. Planning for Long-Term Care.  There's No Place like Home—For Growing Old. Find out what coverage you qualify for with Medicaid: the largest public payer for long-term care services. Find out what coverage you qualify for with Medicaid: the largest public payer for long-term care services. American Indian and Alaska Native Care. Aging at Home: A Guide for Home Improvements. Veteran's Services.
End of Life Issues: Advance Directives, Funeral Services, Organ, eye and tissure donation, comfort care at end of life.

Counselors with ASL

Finding counselors who are fluent in ASL or a foreign language (other than English) in Washington State can be difficult. As a public service this website offers free listings to masters level Washington State counselors, if they can use American Sign Language or a foreign language well enough to offer counseling services to the public. Unless they are employed at a publicly funded agency, these are generally counselors in private practice who make their living by charging for their services. Discuss costs with the individual counselor.

Additional resources: A great variety of Information is available in eleven languages at Washington LawHelp is provided as a public service by the Northwest Justice Project and other legal aid providers in the Alliance for Equal Justice and Washington courts. [Click on the appropriate language listed at the bottom of the right hand column.]

Elder Care -- Family Caregiver Resources

The Eldercare Locator has helped older adults and their caregivers since 1991. The U.S. Administration on Aging is now pleased to make part of this service available on-line so that consumers can easily link to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. Just enter your state and zip code to identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family member resides. Telephone the Eldercare Locator toll-free 1-800-677-1116 to speak to an Information Specialist who has access to a database of more than 4,800 entries (Operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time)

Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving. Click on the "Public Policy & Research" for Innovations Clearinghouse, Family Care Navigator--State-by-State Guide, and more. Click on the "Groups" tab for Caregiver Discussion Group, Huntington's Disease and Movement Disorders Discussion Group, and LGBT Caregiver Discussion Group.

Eldercare Locator from Department of Health and Human Services: a list of federal Web sites that offer valuable information on a range of critical eldercare issues.

The National Alliance for Caregiving: Established in 1996, the Alliance is a non-profit coalition of more than 40 national organizations focusing on family care giving. We are the leading provider of care giving research across health issues, life issues and across the lifespan.

Family Caregiver Alliance: a place for caregivers: Internet contact with other caregivers, how to take care of yourself while care giving others, and a resource center.


Government and Local Disability Programs and Services

If you have a disability, learn how government programs and services can help you with daily life: Housing, Jobs, Health Care, Education, Legal Issues, Tribal, Veterans, Living

Employment / Careers

Disability Online: The US Department of Labor. Employment and Training Resources contains extensive information about all areas of disability.

The Office for Personnel Management has a web site to assist people with disabilities who are looking for federal government jobs.

Disability Etiquette Handbook: Intended for employers, this handbook explains how to properly deal with persons with disabilities. "is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled."

Seniors consider:


Information Technology

Accessibility on Websites --The Cynthia Says portal is a joint Education and Outreach project of the Internet Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter. Cynthia contains a validation tool for web content accessibility. It is designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.


Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative: W3C guidelines for developers and content providers to make information accessible to people who have disabilities.

Legal Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act, US Department of Justice, Reports and Publications (check the list under ADA).

The US Access Board, an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research.

Driving with Arthritis

"Making a few safety and accessibility modification to your car can prevent you from having 5o become dependent on your family or public transportation to get around...information about adapting your vehicle is available from the U.S. Department of Transportation..."

"Simply installing a modification is not enough. 'You have to make sure that it's the right fit for you...That'swhere a driver rehbilitation therapist comes in..."

"To find a driving rehabilitation therapist near you, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association's website.
Source: Arthritis Advisor June 2021.

Recordings / Books

Learning Ally The nation's educational library for people with print disabilities.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: A Library of Congress program providing free library programs and circulating Braille and Recorded materials to eligible blind and physically handicapped persons.

Senior Citizen Resources

Free Senior Citizens Solutions: intended as a free resource for senior citizens regarding Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap policies, discounts for senior citizens and other essential information for independent living. Washington State Office on the Insurance Commissioner Consumer protection services.

Call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900 for free help.

Get free, unbiased and confidential assistance with Medicare and health care choices.


Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

45 Hand-picked Disability Scholarships. Regularly updated (listed by deadline) disability scholarships that you can apply for, to reduce your fees.

Grants and Scholarships for Women with Disabilities: Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (ELA) provides grants to non-profit organizations and scholarship women with a physical disability who are pursuing graduate studies at a university in the United States and for women who are involved in the disability community in their local area.

ELA Foundation = The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation was founded by Margaret Staton in 1994 to “Change the Face of Disability on the Planet”. Named after her maternal grandmother, ELA seeks especially to support the work of organizations that are led by or support the work of women with disabilities by promoting, through grants and scholarships, the inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of arts, advocacy and education.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: EduBirdie has compiled a list of scholarshops that are available to college students with disabilities.

Disability Awareness Scholarship: Every year, a prospective or current college student is be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. Applicants submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. The purpose of the program is to increase disability awareness. (Applicants need not be disabled. See applicant requirements.)

Woman's Issues

National Women's Health Information Center created this web site, Women with Disabilities, to help women overcome social, financial, physical, or other kinds of barriers to health care services and information. It puts a wealth of useful information together into one place for women with disabilities, caretakers, health professionals, and researchers.

Other Resources

American Association of People with Disabilities is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Vision Aware (A program of AWARE) A Self-Help Resource Center for Vision Loss Rehabilitation and Education -- Resource Links to service sources for blind or low vision persons.

Cornucopia of Disability Information: CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.

deafReview, a Yelp-like review site for deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing individuals to rate businesses. Frustrated with poor customer service, a Seattle woman who is deaf founded deafReview. “The entrepreneur said the site’s statistics combat a misconception that the deaf community “is a bunch of complainers.” Based on a five-star scale, 85 percent of the site reviews are positive (four- or five-star ratings) and only 10 percent are negative (one or two stars).” For more information on this article go to

Disabilities-Online is a directory of information available on the World Wide Web for people with disabilities, their families and friends.

Disability Etiquette, and other free booklets from the United Spinal Association can be ordered (or printed out) free online. It is a good resource for counselors, social workers, and others who work with people with disabilities, as well as for families and friends.

Great Outdoor Recreation Locations, accessible national parks, trails, beaches, rivers and lakes.

HOMES and HOME Financing: Comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities. It covers terminology, the process of buying a house, financial assistance and more.

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities by The first step in creating a reasonable financial plan, both for disabled people and healthy people, is evaluating both future and present monetary needs of the disabled person. It goes without saying that the key to establishing and maintaining financial stability is to have a realistic understanding of both income and expenses. Here are several difficult questions both disabled people and their caretakers need to consider.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, an information and referral center in English and in Spanish.

Search engine for disabilities organizations, Mobility International USA (MIUSA). Choose a region, county, disability and submit your query. - a website that features hundreds of articles about back and neck pain, including understanding and diagnosing of chronic pain, and a wide range of treatments for pain management and relief. The site is non-commercial (not owned or influenced by anyone trying to sell products or services), and it is unique in that all of the articles are peer reviewed by members of the site's Medical Advisory Board (similar to a medical journal review process).


Free Health Resources Directory
Free Support Groups


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