Around the web: A collection of national, regional and state online resources.

National

The Accessible Icon Project is an ongoing work of design activism. It starts with a graphic icon, free for use in the public domain, and continues its work as a collaborative effort among people with disabilities and their allies toward a more accessible world.

The Caregiver Action Network's (CAN) mission is to promote resourcefulness and respect for the more than 90 million family caregivers across the country.

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

Directory of Independent Living Centers maintained by MetroWest Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Makoa, which is a Hawaiian word for “courageous,” is the name of a site managed by Jim Lubin, who is completely paralyzed from the neck down and uses a keyboard/mouse emulator with a sip and puff switch to type morse codes.

Easterseals' mission is to ensure that all people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn , work and play in their communities.

The Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities and people and people with end-stage renal disease.

The National Institute of Health SCI Information page provides the latest research and connects to related organizations.

Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

The Patient Advocate Foundation's mission is to provide professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life-threatening and debilitating illnesses.

Social Security is a social insurance program that provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to workers and their families.

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.

United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals.

United Way 2-1-1 is a free confidential service that connects individuals and families to community resources and the services they need 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Click here for Information on a variety of topics from the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy 

Regional

The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a lifestyle of high quality for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.

Iowa

Disability Rights Iowa's mission is to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illness. Self-advocacy education, information and referral, non-legal advocacy and legal/systems advocacy are available.

Iowa Compass is the leading source of information on services and supports for Iowans with disabilities, their families and service providers.

The Iowa Finance Authority partners with housing organizations throughout the state to offer a variety of programs to assist in affordable rental, homeownership and homelessness initiatives.

Medicaid is federally and state funded program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify.

The Iowa Department of Human Services manages the program. Click here for an online portal.

The Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) helps Iowans find out about and get the assistive technology (AT) they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.

The mission of the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals.

Kansas

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

The Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC), is a public interest legal advocacy agency empowered by federal law to advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities.

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) was created by Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.  This Act establishes and funds the vocational rehabilitation system for Americans with disabilities who want to work or who have independent living service needs.

Medicaid in the state of Kansas is called KanCare . Medicaid is federally and state funded program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify.

The Whole Person offers a broad range of services to individuals with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants or other caregiving services.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are the cornerstone of our efforts to empower Kansans with disabilities to become gainfully employed and self-sufficient. 

Minnesota

EquipALife provides assistance and financial solutions for Minnesotans of all ages to locate the "right tool for the right task." 

The Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to advocate for a statewide network of independent living services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities throughout the state. 

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps provide essential services to Minnesota's most vulnerable residents. Working with many others, including counties, tribes and nonprofits, DHS helps ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, find and keep a job, and live as independently as possible.

Missouri

Missouri Assistive Technology strives to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.

Resources with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services include help for independent living and employment opportunities.

The Missouri Disability Portal is a collection of resources and services to promote full participation and inclusion of Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including this page just for Housing.

Medicaid is federally and state funded program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify. It is called MO HealthNet in Missouri.

The mission of Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services.

If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping or advancing in a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you. VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist you in becoming employed.

The Whole Person offers a broad range of services to individuals with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants or other caregiving services.

Nebraska

AccessNebraska is a portal for Nebraskans to apply for and manage their Medicaid accounts and other economic assistance programs.

When there is someone in your family with special needs, you may find yourself looking for answers. Answers4Families.org is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance.

The Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP), through collaboration, provides all Nebraskans access and opportunities to better live, learn, and work.

Assistive Technology For All is brought to you by Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP). There are a number of state agencies, private businesses and lending programs along with individuals that are listing items for sale, giveaway, demonstration or loan.

Disability Rights Nebraska actively works with individuals who experience disabilities to build a secure and dynamic future.

Independence Rising serves 39 counties in south-central and southwest Nebraska, offering  services to people with disabilities in order to help them meet their goals for independence.

The League of Human Dignity works with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality. For locations, click here.

Call 800-742-7594 or click here to access the Client Assistance Program, a free service to help you find solutions if you are having problems with any of the following programs: Vocational Rehabilitation, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Centers for Independent Living.

Nebraska Housing is a free service to list and find rental housing and services in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Resource and Referral System is a statewide database created with input from Nebraska families, service providers and organizations.

Nebraska Vocational Rehab helps people with disabilities prepare for, find and keep jobs.

PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs.  PTI Nebraska empowers parents and provides them the knowledge and capacity to improve the education and healthcare outcomes for their children.

North Dakota

The Aging and Disability Resource-LINK connects older adults and people with disabilities to care options that can help them live as independently as possible and maintain their quality of life. 

ND Assistive (formerly IPAT) is a non-profit organization that strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotans that need it.

The mission of North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) is to enhance the quality of lives of individuals facing health challenges.

The Dakota Center for Independent Living believes in self-determination for people with disabilities and creates the environment in which it is achieved.

Medicaid is federally and state funded program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services manages the program. 

The primary mission of the North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.

South Dakota

South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system.

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DHS) can help individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, personal independence and full inclusion into society.

The Independent Living Choices organization's mission is to provide services to people with disabilities who make independence their choice.

Medicaid is federally and state funded program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify.

The program is managed by the Department of Social Services' Division of Economic Assistance. Click here for more information and a login portal.

The South Dakota Department of Human Services Respite Care program provides temporary relief care for families of children or adults with special needs.

Support Groups

Madonna offers a support and educational group as part of the spinal cord injury program. For meeting times, contact Diane Ulmer at 402.413.3185.

There are also survivor and family support groups throughout Nebraska and surrounding regions. For specific details regarding support groups in your area, speak to your Madonna social worker.

Peer Support

Madonna’s Peer Volunteer Program matches those who have completed rehabilitation with people who are just starting the process of rehabilitation for the purpose of listening, sharing meaningful life experiences and providing hope for the future. Adolescents, who completed rehab, or parents of adolescents, are also available as a peer volunteer.

Peer volunteers can:

  • Share information about the Madonna rehabilitation experience
  • Answer questions about the day-to-day experience
  • Visit individually with a patient and/or a family member

Glossary

Refer to this page for definitions to terms often used regarding spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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