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- Arthur C. Clarke

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  • Assistive Technology

    Produced in New Hampshire

    ATinNH YouTube Channel
    Many, many short how-to videos on a multitude of subjects. Learn how to create an iPad stand or easy tips for simple wheelchair maintenance.

    AT Connects - Sharing Information on Assistive Technology
    An information site for assistive technology in your state.  Locate AT programs around the country, find people who use the same equipment as you do.   

    General AT Product Information

    AbleData - “Your Source for Assistive Technology Information” 
    AbleData maintains a comprehensive, annotated AT library of over 36,000 product listings in 20 categories with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The site also features a good listing of resources and links to national and international sites on the web. 

    CATEA - “National Public Website on Assistive Technology”
    A good resource with over 22,000 products in its library. The site provides access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.

    AT in Employment

    JAN - Job Accomodation Network 
    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN is supported by the US Department of Labor.

    Accessible Transportation

    Easter Seals Project Action 
    The primary web resource for information on accessible mobility and offers links to other specialized topics such as the use of wheelchairs in community transportation. Project Action is supported by the Federal Transit Administration.

    Research and Training

    Transportation Research
    Transit Cooperative Research Program 
    A federally funded program under the auspices of the national Transit Research Board. Offers a clearinghouse of its research reports. This research dissemination site is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration. 

    Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC)
    RERCs are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These centers are often collaborations of multiple organizations, predominantly housed at universities throughout the country. 

    AAC-RERC
    The AAC-RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another. 

    Wireless RERC
    The Wireless RERC's mission is to promote equitable access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities and encourage the adoption of Universal Design in future generations of wireless devices and applications. 

    RERC-ACT - Advancement of Cognitive Technologies
    The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) is the nation’s first Center to conduct research and development on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities. 

    RERC on Hearing Enhancement
    Housed at Gallaudet University, this RERC conducts research, development, and training programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people with hearing loss. 

    RERC on Telerehabilitation
    This RERC focuses on applying informatics technology to develop an accessible, scalable, cost-effective open, extensible and secure infrastructure to connect service providers, rehabilitation applications and consumers.

    Mobility RERC
    Wheeled Mobility is the research focus of this center. Mobility RERC promotes new ways of conceptualizing and understanding wheeled mobility – from the design of assistive devices that enable individuals to perform activities, to the design of a broad range of interventions that enable as many individuals as possible to actively engage and participate in the everyday community life. 

    RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety
    The mission of the RERC WTS is to make measurable improvements in transportation safety, usability, and independence for people who remain seated in their wheelchairs when traveling in public, school, and private motor vehicles. 

    MARS-RERC Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke
    The broad intent of MARS-RERC is to develop robotic devices or machines that assist the therapist in providing treatments that are rationally based, intensive and long in duration.

    OPTT-RERC Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability
    The overarching objective of this RERC is to optimize participation through technology (OPTT). 

    WORK-RERC Workplace Accommodations
    This RERC on Workplace Accommodations identifies, develops and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace. A primary focus of the Workplace RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. 

    RERC on Eye Research
    The Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center develops new technology and methods for understanding, assessment and rehabilitation of blindness and visual impairment. The target population consists of persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind. 

  • Community Living

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: Provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability.  These services range from home care, meals on wheels, care management, transportation assistance and assisted living to nursing home care.  Legal support services, advocacy for disabled adults, information and assistance regarding Medicare, and information about volunteer opportunities are also important support services provided in the community by BEAS.  All services and supports are intended to assist people to live as independently as possible in safety and with dignity.

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: CMS's mission is to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries.

    CMS New Freedom Initiative: The New Freedom Initiative (NFI) was announced by President Bush on February 1, 2001, followed up by the Executive Order 13217 on June 18, 2001. The initiative is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. It represents and important step in working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, choose where to live and participate in community life.

    Disability.gov is an award-winning federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives. With just a few clicks, visitors can find critical information on a variety of topics, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

    AARP: Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

    Seniors Count: Seniors Count is a convener of partnerships that are a catalyst for community-based outreach and action to redefine and ensure independence for older people, and in doing so, create a better life for all.

    ServiceLink Resource Centers: A statewide network of community-based connections for elders, adults with disabilities and their families.

    Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) is a trusted university-based resource for applied research, evaluation and technical assistance, which will improve knowledge, policies and practices that guide New Hampshire citizens and policy makers in preparing for the aging of the population.

    ATECH Services: ATECH Services is a non-profit statewide organization, whose mission is to maximize abilities at home, school, work or play, for individuals affected by disabilities or the aging process, through the provision of assistive technology, education, or community health services. Since 1991 ATECH Services has assisted over 20,000 New Hampshire residents affected by disabilities or the aging process in achieving their goals at home, school, work, or play through the provision of assistive technology.

    Granite State Independent Living: Founded in 1980, GSIL is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and those experiencing the natural process of aging through advocacy, information, education and support.

    Northeast Passage: Northeast Passage, founded in 1990, is a nationally recognized leader in the provision of innovative therapeutic recreation services. Northeast Passage delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs throughout New England.

    Independent Living Institute is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples' self-determination, self-respect and dignity. Services include a virtual library and interactive services for persons with extensive disabilities, as well as designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance services, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.

    Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR: The ILRU program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.

    Look Back, Plan Forward was created to support individuals with disabilities and people who are aging; along with their family caregivers and service providers, by offering a resource to capture their personal stories. The tool is designed to help you capture your life stories in a way that helps others to better understand your history, values, preferences and support needs.

  • New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: DHHS's mission is to join communities and families in providing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services: Works with NH's developmental services system to ensure public resources are used effectively to support individuals and families in their community
    New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities: A federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life.

    Community Support Network, Inc: (CSNI) is a not for profit organization that works in support of the 10 Area Agencies throughout the state of New Hampshire that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury and their families.

    The New Hampshire Challenge: The New Hampshire Challenge, Inc. is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization serving the state of New Hampshire.  Our mission is to “provide information to and advocate for families with persons who have disabilities.”  The goal of the organization is to “create a vision for change so families will see themselves as integral parts of the community at large.”

    Model Community: Littleton, NH: A Model Community is inclusive of all it’s citizens, regardless of age or ability,  provides choice and control for its citizens who, because of disability, health issues or aging, need long-term supports in order to stay in their community, and encourages its citizens to fully engage with their community through business, civic, volunteer, and social opportunities.

    Allies in Self Advocacy: Allies in Self Advocacy is a network of advocacy groups and statewide organizations brought together to strengthen and enhance self advocacy efforts in New Hampshire.

Contact

UNH Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive
Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
phone: 603.862.4320
relay: 711
fax: 603.862.0555
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