United States Government Sites
Americans with Disabilities Act - Technical assistance, information, checklists, and latest revisions to the ADA.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) - Scope and technical requirements for construction that meets accessibility standards.
Social Security Administration (SSA) - Information on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and work incentives offered by SSA.
DisabilityInfo.gov - Provides a wide range of disability related information color coded for ease of accessibility.
National Council on Disability - The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities.
Social Security Forms
Commonly used forms for applying for SSDI, SSI, for reporting income, and appealing SSA decisions. Includes a link that allows the download of Adobe Acrobat© Reader.
Independent Living Resources
http://www.alaskasilc.org/ - Alaska State Independent Living Council - Private non-profit that oversees development of the State Plan for Independent Living.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) - is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.
Independent Living Institute - The Independent Living Institute offers resources for persons with disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity.
Access Alaska - Center for Independent Living serving Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fairbanks and western Alaska.
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) - Center for Independent Living serving Southeast Alaska.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) - A national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.
Directory of Centers for Independent Living and State Independent Living Councils - Maintained by the ILRU.
Independent Living USA (ILUSA) - Eclectic site.
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living - (APRIL) A national network of rural CIL's and other entities concerned with the unique aspects of rural independent Living.
Research and Training Center: Rural - University of Montana's Research and Training Center on Disabilities in Rural Communities
Alaska Job Center Network - Job information, career information, and resources.
Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Providing vocational services to individuals who experience disability.
U. S. Department of Labor and Training Administration - Employment resources for both job seekers and employers.
U. S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)- More employment resources from the Department of Labor.
Small Business Administration - Resource for those thinking about self-employment as a vocational goal.
Small Business Development Center - Providing small business owners with business planning services, marketing information, and counseling.
Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District - Providing small business planning services, business incubation services, and "gap" loans for the small business owner.
Job Accommodation Network - Cooperative site between the U. S. government and the University of West Virginia providing information about reasonable accommodation in the workplace.
Civil Rights Legislation
Americans with Disabilities Act - 1990 Civil Rights law defining discrimination based on disability as a violation of Federal Law.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Provides for the formation of State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Centers, and State Independent Living Councils. First mention of people with disabilities as a separate and distinct class or group of Americans.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Provides for the education of children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.
Fair Housing Act - Prohibits discrimination based on disability in housing rental and sales. The act contains accessibility requirements for new residential construction.
Assistive Technology and Accessibility Products
Assistive Technology Library of Alaska (ATLA) - Assistive Technology Products and Service... Innovative solutions for all Alaskans.
Handi-Ramp - An extensive line of ramps for the home, van, and special applications.
Alaska Stair Lift and Scooter Supply - An extensive line of stair lifts, platform lifts, vehicle lifts, scooters and supplies, and hand controls.
Sport Aid - A large selection of everyday, sports, manual wheelchairs, and wheelchair accessories.
Spinlife - Discount manual, power, lift chairs, hand-cycles, and walking mobility aids.
Lasher Sport Custom Wheelchairs - Custom made in Anchorage Alaska, for the chair user who knows what they need in a manual chair. A full line of everyday, sport, and off-road wheelchairs.
Consumer Advocacy and Assistance
Client Assistance Program (CAP) - Can help if you feel you are not being served by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Centers, and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
Disability Law Center - Increasing the understanding of rights and responsibilities of consumers, legal professionals, service providers, families, and advocates throughout Alaska.
United States Department of Justice Disability Rights - Primary goal is to insure the rights of individuals with disabilities through the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund - Advocating for the rights of people and families with disabilities since 1979.
Advocates and Activists
American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) - Grass roots organization that organizes protests, rallies, and marches in support of disability friendly policy.
Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) - A non-profit legal center dedicated to protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States and the world.
Steven Gold - Philadelphia based attorney whose practice is exclusive to the rights of people with disabilities. The web-site has information relating to housing, the ADA, Medicare, and other subjects.
National Organization on Disability (NOD) - The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 56 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Disability World - A bi-monthly web-zine of disability news and views.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) - 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.
Mouth Magazine - Voice of the Disability Nation. This is the only national print magazine dedicated to disability issues. Mouth is published bi-monthly, but they do maintain a web-site with archived previous stories.