Alternative Format Textbooks
Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). A searchable online library, Bookshare offers approximately 125,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology
- Learning Ally
Records books into alternate formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic.
- Able Data
Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitative equipment.
- Ability Hub
Provides information for people who find operating a computer difficult or impossible. This site directs users to adaptive equipment vendors and more.
- Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based resource centers, developers, vendors, and associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. Includes information for students transitioning to postsecondary education.
- Resource Guide on Higher Education for People with Disabilities - Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Includes information on college financial aid, testing and study skills, employment, and individual colleges and universities.
FirstGenerationStudent.com is one of the top resources for first generation college students online. Our content features writers from highly respected groups such as College Board and FinAid.org, and our popular blog offers insights from university presidents, founders of education non-profits, and first generation students themselves.
- Easter Seals Greater Houston
Easter Seals Greater Houston is committed to being a lifelong partner for individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities, and their families. ESGH offers a full complement of services ranging from infancy to adulthood, including programs for their families.
- Family Village/Waisman Center
The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnosis. Visitors can also learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and much more.
- Going to College
A training module with activities, resources and information to help students with disabilities to prepare to go to college.
- Heath Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center
The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
- Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
Bender Consulting Services finds employment for people with disabilities.
- Campaign for Disability Employment
Collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers, and others, to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities bring to the workplace; public service announcement can be viewed from the web site where contest winner videos and other useful resources can also be found.
- Job Accommodation 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.
Successful work experiences and career preparation activities increase a student's chances of obtaining employment upon completion of an academic program. AccessCAREERS provides information and resources and shares promising practices for the purpose of increasing access to careers for individuals with disabilities. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by DO-IT.
Financial Help / Other
- National PASS Network
Assists people with disabilities to access Social Security disability benefits and to use the program to fund vocational and educational opportunities through the program's work incentive programs.
- Social Security Online
Federal web site for obtaining information about Social Security benefits, including disability and Medicare. On-line benefit applications are available.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
The mission of HHSC is to maintain and improve the health and human services system in Texas and to administer its programs in accordance with the highest standards of customer service and accountability for the effective use of funds.
- Starkey Hearing Foundation
Provides hearing aid assistance to low income individuals.
- Hearing Loss Association Network of America
- National Association for the Deaf
- Baylor Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
Promotes, develops, and disseminates information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. Web site contains research on a variety of topics affecting women who have disabilities.
- Brain Injury Association of Texas
Provides resources, support, and information for survivors of brain injury, their loved ones, and rehabilitation professionals.
- Epilepsy Foundation-Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth/East Texas
Provides a wide range of services, resources, and information to persons who have epilepsy or related conditions.
- Learning Disabilities Association of Texas
Information about learning disabilities, resources, and more.
- American Association of People with Disabilities
Largest national non-profit cross-disability member organization in the United States. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws.
- Disability Rights Texas
State agency that provides free legal assistance and advocacy services to Texans who have disabilities.
- American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
Provides information on starting a self-help group, as well as links to exisiting support groups.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association Southern Region
Provides information to assist parents, teachers, professors, adults who have ADHD, and links to conferences and support groups.
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides information on a wide range of mental health topics, suicide prevention information, and mental health-related links.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Has oversight for designated HHS agencies, such as the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Web site contains information about the Texas Medicaid Program.
- Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas
Provides information about and links to local support groups.
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Resources for veterans, active duty military, families, and community.
- American Foundation for the Blind
Provides information and resources for living with blindness for family, friends, professionals, and employers.
- National Federation for the Blind
The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.