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Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library

CDR Library, School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina

Statewide Disability-Related Web Sites

  • Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc:  Family Connection is a support network for families who have children with special needs. Founded in 1990, we're here to help thousands of children in South Carolina reach their potential by providing parent-to-parent connections, linking families to community resources, and sponsoring educational and support programs.
  • Hands On Health-South Carolina:  Annotated links to web sites of interest to South Carolinians. Some of the disability related-topics are Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis. 
  • "Perfectly Peter: A Family's Journey Through Autism":  Perfectly Peter is meant to be a way for our family to share information about autism with your family.
  • Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc (P&A):  Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) protects the rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina. P&A promotes this mission by enabling individuals to advocate for themselves, and by promoting policies and services which respect their choices.
  • South Carolina Access: Aging and Disability Information:  Searchable database of resources for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.
  • South Carolina Autism Society:  The purpose of the South Carolina Autism Society is to enable all children and adults in South Carolina who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to reach their maximum potential. 
  • South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs: DDSN offers various services for those with disabilities.
  • South Carolina Respite Coalition: The focus of the Respite Voucher Program is caregiver relief. We award vouchers in the amount of $500 to eligible family caregivers. Their staff works with each approved family to find the best respite option for their needs. Vouchers are only used to pay for breaks from hands-on caregiving.
  • South Carolina State Library: The purpose is to improve library services throughout the state and to ensure all citizens access to libraries and information resources adequate to meet their needs. The State Library supports libraries in meeting the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the people of South Carolina.
  • Talking Books: The SC State Library offers free recorded, Braille, large print, and other library materials for South Carolinians with qualifying disabilities. All services are free to eligible South Carolinians. Materials are delivered by U.S. Postal Service as free-matter mail for persons with disabilities. 
  • The Arc of South Carolina:  The Arc of South Carolina works to improve the lives of people with special needs. The Arc advocates for people with disabilities to ensure they have the services and supports they need to grow, develop, and live in the community. The Arc of South Carolina is affiliated with The Arc of of United States, a national organization on mental retardation. 
  • The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group: The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group offers the Parkinson's community (Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients - their care partners and caregivers - family members - and others who are working in related fields or have an interest in Parkinson's disease) a safe environment to obtain encouragement and support; news and information about PD research and clinical trials; special PD events; and educational programs; as well as other opportunities and information relevant to living with Parkinson's.

National Disability-Related Web Sites

  • ABLEDATA:  Provides information on assitive technology and features a database of assistive technology products.
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD):  A network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
  • Brain Injury Association of America (BIA):  The BIA was founded in 1980 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of life for their family members who had sustained brain injuries. Their mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.
  • Health Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:  A toolkit for primary care providers.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):  IDEA is our nation's special education law. It guides how states and school districts provide special education and related services to more than six million eligible children with disabilities. 
  • KidsHealth:  KidsHealth has specialized portals for parents, kids, and teens. The site focuses on health information about children from birth through adolescence.
  • Medical Home Portal: The Medical Home Portal is a unique source of reliable information about children and youth with special health care needs.
  • MedlinePlus:  Reliable health information from the National Library of Medicine. The web site includes fulltext medical dictionaries, drug information, directories, and over 600 health topics. There is a low vision version available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lowvision.html
  • National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM): The NCIDM is a a program founded by AADMD in 2009, under the leadership of Dr. Matt Holder, to define and integrate the concepts of Developmental Medicine into the medical school curriculum of every medical school in the United States.

  • National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS):  NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome. The purpose is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research, and advocacy.

  • ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization. ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development.