Inspiration

How Professor Jim Gips developed the EagleEyes technology, which is transforming the lives of children with severe disabilities.
https://www.byutv.org/player/fb314488-ef02-4ba9-89e7-1252de9b55d7/turning-point-eagle-eyes

Alive Inside.  A documentary demonstrating music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
http://www.aliveinside.us/#land

Life Without Limbs with Nick Vujicic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOzsjEmjjHs     http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/about-life-without-limbs/    http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Overcoming-hopelessness-Nick-Vu

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  The film of journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. It also details what his life was like before the stroke.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401383/

Ted Talk featuring Amy Purdy who became a professional snowboarder despite losing both her legs to meningitis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2QZM7azGoA

Resources

Equipment

The EagleEyes Project helps people with severe physical disabilities develop and be educated to their fullest by enabling them to access the computer
https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/carroll-school/sites/eagle-eyes.html/

Recycling medical supplies to improve global health
https://www.partnersforworldhealth.org

Inexpensive, gently used walkers and wheelchairs in Connecticut
https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/equipment-center/

Access your iPad or iPhone with a switch
https://www.steepergroup.com/assistive-technology/products/switch-control/perrero/

Non-biased info on Assistive Technology equipment
http://www.abledata.com

 

Organizations and Services

Joni and Friends International Disability Center
http://www.joniandfriends.org/

Assistive Technology Finance Loan Programs in Connecticut
http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/allafpcontacts.html

Special needs hardware, software and organizations
http://www.closingthegap.com/

A community enhancing the availability of Assistive Technology devices
http://atsolutions.org

Life Without Limbs
http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/about-nick/bio/

 

Blindness

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
http://www.afb.org/default.aspx

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance And Training
http://www.nec4db.org/home.html

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A comprehensive list of organizations for Children and Adults who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing from theLaurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
https://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center/info-to-go/national-resources-and-directories/organizations.html

 

Know Your Rights!

The Americans with Disabilities Act
https://www.ada.gov

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008
http://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm

What families with students should know about The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Educational_Rights_and_Privacy_Act

 

Dementia

Beloved Music Can Renew Lives Lost to Dementia
http://musicandmemory.org/

Assistive Technology for people with dementia
http://www.atdementia.org.uk/

 

Locked-In-Syndrome

Association of Locked-In Syndrome (This site takes a long time to load, but is worth the wait. The English translation is on the site's lower right)
http://www.alis-asso.fr/

 

Software

Search for special iPhone, iPad and Android apps (THIS SITE TAKES A LONG TIME TO LOAD BUT IT'S WORTH THE WAIT!)
https://www.bridgingapps.org