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Mesothelioma Guide

Our website is full of information about the relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma. As more people learn about the dangers of asbestos and the rates of mesothelioma, more will receive medical and financial support. That’s our priority: providing people with the knowledge and resources they need to fight this cancer.

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Service animals and international travel guide

Traveling in general can be a stressful experience, let alone outside of the country with a dutiful animal. However, this comprehensive guide can assist in making this process as smooth as possible. Preparation is crucial which is why we’ve put together detailed checklists for different types of travel (air, water, car, public transit) as well as the various regulations for popular locations (UK, US, Costa Rica, Japan, France).

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The Complete Guide to Insomnia - and How You Can Manage It

This guide contains plenty of information such as:

  • An in-depth look at insomnia: what causes it, the different kinds of insomnia, and its effects on health and wellbeing.
  • Advice for managing insomnia effectively with stress management and relaxation techniques, proper diet and exercise, good sleeping environment, CBT, and mindfulness meditation.
  • How certain medications and treatments can affect sleep, the importance of routine for good sleep hygiene, and why you should keep a sleep journal.
  • Links to other useful resources and websites to better understand and develop good sleeping habits.

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Disassembling Disability

Our mission is to disassemble the negativity and stigma that can come when living with a disability through education and mentoring, We offer an Accessibility and Inclusivity Presentation to Students and teachers, as well as to employers. In these presentations we discuss history, the difference between inclusivity and accessibility and why they are equally as important to each other. We also offer workshops and one to one coaching.

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What is Down Syndrome and how to deal with it? Check out college programs, scholarships and support resources for Students with Down Syndrome. Believe and Challenge Yourself!

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International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development

In this book, experts draw on global examples to review universal rights and their impact on social policy and human welfare. Analysing their strengths, weaknesses and enforcement, the book sets out the role of universal rights in domestic and geopolitical affairs. Including a forward by Albie Sachs, this book presents an honest appraisal of both the concepts of international human rights and their realities. It will engage those with an interest in social policy, ethics, politics, international relations, civil society and human rights-based approaches to campaigning and policy development.

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Coronavirus Effects on Sleep: Recommendations from the Experts

Our collective sleep health as a society has suffered in the wake of one of the deadliest plagues in human history. Not only is the virus itself harmful with potentially lasting effects, even post-recovery, but the environment created in its wake has left many struggling to cope. The ability to visit public venues without anxiety has changed for many, and the mental adjustments around safety have likely profoundly affected your health and sleep.

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Mesothelioma Hope

A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult for a family to navigate. It can be especially difficult to tell your child that their loved one has terminal cancer. That said, there are many ways to support your children as they face the challenge of a sick loved one. Learn more about tips you can use when talking to your children about cancer.

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Speech Pathology Degrees

This resource provides a guide on speech pathology education. It shows the benefits associated with pursuing a speech therapy or speech pathology degree or certification.

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ChanceLight Education 

This resource provides information about individual education plans (IEP) for students. An IEP is a specific program that identifies the instruction, support, and services a student needs to make progress based on results from an evaluation process.  An IEP is developed to suit the unique educational needs of an individual student.

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Sleep and Down Syndrome
This resource provides information about the links between sleep apnea and down syndrome. It covers reasons why people with down syndrome are more at risk for sleep apnea, symptoms of sleep apnea, and tips for getting a better night's sleep.

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How to Improve Emotional Self-Regulation Among Children with Autism and Attention Disorders
This resource provides useful information for parents regarding how they can help their children that are facing executive function deficits due to ASD, ADD, and other learning disabilities. It lays out a detailed eight-step lesson plan that teaches how to improve a child's emotional self-regulation. 

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Accessible Transport for All
This Resource provides an in-depth look at accessible transportation, its history, importance and most importantly, step by step actionable instructions on how persons with disabilities and those with special needs can modify their transportation for accessibility.

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Best Mobility Aids
Best Mobility Aids is a resource that offers practical and helpful advice regarding selecting the right mobility aids for different types of disabilities.

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Online college is a great option for anyone, especially if you're a student with a disability. This guide covers everything there is to know about taking and succeeding in online classes as a student with a disability, from the best scholarship options to the assistive technology options you're entitled to and more.

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Disability Career Guide by Novoresume
In today’s job market having a disability that shouldn’t be an issue. A disability doesn’t prevent you from having the job of your dreams. The job market accommodates people with a wide range of qualifications, passions, talents, and abilities. In this guide, you will find useful tips and advice in how to find the right job as a person with a disability.

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Flying with Disabilities and Special Needs Guide
The modern marvel of flying makes it possible for us to reach destinations that in a matter of hours. You might dream of seeing faraway places or visiting loved ones. Although you might be afraid to fly because of a disability, health condition, or even your age.  These variables might make flying more difficult but not impossible. You can practice the advice from this flying guide to build confidence and gradually plan longer trips.

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Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability globally. More than one in five adults experiences chronic pain. This guide covers 32 must-know statistics about the prevalence, demographics, causes, cost, and treatment of chronic pain. To help people better manage their pain, the guide ends with science-based treatment tips for an improved quality of life.

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Sensory Activities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Special sensory needs can prove challenging to parents, caregivers, and teachers as many settings may cause distress for children with autism spectrum disorders. This resource, published by Dr. Lisa Wright of Purdue University Global, details examples of sensory-friendly community activities and how to find them in your community, how to plan sensory-friendly activities, and raises awareness of World Autism Month in April.

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Tips for Speech Therapy at Home for Children with Autism
This guide details how parents can conduct speech therapy interventions at home. It includes speech therapy activities for children with ASD of various age groups, including infants & toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-age children, and adolescents

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Step-by-Step Guide to Traveling With a Disability
As our world becomes more connected by technology, travel has become more accessible to everyone, even those with disabilities. It’s important to know your specific needs and allow plenty of time for trip preparation and planning. ETIAS created a general guide meant for use by travelers with disabilities whether physical, developmental, visual, aural, or neurological.

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The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability
This guide offers lots of helpful information such as the barriers travellers with disabilities face when they fly, and practical advice on the best places to visit as a holidaymaker, how to book up a hotel room which is right for you and how to get special assistant on your flight if you need it.

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Planning Trips for Children with Autism
This resource offers helpful information for parents traveling with children with autism. It lists important questions to ask about the preparedness of new spaces and offers trip-planning strategies, such as bringing sensory blockers like headphones to crowded destinations. It also includes an “Outline Your Trip” PDF to help parents get ready for short and long trips with their children. Published by Simmons University's online master's in behavior analysis program.

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Travel Tips for Autistic Children - ACCEL
It is more challenging to travel with an autistic child. We have identified few simple tips to make your trip more easier with the autistic children.

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Birth Injury Guide
Birth Injury Guide is a comprehensive resource for families coping with a birth trauma. We strive to educate families on many different types of birth injuries, what the symptoms are, how birth injuries are caused, how they can be diagnosed, what the available treatment is, what the prognosis is, and what assistance programs are available to them. 

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How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities
This resource provides information for parents on how to create a backyard sanctuary and play place for children with disabilities. It provides information on outdoor sensory play, accessibility, safety, and different ways to keep children active and engaged outdoors.

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Guardianship of young adults with disabilities
This guide discusses the process of obtaining guardianship of young adults with disabilities to help parents or caretakers deciding upon the level of guardianship to obtain once they become an adult . It also list what to expect financially, including legal costs, and ways to offset those through the use of Social Security Disability Insurance and personal loans.

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The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel With a Disability
This free guide was put together with the help of disability travel experts and includes advice, tips, and tricks to making navigating the airport TSA checks, and flying, a more enjoyable experience.

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Medication Management for People with Disabilities
One in every four U.S. adults has a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Plus, many people with disabilities are also managing chronic conditions or other illnesses. If you have a disability and you’re taking medication, you’re certainly not alone. That’s why SingleCare created this medication management guide.

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Talking Sense, by Agnes Houston
The book Talking Sense provides a personal story reflecting on the experience of living with dementia. It provides stories of sensory changes shared with the author, by people living with dementia around the world. It was written by Agnes Houston, MBE with Dr Julie Christie and is published by HammondCare, an independent charity.
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A comprehensive checklist, which includes standards and recommendations, covering all areas of a home (kitchen, bathroom, stairways, etc.) and aimed at improving the overall comfort and safety for those in a wheelchair.

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Inclusivity in Film: Final Cutz
Final Cutz is an independent satire which is defying Hollywood stereotypes and embracing inclusivity.  One of the film’s heroes is played by Rio Finnegan, a student with spina bifida, who also served behind the camera as an Assistant Director.  We are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help raise completion funds, and we would greatly appreciate any support you might be able to give. More at: https://www.finalcutzthemovie.com/

Contact: Liam Lockhart, finalcutzthemovie [at] gmail.com

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This guide is an excellent resource offering plenty of useful information about different types of cerebral palsy and what support is available to make living with the disorder easier.

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Cerebral Palsy Group
The Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource to help provide FREE support and useful resources to individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, birth injuries, and other disabilities.

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Happysleepyhead
People with disabilities often have trouble sleeping, because of pain or too much stress in their life. Here's the most comprehensive guide to getting better sleep for people with disabilities.

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Travelling Abroad with a Disability
The guide offers helpful travel tips and useful accessibility information for various disabilities. A vital chapter talks about what to pack, transport accessibility, medical emergency management, and even travel recommendations specifically catering for the disabled.

A Definitive Guide to Travelling with Disabilities

Practical tips and advice for the disabled traveller such as the best, most-accessible holidays and travel destinations, advice on bringing medications and medical equipment abroad, and a useful checklist of essential items to bring.

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Disability Rights Relating to Commercial Properties
Under federal and state laws, those with a range of disabilities are afforded accessibility rights when it comes to commercial properties ranging from restaurants to banks, and all in between. These rights and responsibilities especially pertain to modern buildings and new builds, while older buildings may have some exclusions if they are protected. Disability rights are essential so that everyone can access the same places, products, and services. In terms of design, these mostly center around physical access including for those with limited mobility and those who use wheelchairs. This guide to commercial property rights and responsibilities contains information on laws and regulations.

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The Guardian Documentary: The Fight
The documentary is about a group of protestors with disabilities in Bolivia who occupied space in La Paz demanding that the government give them a proper state pension. People with disabilities are among the most discriminated against in Bolivia. Fed up with being ignored, a group of them march across the Andes to the seat of the government in La Paz, asking to speak to President Evo Morales. They are met with riot police, barricades, teargas and water cannon.

More at: http://bit.ly/2qrpPgJ
Contact: Charlie Phillips, charlie.phillips [at] theguardian.com

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Muhi- Generally Temporary
The film introduces us to Muhi (Muhammad), a brave and spirited Palestinian boy, who for the past 7 years has been living in an Israeli hospital. With both his arms and legs amputated, Muhi is unable to return to his family in Gaza, where the healthcare system has no means to treat his condition. Watched over by both Jews and Arabs, and caught between the pressures of two worlds, Muhi’s story bears witness to many struggles, and also attests to an inspiring resilience within the larger conflict.

More at: bit.ly/MuhiCampaign
Contact: Eliza Duenow, muhi [at] medaliaproductions.com

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Guide for Building an Accessible Home Living Space for People with Disabilities
Today, 56.7 million individuals in the United States are living with a disability. Whether you’re living in an older home that needs a major remodel or looking to revamp your space, it is important to understand the factors needed to make a home even more accessible to disabled needs.

  • Are your walkways and entrances well-lit and step-free?
  • Are all shelves and cabinets within easy reach for your ability and height?
  • Are there carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed on each floor of the home?

In this guide, you will learn the proper modifications for every living space to make your home safe and accessible. After all, every home is meant to bring comfort and peace of mind. Here’s how to build an accessible home living space for people with disabilities. 

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Access Visual Art (AVA)
Access Visual Art (AVA) is an online information resource dedicated to providing physical accessibility information
about Ontario’s art venues. This resource includes image-rich and detailed reports gathered from surveys and site audits, presenting up-to-date profiles on the accessibility features of venues such as museums, galleries, studios, theatres and other facilities used by the visual arts sector.

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Dealhack Persons With Disabilities Discounts Guide

The Dealhack Persons With Disabilities Discounts Guide is a list of stores and brands that offer discounts for persons with psychological, psychiatric, or cognitive disabilities. Every three months, we update the lists to include the newest offers to help you save on your purchases.

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Cerebral Palsy Information & Resources

Cerebral Palsy Guidance (CPG) is one of the web's most comprehensive resource on cerebral palsy, providing support and information to individuals and families faced with a very complex neurological condition.

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Vision Centre: Eye Care & Health
Over 3 million people (40+) in the U.S. are legally blind or have low vision, which means they have a best-corrected visual acuity below 6/12 (greater than 20/40). The primary causes of poor vision and blindness in America are connected to certain eye conditions and diseases. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration, among other eye disorders.

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A Landlord & Tenant's Guide to Renting With a Disability
If you’re a caretaker to someone with a disability, knowing if they’re ready to live independently is also crucial in ensuring their daily life is supported. TurboTenant has created this guide that will provide you with everything you need to know about renting with a disability and accessible housing whether you’re a landlord or tenant.

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Sleep in Children with Celebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in children, and nearly 46% of children with Cerebral Palsey experience sleep disorders. This guide provides professional advice for parents and caretakers to ensure their child with CP is getting the best sleep possible. The resource covers information on sleep disorders, exercise and nutrition, and sleep hygiene that will help children get a better night's rest. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding and Renting Housing With Disabilities
In this guide, we’ll provide all the information you need to find and rent housing if you, a friend, or a family member has a disability. It covers:

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Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition.

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Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parent
This guide offers useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times.

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A guide to flying for people with disabilities
Traveling by airplane is a great way to get to a distant destination, but this mode of travel can come with extra challenges for those with disabilities. Planning your trip and knowing your rights and options for accessible travel will help your trip go smoothly.

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Fully Accessible Guide to Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds and Playsets
Our guide covers everything that parents and local community planners need to know about how to make their local playgrounds and backyard playsets fully accessible. In addition, our web page on the Backyartisan is fully accessible for people of all abilities, so it can easily be read by a screen reader or other technology that helps folks navigate the internet.
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Our new calculator can tell you how long you've spent binge-watching leading streaming services such as Netflix. It will also tell you what you could have been doing instead!
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Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health
Developmental disabilities can impact a person’s general and oral health standing. This is because certain disorders impair learning, physical, language, and behavioral capabilities. Find out more information at NewMouth. 
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Physical Disabilities and Oral Health
Physical disabilities limit an individual’s mobility, stamina, and physical functioning overall. Due to these limitations, people with physical disabilities are more likely to develop oral health complications, such as cavities, gum disease, and dental defects.
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Tappy Guide - the Smart City Solution
Tappy Guide is a smart city technology that helps cities, its infrastructure, it's transportation system and small businesses become smarter for people with disabilities.  Tappy Guide mobile application provides indoor and outdoor navigation to help locate and identify pick-up/drop-off locations, and building entrances/exits.  We virtually assist the blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, wheelchair users and senior citizens with real time data and locations. We provide navigation assistance to people with disabilities or anyone who needs support in an unknown environment.

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