for disability resources from other countries? The sites listed below feature
extensive guides to disability resources in their countries and/or represent
their country's major cross-disability organizations. They are geared more
for people who live or will be staying in these countries than for tourists
or visitors (see Travel Guides - Foreign
for those). Since the DRM Guide is intended primarily for American audiences
and we do not have the capability of evaluating foreign language sites, only
English or bilingual sites are included. However, many of these sites can
be used as a starting-off point to link to other disability organizations
in their countries.
Part of a federally funded
project called "IDEAS for the New Millennium," DisabilityWorld is
a web-zine "dedicated to advancing an exchange of information and research
about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities."
The zine is published every month or two, and features a wide range of articles
(many seem to be reader-contributed) as well as a database of resources which
should prove more worthwhile as it grows. Academics and others with an interest
in the international disability scene will want to check out this site.
Information about this
"federation of national and international organizations and agencies
working for the prevention of disability, the rehabilitation of people with
disabilities and the equalization of opportunities within society on behalf
of persons with disabilities and their families throughout the world."
Provides information about
the United Nations' activities relating to people with disabilities, including
the UN Voluntary Fund on Disability, the Disabled Persons Bulletin, Observances,
WID is "a nonprofit,
international public-policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting edge
research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living."
WID's website describes the organization's major projects.
Information about a wide
variety of disability services (e.g., accessibility, education, employment,
financial supports, health, housing and residential supports, personal supports,
rights, tax programs and transportation) that are available through federal,
provincial, and territorial government programs. French/English.
This extensive guide from
the Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) provides links to information about
transportation, community information, disability organizations, employment,
independent living, products and services, support groups, and numerous other
topics of interest to Canadians with Disabilities. French/English.
Information about this
"policy-research and development organization [whose] mission is to generate
knowledge, information and skills to secure the inclusion, citizenship, human
rights and equality of people with intellectual and other disabilities."
This personal web site
by David Cross includes a very extensive and well-organized guide to disability
organizations in the U.K. as well as a series of fact sheets on common issues
and concerns of people with disabilities in the U.K.