communities are springing up throughout cyberspace, offering
visitors diverse opportunities to obtain a wide range of news,
information and support in one place. Disability communities
open (and close) with some regularity. Although disability communities
offer convenience, we haven't found any yet that take the place
of good online research. In fact,
it is apparent that most of them have been developed as venues
for disability advertisers and shopping malls. That said, the disability communities
listed below have received fairly widespread publicity and/or
have significant depth, cover a wide range of disabilities, are
updated very frequently, and include at least three components
(original information, opportunities for interaction, and links
to other resources).
- AccessLife.com [ceased publication
- CanDo.com [ceased publication 2001]
- Disability Issues (about.com) [ceased publication
news, articles, resources, forums, etc., this site has grown
considerably since we first visited in February 2001, but the
news is not as timely, some of the sections remain fairly sparse,
and the forums are not well used. It's worth watching. Kudos
to the webmaster for the text-only option.
- Half the Planet
- This community
closed not long after it opened in 2000, but was later resurrected
as a "nonprofit" site. The news and articles are interesting
and timely, the message boards are used though not heavily, and
the resource lists (links) are extensive though not necessarily
selective. There is an extensive list of "partners,"
though it is not clear what they do.
- New Mobility Cafe
- The online
companion to one of our favorite disability magazines, the New
Mobility Cafe features timely news and articles, selections from
the magazine, message boards and chat rooms (you'll have to register
for both), "Ask An Expert" columns, well-organized
community and commercial links, and more.
- Much like
its print magazine counterpart, We Media, this fairly
extensive site focuses on mainstream disability lifestyle articles
with news, links, sports, home, money and related sections. Look
here for lots of disability-related shopping.
- This British-based
community has grown considerably in content and class since its
days as "Disability Net." Look here for news and lifestyle
articles (with a British focus), pen pals, forums and discussions.
The shopping area features discounts on conventional (not disability-related)
- Chat Rooms
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