There are a variety of agencies and organizations throughout the State of Alaska and selected national groups that offer direct services, information and referral.
ABILITYAwareness.org is our non profit organization dedicated to building a world of inclusion for people with health conditions and disabilities. ABILITY Build is our hallmark program which engages volunteers with health conditions and disabilities to build accessible low-income homes.
ABILITYJobs.com is the largest stand-alone resume bank for people with disabilities. We help companies fulfill their affirmative action compliance requirements and are committed to expanding awareness about this job site to as many companies as possible.
ABILITYMagazine.com ABILITY Magazine is the largest magazine in the U.S. covering disability issues. We are an award-winning publication, distributed by Time-Warner, with a combined online and print readership of more than one million. For nearly 20 years, our mission has been to provide new insights into our individual levels of ability. From Diabetes to Spinal Cord Injury and celebrity interviews to CEO profiles, ABILITY covers the latest on Health, Environmental Protection, Assistive Technology, Employment, Sports, Travel, Universal Design, Mental Health and much more. Our writers include MDs, PhDs, JDs, best-selling authors, U.S. Senators and advocates. Cover interviews consist of Movie Stars, TV Celebrities, U.S. Presidents, First Ladies and more.
Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
- Dramatically increases the accessibility of books
- A searchable online library
- Offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors
You can correspond with other parents and educators involved in Special Education in Alaska through the Aksped electronic discussion group. The focus of the discussion group (listserv) is to share practices of early intervention, special education and related services involving children birth - 22 in Alaska and their families.
This discussion forum is hosted by the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education as a way for parents, educators and professionals to share information and ideas that improve the lives of children receiving Special Education services.
It's easy to join! You must be able to email from your computer to join, but there is no cost. Here are instructions:
- Go to http://list.state.ak.us/guest/RemoteListSummary/AKSPED
- Type in your email address, be sure "immediate delivery" is clicked and submit.
- If you want to post a message to everyone subscribed, email to Aksped@list.state.ak.us
Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC)
The latest way for families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders to connect with each other and stay connected throughout Alaska.
Alaska Epilepsy: An Online Resource for Parents (akepilepsy.org)
UnderProject Access, a website resource was launched in 2009 for parents of children/youth with epilepsy in Alaska. It includes basic information about the types, causes, and triggers of seizures; first aid; Seizure Action Plans and other tools; information about and links to national and state resources; and guidance to help parents work with their children's schools.
Alaska Family Directory for Parents of Children with Special Needs
New Statewide collaborative website for Educational events that provides local learning opportunities to parents, professionals and educators related to disabilities.
The Alaska Family Directory is for parents, educators and others involved with children with special needs! Please go to this Department of Education and Early Development-funded website for a statewide calendar of Educational Opportunities:
Developmental Milestone Checklist
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has put together a developmental milestone checklist to assist parents in monitoring their childs development. Learn the Signs. Act Early. Do you know all the ways you should measure your child’s growth? We naturally think of height and weight, but from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach her full potential. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly/
First online community dedicated to providing resources for people with disabilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA, as many as half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, with more than 3 billion drugs prescribed annually. Unfortunately, many medications intended to help a patient can cause harmful and debilitating side effects. At DrugWatch.com, we aim to educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medication interactions, and current developments in the medical field..
Contact the Alaska Medicare Information Office. Alaskans helping Alaskans get more out of their Medicare.
One–on–one counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their families.
Training on how to spot and report Medicare errors, waste and fraud.
Questions? Contact us: In Anchorage: 907-269-3680 • Toll–free in Alaska: 800-478-6065
TTK: 800-770-8973 • Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
MESOTHELIOMA CENTER Exposure to asbestos can cause a wide array of disabling conditions which can lead to death if not detected early. These conditions include asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Visit the mesothelioma center for more information on asbestosis and mesothelioma treatment options.
Navigating Medicare and Medicaid, 2005: Resource Guides for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates
The Kaiser Family Foundation today released new guides, prepared by Bob Williams and Henry Claypool of Advancing Independence and Jeff Crowley of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, that explain the role of Medicare and Medicaid for roughly 20 million children, adults and seniors with disabilities. http://www.kff.org/medicare/med020705pkg.cfm
Newborn Hearing Fact Sheet
Why is Mandatory Newborn Hearing Screening & Reporting So Important? Newborn Hearing Facts
Partners in Policymaking
"Partners in Education," a six-hour self directed e-learning course to help parents with children with developmental disabilities better understand and maximize the benefits of special education services and inclusion for their children, is now available, and we would like your evaluation of the course and suggestions for improvements. Go to www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/education
to review the course and give us your comments and feedback. Updates to this course regarding the results of the IDEA reauthorization, now titled the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), will be made when an accurate and comprehensive summary is available.
Also available from Partners in Policymaking:
“Partners In Employment”
is a self-study, Internet-based learning program, created to give users the practical skills needed to find real, competitive employment in their own community.
After completing this free course, participants will:
- Understand the hiring process and how it might differ for people with disabilities
- Know how to succeed with their strengths, skills, and interests
- Create a resume or portfolio that presents a person and his or her abilities in the best light
- Know how to network and identify potential employers
- Be prepared for a successful job interview
- Know how to evaluate a job offer and make sure it fits a person’s skills and dreams
Information in this course is relevant and useful regardless of where a participant is located. “Partners in Employment” is part of the continuing effort to create a new employment culture - one in which willing workers are welcomed and embraced by satisfied employers and a supportive public.
Set for Life
“Teaching Self-Determination in Alaskan Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers” is a project sponsored by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The kit has been developed for teachers, parents, students and other professionals who are interested in promoting self-determination within home, school and community settings.
TheLifeline project is part of the National Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaborative, multiproject effort led by SAMHSA that incorporates the best practices and research in suicide prevention and intervention with the goal of reducing the incidence of suicide nationwide. Press Release
Additional information about the project can be found in the attached press release or by going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline web site at: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
ToolKits Available to Assist Individuals and Families
Individuals who need personal assistance often struggle to keep good workers. To bring proven methods and tools to individuals, the project developed Toolkits, find choose & keep great Direct Service Personal. These are designed to assist individuals with disabilities or their families in recruiting, hiring, and keeping well matched, competent personal care workers.
United Healthcare Children's Foundation
Offering Grants for Medical Services. The United Healthcare Children's Foundation is offering support to meet the needs of children nationwide with assistance grants for medical services not fully covered by health insurance. For more information
We Connect Now
This website is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. Used as a resource by institutions of higher learning, this site has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in 50 states and at least 9 foreign countries.
Where to Turn
Published by the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education contains an extensive list of resources available. Online Edition