Dr William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library
Grossmont Healthcare District - A Public Agency Serving San Diego's East County Region

Disability Resources

In addition to the following links to Disability resources, the Herrick Library subscribes to these relevant magazines:

  • Ability
  • HeadWise (migraine and headache disorders)
  • Hearing Loss
  • PN (Paraplegia News)
  • Stroke Connection

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Disability.gov - Federal government site for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws, and regulations. Links to resources from federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit organizations. Sections include benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.

Disability resources in California - for disability and Medi-Cal resources in California. See also the California Department of Health Care Services for disability related information in over 90 different languages. Formas en Español – para información del Seguro Estatal de Incapacidad.

MedlinePlus: Disabilities – Basic information about disabilities and numerous links to government agencies and other organizations for explanations, websites, and other resources. Información en Español

Click here for health information in other languages.

Disability Information - General Hearing
Assistive Technology Rehabilitation
Brain Injuries Spinal Cord Injuries
Developmental Disabilities Stroke

Disability Information - General

Accessible San Diego - Information center for travelers, residents, seniors, and veterans with disabilities. Provides resources for accessible venues in San Diego, including lodging, transportation, attractions, and restaurants. Also includes list of service organizations for people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act - Information and technical assistance with the ADA, including laws/regulations, design standards, technical assistance materials, and enforcement. Sections on Introduction to the ADA, Enforcement Activities, and Federal and ADA Disability Resources.

Family Caregiver Alliance - FCA and the National Center on Caregiving provide caregivers with education, services, research, and advocacy. Use Family Care Navigator to locate local programs and services. Información en Español.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet – Provides links to hundreds of disability-related websites as well as information about print materials, videos, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other services that provide free, inexpensive, or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.

Learning Disabilities Association of America – Provides support and information to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers, and other professionals. Site includes links to information on types of learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – Information on learning disabilities and attention issues including sections for parents, young adults, professionals, and educators.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped – National network of cooperating libraries that administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the U.S. by postage-free mail.

Social Security Administration: Disability – Information on disability benefits from the U.S. government and instructions on how to apply for Social Security disability and Medicare benefits. Información en Español. Information in 17 other Developmental Disabilities Stroke languages.

Assistive Technology

Abledata – Source for impartial, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources on assistive technology (AT) options and programs available. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Trace Research and Development Center – Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Trace Center focuses on research to make everyday technologies accessible and usable for people with disabilities. Includes links to all types of disability assistive technologies.

Brain Injuries

Brain Injury Association of AmericaThe Living with Brain Injury section includes information on different types of brain injuries, diagnosis, treatment, mild brain injury,concussion, and where to find support and resources. Also has information on brain injury in children and information for family and caregivers.

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation – Provides information, support, education, and community awareness for brain injury survivors in San Diego County and their caregivers and families. Its publication, The Journey Towards Recovery: A Brain Injury Guide for Families/El Trayecto Hacia La Recuperación: Una Guía sobre Lesiones Cerebrales para Familias, is available to download for free in English or en Español.

Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services – Information on services and support available to individuals in California with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and related conditions. Services are provided through regional centers, including the San Diego Regional Center.

Foundation for Developmental Disabilities – Serves individuals living with a developmental disability and their families in San Diego and Imperial counties. Provides support when needed services are not available from public or private resources.

HealthyChildren.org – Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on a wide range of developmental disabilities. En Español Discapacidades del Desarrollo.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an A - Z Index of birth defects, blood disorders & disabilities. Also includes sections on before & during pregnancy, infants and children, people with disabilities, and blood disorders.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) – Provides individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and community awareness programs. TASK is the federally-funded Parent Training and Information Center that serves San Diego County. En Español TASK es una organización que ofrece apoyo a familias con hijos con discapacidades. Ofrece a padres de niños con necesidades especiales asistencia y apoyo para obtener servicios en el área de intervención temprana, médica, terapia y educación.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – ASHA includes information for the public and professionals. The Public section offers extensive information on hearing and balance; speech, language and swallowing; health insurance; and additional resources. Informacion en Español de la Asociación Americana del Habla, Lenguaje y Audición.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults – ALDA’s official communication philosophy is “Whatever works!” ALDA is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual, no matter whether they lip-read, sign, write, use hearing aids, or have cochlear implants, The site provides information and support. Hearing Loss Association of America– HLAA’s provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families. It works to raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings. Site includes information on hearing loss basics, workplace, and technology, as well as sections for parents, veterans, and young adults, California State Association and San Diego Chapter.

How’s Your Hearing? – The American Academy of Audiology sponsors this consumer website with information about hearing and hearing loss, children and hearing loss, hearing aids, assistive listening and alerting devices, cochlear implants, aural rehabilitation, auditory processing disorders, and common conditions such as dizziness and tinnitus. Find an Audiologist directory to help locate an audiologist in your area.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders – One of the National Institutes of Health, NIDCD includes information on hearing, ear infections, and deafness; balance; taste and smell; and voice, speech, and language. Información en Español.


American Occupational Therapy Asssociation (AOTA) – The AOTA provides a “Caregivers Toolkit” to aid caregivers of all types of patients with resources based on patient’s age and type of disease.

California Department of Rehabilitation – Information on the assistance available to eligible Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and maximize their ability to live independently in their communities. Provides vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with every type and category of disability.

Challenged America – Provides free sailing educational and rehabilitation programs to individuals with disabilities, their loved ones, and professionals in healthcare and rehabilitation from its facility on Shelter Island in San Diego, California.

National Rehabilitation Information Center – NARIC is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Provides links to articles, reports, and research projects on a wide variety of disability and rehabilitation topics. Also provides extensive links to Disability Resources including organizations, agencies, and online resources.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation – Provides information, assistance, and resources on current research information on rehabilitation and treatments for people with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. The Paralysis Resource Center includes extensive information on spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, paralysis and its impact, living a healthy life, and hundreds of Fact Sheets A-Z. Hojas de datos en Español.

United Spinal Association/Spinal Cord Resource Center – Provides information on spinal cord injuries and disorders including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and poliomyelitis. Provides support and information to loved ones, care providers, and professionals.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – One of the National Institutes of Health, NINDS provides information on Disorders A to Z as well as links to patient resources from Government Agencies, and other Organizations. Información en Español y Publicaciones en Español.

National Stroke Association – Resources and education on all aspects of stroke, including prevention, warning signs and symptoms, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Disclaimer: The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library provides public access to a wide range of health and medical information and is not a substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your physician or other health care professional concerning specific questions or to obtain medical advice.

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