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  1. Disabilities Resources (Fullmer)
      Provides over 100 resources related to disabilities. Called Untangling the Web.

  2. Disability Resources (New York Insititute for Special Education)
      Provides over 100 resources related to disabilities, in alphabetical order by organization.

  3. Recumbent Tricycles and Quads (Awesome Library)
  4. Tricycling (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of tricycles and quadcycles (four-wheels) for adults. These cycles can provide safe transportation and exercise, as well as haul items. Safer from falls, more comfortable, and more powerful than a bicycle. If a fuel cell is added for additional power on hills, these cycles might provide good general transportation that is very inexpensive. 6-01

  1. Awesome Talking Library (Awesome Library) star
      Converts online text into spoken words through the Awesome Talkster program. Awesome Talkster has one of the clearest synthesized voices on the Web.

      Converting online text into speech has many uses. For example, Talkster can speak online stories or books to children while an adult supervises. The voice can be put in "Boy" or "Girl" mode to add a character with a bubble over his or her head. The bubble will show each word as it is spoken and the voice can be put on "slow" for your child to follow. Talkster can thereby assist your child in learning how to pronounce words while reading.

      Talkster is also useful for adults. It can speak news articles to you in one open browser while you are searching for information in another browser window.

      For persons with visual impairments or poor coordination, Talkster can be navigated with keystrokes.

      The Web can be navigated using a version of Awesome Library in a different language, such as Spanish, while using a voice for that language that is available through the Awesome Talkster. Links to different language versions of the Awesome Library are available at the bottom of most Awesome Library pages. Links to free voices for different languages can be found on the Awesome Talking Library's help page. 9-02

  1. -First Bionic Leg Controlled Only by Leg Power (
      War veteran demonstrates the use of a bionic leg that he controls with his thoughts. 12-13

  1. Americans With Disabilities Act (U.S. Department of Justice)
      Provides information on the law, as well as enforcement. 5-00

  2. Finding Affordable Online Colleges for Students With Disabilities (
      " In 2013, seven million colleges students — nearly 50 percent of all those enrolled — took at least one online class, with an estimated 20 percent earning an entire degree program remotely. The Sloan Consortium reports that 74 percent of today’s academic leaders rate the educational outcomes of online learning as equal to or superior to those of face-to-face systems. More recruiters than ever before are embracing online credentials." Allows you to search by degree level, state, category, or subject. Provides a guide for students with disabilities.

  3. Heroes Help Children with War Injuries (CNN News)
      "Montanti brings maimed children from war zones and disaster areas around the world to the United States for free medical treatment. She's helped over a hundred children so far, and it all started with a letter from a Bosnian boy named Kenan." 3-11

  4. Paralyzed Bride Walks Down the Aisle (ABC News)
      "A woman from Ohio who's paralyzed from the waist down kept her vow to walk down the aisle at her wedding.” 08-13

  5. Paraplegic Walks at Graduation with Help of Exoskeleton (CNN News)
      "Austin Whitney is walking proof that determination -- combined with creative ingenuity -- can turn a seemingly impossible idea into a reality." 05-11

  6. Prosthetics That Celebrate Personalities (CNN News)
      "Most people have two legs. Aimee Mullins has 28."

      "Mullins' 14 pairs of prosthetic legs are more than medical devices. They are wearable sculpture, secret weapons and a passport to embrace and show off the thing that makes her superficially different – the fact that she has no flesh-and-blood legs below the knee." 05-12

  7. Reconstructive Surgery for the Disadvantaged Worldwide (Operation Smile)
  8. Recumbent Tricycle - Hand Powered (Freedom Ryder)
      Describes the product. Awesome Library does not endorse this product, but only provides it as an example. Sometimes called three-wheel bicycles. 6-01

  9. Recumbent Tricycle - SolarTrike for Solar Power (
      Starts at 2,000 dollars and weighs 106 pounds with a 200 watt motor and a 50 watt solar panel. Does not use batteries. Awesome Library does not endorse this product, but only provides it as an example. 6-01

  10. Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Resources (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)
      Provides factsheets for parents and parents to be. 1-01

  11. Spinal Cord Injury - Diaphragm Implants (CBS News)
      "Doctors have implanted electrodes in Christopher Reeve's chest in an experimental procedure that could someday enable the paralyzed 'Superman' star to breathe without a respirator." 3-03

  12. Waddell, Paraplegic, Climbing Kilimanjaro (CBS News)
      "I had only been on one rig for a brief climb on the winch up the hill behind Scott's shop before today. With an untested rig, I think my nervousness was well placed — though I had complete confidence in Dave's group, and they were making minor changes to Bomba, our really successful rig." 09-09

  13. Woman with Severe Disabilities Wins Visitation Rights (CNN News)
      "A California judge ruled Friday that a woman who suffered severe brain damage during the birth of her triplets must be granted visitation rights to see them." 3-11

  14. Woman with Severe Disabilities Wins Visitation Rights (CNN News)
      "A California judge ruled Friday that a woman who suffered severe brain damage during the birth of her triplets must be granted visitation rights to see them." 3-11

  1. Paralympics
      Provides news. 10-09

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  1. Assistive Technology - Games and Devices (Bunday)
      Provides adapted games and switches for children with special needs.


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