Links of Interest
Autism and Disability Links & Notes
- ADAPT is a national
grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in
nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and
human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand
childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.
- The ALS Association (ALSA)
fights to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy
while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to
live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
- The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) is the national medical society representing more than 8,000 physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).
- The American Association of
People with Disabilities (AAPD) organizes the disability community to be a
powerful voice for change—politically, economically, and socially. It is the largest cross-disability rights organization in the world.
- The American Association
on Health and Disability (AAHD) supports health promotion and wellness
initiatives for children and adults with disabilities.
- The American Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), (formerly AAMR —
American Association of Mental Retardation) is the oldest and largest
interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about
intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- The American Council of the
Blind (ACB) strives to increase the independence, security, equality of
opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.
- The American Foundation for
the Blind (AFB) is a U.S. nonprofit organization enabling blind or visually
impaired people to achieve equality and access.
- The Amputee Coalition represents the population of amputees to government, industry, and the world. This organization is a nonprofit consumer education organization representing people who have experienced limb amputation. It provides advocacy and information resources to amputees and their families.
- The Arc is the largest
national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, encompassing
all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various
other developmental disabilities.
- Autism NOW: The National
Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive,
highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information
for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental
disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
- The Autism Society
exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public
awareness about the issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for
appropriate services, and providing the latest information.
Reality is a new movement by Alec Frazier for people who wish to further
the autism rights agenda while remaining in touch with today’s culture and
Consulting Services, Inc. recruits and hires people with disabilities for
competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
- The Center for Disability
Rights, Inc. (CDR) is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and
service organization for people with all types of disabilities. CDR advocates
for improved and expanded community-based services and accessible, affordable,
integrated housing options for people with disabilities.
serves to connect people with disabilities, their family members, Veterans,
caregivers, employers, service providers and others with the resources they
need to ensure that people of all abilities can fully participate in the
workplace and in their communities.
- Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
- The Hearing Loss
Association of America (HLAA) provides people with hearing loss
information, education, advocacy and support.
International meets the evolving needs of people dealing with, or at risk
for, vision loss and blindness through services, education, research, and
- The Museum of
disABILITY History is the only “bricks and mortar” museum of its kind in
the United States! It is a trusted, go-to resource for anyone that is looking
to learn about the history, challenges and achievements of individuals with
disabilities over the past few centuries. Here, the history of people with
disabilities becomes alive.
- The National Association of
Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) serves as the National Voice
of State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities. NACDD supports
Councils in implementing the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of
Rights Act promoting the interest and rights of people with developmental
disabilities and their families.
- The National Association of
the Deaf (NAD) safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of Americans
who are deaf and hard of hearing in the areas of education, employment, health
care and telecommunications.
- The National Council on
Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to
the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with
- The National Council on
Independent Living (NCIL) advances independent living and the rights of
people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy.
- The National Disability
Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the
federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client
Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. The NDRN has a
vision of a society where people with disabilities have equality and are able
to participate fully in community life.
- The National
Federation of the Blind (NFB) works to improve the lives of people who are
blind through advocacy, education, research, a technology center and programs
encouraging independence and self-confidence.
- The National Library
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers a free
library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers
in the United States by postage-free mail through a national network of
- The National Organization on
Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the
full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all
aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment
opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who
are not employed.
- The National
Rehabilitation Association (NRA) works to eliminate barriers and increase
employment opportunities for people with disabilities by providing members opportunities
for advocacy and increased awareness of through professional development and
access to current research topics.
- The National Youth Leadership
Network (NYLN) works to build power among people with disabilities between
the ages of 16- 28 years old.
- The Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and
influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an
increase in the employment of people with disabilities.
- The Real
Economic Impact Tour is the latest phase of the National Disability
Institute (NDI). The NDI is unified by common values and a vision to build
together a better economic future for individuals with disabilities and their
- Special Olympics
(SO) is where athletes with intellectual disabilities celebrate and are
celebrated for their accomplishments. Special Olympics also takes a leadership
role in diverse areas like healthcare, leadership training, legislative self-advocacy
- The United Spinal
Association is a national non-profit membership organization formed by
paralyzed Veterans whose mission is to improve the quality of life of Americans
with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). Membership is free and open to
all individuals with SCI/D.
- The United States
Access Board is an independent federal agency whose primary mission is
accessibility for people with disabilities.
- The US Business Leadership
Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive
performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain,
- VSA – The International
Organization on Arts and Disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for
people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.
Comic Book Friends
Nico Meyering is a graduate student in Public Administration at Binghamton University. He also has another home page. In addition, he has a page devoted to his love of comic books and science fiction.
- Storn Cook specializes in paintings for collectible card sets, including character cards for Legends of the Five Rings and Warlord CCG, and covers and interior art for Hero Games, including Ninja Heroes, Champions, and Fantasy Hero.
- Jim Coon is a native of Cortland, New York, and works as a cartoonist, caricature artist, and small-press comics creator of “Ice Cream Sandwich” and other cartoon confections.
- Mike Garland, a colorist.
- Rusty Gilligan, an artist and the creator of Mac and Trouble, a funny-animal science fiction comic featuring two feline adventurers.
- Warren Greenwood is a writer and storyboard artist, who worked on animated cartoons such as The Tick, Tiny Toon Adventures, Duck Tales: The Movie, and She-Ra. He is currently working on Grasshopper and Cricket, a graphic novel, and a play, Cartoon Graveyard.
- Jim Brenneman is a cartoonist, whose motto is “Cartoons About Politics, Cultural Absurdities, Random Nonsense and the Coming Apocalypse.”
- Steve Ellis, an artist who wrote and illustrated Scream: Drawing Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. He co-created and drew Box 13, the first comic developed directly for the iPhone, and High Moon, a werewolf western webcomic, and an online comics/game tie-in to the TV show Breaking Bad.
- Omni Comics Podcast (OCP) consists of lifelong comics fan, Drew Celestino, and newcomer Jay Gelsomino. OCP tackles new reviews, retro reviews, headlines, character spotlights and more, with high doses of opinion! No one is safe!
- Chuck Amadori is the Writer/Creator on PALE DARK and TETHER. He is an editor on DIVINITY. Chuck originally started out in film production, where he wrote, directed and edited several short films including the Bryant Film Festival winning short film “Image World.” Chuck is an avid reader of graphic novels, a film buff and sci-fi geek. He decided to transition to comics to escape the limitations of the film medium. He currently lives in Grand Island, NY.
- Aaron Kuder is an artist who is a native of Trumansburg, has illustrated comic books written by the rock group Coheed and Cambria; Green Lantern comics for DC Comics and Spider-Man comics for Marvel; and will soon be drawing comics featuring Superman.
- Jon Haeffner is an artist local to Ithaca.
- Mike Raicht is the co-writer of Stuff of Legend, a comic book series from Th3rd World Studios. He has also written issues of G.I. Joe (IDW Publishing) and Army of Darkness (Dynamite Entertainment).
- Mark McCracken is a writer and co-creator of the indie comics company Divine Authority Comics.
- Nik Pfeil Boyer is an artist from Florida who enjoys sharing beauty with the world.
- Joe Orsak is an artist from Syracuse, New York, who has engaged in a long career creating heroes, documenting history, and designing logos, all with the power of illustration!
- Ken Wheaton has worked on comics for Bongo, IDW, DC, Image, Moonstone, and Airwave. Most notably, he’s inked stories in Futurama, Bart Simpson Comics, Simpsons Winter Wing Ding, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror and Radioactive Man.