Disabilities
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Amputations
  • Amputation
    Ways you can help a loved one adapt to amputation
     
  • The Amputee Coalition of America
    The ACA is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences.

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Brain Injury
  • Coping With Brain Injuries
    A few suggestions of ways you can help your loved one through the different stages of brain injury.
     
  • The Brain Injury Association
    Dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.
     
  • The Shepherd Center
    Information for caregivers from the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital specializing in spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and other neuromuscular disorders.

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Broken Bones

  • Broken Bones
    Eliminating some of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis may reduce the chances of a broken bone.

  • Hip Replacement Questions & Answers
    Information you need to know if your loved has had—or will have—a hip replacement.

  • Osteoporosis
    Does your love one have osteoporosis? Here are some ways you can help him or her to live a fuller life.

  • The Basics of Broken Hips
    Some practical suggestions for helping a loved one who has broken a hip, including tips for helping avoid future falls.

  • The National Osteoporosis Foundation
    The National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading resource for people seeking up-to-date, medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of osteoporosis.
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Developmental Disorders

  • Developmental Disabilities
    Some facts and figures regarding developmental disabilities.

  • Spina Bifida Association of America
    Resources, information, and support from the SBAA website.

  • The ARC
    The Arc (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States) is a voluntary organization committed to children and adults with mental retardation and their families.

  • The Autism Society of America
    The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families.

  • The NADDA
    Homepage of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association, an organization that helps adults with ADD and ADHD.

  • The NACDD
    The National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils serves as an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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Hearing Impairment

  • Hearing Impairment and Caregiving
    Some suggestions for helping a loved one who has a hearing impairment.

  • Recognizing Hearing Loss
    Signs and symptoms that can help you discover whether someone is experiencing a hearing impairment.

  • The ASHA
    The homepage of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association features information and resources for the speech and hearing impaired.

  • The National Association Of The Deaf
    The oldest and largest organization representing persons with disabilities in the U.S., the NAD sponsors grassroots advocacy and empowerment programs for the hearing impaired.
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Infections & Wounds

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Sight Impairment

  • Independence and Visual Impairments
    If your loved one has a visual impairment, there are many ways you can help him or her remain independent.

  • Signs of Visual Impairment
    Losing your eyesight can be frightening, and many people try to ignore—or cover up—the problem. Here are some signs to look for if you suspect that your loved one’s sight may be fading.

  • The American Foundation for the Blind
    Information and resources for persons with sight impairments.

  • The National Federation of the Blind
    The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.
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Speech Impairment

  • Speech Impairment
    Some ways to facilitate and encourage communication when caring for someone with a speech impairment.

  • The ASHA
    The homepage of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association features information and resources for the speech and hearing impaired.
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Spinal Cord Injury

  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
    The Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center features support group information, a calendar of events, and more.

  • Spinal Cord Injury
    If you provide care to someone living with spinal cord injury or paralysis, here are some steps you can take to help that individual cope.

  • The Shepherd Center
    Information for caregivers from the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital specializing in spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and other neuromuscular disorders.
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After The Flood
Download this free, to-the-point, guide to help flood victims protect themselves against diseases and other hazards in the days and weeks following a flood.

AfterTheFlood.pdf

Provided by
the Illinois Department of Public Health

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