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National Easter Seal Society  
230 W. Monroe, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL  60606
Phone: 1-312-726-6200 or 1-800-221-6827 (toll-free)
Fax: 1-312-726-1494
E-mail: [email protected]
Website:
www.easter-seals.org/
       "Easter Seals is a non-profit, community-based health and human services provider dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain greater independence."
       The Easter Seal website provides information on helping children and adults with disabilities with donations or volunteer work.
        I like this site a lot. It has information about programs for children and adults with disabilities. It has information about jobs, day care, programs, recreation, and more. -OCC

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities 
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC  20013
Phone: 1-800-695-0285 (Voice/TTY)
Fax: 1-202-884-8441
E-mail: [email protected]
Website:
www.nichcy.org
       The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities "is a national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22)."
       This website is mainly text-based and has plenty of information. Has links to other organizations as well.
        This site is easy to follow. It has frequently asked questions and a list of state resources for individuals with disabilities. This site can also be instantly translated into Spanish. -OCC

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Rural Institute on Disabilitie
PO Box 1348
1031 Quarrier St.
Charleston, WC 25325
Phone: 1-800-624-9120 or 1-304-347-0400
Fax: 1-304-347-0487
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ael.org/eric/ned/ned068.htm
       "Guided by values of independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  RID provides information on disability issues. It works to increase the quantity, quality and accessibility of social, educational, and health care services, and develops state-of-the-art solutions to the challenges of life with a disability."

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1801 L Street, NW
Washington, DC  20507
Phone: 202-523-3236

Email: [email protected]
Website:
www.eeoc.gov
       The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission works "to ensure equality of opportunity by vigorously enforcing federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment. It uses investigation, conciliation, litigation, coordination and regulation in the federal sector, and education, policy research, and provision of technical assistance...."
       The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission site has a wealth of information about available jobs and what the organization does.

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Independence

Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitation Center
95 Hamilton Street
New Haven, CT  06511
Phone:
1-203-777-2000 or 1-203-495-6941 (TTY)
Fax:
1-203-624-5600
Website: newhavengoodwill.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=CTNH_homepage
       The Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitation Center, Inc. "actively strives to meet community need through therapeutic, educational and vocational programs to improve quality of life for persons with disabilities and other special needs."
       The Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitation website provides information on volunteering and employment opportunities.

Job Accommodation Network
P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, West Virginia  26506-6080
Phone: 800-526-7234 or 304-293-7186 (worldwide)
E-mail: [email protected]
Website:
janweb.icdi.wvu.edu
       The Job Accommodation Network "is an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. Also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."
       The Job Accommodation Network site has an online resource that lets users explore various accommodation options in the work setting for persons with disabilities. -OCC

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National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse 
201 N. Union St., #200
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: 1-800-421-1221
Fax: 1-703-518-6191
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: www.aptsforrent.com/naac/
       The National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse provides free apartment search for disabled individuals in need of accessible housing.
       This site has information on who to call and where to go for those looking for apartments. -OCC

National Council on Independent Living
1916 Wilson Blvd., Suite 209
Arlington, VA  22201
Phone: 1-703-525-3406 or 1-703-425-4153 (TTY)
Fax: 1-703-525-3409
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
www.ncil.org
       The National Council on Independent Living "is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society."
       This site contains information on how to help the NCIL. It also has information about how you can live on your own and be independent even though you have a disability. -OCC

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New York State Independent Living Council
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 101
Albany, NY  12210
Phone: 1-
518-427-1060 or 1-888-4-NYSILC (NY)
Fax: 1-518-427-1060
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
www.nysilc.org/
       "The New York State Independent Living Council is a not-for-profit, non-Governmental, consumer controlled organization which monitors the federally funded Independent Living Centers in New York State, which promotes the independent living philosophy statewide and provides support and technical assistance to the entire network of Independent Living Centers (ILC) in New York State. The ILC consists of 35 community-based, not-for-profit organizations run by and for people with disabilities."
       This site has links to related sites and a useful search feature. It also has information about current news and press releases. -OCC

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Multiple Sclerosis

The International Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Website: www.msnews.org/
       "The International Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a non-profit Charitable Organization ... independent of all other Multiple Sclerosis organizations... run and directed by people with Multiple Sclerosis. The IMSSF was founded to improve the understanding of multiple sclerosis through education and to promote the reduction of isolation by providing a support network for patients, their families, friends, and physicians."
       The IMSSF website has plenty of information and links. The site also contains a humor and art section that is worth seeing. This site has information about family matters, prescription drugs, volunteering, clinics, chat rooms, frequently asked questions and more. -OCC

MedSupport FSF International
3132 Timberview Drive
Dunedin, Florida  34698
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.medsupport.org/
       "The MedSupport FSF International is dedicated to educating and assisting persons with disabilities, their caregivers and their families. We offer caring, support, and information through a variety of interactive moderated forums and chat areas as well as a monthly newsletter and a wide range of links to other sources of information."
       The MedSupport FSF International website has links to multiple sclerosis support and related sites that have information on this topic.

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Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
706 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Phone:
1-800-532-7667 or 1-856-488-4500
Fax:
1-856-661-9797
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.msaa.com/
       "The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a comprehensive, not-for-profit, charitable service agency that most specifically helps people, their friends, their families, and society in general to address the day-to-day needs of those with MS.  It also conceives, builds, and maintains barrier-free housing complexes open to all disabled people and is involved in programs and research that affect all with neurological disorders." 
       The MSAA website is nicely organized with a frame that lists programs, services, and information about the organization.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
6350 North Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309-2130
Phone: 1-800-225-6495
Fax: 1-954-938-8708
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.msfacts.org/
       "The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation strives to provide 'A Brighter Tomorrow' for those with multiple sclerosis and others affected by this illness..."
       MSF provides a toll-free phone support, Home Care Assisted Program, newsletters, MS updates, in-house library, networking and referral services.  This site has a list of events and even a cruise where you can meet other people with MS. It also has a chat room and forums, other ways to meet people and share experiences. -OCC

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone:
1-800-Fight-MS
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nmss.org
       "The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis."
       This site provides helpful information and links. I like this site a lot. It has a chat room, current headlines in the news, special events, treatments and more. It also has information about getting involved and government affairs dealing with the problem. You can easily find a center near you within the United States. -OCC


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