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Independent Living

A. Information resources and organizations regarding everyday life of disabled people, daily assistance and accessibility


Disabilities Information Resources (DINF)
The aim of DINF is to provide an information resource for supporting the study of health and welfare topics for people with disabilities. The information is collected from many Japanese and international sources. There is a special emphasis on the role technologies can play in improving access to information for disabled persons

Help Age international
global network to improve the lives of disadvantaged older people

International Commission on Technology and Accessibility
The ICTA mission is global promotion and implementation of more equitable and accessible environments, technology and information

United Nations Disability Statistics
Statistics on people with disability worldwide

World Institute on Disability
WID is a non-profit, international public-policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living


European Institute for Design and Disability
The founding philosophy of the Institute has been design-for-all, a philosophy which aims to improve the life of everyone through design.
This website is intended for any professional with an interest in design for all. The site contains information on product, graphics, transport, interior and access design and will soon have information on standards and other data

Institute on Independent Living
The Institute serves self-help organizations of disabled people who work for self-determination and equal opportunities. It provides information, training materials and technical assistance on accessibility, personal assistance, advocacy, legislation and peer support

Rehacare Newsletter
Newsletter of the Rehacare - the international trade fair for those with special needs and those requiring care. News about disability, rehabilitation, care and assistive devices

European countries


BIZEPS - Zentrum für Selbstbestimmtes Leben
The center‘s aim is to improve the quality of living for disabled people and to fight for equal rights in society

Handynet Östereich
Database with information about assistive devices, Austrian organizations for the disabled and self help groups


informs on all aspects of self-detemination for handicapped people


Danish Centre for Accessibility
Information centre for accessible building, product design, transport, and information technology


Adaptation du logement et accessibilité des bâtiments public
information on construction guidelines and norms in France

Annuaire-Portail destiné aux personnes à mobilité réduite et à leurs familles
Internet site for handicapped people with information concerning help in everyday life

Association pour le Development des Connaicances Informatiques
information regarding disability and independent living

Centre technique national d'études et de recherches sur les handicaps et les inadaptations
The CTNERHI does research in the field of the psychosocial aspects of disability, offers literature and law databases for the French Ministries of Work and Social Affairs, for professionals and individuals

Extensive Information collection and search engine for all kinds of disabilities

Organisation for the development and research in the field of technical aids for assisting disabled and elderly people in everyday life

Newsletter for handicapped people with information about assistive devices, jurisdiction, everyday life, sports, culture, travelling


Adresses and information about doctors, dentists, therapies, clinics in Germany including information about barrier-free surgeries

Internet project which provides information for employers and employees on support possibilities concerning independent living and personal assistance

Barrierefrei Leben e.V.
association for barrier-free living

Information about leisure time activities, travel, building, advice for mobility impaired people

Online-dictionary barrierfree building

Information about all issues of everyday life of disabled people

Bifos e.V.
Institut for training and research regarding independent living. Topics are Human Rights, advice, barrierfree building and tourism, self advocacy

BM online
Information about all issues of everyday life of disabled people

Checkliste für eine barrierefreie Gestaltung von Gebäuden und Verkehrswegen
Guideline for barrier-free building and constructing

Deutsche Sozialversicherung
Guideline for the German Social System

Disability Studies in Deutschland
Information on literature, projects and events concering Disability Studies

Experten helfen Behinderten
Experts forum for all issues concerning disability; search engine for disability related subjects

Information about all aspects of disability - therapie, employment, housing, institutions, advice centres

Forum on self determined assistence and independent living

Berlin foundation providing rehabilitation, housing, assistance, tourism, training, advice for disabled people

Global Help - Behinderteninformationssystem
Forum for social issues concerning disability

Handicap-Info - der Behinderten-Ratgeber
Information about all issues of everyday life of disabled people

Interessenvertretung Selbstbestimmt Leben in Deutschland
Center for Independent Living

Online news regarding disability issues, disability policy and independent living

Künstler Extra
Forum for handicapped artists and people who create art with or about handicapped

Lexikon zum Thema Teilhabe behinderter Menschen
Electronic dictionary on social and vocational rehabilitation

Database regarding mobility impairment

Information about norms, building regulations, advice centres for barrierfree building

free-of-charge advice regarding barrier-free housing and living

ÖPNV-Info Mobilitätsportal für behinderte Reisende
Information for disabled people concerning public transport in Germany, particularly with regard to German Railways

Webradio station with up-to-date news concerning disabled people

Rehacare Newsletter
Newsletter of the Rehacare - the international trade fair for those with special needs and those requiring care. News about disability, rehabilitation, care and assistive devices

RoKoDat - die Rolli-Hotline/Fachbüro für Behinderteninformation
Information and advice regarding barrierfree everyday life, tourism, assistive devices. Link collection, Internet resources.

Links concerning law, special pedagogics, sport, care

Information, support and advice for disabled, sick and old people

Stellenmarkt Selbstbestimmte Assistenz
Internet platform with job offers concerning self-determined assistance

Internet platform with information on travelling, leisure time, building, mobility

Information about the accessibility of public buildings


Dodecanese Association of Disabled People
All the greek legislation concerning disability, greek norms of accessibility, tourism, vocational training

Great Britain

Information, products and services for disabled people


Disability on the Internet
Link collection (Italy and international) referring to all sectors of disabled living, especially assistive devices


Adapth asbl
Non-profit organization working in the field of technical aids for disabled and elderly people in Luxembourg. Covered domains are accessible housing, transportation, working places, education and daily life


Swedish Handicap Institute
Informationen über (technische) Hilfen und barriere-freies Leben


Handicap internet
information on (technical) aids and barrier-free living

Information about assistive devices, mobility services, selfhelp, sports, culture

non-European countries


Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

Access guide Canada
Online inventory of accessible facilities and services in communities across Canada

Information platform for all issues of everyday life of disabled people

Persons with Disabilities Online
A site where people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers and service providers can access a full range of information on disability-related programs and services in Canada


Cornucopia of Disability Information
CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.

disABILITY Information and Resources
Link collection regarding all issues of disability and independent living

Disability Research Resources
Resource of online information concerning institutions conducting disability research, publications, listservs and newsletters, statistical and data resources, conferences, disability organizations, major disability meta sites

Disability Resources
Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.
We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently

National statistics concerning disability and related demographic data

Independent Living Research Utilization
The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.

The Center for Universal Design

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Key responsibilities of the Board include: developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology, providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards, enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities

Yahoo disability resources
Comprehensive link collection and internet resources regarding disability issues

B. Accessible travel and tourism


Access-able Travel Source
travel with disabilities, mature travel, disability magazines, access guides, wheelchair travel, scooter rental, accessible transportation and more

Disability Travel and Recreation Resources
Link collection regarding accessible holiday and travelling worldwide


Accessible Europe
provides to disabled people the same range of servies an ablebodied tourist can book in any worldwide travel agency

EU travel guides regarding accessible travelling for 18 European countries (download)

Hotels und Ferienhäuser für Blinde und Sehbehinderte

Tourist offices worldwide, accessible holiday accomodation europewide

Holiday house-exchange program for disabled, accomodations, language vacations

Tourism for all
Europe-wide tips of journeys for people with disabilities

European countries


Information about barrierfree holiday and accomodation in Denmark


franceguide / französisches Fremdenverkehrsamt
The French Tourist Office offers information about tourism and handicap


Arge Urlaub
Information about accessible travel

Blinden-Pressedienst Reisen
Information about tourism for blind and visually impaired people

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Clubs Behinderter und ihrer Freunde
Information about travelling and holidays

Bundesverband Selbsthilfe Körperbehindeter
Information on barrierfree holidays

Deutsche Bahn
German railway's information for mobility impaired

Deutscher Blinden-u. Sehbehindertenverband
Information about tourism for blind and visually impaired people

addresses of accessible holiday accomodations in Germany for wheelchair users

Internet platform with information on travelling, leisure time, building, mobility

Great Britain

Tourism for All
Tourism for All UK is a national registered charity which provides
information to people with disabilities and older people in relation to accessible accommodation and other tourism services


provides tourists with disabilities information on accessible holidays, accommodation, transport, etc. in Europe and in the rest of the world


The Spanish Tourist Office offers information about tourism and handicap

non-European countries


Society for accessible travel & hospitality
The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission


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