I’ve been coming across a lot of really great Websites lately geared towards helping people with disabilities and I wanted to share a couple with you.
Helping Hands – Monkey Helpers for the Disabled is a unique national non-profit organization that places specially trained capuchin monkeys with people who are paralyzed, or who suffer other sever mobility impairments. Helping Hands monkey helpers offer independence, hope and connection to individuals with severe disabilities all across the country. No fee is charged to the recipients.
The website has videos of “Monkey College” which gives you a glimpse into the training the monkeys receive. The site also has some videos of recipients explaining how their lives have changed by having the help of the monkeys. I will never get sick of watching these monkeys:-)
Website – http://www.monkeyhelpers.org
Noah’s Dad – This is possibly my favorite site. Noah’s Dad is just that, a Website that is really a journal of sorts; written by the father of Noah who has down syndrome. Here is an excerpt from the site:
“On December 15, 21010 our life was forever changed when our son, Noah David Smith, came into the world with a huge surprise for us – Down Syndrome! As a quasi-theologian I had many theological questions, and my wife, who is a pediatrician, had a million medical ones. Those questions were quickly put on the back-burner the second we were handed our precious son. We couldn’t put him down. He had stolen our hearts. Sure, we had a lot of questions about down syndrome, but in that moment the only question on our minds was how tightly were we allowed to hold this sweet little guy?
Once we got home from the hospital the reality of our new life started to set in. Since I hadn’t known anyone personally that was born with Down Syndrome. I had no idea what to expect. That’s what NoahsDad is about. A window for you to see hope, encouragement and normalcy.”
Website – http://noahsdad.com/
SATH – The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality, 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.
The website has some great articles, tips, resources, “need to know facts”, etc.