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Resources for people with disabilities and chronic conditions.
Resources for Rehabilitation (Organization)
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Lexington, Mass. : Resources for Rehabilitation, [2002]

Physical Description:
328 pages ; 28 cm
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HV1559.U6 R47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Offers information on services, organizations, assistive devices, publications, financial aid sources, and video tapes for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. After chapters on living with a disability, legislation, children and youth issues, and travel and recreation, chapters on specific disabilities describe causes and types of the condition, outline the roles of various professional service providers, discuss psychological aspects and emergency treatment, and list resources. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Resources for Rehabilitation is a nonprofit organization providing information and training to professionals and the public. This directory is a list of rehabilitation resources to help the disabled, the chronically ill, their families, and service providers "find services and products that contribute to achieving the maximum level of independence." The resources include organizations, publications, audiovisual materials, and assistive devices. The directory's 11 chapters follow a uniform format. The first four are broad in scope and cover such topics as living with a disability, legislation affecting the disabled, laws and education specifically for disabled children, and environmental adaptations and assistive devices. The remaining chapters focus on specific disabilities and chronic illnesses. These include communication disorders (hearing and speech), diabetes, epilepsy, low back pain, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and visual impairment and blindness. Each chapter begins with an introduction describing the causes and physical and psychological effects of each condition. A description of the types of service providers follows. For example, under hearing disabilities there are descriptions of otologists, audiologists, speech therapists, and hearing aid dispensers. A general guide to locating services through state and local agencies is followed by comprehensive lists of organizations specific to the disability. Each entry contains address, telephone, and TDD number, and a service description. Sources of appropriate publications, tapes, and assistive devices are also provided in each chapter. The directory concludes with an appendix of state vocational rehabilitation agencies and an alphabetical index of organizations. The introduction implies that the information in the directory will be updated, and suggestions for inclusion of additional information are requested. An obvious omission is any list of resources for amputees. This resource directory will be useful to medical and social work professionals who work with the newly disabled. It is also an excellent guide for families and caregivers. Public and medical libraries will want to consider, depending on demand. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1991)

Choice Review

The very detailed table of contents of Resources for People. . . displays the wide coverage and excellent organization of this encyclopedic guide. First come four general sections: "Living with a Disability or Chronic Condition," "Laws. . .," "Children and Youth," and "Making Everyday Living Easier"; that last section includes travel. More specific discussions then detail basic facts about organizations and services for and publications on seven conditions: communication disorders (both hearing and speech), diabetes, epilepsy, low back pain, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and visual impairment/blindness. These discussions are referenced separately from the publications lists. Organizational resources listed are mostly at national levels US and Canada plus some state (but no provincial) listings; these should help users in locating regional and local groups. Both professional/scholarly and popular publications are listed, and both organization and publications lists are annotated. This reviewer can attest from personal experience and from professional social work practice to the excellence of the concise factual information about the conditions. Professionals will appreciate and students should learn the admirable use of "people first" language throughout, e.g., "people with diabetes" rather than "diabetics." Index of 201 organizations; one omission is the National Head Injury Foundation. Meeting the Needs. . ., a companion volume, is addressed to employers but should be useful also to students of personnel management or social work. Resources listed and annotated include organizations (US and a few Canadian) and publications. The first four of ten numbered chapters address work and disability in general and from the standpoint of legal requirements, environmental adaptation, and assistive technology. Six more specific sections open with factual, referenced introductions and then list resources for special groups of workers: those making the transition from school, older workers, employees with chronic conditions (diabetes, epilepsy), and employees with hearing, speech, mobility, or visual impairments. There is a list of main offices of US state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Index of 167 organizations, 78 also listed in Resources for People. . . . Organization listings in both volumes include general and specially adapted telephone services numbers, if available. Both volumes are recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries supporting curricula in the social work, personnel management, rehabilitation, counseling, gerontology, or developmental disabilities fields, community college onwards.-B. C. Clifford, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Alliance for Service Eligibilities

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookp. 7
Chapter 1 Living with a Disability or Chronic Conditionp. 9
Responses to disability and chronic conditionsp. 10
How disabilities and chronic conditions affect the familyp. 11
Where to find local servicesp. 13
Rehabilitationp. 14
Computers and disabilitiesp. 15
Self-help groupsp. 16
Conclusionp. 17
Organizationsp. 19
Publications and tapesp. 32
Chapter 2 Laws That Affect People with Disabilitiesp. 43
Organizationsp. 50
Publications and tapesp. 57
Chapter 3 Children and Youthsp. 63
Family and peer relationshipsp. 65
Laws that affect children and youthsp. 66
Organizationsp. 71
Publications and tapesp. 78
Financial aid for postsecondary educationp. 88
Chapter 4 Making Everyday Living Easierp. 89
Environmental adaptations and assistive devicesp. 89
Organizationsp. 91
Publications and tapesp. 93
Travel and recreationp. 96
Travel and transportation organizationsp. 98
Adaptive sports and recreation organizationsp. 102
Publications and tapesp. 107
Resources for assistive devicesp. 111
Chapter 5 Communication Disordersp. 113
Hearing Disordersp. 113
Causes and types of hearing impairment and deafnessp. 113
Hearing loss in childrenp. 115
Hearing loss in eldersp. 117
Psychological aspects of hearing lossp. 118
Professional service providersp. 119
Where to find servicesp. 120
Environmental adaptationsp. 121
Assistive devicesp. 122
Organizationsp. 126
Publications and tapesp. 134
Resources for assistive devicesp. 143
Speech Disordersp. 147
Causes and types of speech impairmentsp. 147
Psychological aspects of speech impairmentsp. 148
Professional service providersp. 148
Where to find servicesp. 149
Assistive devicesp. 149
Organizationsp. 151
Publications and tapesp. 156
Resources for assistive devicesp. 161
Chapter 6 Diabetesp. 164
Types of diabetesp. 165
Diabetes in childrenp. 168
Diabetes in eldersp. 170
Psychological aspects of diabetesp. 170
Professional service providersp. 172
Where to find servicesp. 172
Assistive devicesp. 172
How to recognize an insulin reaction and give first aidp. 173
Organizationsp. 176
Publications and tapesp. 181
Special equipment for people with visual impairmentp. 191
Chapter 7 Epilepsyp. 193
Types of seizuresp. 193
Treatment of epilepsyp. 194
Epilepsy in childrenp. 197
Epilepsy in eldersp. 198
Psychological aspects of epilepsyp. 199
Professional service providersp. 200
Where to find servicesp. 201
How to recognize a seizure and give first aidp. 201
Organizationsp. 205
Publications and tapesp. 208
Chapter 8 Low Back Painp. 218
The backp. 218
Nonspecific low back painp. 219
Other types of back painp. 220
Psychological aspects of low back painp. 222
Professional service providersp. 223
Where to find servicesp. 223
Modifications in daily livingp. 224
Organizationsp. 227
Publications and tapesp. 231
Chapter 9 Multiple Sclerosisp. 235
Diagnosis of multiple sclerosisp. 235
Types of multiple sclerosisp. 236
Treatment of multiple sclerosisp. 236
Psychological aspects of multiple sclerosisp. 239
Professional service providersp. 240
Where to find servicesp. 241
Environmental adaptationsp. 241
Organizationsp. 245
Publications and tapesp. 249
Chapter 10 Spinal Cord Injuryp. 259
The spinal cordp. 260
Treatment and complications of spinal cord injuryp. 260
Spinal cord injury in youthsp. 262
Aging and spinal cord injuryp. 263
Psychological aspects of spinal cord injuryp. 263
Professional service providersp. 265
Where to find servicesp. 266
Modifications in everyday livingp. 267
Organizationsp. 271
Publications and tapesp. 277
Chapter 11 Visual Impairment and Blindnessp. 285
Major types and causes of visual impairment and blindnessp. 285
Visual impairment and blindness in childrenp. 287
Visual impairment and blindness in eldersp. 288
Psychological aspects of vision lossp. 288
Professional service providersp. 289
Where to find servicesp. 290
Environmental adaptationsp. 290
Assistive devicesp. 293
Organizationsp. 295
Publications and tapesp. 303
Resources for assistive devicesp. 312
Index to Organizationsp. 314
Publications from Resources for Rehabilitationp. 324