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"Disability is the one protected class that has an open-door policy." accessibility1

The intent of this page is to provide information about and links to other people with disabilities.Check back here often, as we're constantly finding new connections to the disability community.

Links to this page will take you to sites external to SOU; by linking them here, we are not endorsing any particular product, organization, or viewpoint. We simply want to provide information about the disabled community - it is up to the reader to form their own viewpoint.

If you are a current or former student of SOU and would like to be featured on this page, please contact the webmaster.

If you have a support, activism, or social group that is related to disability, and you would like your information listed here, please contact the webmaster.

 Local Groups

SOU is proud to be the home of the Chi chapter of Delta Alpha Pi, the national honor society for students with disabilities.

What:      Monthly support group meetings for people who have had a brain injury 
When:     1st Tuesday of every month, 3:30-5:30 PM 
Where:    Providence Medical Center, Birthplace Conference Room (enter Main Entrance, turn left) 
                1111 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford, OR 

 For further information, contact: Lorita Cushman 541-621-9974 after 1:00 PM.

Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at Rogue Valley Hospital on Barnett Road, Medford.

Contacts: Kelli Schlapfer    (541) 773-8038
                  Kathy Carraway  (541) 245-3130

Click on Events on the DSSO webpage to find out about meetings and social events.

"Aggressive advocacy by and for the disabled. Fighting for Oregonians with disabilities since 2003." Contact DUDE at dudesRus@mind.net.

 Disability Organizations

Disaboom.com is a dynamic, interactive resource for people with disabilities and those whose lives they touch. It combines disability-related health and lifestyles information with an engaging, member-driven community of personal profiles, blogs, forums, and shared-interest groups, tailored to your needs. Providing a place for you to learn about – or talk about – your spinal cord injury, back or neck pain, diabetes, cerebral palsy, depression, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, amputation, or other condition, Disaboom is working hard to help you connect at your point of need, interest, or engagement.

Learning Disabilities Association of America: Today, LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico...The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities: The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

National Association of Blind Students: In NABS University students share a positive philosophy about blindness. We believe that blind students, with the assistance of good training in skills of blindness, such as independent travel, Braille, and living skills, are entitled to equal treatment in the classroom, on the campus, and in life. We deserve equal treatment, which means we must also share equal responsibility. We do not ask for handouts or modifications. We want our voices to be heard, and we want to have control over our lives and the direction they will take in the future.

National Federation of the Blind: The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance. 

Of particular note are their list-servs for blind members of various professions, including education, the sciences, and business.

American Foundation for the Blind: Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss.

Deaf Services of Southern Oregon: The Mission of this organization is to enhance the quality of life for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Oregonians.

Oregon Association of the Deaf: To create an opportunity for the Deaf of Oregon to join together in planning, devising, conducting and participating in activities and programs to promote the general welfare of the Deaf in Oregon.

AutismHangout provides the Autism Community with an online resource that compiles news, knowledge and personal experiences on how best to thrive with autism.

Disability Resources

Disability.gov: The federal government has consolidated information for a huge number of disability-related programs and services to one website. The link takes you to the higher education page, but the site contains resources and information for almost every area of life.

Voc Rehab: The Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)..."is a state and federally funded program that works in partnership with the community and with business to develop employment opportunities for people who have disabilities. Vocational Rehabilitation programs are custom-designed for each individual."

Personal Stories

Crip College: A former athelete, Christian Bagg, tells his story and provides a plethora of resources and information about wheelchair life. Don't miss the "Tricks of the Trade" page, which describes methods and techniques for common challenges of people in wheelchairs - stairs, escalators, getting and out of the back seat of a two-door car...

e-Bility Personal Stories About Disability: variety of experiences with disability

National Federation of the Blind 2001 Everest Expedition: Details the story of Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber ever to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.