Resources

Be Extraordinary wants to be a gateway of information for you to learn about people with disabilities, new treatment, support services, and other resources. If you know of an organization that supports people with disabilities, please contact us and we’ll add them.

Arkansas

If you have a substantial disability, or you care for someone with a disability, the resources below can be helpful. While we want you to be aware of the help available, we also want to encourage you to contact us. Our client advocate is exceptionally experienced with disability and always willing to help.

ASCC

If you have a spinal cord injury or an acquired disability that causes paralysis, the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission (ASCC) is a resource for you. Be-X has a good working relationship with the ASCC. Their case managers know the resources available within the state. Call the ASCC at (800) 459-1517 to learn more, or contact us and we'll help you get acquainted.

ICAN

Arkansas also has a very nice assistive technology demonstration center in Little Rock! Contact ICAN to setup an appointment, or we can help you make contact.

InvoTek

Arkansas is fortunate to have an engineering team that specializes in helping people who can't use their hands to control a computer. Learn more at www.invotek.org, or contact us.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services provides Arkansans with disabilities opportunities to lead productive and independent lives. They specialize is helping with vocational needs. 

Texas

DARS helps to fund assistive technology in Texas. 

Missouri

The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City provides many services and is a great resource. 

Other States

Need help in another state? Here's a website that has links to your state's Assistive Technology Program. As always, contact us if you have questions and we'll do our best to help.

Other Helpful Links

ALS Association seeks to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

 

http://www.alsa.org

American Association of People with Disabilities is the country's largest cross-disability membership organization and unites the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

http://www.aapd-dc.org

Arkansas ICAN is a statewide assistive technology program designed to make technology to help people learn, work, communicate and live more independently available and accessible for everyone who needs it.

 

http://www.arkansas-ican.org

Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission administers a statewide service program to identify and meet the unique and lifelong needs of Arkansans with spinal cord disabilities.

 

http://www.spinalcord.ar.gov

Augmentative and Alternative Communication – Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center is a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies to assist people in achieving their goals by advancing and promoting AAC technologies and supporting the individuals who use, manufacture and recommend them.

 

http://aac-rerc.psu.edu

Brain Injury Association of America is a national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI) by providing information, education and support to assist the 3.17 million Americans currently living with TBI and their families.

 

http://www.biausa.org

CareCure Community is an online forum of where those with spinal cord injuries and caregivers can discuss everything from life to legislation and advocacy to sports and travel to managing pain, computers and politics.

 

http://sci.rutgers.edu

Care Planner Network is an online community in which professionals in life care planning and case management can share information about practice management, professional development and challenging case issues.

 

http://careplanners.net

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

 

http://www.christopherreeve.org

Disabled Veterans of America has 1.2 million members dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.

 

http://www.dav.org

Exceptional Family TV is a weekly online web series which focuses on parents, families and caregivers raising children with special needs (ages 0-21), with the future goal of covering topics pertaining to parents/caregivers for those in the adult age beyond 21-years of age.

 

http://www.exceptionalfamilytv.com

Hattie B. Munroe Barkley Memorial Augmentative & Alternative Communication Centers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles and provides access to a wide range of information and resources related to the AAC effort.

 

http://aac.unl.edu

InvoTek, Inc. develops new computer access technologies for people who cannot use their hands. They also do research on new communication approaches for people who are unable to speak.

http://www.invotek.org

 

National MS Society helps each person with multiple sclerosis address the challenges of living with MS through a 50-state network of chapters as well as funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

 

http://www.nationalmssociety.org

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association educates and empowers survivors of spinal cord injury and disease to achieve and maintain the highest levels of independence, health and personal fulfillment.

 

http://www.spinalcord.org

Paralyzed Veterans of America works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injuries and disease (SCI/D) as a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, veterans’ benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.

 

http://www.pva.org

This website helps Spinal Cord Injury patients and their families and friends with up-to-date information about spinal cord injuries, including a summary of the type of injury, its classification and prognosis based on the severity of the injury as well as information on coping with the personal and financial effects of a spinal cord injury.

 

http://www.spinal-cord.org

United Cerebral Palsy advances the independence, productivity and full citizenship of more than 176,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families through an affiliate network.

 

http://www.ucp.org

United Spinal Association was formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans who pioneered the disability rights movement, and its mission is to improve the quality of life of all Americans living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and post polio.

 

http://www.unitedspinal.org

University of Cincinnati Health Library:ALS provides an overview and further in-depth written resources on Lou Gehrigs disease.

http://healthadministration.uc.edu/news-and-resources/articles/health-library-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis

Well Spouse Association provides emotional peer-to-peer support to the wives, husbands and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled.

 

http://www.wellspouse.org