From accessible travel to disability rights advocacy, Facebook provides a wealth of information for people with disabilities and their caregivers, family, and friends. Here is a small sample of the groups and pages available:
1. AAPD American Association of People with Disabilities
Facebook | AAPD
Nonprofit that works in tandem with other disability organizations. The
largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the U.S.
971 Facebook members.
2. New Mobility Magazine
Facebook | New Mobility Magazine Info
Lifestyle magazine for people in wheelchairs. Covers topics such as:
Education, art, family, health and travel.
1471 Facebook fans.
3. International Day of People with Disability
Facebook | International Day of People with Disability
Each year December 3 is designated as International Day of People with
disability. Awards are given to acknowledge contributions and
achievements of people with disability.
1304 Facebook fans
4. World Institute on Disability
Facebook | World Institute on Disability
WID provides newsletters, links to Webinars, information on new
publications, teleconference links, and more. WID also conducts research,
public education, and conducts training and advocacy programs.
345 Facebook fans
Facebook | ADAPT
ADAPT originally began as a movement to make public transportation
accessible. Their main focus now is to work for passage of legislation
that would help people with disabilities lead meaningful lives within the
communities in which they live.
692 Facebook members
6. Reframing Disability
Facebook | Reframing Disability
It is the goal of Reframing Disability to change the way we think about
disability, and to be advocates for “Inclusive, Equitable Environments”
860 Facebook members
7. The Official Petition for a More Accessible Facebook
Facebook | Petition for Accessible Facebook
One thing that is often overlooked when people create websites is accessibility. There are many people with visual impairments, learning disabilities or other disabilities that need adaptive software to use the web. For many with disabilities, there are parts of Facebook that are either completely unusable or horrendous looking. This petition asks Facebook to work on accessibility.
2,279 Facebook members
8. Wheel The World
Facebook | Wheel the World
Wheel the World is a place where disabled travelers can share their
travel experiences, and offer tips that you won’t find in the travel books!
128 Facebook members
9. Disability PC Tech Support Solutions
Facebook | Disability PC Tech Support Solutions
Great tech support group that deals with hardware and software related
problems for disabled people, caregivers and advocates.
843 Facebook members
10. AMS Vans Vans
Facebook | AMS Vans Vans, Inc
Daily news on issues that are important to people who are disabled and their loved
ones. Covering issues like wheelchair sports, disability discrimination cases,
ADA news, wheelchair technology, wheelchair accessibility, and handicap
accessible van news.
If you have access to a computer and an internet connection, you can meet and have conversations with millions of people who have similar interests. Facebook is a fantastic way to meet others who have disabilities and share tips and information. Many people have found that openly sharing their health information and personal stories has given them the opportunity to not only help themselves by learning new things about their respective disability, but it can also make a huge difference in someone’s life who is new to the condition and is overwhelmed. Facebook is a great place to connect with old friends and make new friends with people from all over the world.