CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

Health Information Resources In The Federal Government Sixth Edition

Health Information Resources In The Federal Government Sixth Edition, 1994

This document describes 10 federal disability related agencies.
The information was excerpted from the following publication:

Prepared by
National Health Information Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013-1133
 National Information Center for Children and Youth with DISABILITIES
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
(800)999-5599 (24-hours-answered live with message for after-office hours)
(703)893-8614 (TT)

Services: The National Information Center for Children and Youth with
Disabilities (NICHCY) is a national information clearinghouse authorized by
Congress under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to assist
parents, educators, caregivers, advocates, and others working to improve the
lives of children and youth with disabilities.  NICHCY has established a
strong network with parents and professional groups throughout the country.
Services include personal responses to specific questions, referrals to other
organizations/sources of help, and technical assistance to parents and
professional groups.

Publications:  NICHCY develops and distributes fact sheets on specific
disabilities, general information for parents, vocational/transitional issues,
special education, and legal rights and advocacy, as well as information on
parent support groups and public advocacy.  Issue and briefing papers on
current, relevant topics in the special education and disabilities field are
published also.  Information (pamphlets, booklets, and fact sheets) regarding
pertinent disability issues obtained from other sources is available.  Also,
publications are available free of charge.  Serial publications: News Digest
and Transition Summary.
 President's Committee on Employment of People with DISABILITIES
1331 F Street NW.
Washington, DC 20004
(202)376-6200 (voice)
(202)376-6205 (TDD)

Services: The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
is an independent Federal agency.  The Committee's mission is to facilitate
the communication, coordination, and promotion of public private efforts to
empower Americans with disabilities through employment.  The Committee
provides information, training, and technical assistance to America's business
leaders, organized labor, rehabilitation and service providers, advocacy
organizations, families, and individuals with disabilities.  To achieve its
goals, the Committee works closely with Governor's committees in the States,
Puerto Rico, and Guam; with more than 600 Mayor's committees; and with some
300 volunteers who serve on 1of the 9 standing committees or on special task
forces.  The President's Committee reports annually to the President on the
progress and problems of maximizing employment opportunities for people with

Publications:  The Committee's information programs include publications
dealing with the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment issues, job
accommodation, and data related to people with disabilities; the promotion of
National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and a national conference on
issues related to the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.
The Committee also sponsors the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free
service that provides information and consulting on accommodating persons with
disabilities in the workplace.  This service may be accessed by phone,
(800)232-7234, or by computer bulletin board, (800)342-5526.
 National Council on DISABILITY
1331 F Street NW.
Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 272-2004 (voice)
(202) 272-2074 (TDD/TTY)
(202) 272-2022 (fax)

Services: The National Council on Disability was established by Congress in
1973 and was transformed into an independent Federal agency in 1984.  The 15
members appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress review all laws,
programs, and policies of the Federal Government that affect individuals with
disabilities.  The Council then makes recommendations to the President,
Congress, and Federal agencies on these issues.  In addition, the Council is
studying the availability of health insurance coverage for persons with
disabilities and sponsors conferences for families caring for the disabled.

Publications: Serial publication: Bulletin (monthly newsletter).  Reports:
Toward Independence:  An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting
Persons With Disabilities, With Legislative Recommendations, 1986.  On the
Threshold of Independence:  A Report to the President and to the Congress of
the United States, 1988; The Education of Students With Disabilities:  Where
Do We Stand?  A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States,
1989;  The Impact of Exemplary Technology, Support Programs on Students With
Disabilities, 1991; Wilderness Accessibility for People With Disabilities:  A
Report to the President and the Congress of the United States on Section
507(a) of the Americans With Disabilities Act, 1992; Serving the Nation's
Students With Disabilities:  Progress and Prospects:  A Report to the
President and the Congress, 1993; Study on the Financing Assistive Technology
Devices and Services for Individuals With Disabilities:  A Report to the
President and Congress, 1993; Sharing the Risk and Ensuring Independence:  A
Disability Perspective on Access to Health Insurance and Health-Related
Services:  A Report to the President and the Congress, 1993; ADA Watch, Year
One:  A Report to the President and the Congress on Progress in Implementing
the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1993; Meeting the Unique Needs of
Minorities With Disabilities:  A Report to the President and Congress, 1993.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Switzer Building, Room 3132
330 C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20202-2524

Services: The Clearinghouse on Disability Information, formerly the
Clearinghouse on the Handicapped, was created by the Rehabilitation Act of
1973.  The Clearinghouse responds to inquiries and researches information
operations serving the handicapped field on the national, State, and local
levels.  It is especially strong in providing information in the areas of
Federal funding for programs serving disabled people, Federal legislation
affecting the handicapped community, and Federal programs benefiting people
with handicapping conditions.  The Clearinghouse also refers inquirers to
other appropriate sources of information.

Publications: Publications available from the Clearinghouse include OSERS News
in Print (newsletter), A Summary of Existing Legislation Affecting People With
Disabilities, and Pocket Guide to Federal Help for Individuals With
 National Institute on DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION Research
400 Maryland Avenue SW.
Washington, DC 20202-2572

Services: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(formerly known as the National Institute of Handicapped Research) provides
leadership and support for rehabilitation research.  The Institute's mission
also encompasses the dissemination of information concerning developments in
rehabilitation procedures, methods, and devices that can improve the lives of
people of all ages with physical and mental handicaps, especially those who
are severely disabled.  The Institute can provide statistical data on
disabilities, as well as information on research funding.  Requests on
specific topics are often referred to the National Rehabilitation Information
Center (see entry 103).

Publications: Professional publications include guides to funding mechanisms
and grantee activities and compilations of statistical data.  The Institute
also publishes Rehab Briefs, descriptions of research projects useful to
practitioners and consensus validation statements on topics related to
disability rehabilitation.
 President's Committee on MENTAL RETARDATION
Department of Health and Human Services
330 Independence Avenue SW., Room 5325
Washington, DC 20201

Services: The President's Committee on Mental Retardation (PCMR) advises the
President and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on
appropriate ways to provide services for persons with mental retardation and
on ways to prevent this type of disability.  Areas of concern are full
citizenship and justice prevention, family and community support, and public
awareness.  PCMR sponsors forums and conferences and prepares annual reports
to the President.

Publications: Publications include annual reports, bibliographies, conference
reports, and program descriptions on such topics as legal rights of the
mentally retarded.  A publications list is available.
ABLEDATA Database of Assistive Technology
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935
Silver Spring, MD  20910-3319
(800)227-0216 (voice, TT)
(301)588-9284 (voice, TT)
(301)587-1967 (fax)
(301)589-3563 (ABLE INFORM BBS)

Services:  ABLEDATA is a national database of assistive techology information,
funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitative Research.
ABLEDATA contains information on more than 8,000 assistive technology
products.  The database contains detailed descriptions of each product
including price and company information.  ABLEDATA also contains information
on noncommercial prototype, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and
do-it-yourself designs.  The database is available on CD-ROM or diskette.
ABLEDATA can be accessed via the ABLE INFORM electronic bulletin board

Publications:  Fact sheets and resource packets are available.  Also available
are the ABLEDATA Thesaurus and the ABLEDATA Manufacturers Telephone
Serial publication:  ABLEDATA Supplement to NARIC Quarterly, a semi-annual
feature selection of the NARIC newsletter (see entry 103).
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3319
(800)346-2742 (voice, TT)
(800)227-0216 (voice, TT)
(301)589-1967 (fax)
(301)589-3563 (ABLE INFORM BBS)

Services: The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a national
disability and rehabilitation library and information center that collects and
disseminates the results of the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded research projects.  The collection,
which also includes commercially published books, journal articles, and
audiovisuals, grows at a rate of 300 documents a month.  NARIC currently has
more than 40,000 documents on all aspects of disability and rehabilitation.

Database: REHABDATA contains bibliographic information and abstracts for the
entire NARIC collection.

Information Services and Products Offered:  For a nominal charge,
professionaly trained information specialists (librarians) provide customized
database searches of various information databases, including REHABDATA, the
NARIC Knowledgebase (copyright), and the NIDRR Project Directory.  Unless
otherwise protected by copyright law, photocopies of documents in the
collection that are difficult to obtain elsewhere also are available for a
nominal charge.  Patrons with a computer and modem may wish to have online
access to these databases and other disability resources through ABLE INFORM
at (2400/9600 baud 8-N-1).  NARIC also provides information and referral
services to national and State, public and private, disability, and assistive
technology organizations.

Publications:  NARIC produces several free publications, the NARIC Quarterly,
the NIDRR Directory, resource guides, and fact sheets on various topics
including but not limited to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury,
stroke, and ADA resources. NARIC also publishes the NARIC Guide to Disability
and Rehabilitation Periodicals and the NARIC Directory of Librarians and
Information Specialists in Disability and Rehabilitation, which are available
for a nominal fee.
Department of Education
Switzer Building, Room 3028
330 C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20202

Services: The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) administers a
number of programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
amended.  A major program is the basic State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation
(VR) Program under which State VR agencies provide a wide variety of services
to eligible physically and mentally disabled individuals to enable them to
become gainfully employed.  Other State-administered programs include
independent living services, which offer support to handicapped individuals
with disabilities to enable them to function more independently in the home
and community, and supported employment services, which provide intensive
time-limited support to severely disabled individuals at the workplace in
coordination with ongoing services provided by other public or private
community resources.  In addition to the programs that offer direct services
to individuals, RSA supports a number of programs and projects to strengthen
and improve the rehabilitation services delivery system.  Among these are the
Client Assistance Program, projects with industry, the establishment of
rehabilitation facilities, services to handicapped migratory and seasonal farm
workers, Native American services, and training grants to increase and upgrade
the supply of rehabilitation personnel.  RSA also supports a number of special
projects that focus on strengthening and improving services for severely
disabled people, including those handicapped by blindness, deafness, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries.  The Helen
Keller National Center for deaf-blind youth and adults is authorized to
provide special services for the rehabilitation of persons who are both deaf
and blind.  RSA also administers the Randolph-Sheppard Act, under which blind
persons are licensed to operate vending facilities on Federal and other

Publications: RSA distributes program information and a list of State
vocational rehabilitation agencies.  Serial publication: American
Rehabilitation (quarterly).
 SOCIAL SECURITY Administration
West High Rise Building, Room 4200
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235

Services: The Office of Public Affairs of the Social Security Administration
(SSA) provides public information materials about the Social Security and
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, as well as information on
entitlement to medicare inquiries concerning the Social Security and SSI
programs, which can be directed to the Office of Public Affairs.  Inquiries
about the medicare program should be directed to Health Care Financing
Administration, Office of Beneficiary Services, Room 648, East High Rise
Building, 6325 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21207.  At the local level,
inquiries can be made to any Social Security office or SSA's toll-free number,

Library Collection: The collection holds more than 29,000 titles on topics,
including social sciences, health economics, law, personnel management,
business and administrative management, and computer information systems.  The
library is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Federal employees and open to the
public by special arrangement.

Database: Custom searches for SSA personnel are provided.

Publications: Pamphlets on Social Security benefits, disability benefits, and
supplemental security income are available.  Medicare brochures can be
obtained from the Health Care Financing Administration.  Publications are free
of charge.
 Department of VETERANS Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW.
Washington, DC 20420
(202)535-7566 (fax)

Services: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as the
Veterans Administration in 1930 and elevated to cabinet level on March 15,
1989.  The VA provides a wide range of veterans' benefits in such areas as
health care, education, housing, disability pensions, and life insurance.
Through its network of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, the VA provides
a full range of medical, long-term care, and patient support services.
Veterans with service-related illnesses or injuries or who are in financial
need receive priority for VA medical services.  The VA also is involved in
medical research and the training of health professionals.  Training programs
include undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education; a medical library;
and assistance for health manpower training institutions.  VA benefits are
restricted to U.S. military veterans.

Publications: The VA publishes annual reports and booklets describing benefits
and programs and produces audiovisual materials for medical staff training.