Disability Resources

Below are additional research and resources that we have compiled for individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers, service providers, advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about the disability community.

Please note: these links, authors, and publications are NOT affiliated with or endorsed by Upstream Arts. We cannot be held responsible for the contents of any externally linked pages. To peruse our own publications and research data, click here.

Additional resources also can be found on our Arts, Disability, and Learning page. Also be sure to check out our 2014-15 campaign, disability is not a four-letter word.



“23 Ways to Communicate with a Nonverbal Child”
by Emma Sterland for Special Needs Resources, 2013

“It’s Our Story: Answers from America’s Disability Advocates”
1,300 video interviews from disability leaders across the country

Timeline of Disability History in the United States
National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth

“The Truth about Employees with Brain Injuries”
by Cheryl Green for Disability.Blog, 2014

“Why Are Glasses Perceived Differently Than Hearing Aids?”
Interview with Sara Hendren, The Atlantic, 2013



Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments
by Edward Steinfeld and Joanna Maisel, 2012

The New Disability History: American Perspectives
by Paul K. Longmore and Lauri Umansky, 2001.



Access Press
Adaptive Recreation Learning Exchange (ARLE)
American Association on Health and Disability
The Arc – Greater Twin Cities
The Arc – Minnesota
Autism Society of Minnesota
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA)
Center for Supported Independence
The Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Sports and Recreation Programs
Disability Benefits 101
Disability History Museum
Disability Studies Program at CUNY School of Professional Studies
Empowering Jews with Disabilities
Families & Advocates Partners for Education
Highland Friendship Club
Institute on Community Integration (University of Minnesota)
It’s Our Story
Midwest Special Services
Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children
Minnesota On-Line Special Needs Directory
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Y)
Opportunity Partners
PACER Center
PrairieCare Maple Grove
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs
Special Needs Resources
Through the Looking Glass
Valley Friendship Club