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Government Web Sites

Americans with Disabilities Act - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, businesses that are public accommodations or commercial facilities, and in transportation. The ADA also mandates the establishment of telephone relay services for people who use TTYs (teletypewriters, also known as TDDs or telecommunications devices for deaf persons).*

ClinicalTrials - The National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Before searching, you may want to learn more about clinical trials and more about this Web site. Check often for regular updates to* - This user-friendly Web site contains links to information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members.

President George W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative directed federal agencies to create This interagency Web site connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to pursue their personal and professional ambitions - delivering on America's promise of equal access to opportunity for all citizens.

Eldercare Locator - The Eldercare Locator, public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services. The Eldercare Locator is designed to help older adults and their families and caregivers find their way through the maze of services for seniors by identifying trustworthy local support resources. The goal is to provide users with the information and resources they need that will help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.*

Genetics Home Reference - Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions - A service of the US National Library of Medicine

Find a specific disorder or condition by first letter:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P-Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y-Z

Find a disease by category: - Welcome to the web site! This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.*

Google U.S. Government Search - Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets.  You can personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in.*

Health and Human Services (HHS) - The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.* - Check out the HHS Information and Hotline Directory and the HHS Sitemap.

HealthFinder - Your guide to reliable health information.* A great site for medical information! Health Library, Health Care, Find a Provider and much more.

Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx) is a coalition of patient, family caregiver and health professional organizations committed to safeguarding the well-being of patients with chronic diseases and disabilities under Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. MAPRx member organizations collaborate with national and state policymakers to ensure that beneficiaries have the access to the medication therapies they need and deserve.*

Medicare's Participating Physician Directory - This tool will provide you with a list of physicians in the specialty and geographic area you specify, along with detailed physician profiles, maps and driving directions.*

MEDLINEplus Health Information will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.*

MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program - FDA has the responsibility for assuring the safety and efficacy of all regulated marketed medical products.

MedWatch, The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, serves both healthcare professionals and the medical product-using public. We provide important and timely clinical information about safety issues involving medical products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, biologics, medical and radiation-emitting devices, and special nutritional products (e.g., medical foods, dietary supplements and infant formulas).

Medical product safety alerts, recalls, withdrawals, and important labeling changes that may affect the health of all Americans are quickly disseminated to the medical community and the general public via this web site and the MedWatch E-list. Select Safety Information to see reports, safety notifications, and labeling changes posted to the website since 1996.

MedWatch allows healthcare professionals and consumers to report serious problems that they suspect are associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. Reporting can be done on line, by phone, or by submitting the MedWatch 3500 form by mail or fax. Select How to Report for more details.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.*

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the Office on Women's Health's clearinghouse for women's health information. Through a comprehensive web site and toll-free call center, NWHIC serves the entire United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NWHIC phone lines (available in English and Spanish) are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, eastern time at 800-994-9662 (800-994-WOMAN). Deaf and hearing impaired callers with TTY equipment may call 888-220-5446.* They also have an online Medical Dictionary.

Pediatric Heart Network - This site is designed for parents, patients and healthcare professionals who have an interest in congenital and acquired heart disease and the work of the Pediatric Heart Network in this area. Please contact Victoria Pemberton at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for questions related to this site or its content. In order to find a center near you, click on "Contact Us" or "Participating Hospitals"*

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.*

Social Security Administration - What the Social Security Administration Means by Disability:

The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.

Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if you cannot do work that you did before and we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s). Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments.

Go to the next page to see how we decide if you are disabled.

  • Disability Evaluation Under Social Security

  • (Also known as The Blue Book)

  • Medical criteria for evaluating Social Security disability claims

  • This edition of Disability Evaluation Under Social Security has been specially prepared to provide physicians and other health professionals with an understanding of the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration. It explains how each program works, and the kinds of information a health professional can furnish to help ensure sound and prompt decisions on disability claims.

  • This edition replaces the July 1999 and prior editions of Disability Evaluation Under Social Security.
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Recalls, Withdrawals and Alerts in the Last 60 Days: This list includes the most significant product actions of the last 60 days, based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk. The recalls on the list are mainly Class I. A record of all recalls can be found in the FDA Enforcement Report.*

    Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) - DRS Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have 36 offices across Virginia and a residential training and medical rehabilitation center called the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center.*

    Virginia Disability Services Agencies (DSA) - A good introduction to the Disability Services Agencies can be obtained by visiting the individual agency’s web site. Learn more about the agency’s mission and goals, the services provided to its customers and the services provided to the community employers.*

    *These sites have been quoted directly as I believe what they say about their sites or they already know what to say, better than I do.
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