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State & Federal Resources
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
HHS is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. This site provides access to HHS’ wide variety of tasks and services, including research, public health, food and drug safety, grants and other funding, and health insurance.
Americans with Disabilities home page from the US Department of Justice. Provides resources, publications and technical assistance related to ADA.
MA Department of Public Health
This site provides a significant number of resources for consumers and health care providers on a wide range of health issues, such as family services, disability services and health insurance.
MA Rehabilitation Commission
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. This site provides information and resources for consumers and health care providers.
State of the States
On this website you can access nationwide, regional and state longitudinal financial and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental disabilities services. Data as of 2015
Provides statistics from over 100 government agencies. Options for searching are to use: the Topics A-Z for a listing of topics, sort by geographical area, sort by eBooks, or by the specific agency.
Make sure you evaluate the reliability and accuracy of any internet site that you plan to use as a resource! Start with the 5W’s method: Who, What, Where, When, Why?
Who wrote the pages and are they an expert in the field? Authority
What is the purpose of the site? Objectivity – Goals of the Authors
Where does the information come from? Accuracy - Reliability
When was the site created, updated, or last worked on? Currency
Why is the information valuable? Coverage – value of the content
Look at the URL: What does the URL (Web address) say about the producer of the web site, and its purpose? Is it: .net?, .org? or .gov?
CIRRE Monograph Series
The monographs contain specific information about culture that rehabilitation service providers can use to more effectively meet the needs of foreign-born recipients of rehabilitation services (from site).