Thank you for
your interest in The Information Center for Individuals with
For years my passion, second only to my family, has been gathering
information, ideas and resources to help people living with
disabilities and others who care about them. My goal has been to
create a store of knowledge that can aid people with disabilities in
expanding and enriching their lives
The search began in the 1950's when my husband and I discovered that
our four-year-old daughter had severe hearing loss. When our son was
diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, our search deepened.
While looking for information on how to help my children with
disabilities-and their brothers and sisters-flourish, I learned that
no single collection of information was available to provide
guidance or solutions to the challenges we faced. What was available
was elusive and disconnected.
Over the years, the situation improved as I began reading Accent
Magazine and Rehabilitation Gazette, which led me to additional
resources. My collection grew as I began saving valuable tidbits of
information that went beyond our family's needs-relevant to people
of any age, with any disability. Neighbors and friends who knew of
my passion and growing file began referring people to us for help.
Soon it became clear that more people and resources were needed to
continue collecting, evaluating and sharing the information.
I envisioned that life could be richer for people living under an
array of circumstances if they could move from the margins to the
mainstream of life by accessing resources and guidelines about their
disability. My vision continues to be the creation and maintenance
of a comprehensive source of information that provides timely,
accurate and useful information. My hope is to link people with
disabilities to the services, opportunities, ideas, knowledgeable
people, literature and agencies that can help them address relevant
issues and, most important, enhance their lives.