Publications for Download (Free)

After a good run of about ten years, WID puts its oldest publications out to pasture and offers them to the world as free downloads. Don’t be fooled by their age, though. Many of these publications are still incredibly relevant to the lives of people with disabilities today. They are also jam-packed with historical turning points for people with disabilities, and they explain how WID was involved in these joyous and hard-fought victories.

The following is a list of our free publications in PDF format for easy download. We’ve separated the publications into four categories: employment, health and independent living, international, and technology. Within each category, the publications appear in chronological order with the most recent at the top.

If there is a particular topic or WID publication that you don’t see here, please contact us; we have many publications in addition to this list that we have internally archived but that would be happy to share. Of course, be sure to look over our  for-sale publications, as well.

Employment

Latinos with Disabilities in the United States (English and Spanish versions)

Date: 2006

WID’s project, Proyecto Visión, released this in-depth analysis of the challenges Latinos with disabilities face in the U.S. job market. The report includes promising employment practices and individual success stories form across the country. The paper identifies factors contributing to disabled Latinos’ difficulties utilizing services and becoming employed, highlights exemplary research and vocational projects, and makes recommendations on how to improve employment outcomes for Latinos with disabilities.
Latinos with Disabilities in the US – English (PDF)
Latinos con Discapacidades en Estados Unidos – Español (PDF)

Integrating Universal Design Principles in Asset Building Programs

Date: 2004

We are  only beginning to understand the applicability of Universal Design approaches in diverse arenas. Universal Design began largely as physical accommodation practices that revolutionized the way people thought about access issues. This paper proposes ways of expanding Universal Design concepts to Asset Building programs, using concrete examples for implementation. Opening Universal Design principles up to challenging ways of thinking, presenting information, as well as physical accommodation is a major step toward a more inclusive world.
Integrating Universal Design Principles in Asset Building Programs (PDF)

New Beginnings: Making Home-Ownership A Reality for People with Disabilities

Date: 2003

When Barbara Pesante lost her sight five years ago after a staph infection injured her optic nerve, she tried unsuccessfully to obtain assistance in her homeland, Puerto Rico. Only after moving to Florida did she begin receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which qualified her for job search assistance through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
New Beginnings: Making Home-Ownership A Reality for PWD (PDF)


Health and Independent Living

Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Systems Change: A Workbook for Improving PAS in Your State

Date: 2000

This manual will allow the reader to assess the current PAS system in their state and envision an ideal system, develop strategies to redesign their current system, create a viable plan of action to implement a comprehensive statewide PAS program.
PAS Systems Change: A Workbook for Improving PAS in Your State (PDF)

Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Fundamentals

Date: 2000

PAS Fundamentals offers a comprehensive overview of PAS. This manual allows the reader to explore different PAS models, examine the diversity of PAS delivery and funding, learn about national PAS legislation and Supreme Court decisions and their impact at the state level.
PAS Fundamentals (PDF)

RRTC-ILDP Issue Brief: Applying Independent Living Principles to State Health Care Programs for People with Disabilities

Date: 1999

To help clarify principles which could and should guide our health care, this Issue Brief looks at how state health care programs targeted at people with disabilities achieve independent living objectives. As numerous states develop managed care programs targeted at SSI and SSDI beneficiaries, it is important to focus attention on health care reform at the state level.
RRTC-ILDP Issue Brief: Applying Independent Living Principles to State Health Care Programs for People with Disabilities (PDF)

Autonomy or Abandonment: Changing Perspectives on Delegation

Date: 1997

“Delegation” allows an unlicensed homecare provider to perform specific tasks currently performed by licensed health care providers, such as nurses. Published by The National Council on Aging, Inc., this report offers highlights of a symposium which explored issues of delegation in home- and community-based settings with a variety of key stakeholders-nurses, state level policymakers, providers and consumers. It also reports the findings of a state survey on delegation, gives an overview of the legal and regulatory issues, and of the factors influencing our approach to delegation in the country today.
Autonomy or Abandonment: Changing Perspectives on Delegation (PDF)

Liability Issues Affecting Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services (PAS): Report and Recommendations

Date: 1995

This manual offers an understandable explanation of liability law as it relates to Personal Assistance Services and suggests practical strategies for meeting legal requirements without sacrificing the needs of people with disabilities. Contents include employment tax, benefits, personal injury (tort law and risk apportionment), and licensure/ certification (nurse practice acts).
Liability Issues Affecting Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services (PAS): Report and Recommendations (PDF)

The Cost of Program Models Providing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) for Independent Living

Date: 1994

This report analyzes six program models in terms of cost and degree of support for Independent Living using data from WID’s 1989 program survey of all publicly-funded PAS programs in the United States. Both Independent provider and agency models are examined and compared.
The Cost of Program Models Providing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) for Independent Living (PDF)

Personal Perspectives on Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Date: 1992

This collection of personal essays explores a wide range of perspectives on personal assistance services. Family issues and PAS concerns for people with different disabilities, of different ages, and as members of minority groups are addressed.
Personal Perspectives on Personal Assistance Services (PAS) (PDF)

Just Like Everyone Else

Date: 1992

This oversize format publication, intended for a general audience, provides perspective, inspiration, and information about the Independent Living Movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Just like Everyone Else (PDF)

Policy Issues Affecting the Medicaid Personal Care Services Optional Benefit: Full Report

Date: 1991

The full three-part report about policy issues that affect the Medicaid personal care services optional benefit.

Attending to America: Personal Assistance for Independent Living: A Report of the National Survey of Attendant Services Programs in the United States

Date: 1987

This unique 1987 report explores the then current publicly provided personal assistance system in the U.S. It contains policy recommendations and action steps, a definition of terms, a directory of attendant service programs in the U.S. and a bibliography.
Attending to America: Personal Assistance for Independent Living: A Report of the National Survey of Attendant Services Programs in the United States (PDF)


International

A Significant Alliance: The Independent Living Movement, The Service Employees International Union and the Establishment of the First Public Authorities in California

Date: 2005

Public Authorities are the product of a joint battle waged and won by both the Independent Living Movement and the Service Employees International Union. Public Authorities have been under threat of loss of funding in California. In order to fully understand the significance of potentially losing Public Authorities, it’s important to understand the depth of the victory that the Public Authorities represent. This publication covers the history behind the establishment of this significant institution.
A Significant Alliance: The Independent Living Movement, the Service Employees International Union and the Establishment of the First Public Authorities in California (PDF)

International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities: Final Report

Date: 1998

This document is the final report on the International Leadership Forum for women with Disabilities, which took place on June 15-20,1997 in Washington, DC. A collaboration of the World Institute on Disability, Rehabilitation International, and Mobility International USA, the forum brought together over 600 women representing 80 countries. The document presents 35 papers and links readers to a host of resources on the topic, including books, manuals, documents, websites, films and videos.
International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities: Final Report (PDF)

Disabled Women’s Priorities for Action, Research Results from the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities, June 15-20, 1997

Date: 1997

This report presents findings of participatory action research conducted at the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities. The report documents major themes and priorities for future research, training, and action from the perspective of international women leaders with disabilities.
Disabled Women’s Priorities for Action, Research Results from the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities, June 15-20, 1997 (PDF)


Technology

How to Create Disability Access to Technology: Best Practices in Electronic and Information Technology Companies

Date: 2005

The book reveals how technology manufacturers gain not only corporate social responsibility goals, but also bottom-line profits by producing accessible products for people with disabilities. This is the first guide to show exactly how the design of common technology products – such as cell phones and computers – benefits from including people with disabilities in design, testing and marketing. It also explains how companies can avoid costly mistakes.
How to Create Disability Access to Technology: Best Practices in Electronic and Information Technology Companies (PDF)

Telecommunications Problems and Design Strategies for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Date: 1999

This report summarizes a literature review on use of telecommunications by people with cognitive disabilities.
Telecommunications Problems and Design Strategies for People with Cognitive Disabilities (PDF)

The Internet: An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students

Date: 1998

This 21-page handbook promotes access to the Internet in K-12 schools for students with disabilities, students with a variety of learning styles and those who do not speak English as their first language. The handbook provides practical tips, general access guidelines, resource listings and success stories of teachers from across the U.S. who use the Internet in their classrooms.
The Internet: An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students (PDF)

For questions regarding publications, contact Josephine Schallehn, WID’s Projects Coordinator II, at josephine@wid.org.

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