Disability.gov

Disability.gov (formally DisabilityInfo.gov) is a comprehensive online resource providing valuable information to the nearly 50 million people with disabilities in the United States. The site provides access to disability-related information and programs available on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

It is also a useful resource for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans and military families, community-based organizations and many others. Disability.gov helps people seeking information on a variety of disability-related topics find the resources they need from a single Web site, eliminating the need to search through many different Web sites.

Site structure and features

Information on Disability.gov is organized into subject areas including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. By selecting a category from the tabs at the top of the home page, users are directed to easy-to-navigate information on grants and funding, laws and regulations as well as resources and contacts in their communities.

Disability.gov offers a free subscription service allowing users to sign up to receive Disability.gov Connection, the site’s quarterly newsletter, as well as e-mail alerts covering information tailored to individual interests. The site also features an online newsroom that contains news releases, links to research and statistics, and ready-to-publish news briefs and articles.

Site management

Disability.gov is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and is a collaborative effort among 22 government agencies.

Currently, the Federal agencies contributing information to Disability.gov include the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Interior, Justice,
Labor, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs; as well as the Access Board, the Corporation for National & Community Service, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the General Services
Administration, the National Council on Disability, the Office of Personnel Management, the Small Business Administration and the Social Security Administration.

Awards

In 2006, Disability.gov received the American Association of Webmasters (AAWM) 2006 Gold Award for outstanding design and quality of content. The AAWM Awards recognize webmasters and designers who have shown outstanding achievement in Web design, content and creativity and who have spent considerable time building and creating their sites not just to benefit themselves, but to also make a positive contribution to the World Wide Web community by “Bringing The World Closer To Us,” according to the Association’s Web site.

In April 2007, Disability.gov received the e-gov Institute’s Knowledge Management Award for “delivering high value to citizens in a knowledge management solution.” Knowledge Management Awards recognize innovative knowledge management best practices in US public sector organizations. Nominations are received from federal, state and local government organizations, as well from programs outside the United States. Winners are selected by a committee comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors who are actively engaged in knowledge management programs for government.

(Submitted by Dr Faiz Kermani)

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