OTBS 20600: Culture of Disability


A statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources.  The content is purely aggregated statistics, geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current awareness.  Easy-to-use infographics and tables are available for download as images to insert into presentations.

General Statistical Sources

American FactFinder
  • Try the "Community Facts" quick search for a quick snapshot of information
  • Try the "Guided Search" and select: I'm looking for information about people (age, sex, income, poverty, education, ...). This is where you will find disability data.
    • Try this tool and compare data on Ithaca, New York with your home town.
Kaiser State Health Facts
  • Provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data. 
  • State Health Facts is comprised of more than 800 health indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, trend, and download data.
  • Health Status -- Includes data on disability

Disability Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Disability and Health Data System: Very data heavy.
  • Maps and Data Tables: So much information!
  • State Profiles: Can drill down to disability status at the state level. There are all sorts of different topics.
  • Methods: Gives a nice overview and definitions of their site.

Disability and Health: TONS of great and easy to use information. Very consumer health-y.  
  • Overview -- Information on impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions along with some information on specific disabilities.
  • Articles & Key Findings -- An excellent list of articles that focus on disability.

National Health Interview Survey: The data from this report is quite old (1994/95), but it might be interesting to look at their data collection tool along with highlights of persons using assistive technologies.

Disabilities & Functioning (Adult): This page provides a nice snapshot of "fast facts" along with the source of information which is usually a detailed PDF.
  • What is the percent of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile?

https://www.disability.gov: This is a great consumer health website that provides information on health, employment, housing etc. services that are available.
  • Click on Health; Select Disability; Select NYS -- From here, play around!

The International Center for Disability
Disability Statistics & Policy in the USA and the World: A website with lots of links to agencies that collect disability statistics.

The World Health Organization
Health Topics -- Disabilities 
Cornell University
Employment & Disability Institute

Legal Research

Lexis-Nexis: Use for accessing legal information

Law Review

Below are a few examples to get you started:
atleast10(Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person! or CRIPA!)
atleast10(Ugly Law! or unsightly beggar ordinance!)
atleast15(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act!)
atleast15(Americans with Disabilities Act!) and atleast10(unemploy!)
atleast20(Fair Housing Act!) and atleast10(racism or race)
atleast5(Assistive Technology Act)

Reference Materials

Ballentine's Law Dictionary, 3rd edition
Search: Disability

From here, click on suggested terms such as: total disability for work

Oxford Companion to American Law
KF154 .O96 2002 
New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.

Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court 
REF KF8742.A35 O93 2005 
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, 2nd ed.
Search: Disability
Select: Disability Discrimination. This page gives a nice summary with info such as the ADA.

American Jurisprudence 2d

Subject Research

CQ Researcher
A wonderful resource for finding information on your topic, law, or act. CQ Research provides a rich overview, background, current situation, outlook, pros/cons, a chronology, and a wonderful bibliography.

Legal News and Research
Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
Legal News Group File
Thomas - Legislative Information
FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)

Advanced Google Searching
-- Site or Domain: .gov; .edu; .org
-- File Type: PDF

Contact Us

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Health Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1197

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Journal Articles

A comprehensive journal index to the nursing and allied health literature dating back to 1982, with links to some full-text. This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
A comprehensive journal index to over 4,600 biomedical journals, with links to some full-text.
America: History and Life
Provides citations to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on US historical topics.

Books, eBooks, and DVDs

 Lives Worth Living 
 Regular Lives 
 Freedom Machines 
 Body and Soul 

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