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Year: 2002

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Finding Disability Info
on the Web Spotlight on Recreation
by John Rochford

The Web contains lots of information about outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. The trouble is that such information can be difficult to find. The focus of this article is to explain how to use a popular portal, Yahoo. Think of this article as a tutorial, on how to use Yahoo, which uses as its sample subject "outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities".

Yahoo Directory

The best way to make Yahoo work for you is to use its directory. Basically, Yahoo’s directory is an attempt to categorize the Web, much like library card catalogs categorize books. Many search engines have incorporated a directory like Yahoo’s, but the Yahoo directory is still the best.

Topic Titles & Subcategories

After arriving at Yahoo’s home page, you have to scroll down about half the page to view the directory. It has a group of general topic titles, starting with Arts & Humanities. Under each topic title, there is the beginning of a list of the topic’s subcategories. If you see the subcategory you want, click it. Otherwise, click the topic title to see the complete list of subcategories.

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WELCOME: Special issue on recreation
Jason Gregoricus

- Welcome to the Disabilities INDEX. An online newsletter for people with disabilities. This issue will be of interest to readers who are looking for recreational summer activities in the Massachusetts area. Please enjoy!

Summer Camping for Children with Disabilities
American Camping Association

- Selecting the right camp or recreational program is often a matter of knowing your options and asking the right questions. First and foremost, you must know your child, especially whether s/he is ready for camp, and whether that means a day or a residential camp.

Outdoor Recreation for All Abilities
Jason Gregoricus

- Picture this scene. He’s sweating, his heart rate is three times its normal rate and his breathing is heavy and fast. He’s showing all the signs of fatigue.

More than Just Camping.
Jason Gregoricus

- Starting roughly in the 1960's the idea that people with disabilities should have the same access to activities that all people do began to take root. Culminating most impressively in the 1990's with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the desegregation of people with disabilities began.


The I & R View

by Jason Gregoricus

"What do you do for work?"

That's a question we all get asked. It's easy to answer for most people.

"I'm a telephone repairman," someone might say. Or another may respond "I'm Chief Executive Office for a Fortune 500 company." Perhaps you're an electrician, a nurse or a pilot. Who knows. But in most cases the answer elicits a mental image. The telephone repairman wears a hard hat and fixes wires, for instance. The C.E.O. wears a business suit and fires people. The electrician climbs ladders, the nurse cares for the sick, the pilot flies planes.

But an information and referral specialist?

"What's that?"

Well, I'm an information and referral specialist yet - ironically - I'm tired of having to explain myself. So let me set the record straight.

The easiest answer is as follows: People with disabilities tell me their problems, I try to find people who can help them out.


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