Metropolitan Area Resources, D.C., MD, VA
Organizations and Information
Repairs and Rentals of Equipment
Vehicle Rentals
Theatre, Museum, Arts and Accessibility

Regional and National Resources
Mobility Devices, Durable and Disposable Medical Equipment
Ramps, Lifts and Vehicle Modification
Adaptive Technological Equipment
Universal Design
Disability Etiquette
Workplace Accommodations and Employment Issues
Legal and Advocacy Issues
Travel, Sports, Recreation
Web Accessibility Resources
Video Accessibility Resources
Audio Accessibility Resources
Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Rehabilitation Information

Metropolitan Area Resources, D.C., MD, VA

Organizations and Information

  • Aging and Disability Resources in the District of Columbia (ADRDC) This is a helpful site for information on services in Washington, D.C.
  • ARC of D.C. This organization's mission is to improve the quality of life of people with mental disabilities and their families through support and advocacy. 
  • Arriba Center This organization prepares individuals with disabilities to live independently and become ready to employment. They cater to the Latino and multicultural community.
  • Art Enables This organization runs programs for adults with developmental disabilities throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • ASL Here is information about American Sign Language.
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services This is a link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid Services.
  • D.C. Center for Independent Living This center provides information, peer counseling, and independent living skills training.
  • D.C. Housing Authority 
  • D.C. Long Term Care Coalition
  • D.C. Primary Care Association 
  • D.C. Rehabilitation Service Administration
  • D.C. Statewide Independent Living Council This council works to empower people with disabilities and promotes integration into the community. Phone: 202-442-8748.
  • Department of Health This government department provides health facts, services and programs for Washington, D.C. residents. Phone: 202-671-5000.
  • DisabilityGuide.org This site provides an abundance of information useful for community participation, independent living and accessibility for persons in the local D.C. Metropolitan area. Phone: 301-528-8664.
  • Disability Information and Resources This site is non-graphical. It list a plethora of web links to organizations that provide disability related services and information. Contact.
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services(DORS) This organization provides leadership and support in promoting the employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence of individuals with disabilities. They are located in Baltimore, MD. Phone: 410-554-9385.
  • Employment Center This is a resource from the National Rehabilitation Hospital on becoming employed.
  • Empowerment Through Technology and Education (ETTE) This company provided technical assistance and computer maintenance. They are located in Washington, D.C.
  • Endependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) This center provides information, peer counseling, and independent living skills training. They are located in Arlington, VA. Phone: 703-525-3268.
  • Future Home - Concepts for Independent Living This company is dedicated to providing architectural solutions to disabled individuals and their families. They are located in Phoenix, MD. Phone: 410-666-0086.
  • HCBS This organization provides infrastructure development, resources for people with disabilities and describes all home and community based services.
  • Inclusion Research Institute (IRI) This organization's mission is to research, develop and disseminate innovations that enable people with disabilities to be independent, productive and included in the community at large. 
  • Independence Now This center provides information, peer counseling, and independent living skills training for Montgomery and Prince George Counties in Maryland.
  • Maryland Technology Assistance Program This is a program that provides discounted assistive technology and training opportunities to schools, agencies, and families. They are located in Columbia, MD. Phone: 410-381-2667.
  • Metro This is the D.C. public transportation access web site.
  • Montgomery County MD These are resources for the disability community.
  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS).
  • National Rehabilitation and Information Center (NARIC) This organization runs a database funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). They provide information to the disability and rehabilitation communities about research and development projects. Phone: 800-346-2742.
  • Nish This is one of two national, nonprofit agencies designated by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled to support nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program, which provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities by procuring Federal contracts for goods and services. They are located in Vienna, VA. Phone: 571-226-4600.
  • Push America This organization is an advocacy and support system provided by the fraternity pi kappa phi. They aim to empower and motivate members of the fraternity and the community to become involved in improving the lives of people with disabilities through leadership and fundraising activities.
  • Social Security Administration This is information on working while disabled.
  • Steve Gold's Data This is a website that provides information on how to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act produced by an attorney in Philadelphia, PA. 
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services This is the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long Term Care Policy.
  • USA Tech Guide This is a site where you can find guides to equipment, assistive technology, reviews, sports and recreation, travel. This is a good site to start searching for a variety of useful information.
  • Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants
  • Volunteers for Medical Engineering These are a small non-profit a team of volunteers, medical professionals and engineers who strive to help people with disabilities become more independent. They are located in Baltimore, MD. Phone: 410-554-9134.
  • Washington Area Wheelchair Society: This organization collects new, used and broken wheelchairs, stair lifts, crutches and other home medical equipment. They refurbish the equipment and make it available to low-income and uninsured persons. E-Mail Address Phone: 301-495-0277.
  • Washington Ear This is an organization that provides audio-description, training, and services for people who need audio representation of printed material.

Repairs and Rentals of Equipment in D.C., MD, VA

  • Affiliated Medical (location, MD): This company provides medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and they deliver in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Phone: 301-736-7028.
  • Area Access (location, Manassas, VA): This company sells and rents scooters and wheelchairs. They sell various staircase and outdoor lifts and modify vehicles with ramps and lifts. Phone: 800-333-2732 or 703-396-4949.
  • Chesapeake Rehab Equipment (location, Baltimore, MD): This company offers mobility devices, cushions, adaptive seating, lifts, and repair services. Phone: 410-298-4555 or 800-777-6981.  
  • East-Coast Rehab (location, Alexandria, VA): This company specializes in providing customized seating and electronic adaptations. They sell wheelchairs, scooters, other mobility equipment, and perform repairs. They focus on details, if what you want is not available, they will make it happen. The company is run by consumers with disabilities that have over ten years of experience in customizing. Phone: 703-329-2977.
  • Foer Pharmacy (location, Bethesda, MD and Washington, D.C.): This company provides medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and they deliver in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Phone: 301-657-3500.
  • Grubbs Pharmacy (location, Washington, D.C.): This company provides medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and they deliver in the D.C. metropolitan area. Phone: 202-543-4400.
  • Mobility Solutions (location, Silver Spring, MD): This company offers in home demonstrations, mobility products, and rents ramps, manual wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Phone: 800-519-0035. 
  • New Hampshire Pharmacy (location, Washington, D.C.): This company provides medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and they deliver in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Phone: 202-291-1100.
  • Orthotic Prosthetic Center ( location, MD and VA): This company makes custom prosthetic devices. Phone: 703-698-5007 or 301-770-6246.
  • Rehab Equipment Professionals (location, Alexandria, VA): This company supplies and repairs wheelchairs. They specialize in pediatric wheelchairs and custom mobility devices for all ages. Phone: 703-370-2100.
  • Robert's Home Medical Service Power, Inc. (location, D.C./MD/VA): This company is a home medical equipment supplier that sells, rents and repairs equipment and oxygen supplies. Phone: 800-807-7290.
  • ScootAround Wheelchair and Scooter Rentals (location, Washington, D.C.): This company rents scooters in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Phone: 888-441-7575.
  • Zask Medical (location, Alexandria, VA): This company provides rentals, repairs and sales for all types of wheelchairs both motorized and manual in the D.C. metro area. Phone: 703-354-1266.

Vehicle Rentals

  • Accessible Rental Vans (location, Ownings Mill, MD): This company rents accessible vans in the D.C. metropolitan area. Phone: 800-651-3556.
  • Ride-Away (location, Beltsville, MD): This company specializes in customizing vehicles for accessibility including: cars, vans, trailers, and RVs. Phone: 888-285-0243.
  • Wheelchair Getaways (location, DC, MD, VA): This company rents accessible vehicles throughout the country. Phone: 800-642-2042.
  • Wheelers (location, College Park, MD): This company rents accessible vans and cars. Phone: 800-456-1371.

Theatre, Museum, Arts and Accessibility

Information and Resources

Mobility Devices, Durable and Disposable Medical Equipment

  • Activeforever (delivery, web-based): This company offers a variety of durable and disposable medical aids. Phone: 800-377-8033.
  • Advanced Medical Concepts (location, Owings Mills, MD): This company offers power wheelchairs and scooters. Phone: 410-902-7900.
  • Allegro Medical Supplies (location, web-based): This company carries a large variety of disposable and other medical supplies. Phone: 800-861-3211.
  • Chesapeake Rehab Equipment (location, Baltimore, MD): This company offers mobility devices, cushions, adaptive seating, lifts, and repair services. Phone: 410-298-4555 or 800-777-6981.  
  • Colours (location, web-based): This company manufactures wheelchairs for active users. Phone: 951-808-9131.
  • East-Coast Rehab (location, Alexandria, VA): This company specializes in providing customized seating adaptations. They sell wheelchairs, scooters, other mobility equipment, and perform repairs. Phone: 703-329-2977.
  • Invacare (location, web-based): This company manufactures wheelchairs and provides other mobility products such as lifts, walkers, beds, and respiratory and sleep aids. Phone: 800-333-6900.
  • MagicWheels (location, web-based): This company makes a wheelchair with gears. Phone: 866-624-4294
  • MED Supplies (location, Idaho Falls, ID): This company has a large list of disposal medical supplies for many types of impairments. Phone: 208-520-3919.
  • Mobility Solutions (location, Silver Spring, MD): This company offers in home demonstrations, mobility products, and rents ramps, manual wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Phone: 800-519-0035.
  • Permobil (location, Lebanon, TN): This company manufactures power wheelchairs and customizes upon requests. Phone: 800-736-0925.
  • Planetmobility (delivery, web-based): This company has an extensive offering of wheelchairs, mobility devices, ramps, pool lifts, and other accessories for independent living. Phone: 866-465-4387.
  • Pride Mobility Products (location, Exeter, PA): This company manufactures and sells power wheelchairs, scooters, and lift chairs. Phone: 800-800-8586.
  • Rascals (delivery, web-based): This company manufactures a light weight, portable, and foldable scooter. Phone: 800-257-7955.
  • Rehab Equipment Professionals (location, Alexandria, VA): This company supplies and repairs wheelchairs. They specialize in pediatric wheelchairs and custom mobility devices for all ages. Phone: 703-370-2100.
  • Rehabilitech (location, Olathe, KS): This company manufactures seating systems for wheelchairs. Phone: 866-390-5340.
  • Rifton (delivery, web-based): This company manufacturers wheelchairs and tools designed specifically for children with disabilities. Phone: 800-571-8198.
  • Robert's Home Medical Service Power, Inc. (location, DC/MD/VA): This company is a home medical equipment supplier that sells, rents and repairs equipment and oxygen supplies. Phone: 800-807-7290.
  • Scooterville (delivery, web-based): This company offers power wheelchairs, scooters, bath safety tool, and foldable and portable ramps. Phone: 800-689-0030.
  • Spinlife (delivery, web-based): This company manufactures and sells many types of wheelchairs, portable ramps, bath and toilet aids. Phone: 800-236-4215 or 602 230-949.
  • Sunrise Medical (delivery, web-based): This company offers wheelchairs, durable and disposal medical equipment, lifts, and aids for daily living. Phone: 760-930-1500.
  • Zask Medical (location, Alexandria, VA): This company provides rentals, repairs and sales for all types of wheelchairs both motorized and manual in the D.C. metro area. Phone: 703-354-1266.

Ramps, Lifts and Vehicle Modification

  • O'Neill Stairlifts (location, Silver Spring, MD): This company specializes in the installation and service of stairway and wheelchair elevator lifts. Phone: 301-871-0700.
  • Amerivan (location, web-based): This company manufactures specialized vehicle adaptations for people with disabilities. Phone: 866-392-6300.
  • Area Access (location, Manassas, VA): This company sells and rents scooters and wheelchairs. They sell various staircase and outdoor lifts, and modify vehicles with ramps and lifts. Phone: 800-333-AREA or 703-396-4949.
  • BEDCO Mobility (location, College Park, MD): This company offers home stair lifts, ramps, scooters, van lifts, hand controls, and vertical lifts. Phone: 800-825-1760 or 301-585-0700.
  • Braun Corporation (location, Washington, DC): This company manufactures lifts and ramps for use in vehicles. Phone: 800-843-5438.
  • Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc. (location, web-based): This company manufactures and sells stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, vehicle lifts, and Turning Automotive Seating. Contact.
  • Creative Controls (CCI) (location, Troy, MI): This company provides driving and vehicle modification supplies, hand controls and lifts for vehicles. Phone: 248-577-9800.
  • Eastern Mobility (location, Frederick, MD): This company provides custom vehicle modifications. Phone: 301-845-4188.
  • Express Ramps (location, web-based): This company provides portable and foldable ramps. Phone: 866-491-1110.
  • Handi-Ramp (location, web-based): This company sells a wide range of portable and stationary ramps. Phone: 847-680-7700.
  • Harmar Mobility (location, Sarasota, FL): This company offers home and vehicle ramps. Phone: 800-833-0478.
  • Oneness Mobility Services (location, Forestville, MD): This company provides customized vehicle modifications. Phone: 866-570-6686.
  • Ricon (location, Panorama City, CA): This company manufactures vehicle ramps and lifts. Phone: 800-322-2884.
  • Ride-Away (location, Beltsville, MD): This company specializes in customizing vehicles for accessibility including: cars, vans, trailers, and RVs. Phone: 888-285-0243.
  • Viewpoint Mobility (location, Kalamazoo, MI): This company makes wheelchair accessible minivans. Phone: 800-368-6022.
  • VMI (location, Phoneix, AZ): This company customizes accessible vehicles. Phone: 800-348-VANS or 602-243-2700.

Adaptive Technological Equipment

  • Ability Hub This company specializes in computer and assistive technology adaptations. Phone: 802-775-1993.
  • ABLEDATA This website provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. This complete database is maintained by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Assisted Access, Inc. and NFSS Communications This company provides a large range of assistive products for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, and mobility impaired. Phone: 800-950-9655.
  • Assistive Technology Information List This website is a comprehensive list of databases and Assistive Technology Centers.
  • Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) This is a link to the Colorado State ATRC and describes how to make accessible audio and video technology.
  • Boulevard  This company provides adaptive equipment for learning needs, brain injury, augmentative communication, and environmental control units. Phone: 619-222-8735.
  • Computer Application Specialties Company This company provides Braille producing products. Phone: 402-423-4782.
  • Duxbury Systems This company provides computer software for Braille devices. Phone: 978-692-3000.
  • Enabling Technologies This company manufactures Braille embossers. Phone: 800-777-3687.
  • Ergonomic Resources This is a site where you can purchase a wide variety of computer keyboards and ergonomic devices. 
  • Freedom Scientific Designs This company provides assistive and adaptive technology for individuals who are blind, low vision or have learning disabilities. Phone: 800-444-4443.
  • Gh LLC. This company makes software that is designed to provide accessible electronic media. Phone: 866-693-3687.
  • Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH This company provides products for Braille output, Braille displays, Braille note takers, and other Braille devices for computers and PDAs. Phone: 651-636-5184.
  • Independent Living Aids This company provides daily living aids for people with low vision. Phone: 800-537-2118.
  • Kelvin Thermostats This company provides programmable voice-controlled thermostats designed for people with disabilities.
  • Rehabtool This company offers a variety of high-tech, assistive, and adaptive technology products, augmentative communication devices, computer equipment, and voice recognition software. They specialize in building customized software solutions. Phone: 281-531-6106.
  • Specialty Keyboards This is a site where you can purchase a wide variety of computer keyboards.
  • Speech Recognition Software Dragon Naturally Speaking is the most widely used speech to text software.
  • Speech Technology This is a magazine that provides information on speech technology.
  • Switchit This is a company that customizes wheelchair electronics. Phone: 800-376-9888.
  • Trace Center Resources and Tools This organization is an excellent source for information on all types of accessible technology.
  • VisionCue This company supports people who are blind and low vision with assistive technology. Phone: 888-318-2582

Universal Design

  • Access Board These are the complete guidelines for the Federal Agency that regulates accessible design.
  • Designing for Real People This site introduces basic concepts of universal design.
  • IDEA This is a Universal Design research center at Buffalo University. They are dedicated to improving the design of environments.
  • The Center for Universal Design This is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.
  • Universal Design Resource List This is a list from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Disability Etiquette

Workplace Accommodations and Employment Issues

  • ACCESS Board These are U.S. guidelines and requirements for building, transportation and communication.
  • EarnWorks Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network.
  • Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.
  • Disability Employment 101 This is published by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Emergency Preparedness This website, offered by DisabilityInfo.gov, has a helpful list of information related to egress and evacuation.
  • Employment Guide This is a guide for people with disabilities seeking employment published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • EOP Diversity recruitment publications.
  • HIRE This organization's mission is to give all people who want a chance to succeed, the opportunity to succeed.
  • IBM This site describes IBM's model vision about disability, accessibility and employment. Contact.
  • Institute for Community Inclusion This organization offers training and employment services to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) This agency is supported by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Lift This organization provides assistance to professionals who have disabilities searching for careers in the field of information technology.
  • ODEP U.S. Department of Labor employment policy.
  • Open Doors Organization This company teaches businesses how to succeed in the disability market, while simultaneously empowering the disability community.
  • Over the Horizon Potential Impact of Emerging Trends in Information and Communication Technology on Disability Policy and Practice. Published by the National Council on Disability
    This report discusses barriers, challenges, and issues faced by persons with disabilities.
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act General Service Administration website
    "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 7(20), shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service."
  • Section 508 Regulations General Service Administration website
    This is a link to Federal requirements governing electronic information. This act requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public, access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. Here is another detailed explanation on Section 508 provided by the U.S. Access Board.
  • Social Security Administration
  • Solutions Marketing Group This company assists with marketing to people  with disabilities and understanding employees with disabilities.
  • The National Center on Workforce and Disability This is an organization that can assist you with policy development.
  • TransCen This organization is dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
  • Worksupport This company provides information about work and disability issues.
  • Windmills This is an attitudinal training program.

Legal and Advocacy Issues

Travel, Sports, Recreation

Web Accessibility Resources

  • Accessible Website Resource List This website, offered by the National Endowment for the Arts, is a list of organizations that can help make a website accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS) This is a world wide association of professional organizations and web designers that promote the use of accessible design standards.
  • Nielson Norman Group This website describes how to make the Internet easy to use for users with disabilities. 
  • Web Accessibility Initiatives,WAI (part of w3c Standards) This link provides rules and regulations for creating web pages that are accessible to audiences with disabilities.
  • Web Accessibility List The Trace Center offers a comprehensive list of guidelines, initiatives and resources related to accessible web and multimedia design.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W3C) These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities and offers all the necessary tools.

Video Accessibility Resources

  • Captioning This link provides a description with examples of captioning.
  • Creating Video and Multimedia Products This is a website that provides knowledge and resources on how to create products that are accessible to people with sensory impairments.
  • Media Access Group This is an umbrella organization which consists of three smaller service organizations: The Caption Center, Descriptive Video Services (DVS), and the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). This group of pioneers develops accessible media for people with disabilities. They are experts on the subject of video media access.
  • Taping for the Blind, Inc This is a non-profit organization that helps turn sight into sound for individuals with visual, physical and learning disabilities. They provide Radio Reading, Custom Recording and Audio Description services.
  • The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) This organization provides information on captioning and sign language.

Audio Accessibility Resources

  • National Captioning Institute (NCI) This is a nonprofit corporation that provides captioning, subtitling and audio description for broadcast and cablecast television programs, home video programs, TV commercials, corporations and government agencies.
  • Narrative Television Network This is a leader in making television and movies accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury

Rehabilitation Information