- Bill's Links -



This page features some of my favorite websites, web tools, and resources for both able-bodied and physically challenged people (and some sites for computer-challenged people:)... most of these sites are current, but if something is outdated, or if you have a link to share, please email me, thanks!  :-)

Pick a category:

       

Resources for people with significant physical disabilities (especially quadriplegics and/or their caregivers; links to supplies, assistive equipment, peer support, etc) UPDATED: 5/28/2013

Tools for ALL computer users (search engines, news, research) UPDATED: 3/5/2012

Charitable websites (please visit often/daily) UPDATED: 8/11/2011

Sports (Gators, Cubs, Chicago, ALL): UPDATED: 11/7/2009

For locals (Florida, Central Florida, Lake County, and/or Leesburg) UPDATED: 3/7/2012

Miscellaneous websites (government, weather, time, do not call, etc) UPDATED: 11/3/2011

Some of my favorite people (with disABILITIES) UPDATED: 5/25/2010
 
 


 
 

Resources for people with significant physical disabilities (especially quadriplegics and/or their caregivers; links to supplies, assistive equipment, peer support, etc; and don't forget to checkout my "Life with an SCI" page, which has some important info for quads and wheelchair users):

www.Unite2FightParalysis.org -- (U2FP) -- Our mission is to unite and empower those physically disabled by paralysis, their families, and their supporters.  We commit our skills to provide resources, tools, information and activities to strengthen the cure movement, with a particular focus on helping those physically disabled by paralysis to advocate for themselves.  We further pledge to support the efforts of other organizations committed to the same objectives. We are committed to a “fight to the finish” that will bring full recovery to victims of paralysis.

http://www.floridacils.org/Programs.html -- for people with disabilities who desire as much independence as possible, whether it is to work or live safely in the community, Florida Centers for Independent Living has two programs in particular that may be able to help. One of them is the James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Attendant Services program, which can provide a stipend to maintain a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) for qualified folks. The other program is a Nursing Home Transition program, which I imagine is designed to help folks who can safely live in the community to transition into doing so.

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Registries.jsp -- [Added 3/6/2008] -- Very Important!  Check to see how many (and who, and where) sexual offenders and/or predators are living near you.  I think it is especially important for women who live alone (or who are often home alone or often come home to an "empty" home) and parents with younger children to be aware of who is living near you.  You might be shocked by the search results.  As for how to protect oneself or one's family, there are lots of safety tips here, but one of the best is to get a dog or two (an economical way to acquire a dog is to adopt from the local animal shelter or humane society).  A dog is a great way to never have to come home to an empty home.  A dog can go for walks, or runs with women, and play with children in the yard.  Dogs have excellent hearing and their barking can make a criminal think twice about choosing your home (barking alerts people, which increases the likelihood that the criminal's plan won't work or go smoothly).  Plus dogs make great pets and are usually fiercely loyal to owners who treat them well, and can potentially fight off criminals, or at least help their owner escape an attacker.  Guys, if you're a husband and/or father, you know you can't always be home to help protect your family, but a dog or dogs can.  If you want to move, use the link to check areas of homes you might consider.  This link is below with other categories, but people with significant physical disabilities might be viewed as "easy" targets, so I'm including it here.

http://www.ucp.org/resources/disability-etiquette -- Disability Etiquette -- tremendous info for people who wish to know or need to know how to appropriately interact with and refer to people with disabilities (I'm a quadriplegic and I learned quite a bit there, and I hope I'm following protocol on my website, although much of what is here was written before I knew those things -- so I apologize in advance if something on my website is offensive; contact me and I'll fix it)...

How and Where I Shop for Medical Supplies -- [UPDATED 2/25/2009] -- There are about 9 medical product websites (JRS Medical, Allegro Medical, Colonial Medical, Express Medical, Quality Medical, Emergency Medical Products, Jansen Medical, Great Medical Supplies, and CWI Medical) that are all pretty similar, yet some have products that others don't. I've purchased products from the first 6 listed above either because they had the best product or price (I always try to find a quality product at the best price). Anyway, if you need medical or wellness supplies, chances are you can find it at the above websites -- my current favorites are JRS Medical and Allegro Medical (they seem to have about everything I need, and the best total prices -- see their links & info below). Do yourself a favor and check them out for any supply that you aren't certain that you're currently getting a good deal on, but don't buy the first acceptable product you see. The above websites compete with each other (and others) and some have the same product at a better price. Also, shipping costs affect product costs, which might influence where you buy as well. Once I find a quality product and I'm almost ready to buy, I check Froogle.com (Google product search) to make sure I'm getting the best price (Froogle checks multiple places, including eBay, and I've bought supplies on eBay before also). I elaborate on the above 9 websites and share where I buy certain things below.

www.DonTheGlove.com -- [UPDATED 2/25/2009] -- Don The Glove -- This is one of several places at which I shop for gloves (powder-free vinyl are currently the cheapest powder-free gloves available; also see the next three suppliers below when glove-shopping).  If you can get them delivered for $5 or less per box, you're doing very well.  "Don The Glove" doesn't insist you purchase 20 boxes at a time; they have a good individual price and also have a "buy 9 get 1 free" policy to encourage customers to purchase by the case of 10 boxes (use promo code "buy9" for that deal). 

www.med-express.com
-- [UPDATED 2/25/2009] -- Med Express -- You can now "create a case" of 20 boxes of different sizes or types of gloves, if you want, for just $2 more than their other cases.  Or if your primary caregivers wear the same size glove, buying a case here (20 boxes, 100 gloves each) is probably where you'll get the best price, but check "Don The Glove" (above) and JRS and Allegro below.  The thing to know here is that they only sell by the case, which is ok if you will eventually use them and have room to store them.  No free shipping; but the standard shipping is generally quick and when added to the price of a case, the overall price per box can be cheaper than Don The Glove's price (but my last glove purchase was from JRS Medical below).

www.JRSMedical.com -- [ADDED 2/25/2009] -- JRS Medical -- I can't believe I didn't have JRS up here until now!  As I mentioned above, JRS Medical and Allegro Medical (next item) are my two current favorite supply stores. JRS stands for "Just Real Simple" and I discovered them via Froogle.com (Google product search) a few months ago.  I have since found that JRS has the best total price (including shipping) on several things we purchase: gloves (I always check around for best total glove price; my last purchase was here -- two cases (20 boxes of powder-free vinyl gloves) for just over $100 -- with free shipping and no tax), saline bullets, my g-tubes, couplings/adapters, and disposable masks (they also have excellent prices on quite a few of my respiratory supplies, but my insurance company covers deliveries from a local supplier).  You owe it to yourself to check both JRS and Allegro (below) to ensure you are getting the best deals (check Froogle also).  JRS' ground shipping is FREE on most orders over $100 and usually arrives fast (my orders usually arrive in 3-5 days).

www.AllegroMedical.com -- [UPDATED 2/25/2009] -- Allegro Medical -- one of my current favorites. Allegro has a huge variety (as does JRS above) and generally good prices, but Allegro also runs relatively frequent specials like 10% off your entire order, or $5 off purchase of $50 or more, etc (check their homepage or get on their email list to be notified of specials).  Many quads use Magic Bullet suppositories and, if you're buying other supplies from Allegro (i.e. you are already paying a shipping expense from there) then Allegro has the best price on Magic Bullets (if all you need to buy are Magic Bullets, then see the next entry for a better price). One excellent product they have at a great price is individually wrapped antiseptic towelettes which are great for caregiver "hand cleaning" when away from home.  My only "complaint" is they used to have free shipping on orders over $99 but apparently that is no longer (bummer!). However some of their prices are low enough that they beat their competitors price even after adding shipping (for example, Magic Bullets have been listed between $39.99 and $45 on Allegro's website, and one of their competitors sells them for $52).

www.SeatedLife.com -- [Added 11/20/2008]  -- Seated Life -- if Magic Bullet suppositories are all you need to buy, then the best total price is here.  They are currently $44 for 100 suppositories with free shipping and no sales tax (smaller quantities are also available at excellent prices).  They also have an assortment of suppository inserters.  A bonus is that two quadriplegics are the owners of the business.  But, the purpose of my links here are to help people with disabilities find the best prices and overall deals. So, if you need other supplies, you might be better off buying your Magic Bullets from Allegro Medical above (their shipping cost starts at $8.95, but if you're going to incur a shipping expense by purchasing some item(s) from Allegro, you can add Magic Bullets without changing the shipping cost by much, if at all, depending on how much stuff you're buying).

www.colonialmedical.com -- Colonial Medical (added 6/25/06) -- they have some different things (checkout their aids to daily living category) and a good selection of certain categories, for example checkout their heel protection category and see numerous choices (however what I use for heel production came from Express Medical; which is a reminder to check around before making your purchase:).

www.exmed.net -- Express Medical Supply (updated 6/25/06) -- my original favorite for medical supplies. A very cool website with a large variety and usually good (sometimes great) prices, but not on everything (check around before buying:). Overall, it's an extremely well designed & maintained website; discreet packaging is an option at no extra charge, and they have FREE SHIPPING for orders over $95.00. 

www.qualitymedicalsupplies.com -- Quality Medical Supplies (updated 6/25/06) -- a VERY WIDE assortment of medical products, often at very good prices. The only "drawback" for individuals shopping here is some of the least-expensive items that are sold individually, have purchase quantity requirements (e.g. buy 5 to get this price) but that can also work in your favor (just not if you only want one).  FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100 does give incentive to purchase more than you need right now (assuming it's something that won't expire and you'll use eventually:).

www.buyemp.com -- Emergency Medical Products (updated 6/25/06) -- designed for paramedics & EMTs, they don't have too many things a quad needs to purchase regularly, but they have good prices on ambu bags (something I think every quad should have -- for about $20, it could save your life) and a good price on a neat little finger pulse-oxymeter (although check Froogle.com for pulse-oxymeters)...

www.jansenmedical.net -- Jansen Medical (added 6/25/06) -- a decent store with perhaps some variety not found in the above stores. I haven't bought anything here yet, but it's another possibility for your supplies.

www.greatmedicalsupplies.com -- Great Medical Supplies (added 6/25/06) -- they have an AMAZING SELECTION -- not necessarily the best prices (some good, some average) but the selection is HUGE (hint, click on "manufacturers" from their homepage and see an amazingly long list of medical supply makers). If you haven't found what you need from the above websites, or if you're looking for a "hard to find" item from a specific manufacturer, this could be the place.

www.cwimedical.com -- CWI Medical (added 5/5/07) -- the website that completes the primary 8 for medical supplies, they may have something you can use that's not found from above websites.  With just a brief search, I found a few things I don't recall seeing elsewhere, and they seem to have quite a few different products.  Always remember to shop around and/or check froogle.com to see if the price you're getting seems good.

www.180medical.com -- [Added 5/5/07] -- 180 Medical sells closed catheter kits, male and female catheters, Bard and Hollister catheters, plus many other kinds of catheters. I personally haven't used this website, but it has a professional look and they seem like catheter experts...

www.USMedicalSupplies.com -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- they seem to have more medical "equipment" than medical "supplies" -- which is a little different than some of the offerings at the stores above.  The promo code, LOOKMOM, can be used for 5% discount on wheelchair ramps, 5% off manual wheelchair accessories, and 5% discount on vehicle lifts and carriers.

www.MedicalGoods.com -- [Added 5/28/2013] -- one of the newer medical supply companies, wanting to earn your business with a focus on customer service. One of their strengths is the breadth of selection. They also have 13 different distribution centers so shipping is usually quite quick. If you need supplies on a regular & timely basis, you can setup the auto ship feature so you don't have to go in and order each time. (To be fair, other companies also have the auto ship feature.)

www.FindBookPrices.com -- [Added 5/5/07] -- Find Book Prices -- absolutely THE BEST resource for finding the best prices on books -- all books -- but I've found it particularly helpful with textbooks (see the next link also, especially if you have a qualifying "print disability")...

www.Bookshare.org -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- Books without Barriers -- "Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities."  Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Other people with qualifying disabilities can subscribe for a fee.  Compared to buying books, being able to download literally thousands of books can make the fee quite reasonable.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/ -- scholarships, grants, and other resources for students with disabilities. This looks like an excellent resource. Here are four more:

Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities: http://www.edsmart.org/students-with-disabilities-college-guide/

College Resources for Students with Disabilities: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/

Understanding Cyber-Bullying in College – Tips, Tools and Solutions for Recognizing and Stopping Bullying in Social Media and Online: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/cyberbullying-awareness/

And two additional related resources for people interested in distance or online learning:

Online Universities & Colleges Guidebook: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/online-universities-and-colleges/

Financial Aid for Online College Students: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/financial-aid-for-online-colleges/

www.LearningAlly.com -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- "Making Reading Accessible for All" -- formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.  They specialize in audiobooks and offer subscriptions for individuals, families, schools, and educators.

www.CareCure.org -- "Welcome to the CareCure Community.  Our forums provide latest information on spinal cord injury and related conditions.  Register to post messages.  Read our Forum Rules.  Vote in our featured polls.  Visit to read articles about spinal cord injury.  See our member pictures.  Meet our newest members.  Check our latest Community Statistics and the State of Our Community.  Enter our Chat Room.  See new posts since your last visit and today's active topics.  Read instructions on how to use this site and ask questions in the Feedback Forum."  (Bill here, I'm a CareCure member:)...

www.crpf.org -- The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (a merger between the American Paralysis Association and the Christopher Reeve Foundation -- click here for their resource center, located at www.paralysis.org, from which you can e-mail an information specialist)...

www.easystand.com -- [Added 1/11/08] -- "Easy Stand: Standing Made Easy" -- the benefits of standing upright are vast; and for people like me who physically can't stand up without significant assistance, EasyStand seems like a great option.  I would definitely be interested in what they offer, if I didn't already have a tilt table for standing.  But if you can't stand, I encourage you to checkout their website and find out how they can help (there are multiple ways to acquire a stander, see their funding link on their website for assistance)...

www.passy-muir.com -- for info on speaking valves, the key to ventilator speech (for my speaking valve epiphany story, click here)... it's a major quality-of-life improvement for ventilator users, the ability to speak well and virtually without pausing...

http://coughassist.respironics.com -- home of the in-exsufflator, now called "CoughAssist," the alternative to suctioning and the key to clear lungs for ventilator users or anyone who has difficulty expelling secretions due to an inability to cough effectively (for my testimonial, click here)...

www.enablinginc.com -- This website features a product that enables low level quads (who have good arm function and some hand function) and paraplegics to transfer to the ground or floor and back to his or her chair, more easily than ever before.  A friend and fellow wheelchair user, Thom DeLilla, invented it.  It's called the "Bottoms Up Bars" and is now available at the above website.

www.needymeds.com -- looking for financial help with purchasing prescription meds, possibly low-cost or no-cost medicines?  This link appears to be a helpful resource for people who are eligibile (if you use that website and it proves to be beneficial, please send me a quick e-mail, so I'll know if it really can be a big help, or at least some help:)... see below link also...

www.scbn.org -- [Added 5/5/07] -- Select Care Benefits Network -- America's leading source for help with FREE PRESCRIPTIONS (see above link also)...

InsuranceQuotes.org -- an excellent resource for finding insurance and understanding your insurance needs. "This resource was created as part of our project's larger mission to help consumers get through with the difficult process of getting car insurance. We believed that this was an important topic to cover because while car insurance is required in almost all 50 states, it hasn't become any easier to understand. Our guide addresses this problem by presenting the information in clear and relatable language."

www.multimediadesigns.com -- home of Multimedia Max, my computer "Max" -- a voice software driven computer with environmental control units (Voc. Rehab often pays for this computer -- see below)... 

http://enablemart.com/productGroupDetail.aspx?store=10&dept=20&group=48 -- [Added 5/5/07] -- if you're unable to operate a computer by hand or voice, something called "HeadMouse" may be an option for you -- this link shows multiple possibilities (also see below)...

http://www.makoa.org/jlubin/morsecode.htm -- [Added 5/5/07] -- another alternative for operating a computer when one has little-to-no ability to move...

www.eyegaze.com -- [Added 6/6/2009] -- Eyegaze -- A unique eye-tracking technology that is an eye-operated computer for control and communication.  [Bill here: this looks GREAT for people with total paralysis who are non-vocal.]

www.jouse.com -- [Added 6/6/2009] -- Jouse (Joystick + Mouse) -- As a quadriplegic and a voice-operated computer user, I can say that operating a mouse by voice is one of the most frustrating / tedious aspects of voice-computing.  This "Jouse" could solve that, but apparently it's so expensive they won't even put the price on their website (I try to see things positively and not make negative remarks, but not putting the price on their website irked me -- ok, that is out of my system:).

http://quadcontrol.com/ -- are you a quad looking for home-based entertainment, possibly by playing video games on a device like Playstation or X-Box?  This link has a joystick / controller which is designed for quadriplegics to be able to play video games (if you try this and like it, I would appreciate the feedback, thanks:)...

www.vocrehab.com -- nation wide assistance and vocational rehabilitation links (see the links page on their website for your state) -- Voc. Rehab services are designed to help a disabled/injured individual... "prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment."  This means helping with transportation, possible van modifications, possible home modifications, job placement and/or job site modifications, often a voice-activated computer for quads, assistance for going back to school and/or continuing education, etc. 

www.rehabworks.org -- Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation... 

www.guldmann.com -- the lift people (they have different types of lift systems; a ceiling mounted power lift is how I get in and out of my wheelchair -- adds years to the careers of caregivers by saving their backs)...

www.surehands.com -- another transferring solutions company, for transferring people with limited mobility...

www.shepherd.org -- THE place to be if you have a spinal cord injury...

www.makoa.org -- THE most complete website for disABILITY Information and Resources...

www.survivingparalysis.com -- a resource for SCI quads...

http://www.heatherhill.com/forum3/index.htm -- ventilator weaning discussion forum...

http://www.perspectivesinnursing.org/ -- some interesting research and info on various issues, including respiratory and trach issues...

http://reference.medscape.com/ -- Research Drugs, Diseases, and Procedures -- look up info on any and every drug a doctor may prescribe; patient handouts, precautions, usage & doses -- inform yourself!

www.WheelchairCushionSage.com -- [Added 10/9/2009] Wheelchair Cushion Sage -- find some of the best cushions and advice for each wheelchair user's needs.  I'm sitting on a $400 gel cushion as I dictate this, but when I get my new chair, I plan to visit this site to see if there's perhaps something better for me. I still strongly encourage wheelchair users to prevent pressure sores by doing "pressure reliefs" / "weightshifts" or whatever you want to call them. My thoughts are HERE.

www.SportAid.com -- [Added 11/2/2009] -- SportAid has a great selection of sports wheelchairs for racing or playing rugby (Bill here, adding that wheelchair users can bowl in almost any type of chair), wheelchair cushions, and wheelchair accessories.

www.disabled-mobility-scooter.com -- [Added 2/6/2009] -- They say: "If you're suffering from any mobility restricting disorder... or you're sixty-five or older and looking for information on how to choose the best motorized wheelchair scooter or motorized wheelchair for your needs -- Disabled-Mobility-Scooter.com will introduce you to "Merchants" who wll resolve your personal Mobility problems!"

www.mobilewheelchairs.com -- [ADDED 6/6/2009] -- Their link exchange requested this description: "Mobilewheelchairs.com is the #1 provider of mobility products on the internet and has the selection and expertise to help get you with the wheelchair you need at a price that beats any brand around."

http://tankchair.com -- TANK CHAIR!  This is awesome!

www.disableddealer.com -- an AWESOME disability resource and place for buying & selling adaptive equipment (accessible vans, scooters, wheelchairs, even homes and RVs)...

www.wheelchair-van.com -- a good site for accessible vans... try voc rehab first (see above links) and BE PERSISTENT (they often help with transportation) before purchasing on your own...

www.amsvans.com -- Handicapped Vans, Wheelchair Ramps and Wheelchair Lifts: AMSVans

www.hdsvans.com -- a decent site for accessible vans... try voc rehab first (see above links) and BE PERSISTENT (they often help with transportation) before purchasing on your own...

www.wheelchair-accessible-vans.com -- [Added 6/26/2008] -- "Affordable handicap vans offering nationwide service, financing, and front door delivery."

www.drink-aide.com -- staying well-hydrated is CRUCIAL for quads -- being hydrated helps all of your body systems -- and kidney failure is our number one killer.  I use a Camelbak Classic (70 oz. -- it's available at sporting goods & outdoor equipment stores for a little less than $40) which we attach to my sip 'n' puff, but if you don't have a sip 'n' puff, the Drink-aide is an option -- and it's good for bed (attaching to bed rails) too!

http://www.oh-4.com/cupholder.php -- [Added 10/9/2009] -- The "Nearly" Universal Cup Holder -- good for wheelchairs, office chairs, and just about anything with an armrest -- including stadium seats. Holds just about any cup safely. It looks like a quality, well made product. I'm going to suggest they offer a discount for anyone purchasing two (e.g. it's one for $24.95, so how about two for $39.95?).  If you don't ask, they can't say: "Yes!"

www.CHAMPCamp.org -- [Added 11/2/2009] -- CHAMP (Children Have A lot of Motivation & Potential) Camp: "Our Mission: We provide outdoor activities and enrichment experiences for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those requiring ventilator assistance."

http://apd.myflorida.com/rish-park/ -- [Added 3/7/2012] -- Rish Park is designed to be an inclusive beach getaway for people with disabilities in Florida. It has very reasonable rental rates and the facilities are highly accessible.

www.disabilitytravel.com -- [Added 5/5/07] -- If you have the ability to travel despite requiring the use of a wheelchair, this website is a terrific resource for people with significant physical disabilities who want to travel...

https://www.cheapoair.com/guides/travel-resources-disabled-handicapped -- a very helpful travel guide with advice and links to resources for people with disabilities. Special thanks to Ms. Phillips' students for suggesting this link as a resource for my website visitors…

www.thetravelingwheelchair.com -- [Added 10/9/2009] -- The Traveling Wheelchair's mission statement: "To help make the world more sensitive, respectful, safer and accessible to all." It's a neat idea. A wheelchair user named Kenny Cieplik started it to make known which public places are fully accessible and which aren't. Wheelchair users are encouraged to share their reviews of places they visit. Keep up the good work Kenny & Company!

These next three featured items are listed on my homepage, but are important enough (for wheelchair users, especially quadriplegics / power wheelchair users:) to also have here!

My new blog: emPOWERing Wheelchair Users! -- http://powerwheelchairusers.blogspot.com -- [Updated here 8/27/07] -- here I share insights into how we're getting power wheelchair users back in the game of life!  If you are or may be interested in the below links which talk about wheelchair bowling and power soccer, checkout Five Things to Know about Power Wheelchair Bowling!  Also a must is to see my entry titled: Two Videos and a Slideshow on Power Wheelchair Bowling!  :-)

Manufacturing Genuine Thrills, Inc. -- Home of the IKAN Bowler®! -- [UPDATED 5/5/07]  Did you know that ALL wheelchair users can bowl? And that ANYONE who can operate a power wheelchair can bowl AND play power soccer?  It's true.  Checkout my above blog, which shares some important insights into our efforts to get power wheelchair users back in the game of life!  IKAN comes from the Greek word ikano, which means enable.  Wheelchair users: IKAN? Yes You Can -- with the IKAN Bowler® wheelchair bowling system. :-)  Manufacturing Genuine Thrills, Inc. is a long name, so we're "d/b/a" MGT, which means "doing business as" MGT, and we have the best Power Soccer Guard available anywhere as well.  Checkout out our website, www.ikanbowler.com, and the story of how we got started is below. 

Wheelchair Bowling -- Wouldn't it be GREAT if there were a device or devices that would enable almost all wheelchair users to bowl?  Well, read this story of how we got started -- and see videos (although the best video is at the MGT website above:)...
 


 
Tools for All Computer Users
(search engines, news, research):

www.Google.com -- Google -- probably the BEST search engine on the ENTIRE PLANET -- be specific with your entries, google searches and cross-references all the terms you enter... 

www.Froogle.com -- Froogle -- it's now called Google Product Search -- a GREAT start for finding the best available prices on whatever you need (I think they even check www.eBay.com -- another good place for careful shoppers to find bargains -- it's an auction website)... 

www.FindBookPrices.com -- [Added 5/5/07] -- Find Book Prices -- absolutely THE BEST resource for finding the best prices on books -- all books -- but I've found it particularly helpful with textbooks (see the next link also, especially if you have a qualifying "print disability")...

www.Bookshare.org -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- Books without Barriers -- "Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities."  Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Other people with qualifying disabilities can subscribe for a fee.  Compared to buying books, being able to download literally thousands of books can make the fee quite reasonable.

www.LearningAlly.com -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- "Making Reading Accessible for All" -- formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.  They specialize in audiobooks and offer subscriptions for individuals, families, schools, and educators.

www.BibleGateway.com -- [Added 8/11/2011] -- Bible Gateway: your online gateway to the Bible -- you can search topics, passages, or even read different versions of the entire Bible in convenient reading plans.  As an endorsement, I'm in the middle of my second complete reading of the New International Version; my reading plan choice is daily for the entire year (I'm reading the chronological version).

http://theologydegreesonline.com/christian-theology/ -- "Theology Degrees Online" -- The sites collected here take different approaches to spreading God's word and sharing the messages of The Bible, and each site's unique perspective can be interesting and useful to anyone studying Christianity either for enlightenment, pleasure and/or as a career pursuit.

www.ChristianDatingSites.net -- [Added 3/5/2012] -- Christian Dating Sites -- "Unlike sites such as eHarmony.com and Match.com, which are actual dating services, Christian Dating Sites is a purely informational site, and no products or services are sold on it. While we do provide our readers with coupons for certain dating sites from time to time, our main objective is to provide Christian singles with the resources necessary to make informed and smart decisions when engaging in the practice of online dating. Such resources include unbiased and reliable articles and advice pertaining to online dating safety as well as how to make the most out of your online dating experience."

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Registries.jsp -- [Added 3/6/2008] -- Very Important!  Check to see how many (and who, and where) sexual offenders and/or predators are living near you.  I think it is especially important for women who live alone (or who are often home alone or often come home to an "empty" home) and parents with younger children to be aware of who is living near you.  You might be shocked by the search results.  As for how to protect oneself or one's family, there are lots of safety tips here, but one of the best is to get a dog or two (an economical way to acquire a dog is to adopt from the local animal shelter or humane society).  A dog is a great way to never have to come home to an empty home.  A dog can go for walks, or runs with women, and play with children in the yard.  Dogs have excellent hearing and their barking can make a criminal think twice about choosing your home (barking alerts people, which increases the likelihood that the criminal's plan won't work or go smoothly).  Plus dogs make great pets and are usually fiercely loyal to owners who treat them well, and can potentially fight off criminals, or at least help their owner escape an attacker.  Guys, if you're a husband and/or father, you know you can't always be home to help protect your family, but a dog or dogs can.  If you want to move, use the link to check areas of homes you might consider.  This link is a little "out of place" but in case someone doesn't visit the other categories of links on my page, I wanted it here...

www.edmunds.com -- the ULTIMATE resource for car buying!  Check it out, and if you disagree, please show me a better website/resource for car buying, and I'll add it too!

www.epinions.com -- a good shopping website for comparing prices and empowering yourself with "unbiased consumer reviews"...

www.consumersearch.com -- "Reviewing the Reviewers" -- a good place for research on virtually everything... supposed to be the best site for "expert" reviews...

www.ask.com -- "Ask Jeeves" search engine: "where can I find inspirational quotes?"  Ask Jeeves!

www.whitepages.com -- need a phone number, or mailing address for a person or business?

www.mappoint.com -- get maps & directions to and from anywhere...

www.mapquest.com -- get maps & directions to and from anywhere...

www.gomez.com -- a service that rates e-businesses, a valuable tool when trying to determine which company or service to use...

www.consumerreports.org -- the online version of the popular shopping guide...

www.mysimon.com -- a good website for comparison-shopping, i.e. finding the best deals (on a wide range of products)...

www.pricescan.com -- another good website for comparison-shopping (wide range of products)...

www.bizrate.com -- another good website for comparison-shopping (wide range of products)...

www.shopper.com -- good website for comparison-shopping (computer electronics & accessories)...

www.expedia.com -- a good travel website (searches many providers -- but not Southwest -- see down three items!)...

www.travelocity.com -- a good travel website (searches many providers -- but not Southwest -- see down two items!)...

www.priceline.com -- a good travel website similar to the two above, but you can also "Name Your Own Price" -- click here to find out how...

www.southwestairlines.com -- occasionally fantastic airline prices (especially if shopped online more than two weeks ahead of time; in 2005 I've seen one-way tickets UNDER $60, and you can get one-way both going and coming back, of course:) -- NOT searched by the three above services!

www.snopes2.com -- will debunk just about all urban legends & virus hoaxes...

www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html -- for virus hoaxes, from the makers of "Norton AntiVirus"

www.symantec.com/avcenter/ -- for info on real viruses, from the makers of "Norton AntiVirus"

www.webhelp.com -- if you're having trouble locating something on the world wide web, this site has real, live human help (you basically "instant message" them what you're looking for and they'll reply)

www.yahoo.com -- great all around site, especially for people new to the web (all writing in blue is a link -- just click and go!).  The best free online card games, free e-mail accessible from anywhere in the world, and more -- do you Yahoo!?

www.hotmail.com -- another free, popular, web-based e-mail service accessible from any computer that has Internet access...

www.cnn.com -- for news and current domestic & global happenings; yahoo is also a great news site, with links to Reuters and all the nooks & crannies of Internet information...

www.about.com -- Want to know "about" something?  Another good information resource...

www.medscape.com -- for all things medical including research, drug information, patient handouts, and much more...

www.epa.gov/smokefree/ -- the Environmental Protection Agency's page on how smoking affects the health of children and babies…

http://smokefree.gov/ -- what appears to be a surprisingly helpful website with resources to help people of all ages, including teens, to stop smoking…

www.imdb.com -- THE Internet Movie Database -- anything and everything you ever wanted to know about who's in what and what else -- movies, actors, directors, and more...

www.azlyrics.com -- A to Z Lyrics Universe -- Can't catch the words to a catchy song?  Here you go!  (If you don't know the artist or title, type the chorus or a lyric line into google and see if you can find your song -- I've had success solving a few song mysteries that way:)...

www.tvguide.com -- Want to know what's on today, tomorrow, or the next day?  Links to local listings!  (Sports fans I use this to find out in advance which games will be broadcast locally -- put in your area code, then choose the time and day for advance listings).

www.RosettaStone.com/tv -- [Added 5/5/07] -- The fastest way to learn a new language -- so the commercial says!  If anyone tries this or used it previously, I'd love to know what you think of it...

www.ucp.org/ucp_generalsub.cfm/1/9/6573 -- [Added 5/5/07] -- Disability Etiquette -- tremendous info for people who wish to know or need to know how to appropriately interact with and refer to people with disabilities (I'm a quadriplegic and I learned quite a bit there, and I hope I'm following protocol on my website, although much of what is here was written before I knew those things -- so I apologize in advance if something on my website is offensive; contact me and I'll fix it)...
 


 
Charitable Websites:

www.theveteranssite.com -- [Added here 8/11/2011] -- the Veterans site -- help provide a meal for homeless and hungry Veterans with your daily click...

www.theautismsite.com -- [Added here 8/11/2011] -- the autism site -- help fund therapy for children with autism with your daily click...

www.thehungersite.com -- the hunger site, help fight hunger and poverty with your daily click…

www.thebreastcancersite.com -- the breast cancer site, click daily to help fund free mammograms...

www.thediabetessite.com -- the diabetes site, click daily to support diabetes research...

www.theliteracysite.com -- the literacy site, click daily to help give free books...

www.theanimalrescuesite.com -- the animal rescue site, click daily to help feed rescued animals...

www.therainforestsite.com -- the rain forest site, help protect and preserve habitat with your click...

www.greatergood.com -- the greater good site, help fund a special project with your click...

www.FreeRice.com -- [Updated 11/12/2009] -- A fantastic way to have some FUN, LEARN, and FEED THE HUNGRY!  The default "game" is multiple choice English vocabulary words, and for each correct answer, sponsors will donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme.  If you would rather do something other than English vocabulary, you can change languages (French, German, Italian, and Spanish are available) OR change subjects (art, chemistry, geography, and math are available).  It's a GREAT website for anyone to learn or refresh things one typically learns in grade schools, and it's a great way for students to improve their vocabularies for college prep tests (SAT and ACT)...
 
www.GamesThatGive.net -- [Updated 7/21/2010] -- play games for the benefit of charities -- it's free to you!  You can play lots of games including Blackjack, Solitaire, Sudoku, Mini-Golf, and others for the benefit of a variety of charities.  If you're going to play games anyway, you might as well help a charity!  By the way, it's possible to shoot a 38-under 17 on the Par 55 Mini-Golf course -- see proof! :-)
 
www.GoodSearch.com -- [Added 7/21/2010] -- "You Search, We Give (to charity)" is their slogan.  They use Yahoo's search engine (which is a lot like Google's) and your searches ultimately benefit a charity of your choice.  How cool is that?!  :-)
 


 
SPORTS (The University of Florida Gators, The Chicago Cubs, and ALL your sports needs!):

www.ufl.edu -- My beloved alma mater... GO GATORS!  >;==;~~~

www.gatorcountry.com -- Gator Country -- THE number one Gator site for the Gator fan that simply can't get enough Gator football, basketball, baseball, etc -- and recruiting -- at your leisure, or year-round.  On the message boards, find passionate Gator fans and some truly connected insiders who share appropriate information.  The free version of GatorCountry is good, the full membership yields info for serious fans -- and I'm a very satisfied customer. 

www.alligator.org -- the UF student newspaper online...

www.gatorsports.com -- the Gainesville Sun's Gator Sports page...

www.cubs.com -- official website of my beloved Chicago Cubs...

www.chicagosports.com -- for the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and all teams Chicago!

www.espn.com -- for ALL your sports needs!

www.ESPN360.com -- [Added 11/7/2009] -- they show lots of different games, both live and available for replay on ESPN360.  If you don't get it, contact your Internet Service Provider.  Though it's been around for a while, Comcast just recently got it, and I've already caught at least parts of quite a few games.

www.ESPNChicago.com -- [Added 11/7/2009] -- this is fairly new, but they cover all sports relevant to the Chicago area. I was born in the Chicago suburbs and I'm a fan of most of their teams.

www.cbs.sportsline.com -- also a good all-sports site...

http://cbs.sportsline.com/collegefootball/polls -- the major polls (AP, Coaches and BCS) polls offered in an organized fashion with clickable links to details...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com -- also a good all-sports site...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/tv_sked/ -- college football's TV schedule, from now through the bowl games...
 


 
For locals to Florida, Central Florida, Lake County, and/or the Leesburg area:

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Registries.jsp -- [Added 3/6/2008] -- Very Important!  Check to see how many (and who, and where) sexual offenders and/or predators are living near you.  I think it is especially important for women who live alone (or who are often home alone or often come home to an "empty" home) and parents with younger children to be aware of who is living near you.  You might be shocked by the search results.  As for how to protect oneself or one's family, there are lots of safety tips here, but one of the best is to get a dog or two (an economical way to acquire a dog is to adopt from the local animal shelter or humane society).  A dog is a great way to never have to come home to an empty home.  A dog can go for walks, or runs with women, and play with children in the yard.  Dogs have excellent hearing and their barking can make a criminal think twice about choosing your home (barking alerts people, which increases the likelihood that the criminal's plan won't work or go smoothly).  Plus dogs make great pets and are usually fiercely loyal to owners who treat them well, and can potentially fight off criminals, or at least help their owner escape an attacker.  Guys, if you're a husband and/or father, you know you can't always be home to help protect your family, but a dog or dogs can.  If you want to move, use the link to check areas of homes you might consider.

ElectJimMiller.com -- [UPDATED 11/6/2011] -- My Dad, Jim Miller, is running for Lake County School Board District 2 Seat. He is currently serving on the Lake County School Board. He ran for and won the District 1 Seat in August of 2010 and was elected to a 4-year term. Due to the geographic redistricting, he lives in the new District 2, and is running for that seat in the Fall 2012 election. Please click HERE for more information.  I'm his webmaster.
 
JudgeDonnaMiller.com -- [UPDATED 11/4/2011] -- My Stepmom, Lake County Judge Donna Miller's website.  She has been "delivering justice since 1995."  You can watch her either on TV or Online (via streaming video) on Lake Front TV.  The latest update is to her Patriotic Poems.  I'm her webmaster.
 
Lake-Real-Estate.com -- [UPDATED 10/30/2011] -- My Dad, Jim Miller's business website.  If you have commercial or industrial real estate needs in Lake County (FL), especially in Leesburg or Lady Lake, checkout his website and call or email him!  The vast majority of updates are to his Current Listings.  I'm his webmaster. 
 
LovExtension.com -- [UPDATED 8/8/2011] -- "We'll be there when you can't!"  This non-profit organization visits people in Central Florida who live in nursing homes, or people who are homebound, etc, on behalf of loved ones who can't visit as often as desired, and they report details of the visit to the provider.  (They even provide caddies for our central Florida Quad Squad Bowling group!)  LovExtension is now accepting volunteer applications and tax-deductible donations.  I'm their webmaster.
 
LakeCountyGatorClub.com -- [UPDATED 8/17/2011] -- The Lake County Gator Club® website, for which I am the volunteer website administrator... GO GATORS!  The website has lots of good stuff for Gators, and especially Lake County Gators.  Please check it out, especially the marketplace (if you want some great Gator items and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will help Lake County students attend our beloved University of Florida -- my alma mater:)...

LeesburgOperaHouse.com -- [UPDATED 8/18/2011] <-- This date doesn't reflect calendar updates, which are handled by Gloria Sullivan -- The Leesburg Opera House, Circa 1889, is Lake County's BEST place to hold your very special event!  The website has an online calendar and much more!  The historic property is also for sale or lease.  I'm the Opera House webmaster.

LakeCoRadio.com -- [Added 6/6/2009] -- Lake County Radio -- Your hometown station LIVE on the Internet: "We are Lake County's source for great music and local programs from local sports to local talk.  We look forward to growing by giving you the best in entertainment live on the Internet.  Please join us often.  At work, at home or on your mobile device... Lake County Radio is your source!"

LakeFrontTV.com -- [ADDED 8/6/2009] -- "Lake Front TV: Your government access source for information, features, events, activities and public issues programming for Lake County, Florida."  I've seen quite a few interesting and informative shows on there.  You can watch Judge Donna Miller in action on TV or Online -- click the Judge Donna Miller link above or HERE for details!

GirlzToWomen.org -- [UPDATED 4/21/2011] -- The initial goal of this website is to promote and support a program that is designed to empower girls by helping them build their self-esteem, and by providing tools to assist them in their journey into womanhood. 
   
LakeCountyFL.gov -- Lake County, Florida, government -- an excellent resource site...

LakeCHD.com -- [ADDED 7/6/2009] -- Lake County Health Department -- an excellent resource...

DailyCommercial.com -- The Daily Commercial, the local newspaper serving Lake & Sumter Counties since 1875 (they published my movie reviews:)...

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/ -- Lake County news via the Orlando Sentinel...

http://lake.k12.fl.us/lhs -- Leesburg High School's website (my alma mater)...

LeesburgChamber.com -- Leesburg Chamber of Commerce -- city info, business members, events calendar, and more...

http://www.tvguide.com/listings/... -- Current and advance cable listings for your area, just put in your zip code and select your cable service...

http://www.weather.com/weather/local... -- Leesburg, FL, current weather with links to detailed forecasts and current Doppler radar, etc...

Local Movie Theater Current Listings -- [CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED] -- This link has what is playing & when at all the movie theaters in Leesburg (there's only one:) and closest to Leesburg... and you can even purchase tickets online and pick them up at the theater's box office before the show!

http://apd.myflorida.com/rish-park/ -- [Added 3/7/2012] -- Rish Park is designed to be an inclusive beach getaway for people with disabilities in Florida. It has very reasonable rental rates and the facilities are highly accessible.

www.flvec.com -- [Added 3/7/2012] -- "The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is a free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business."
 


 
Miscellaneous sites (government, weather, time, etc):

www.congress.org -- links to the happenings of our U.S. Congress, and to e-mail/write your elected officials (put in your zip code, and they'll link you to your representatives)...

www.donotcall.gov -- The National DO NOT CALL Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.  Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days.  If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website.  You can register your home or mobile/cellular phone for free.  Your registration will be effective for five years.

A Consumer's Guide to the Do Not Call Registry -- [Added 11/03/2011] -- this was brought to my attention by the teacher of an FBLA high school class in California, after a senior student brought it to her attention as a useful resource for their class project.  Thank you Ms. Smith and Samantha!

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Registries.jsp -- [Added 3/6/2008] -- Very Important!  Check to see how many (and who, and where) sexual offenders and/or predators are living near you.  I think it is especially important for women who live alone (or who are often home alone or often come home to an "empty" home) and parents with younger children to be aware of who is living near you.  You might be shocked by the search results.  As for how to protect oneself or one's family, there are lots of safety tips here, but one of the best is to get a dog or two (an economical way to acquire a dog is to adopt from the local animal shelter or humane society).  A dog is a great way to never have to come home to an empty home.  A dog can go for walks, or runs with women, and play with children in the yard.  Dogs have excellent hearing and their barking can make a criminal think twice about choosing your home (barking alerts people, which increases the likelihood that the criminal's plan won't work or go smoothly).  Plus dogs make great pets and are usually fiercely loyal to owners who treat them well, and can potentially fight off criminals, or at least help their owner escape an attacker.  Guys, if you're a husband and/or father, you know you can't always be home to help protect your family, but a dog or dogs can.  If you want to move, use the link to check areas of homes you might consider.

www.weather.com -- The Weather Channel online... a source of detailed weather related data, which can be specific to your zip code, can give an hourly forecast for the immediate near future, and can also project weather 10 days in advance (although much can change in a week:)...

www.accuweather.com -- A very cool weather website (no pun intended:) they have cool radars...

www.noaa.org -- the website of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.  When hurricanes approach, this website will give the latest projected path, official details, and vivid pictures of the hurricane...

http://centralflorida.redcross.org/ -- The American Red Cross of Central Florida's site (if you aren't in central Florida, find a chapter near you from here: www.redcross.org).  There is a wealth of information as to how to prepare for something like a hurricane, as well as disaster assistance information...

http://nist.time.gov/ -- What time is it?  The official U.S. time (clock) for all time zones...

http://travel.state.gov/ -- Everything you need to know about getting or renewing a passport...

www.census.gov -- U.S. Census Bureau -- has some very interesting facts & figures, including a population "finder" for any city or town in the United States!

www.petitiononline.com -- for legitimate, grass roots petitions...

www.classmates.com -- connect with your high school classmates...
 


 
Some of my favorite people (with disABILITIES):

www.MichelleCarston.com -- [Added 5/25/2010] -- My friend and fellow quadriplegic, Michelle Carston. You may have seen her on either The Learning Channel, or Discovery Health, in a documentary called Paralyzed & Pregnant, or the followup "4 years later" show.
 
www.JoelVM.com -- [Added 11/6/2009] -- My friend and fellow vent-using quadriplegic, Joel Vander Molen, who was injured at age 3 in a car accident in February of 1985.  Despite that, Joel knows he leads a blessed life and is thankful to God for the blessings, opportunities, and experiences he's been given.  VMT is Joel's business; he designs and maintains websites, and also helps people with computer issues.  Joel does local speaking engagements and is also a counselor for CHAMP Camp, an inclusive camp for youth with tracheostomies.  He does their website: CHAMPCamp.org.

www.KyleLen.com -- my friend and fellow quadriplegic, Kyle Len.  Like my friends below, Kyle has been very active since becoming a quad... he's an impressive young man, but website wise, he's like my friends below & myself, in that it isn't updated with everything he does.  But the above link offers a glimpse into his life...

www.ThinkBeforeYouDrink.net -- my friend and fellow quadriplegic, Rhonda has a very important message, which is that choices have consequences -- sometimes very permanent and not-good consequences.  Please checkout her website and story at the above link...

http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/hojoy/hojoy/hojoy.html -- My friend Hero Joy Nightingale, a person who will impress & inspire you...

www.MurGallery.com -- my friend Mike Murach, he's an artist who happens to paint by mouth -- I almost forgot -- he's a quadriplegic too.  I sign my name with my mouth, which isn't easy, so Mike's art is quite impressive to me...

www.ThreeFeetDeep.net -- my friend Jennifer, a college graduate who became a quadriplegic by diving off a dock into water that was three feet deep the summer before her freshmen year...
  
 


 
Please let me know if there is a problem with a link, or if you have a website that could be useful or fun for people... thanks:)...
 

Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 223 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: http://powerwheelchairusers.blogspot.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net


 


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