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HIV/AIDS & Persons with Physical and Mental Disabilities: A Guide to Selected Resources, April 2000
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The HIV/AIDS epidemic respects no boundaries. Blind, or visually impaired, or deaf persons, people with developmental disabilities, and those with mental illnesses are just as vulnerable to HIV infection (perhaps even more so) as anyone else. People with physical or mental disabilities, and the organizations dedicated to serving them, face many challenges, not the least of which is locating HIV/ AIDS-related information and resources.

The National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) has developed this Pathfinder to help community service agencies and health professionals serving persons with physical and mental disabilities and their educators, advocates, and families to access resources and services on HIV infection and AIDS. The Pathfinder includes lists of organizations serving persons with physical and mental disabilities, educational materials targeting these communities, and Internet resources, all of which will help in the search for information on HIV/AIDS. While the descriptions included for each resource can guide you to a general understanding of the services or information provided, they are not intended to be comprehensive. Contact organizations directly for specific information on their resources and services or for the complete text of the educational materials they provide.

Much of the information provided in this Pathfinder is drawn from NPIN databases, which staff update regularly. Visit the NPIN Web site at to conduct a database search for the most current information. To request a customized database search, order a free list of materials, or get referrals to organizations that provide HIV/AIDS resources and services, contact NPIN at 800-458-5231 (800-243-7012 TTY).

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