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How to Research Disability Using the Internet

September 12, 2014
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Two persons exchanging a file as a relay baton.Motion bllur at the background.When living with a disability or caring for an individual with disability, the best tool you have is personal knowledge. With the many resources available on the World Wide Web, now is the time to learn about disability, research treatments and cures, as well as to ask for advice from others who share your experience. At The National Benefit Authority, we know that you use the Internet to uncover valuable information and add it to your personal knowledge. This is why we have decided to do the same.

One of the main goals of this blog is to find resources that may be useful to you. At the same time, it is greatly appreciated when you share your personal knowledge and go-to websites with us by leaving comments at the end of each blog post.

Research and technology

We make an effort to highlight key developments made for the disabled community in Canada and throughout the world. In a brief time of information collection, disability specialists have contributed a large amount of useful insight to this blog — making it available for your personal use and to share with others.

While we strive to offer the most up-to-date research projects and articles, there is no way we can observe all the useful information that is available. This is why we are interested in knowing about the resources you use and swear by.

How to find useful research

Do you find yourself scouring the World Wide Web for information about a disability?

Here is one tip to help you find the best information available: use a combination of search engines, social networking sites, and online databases.

(1) Search engines can provide you with a wealth of knowledge. Sometimes, too much. Whether you are familiar with Google, Bing, or Yahoo, all search engines can provide the information you request by your typing key words and phrases into the search bar.

(2) Social networking websites are highly effective for collecting useful tips, personal advice, and specific articles. This is because spending time in viral communities like Facebook and Twitter allows individuals to build relationships with others who are most like them. This means you have access to build and participate in relationships with people who also deal with disability issues.

(3) Online databases like EBSCO Host and Jstor are valuable resources for people who want to learn more about disabilities. While many collegiate studies are summarized on the Internet, they are only available in full form through these resources. Even though they may cost a small subscription fee, the information they offer can be crucial.

How to use research

After you decide what you need to know and how you will acquire the information, you may be interested in knowing how you can get the most out of your new found knowledge. We are familiar with this process and promise to always use information in two ways:

(1) Committing information to memory allows an individual to recall important statistics, tips, and other facts at a moment’s notice. Reading articles and gathering insight from others will encourage your base of knowledge to grow. When you dedicate time to studying and memorizing what you know, you yourself will become an invaluable resource.

(2) Sharing information with others is the a very important value for the disability community online. This blog explores information that introduces our readership to helpful articles, research studies, and tips. We hope that you find the information on this blog useful and pass it forward to assist others. With the same value in mind, we hope you choose to share your findings with us.

The best way to share information and resources on The National Benefit Authority’s blog is to add comments to the posts that inspire research or are related to the information you’ve committed to memory. In fact, it is because of your dedication to learning more about disability and knowledge of online resource tools that we offer you the weekly articles on hot button disability issues throughout Canada. As we continue to find articles that benefit you and your loved ones, we want to encourage you to do the same. This will create a special community: an educated, supportive, and assistive community for all those who choose to participate.

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