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NOND Website Resources

Resources for Nurses with Disabilities, Nursing Students with Disabilities, & Nurse Educators / Administrators

NOND was founded in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 2003 during the Rush University College of Nursing Symposium titled, Nursing Students with Disabilities: Nursing Education and Practice.   Five nurses with disabilities who attended the symposium Co-Founded NOND because:

  1. Nurses with disabilities should Lead and Speak for Ourselves,

  2. Technical Standards directed to functional abilities that present barriers to admission to nursing programs by academically qualified students with disabilities,

  3. Negative attitudes and stereotypes directed to students and nurses with disabilities that indicate low expectations where the focus is on disability rather than on abilities,

  4. Attitudes directed to nurses who become disabled or develop chronic health conditions after receiving their license that indicated they should retire.

A Resource Directory was initially created as a request from Rush Symposium participants at the end of the conference in 2003.

Following the symposium, in 2006 a Regional and National Internet Resource Clearinghouse (IRC) Project was funded by The Chicago Community Trust.  The IRC project provided the opportunity for members of the NOND Board of Directors to offer their expertise to develop the necessary resources and strategies that will begin to address the need to accept and accommodate people with disabilities as nursing students as well as sustaining the contributions of professional nurses encountering disabilities later in their careers.

Please note that resources and contact information may change.  The list is updated periodically to ensure accurate and current data. NOND has attempted to categorically include resources for nurse educators, nursing students with disabilities, nurses with disabilities, and nurse employers. We have tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible and make every effort to update the list regularly, as well as add other resources that are brought to our attention.

As an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, we actively work to address any issues associated with links provided on this website.  We cannot guarantee that links provided will be completely accessible to assistive technology users once you leave www.nond.og  website.

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NOND Statement Opposing Physician Assisted Suicide

November 2016


The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Illinois in 2003, strongly opposes Physician Assisted Suicide. Too often people with disabilities and those with chronic debilitating illness are entrenched in a slippery slope of negative perceptions where their lives may not be valued and respected; as every life should be.   NOND believes that nurses are dedicated to provide compassionate care that respects the rights of patients but upholds the standards of our profession in the presence of chronic illness, disability and at the end of life. The solution to resolve illness is NOT for physicians to assist our patients to choose death.

NOND Opposes the Payment of Subminimum Wages

To People with Disabilities

The Fair Labor Standards Act Sec. 14 (c) enacted in 1938 during the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration, provides for employers to apply for an Employer Certificate from the Wage and Hour Division of the US Dept. of Labor to pay some individuals with disabilities subminimum wages.  Although the American public may not be aware of FLSA 14 (c), the economic self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities who receive subminimum wages (sometimes as little as .50 cents to $2.00 an hour) is impacted.  National organizations and leaders within the disability community including NOND advocate for FLSA Sec. 14 (c) to be removed.

One of the issues with FLSA 14 (c) is that employers use comparison data to determine subminimum wage.  Time comparison is made for a task that a non-disabled person performs compared to the same task on how long it takes the person with a disability to accomplish. Often, no ADA reasonable accommodations are provided for the person with a disability that could enhance their job performance on this task.  Not all, but most people who receive subminimum wages are working in sheltered workshops where they are segregated and are not located in competitive integrated work settings with non-disabled workers. Data suggests there may also be a strong correlation between being paid subminimum wage and working very low hours.  Given that the Americans with Disabilities Act established economic self-sufficiency for all Americans with disabilities as a civil right and an appropriate goal for our nation, the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities believes that FLSA Sec. 14 (c) is a 20th Century archaic law that must be eliminated.


Publications —– Research


TECHNICAL STANDARDS:  The white paper resource  included below was written  by Dr. Beth Marks, RN, PhD while President of NOND and currently serves as a NOND Advisory Committee member and is located at the University of IL at Chicago Dept. of Disability and Human Development, and Dr. Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN, CDDN, APHN-BC,  former member of NOND Board of Directors and currently a  NOND Advisory Committee member,  Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

White Paper on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Nursing Educational Programs for the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD)

The White Paper on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Nursing Educational Programs is available also on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) website. This paper also…read more


June 2018:   Incorporating Health Care Transition Services into Preventive Care for Adolescents and Young Adults: A Toolkit for Clinicians, Patience White, MD, MA, Annie Schmidt, MPH, Margaret McManus, MHS, Charles Irwin, Jr., MD

June 2018,


Toolkit provided by Got Transition which is a program of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health and is funded through a cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. Its aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. For more information

about Got Transition, please visit ___________________________________________________________


2016 (Journal Article)   Success for Students and Nurses with Disabilities: A Call to Action for Nurse Educators, Nurse Educator, 41(1), 9-12. PMID:  26402910, DOI10.1097/NNE.0000000000000212, by Marks, B. and McCulloh, K.,



This article presents a “call to action” for nurse educators to identify and implement best practices supporting the success of students with disabilities given recent federal legislative changes. Best practices for educating students with disabilities in nursing education are discussed. Increasing our understanding of disability from a variety of models–not just the medical model–will promote greater diversity and inclusivity within the nursing profession, which will enhance patient care.


2016 (Newsletter) FAQ’s: Challenges and Strategies for Nursing Students and Nurses with Disabilities. New Hampshire Nursing News,, 40(1), 6-7,  Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS and Beth Marks, RN, PhD.  ____________________________________________________________

2016 (Newsletter)  Self-Advocacy Skills: Challenges and Positive Communication Strategies for Nursing Students with Disabilities and Nurses Moving Into the Workforce, New Hampshire Nursing News,  Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS and Beth Marks, RN, PhD.


2015 (Journal Article) The Journal of Nursing Administration, 2015   copyrighted by WoltersKluwer.  Link:


  1. 2015. (Article) National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities asks: What would you do? The American Nurse Today, a Publication of the American Nurses Association (, Jan/Feb, 11, by Karen McCulloh, RN, BS. and Beth Marks, PhD, RN, ANA Category: NURSING PRACTICE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT


2015 (AJN Article)  Supporting Nurses and Nursing Students with Disabilities, American Journal of Nursing, 15(10), 11. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000471915.49472.ab.   [AJN Viewpoint – October, by Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, Beth Marks, PhD, RN & Karen McCulloh, RN, BS.

Registered Nurses with Disabilities: Legal Rights and Responsibilities   Registered Nurses with Disabilities: Legal Rights and Responsibilities Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, APRN, CRRN, FAAN & Michelle D. Miller, JD, MPH, RN Abstract Purpose: The purpose…read more



2015 (Newsletter)  The Voice of Disability in Nursing,  Published in the New Hampshire Nursing News,, 39(1), 4,  by Karen McCulloh, RN, BS, and Beth Marks, RN PhD.



2014 (Event– NOND-ODEP Alliance) US Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and NOND Alliance:  Health Care Professionals with Disabilities Career Trends, Best Practices, and Call-to-Action Policy Roundtable. “Driving Access to Post-Secondary Educational Programs in Nursing & Allied Health Professions for Prospective Students with Disabilities and Returning Veterans.”  Host Organizations were U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in collaboration with the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities.  Co-Sponsors were the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  NOND Directors collaborated with ODEP in planning, identifying participants and presented as speakers and panelists.  This event was part of the deliverables for NOND as part of the Alliance with ODEP. Click on Link to enter ODEP’s website to Access Final Report and other articles and videos, ____________________________________________________________


2014 (Blog)   Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Blog requested by Social Security Ticket to Work,  The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities: Advocating and Educating to Remove Barriers to Education and Employment for People with Disabilities, by Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS, and Beth Marks, PhD, RN.


Social Security Ticket to Work BLOG


The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities: Advocating and Educating to Remove Barriers to Education and Employment for People with Disabilities


Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS, and Beth Marks, PhD, RN


The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003 in the state of Illinois. As a grass roots organization established by nurses with disabilities, NOND’s mission is to promote equity for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions in nursing through education and advocacy by:

  • promoting best practices in education and employment
  • providing resources to individuals, nursing and disability organizations, disability services professionals, healthcare professionals, educational and healthcare institutions
  • influencing the provision of culturally responsive nursing practice, and
  • creating systemic improvements in education and employment.

Through NOND, we are challenging the stereotypes and myths about people with disabilities who want to become nurses or have become disabled after earning their license and want to return to or remain in the workforce.


To enter healthcare educational programs, candidates must be academically qualified.  Some students may take courses ahead of time to be better prepared for consideration for admission.  After admission, the greatest challenge for students with disabilities may be obtaining reasonable accommodations that can assist them in their success as they move forward through a program.


Participation in the labor force by people with disabilities is 21 percent compared to 69 percent of their non-disabled peers without disabilities. To increase participation, NOND supports the legal changes made in the last 30 years to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Learning about your civil rights and responsibilities should begin prior to entering a health care educational program or returning to work as a nurse with a disability. Visit and to learn more about your rights and how to advocate.


Programs like Social Security’s Ticket to Work help people with disabilities pursue meaningful employment. People who are age 18 through 64, who have a disability and who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from Social Security are eligible to participate in Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that connects people with disabilities who want to work with services and supports to prepare for, find, and maintain employment in a wide variety of fields, including nursing.


Nurses who may have become disabled after receiving their license who then retired thinking they could no longer work in nursing should:

  • re-think their career aspirations
  • keep their RN license active
  • consider RN refresher courses to test their knowledge and develop new skills and techniques on how to accomplish nursing tasks in new ways that incorporate their disability


NOND understands that seeking a career in a health care field as a person with a disability may not be easy but it is possible to join a career where there is a high demand for workers and good salaries, and is well worth pursuing if helping others is a passion. People with disabilities bring many skills to their practice in patient care that would not be present if “we” are not there.



2013 (About NOND) Insight Into Diversity Magazine article:

Edwards, J. (April/May 2013). Game Changers Nurses with Disabilities Work to Dispel Bias in Health Care. Insight into Diversity, p 8-10. Retrieved from  Includes information about four (4) NOND Directors.


Attitudes of staff nurse preceptors related to the education of nurses with learning disabilities in clinical settings  Abstract: This dissertation presents a quantitative study of the attitudes of staff nurse preceptors toward nursing students with learning disabilities. There are an increased number…read more



National Center for College Students with Disabilities: NCCSD

A Demonstration Project funded by the US Department of Education.

NCCSD is the only federally-funded national center in the US
for college and graduate students with any type of disability,
chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.

NCCDS has information for parents, faculty, and anyone working with college students.
Higher education faculty and staff with disabilities can use the NCCSD, too.

For free information and a good “first stop” any time,
please go directly to our NCCSD Clearinghouse and
search for topics of interest.  Contact us directly with any specific questions.
Also check out this week’s disability news in higher education!


Please click on links below to access resources included within each individual link:

Advocacy Strategies for School

Advocating for Yourself

Advocacy Strategies for Work

Physical Activity for Nurses with Disabilities

Health Promotion Strategies

Employment Opportunities

Work Life Experiences

Excellence in Health Care

Financial Support

Internet Resources


Videos developed by current and past members of the NOND Board of Directors and/or Advisory Committee Members and others:

Demonstration of One-Handed Injections   Eileen “Leenie” Quinn, a member of the NOND Board of Directors has developed instructional videos for one-handed IM Injection


Eileen “Leenie” Quinn’s One-handed Subcutaneous Injection (


Eileen “Leenie” Quinn’s Starting IVs with One Hand (


Eileen “Leenie” Quinn’s Putting on Sterile Gloves (


Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities, Dr. Beth Marks, (Immediate Past President of NOND and Advisory Committee member) and Dr. Bronwynne Evans (Former Charter member of NOND Board of Directors)


Danielle, a Nurse with a Disability

YouTube Video:   Robot Helps Medical Professionals by Drawing Blood–fi7jwZY&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cb617481cce87455e766908d5c04b82b6%7Cb92d2b234d35447093ff69aca6632ffe%7C1%7C0%7C636626352896112844&sdata=cZySpjJmhPD29CixzYIa3yDADWrwS637G89vBhIBEBY%3D&reserved=0

____________________________________________________________   Why Go to College? A nursing education could mean the difference between a minimum-wage job and a career that pays well and has lots of…read more


Physical Limits on CPR Quality and Methods for Quality Improvement This is interesting research suggesting that many people are not able to perform effective CPR because of the amount of force required. This researcher is…read more

 Job Accommodation Network Releases Publication on Monitoring Reasonable Accommodations  The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has published a document in its Accommodation & Compliance Series: Monitoring Reasonable Accommodations. Employers frequently disregard the importance of…read more


National League for Nursing Publishes Vision for Achieving Meaningful Inclusion in Nursing Education  NLN Calls on Nursing Education Community to Lead Efforts to Expand Diversity Among…read more


The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education   NOND highly recommend using this guide with students and the information in the accompanying book chapter for faculty read more


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Successful Completion of Anesthesia Residency: A Case Report  Cognitive and physical disabilities among anesthesia residents are not well studied. Cognitive disabilities may often go undiagnosed among trainees, and these trainees may struggle during…read more

Color Blind/ Color Perception Deficits Resources:

Colorblind Assistant is a free software program that instantly picks
the color from the mouse pointer providing a written name of the
color. The app has a zoom pane for fine pixel detection and sits
neatly in a desktop tray when not in use. Colorblind Assistant runs in
a small window that can be used alongside other programs and
applications. The pixel data updates in real-time. Users hover their
mouse over the pixel in any running application (Excel/PowerPoint/PDF/Word) and the program displays the name of the

The Color ID uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak the
names of colors in real-time. It’s a free augmented reality app for
discovering the names of the colors. Users point their phone or tablet
device at any object and the software displays the name of the
currently viewed color. It is available on iTunes.

ColorBlind Vision is a free app on Google Play. It includes a classic
dot test to test for colorblindness and a tool to extract colors from
the world.

Colorino can detect more than 150 different colors and announce them
in a clear voice. It offers 3 volume levels as well as an earphone
jack to plug in earphones for more privacy. It is small enough to fit
in a pocket and is battery operated.

Vischeck allows users to upload an image and view it in three
different displays of color blindness: deuteranopia, tritanopia, and
protanopia. Vischeck’s color vision model allows users to simulate how
the world looks to people with various types of color deficiency. Many
pictures, documents, and web pages are hard for color blind people to
read. Vischeck allows developers to check their work for color blind

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