Below is an annotated listing of resources including both general and disability specific sites. Use the links below to jump to the area of interest:
AbleData AbleData is a source of information on Assistive Technology that is maintained by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education
Assistive Technology Industry Association "The mission of ATIA is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities."
Enablemart Assistive Technology for individuals who experience visual, hearing, and physical disabilities.
Provides products for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Specializes in products for individuals with visual disabilities and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Products designed for individuals who experience visual, hearing, and physical disabilities.
National Public Website on Assistive Technology A diverse resource for assistive technology (AT) and disability-related information. A searchable database helps target solutions, determine costs and find vendors of AT products for: People with disabilities, Family members, Service providers Educators, and Employers.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Their purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.
State Assistive Tech Projects List of all the state assistive tech projects; grant-funded projects whose purpose is to provide info, access, funding options, advocacy re: use of/access to assistive technology.
General Accommodation Resources
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The organization provides information on disability issues in higher education, including information on accommodations and ADA/504 compliance. The organization has a strong professional network and excellent resources. AHEAD offers training programs, workshops, publications and conferences.
National Rehab Info Center (NARIC)
Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to serve anyone, professional or lay person, interested in disability and rehabilitation, including consumers, family members, health professionals, educators, rehabilitation counselors, students, librarians, administrators, and researchers. Quick information and referral, customized database searches, document delivery, NARIC products. Online services: 60,000 disability-related records in five searchable and browsable databases: literature, organizations, timely information, the latest research. Sign up for REHABDATA-Connection, NARIC's free literature awareness service.
Nat'l Clearninghouse on Disability & Exchange
From studying for a year in France to teaching English in China to volunteering on conservation projects in Costa Rica to conducting research in Zimbabwe, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange can provide information on how to include people with disabilities in international programs of all types.
Established in 1995, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), managed by Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, strives to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities.
NCDE provides international exchange organizations and colleges and universities, practical how-to resources and training on including people with disabilities into their programs. In addition, it provides free information and referrals to individuals as well as disability-related organizations about international exchange opportunities.
By browsing its comprehensive web site (www.miusa.org) one can obtain additional information on NCDE, search the online database for disability organizations worldwide, fill in an online request for information, read stories by people with disabilities who have successfully participated in international exchange programs, find answers to frequently asked questions and order publications. Visitors can also fill out an online form to join NCDE’s colleague-to-colleague network, which links exchange professionals who would like to share experiences on disability and international exchange.
NCDE resources include Building Bridges: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs. The companion video, Building Bridges is a practical training tool for both new and experienced staff at international exchange organizations. The video is now available on CD ROM. Contact NCDE to receive a free copy of the CD for your organization.
NASPA members are invited to join a new listserv launched by NCDE in November, 2001. This listserv provides a forum to share information about programs and services, ask and respond to questions about reasonable accommodations issues related to international exchange, share successful strategies for inclusion and learn about resources to facilitate a successful international experience. Contact NCDE to register for the listserv.
American Foundation of the Blind
Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss
The Low Vision Gateway
The Low Vision Gateway provides many listings to resources for vision loss, vision-impairment, blindness, low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.
Class Act: Promoting Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
This site contains a large amount of information intended to improve existing teaching practice regarding “access” to learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in postsecondary classrooms.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
NAD Safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. Programs and activities include grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, certification of American Sign Language professionals; certification of sign language interpreters; deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, and youth leadership development.
PEPNet consists of four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach (MCPO), Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), Postsecondary Education Consortium (PEC), & Western Region Outreach Center and Consortia (WROCC). The mission of the Network is to promote opportunities to coordinate and collaborate in creating effective technical assistance to postsecondary educational institutions providing access and accommodation to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The members of PEPNet promote quality educational activities and outreach services through nationwide collaborate and information exchange, and serve as a clearinghouse for resources and referrals.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
Clearinghouse of RID certified interps; evaluates & certifies; nat'l registry of certified sign lang interps.
Speech to Text Services Network
Technology has created a variety of ways to convert spoken language into words on a computer or projection screen, as the words are spoken. These include the traditional court reporter verbatim stenography systems; more recent, non-verbatim meaning-based systems; and even more recent, automatic speech recognition systems.
There is a growing use of these "speech-to-text" technologies to provide communication access in classes and meetings for people who cannot hear, or otherwise cannot directly perceive spoken language. These include CaptionMic©, CART, C-Print©, RapidText®, TypeWell® and others.
The mission of this Speech to Text Services Network (STSN) is to provide information and support to service providers, administrators, and consumers about this growing area of support services; and to foster excellence of service.
CHADD is a non-profit organization for children and adults with ADHD.
Primarily a resource for K-12 educators, parents, and students.
Learning Disability Association of America
Information on both national and regional resources including information on state chapters and publications of interest.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Information, referrals, resources.
Mobility and/or Dexterity
The magazine for active wheelchair users.