Universal Design / Accessibility

Technology and Internet Access | Employment Resources for People with Disabilities
Advocacy and Services for People with Disabilities | Government Sites and Legislative Documents
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Technology and Internet Access

Trace Research and Development Center
The Trace Center has been widely regarded for many years as the leading research, development, and resource center in the area of access to computers by people with disabilities. Over the last several years, the Trace Center has also become well recognized for its work in disability access and universal design of the World Wide Web, information transaction machines, and telecommunications.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Founded in 1984, CAST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development of and innovative uses of technology. We pursue this mission through research, product development, and work in schools and educational settings that further universal design for learning.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative
The W3C's commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with organizations around the world, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education & outreach, and research & development.

The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges
The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state-of-the-art training and support facility for community college faculty wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive and Instructional Computer Technology. Now entering its twelfth year of operation, the High Tech Center Training Unit carries out extensive research, testing and evaluation of new and emerging technologies of potential benefit to persons with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
RESNA is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Our purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. We serve that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy, and the provision of technology and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.

Access Board's Market Monitoring Report on Accessible Telecommunications
The Market Monitoring Report is the Access Board's snapshot of the state of the art of telecommunications access -- what are the current barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what products and features are available to overcome those access barriers.

Accessibility from the Telecommunications Industry Association
TIA ACCESS, developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the Electronic Industries Foundation (EIF), serves as a clearinghouse for important industry and consumer information on accessible telecommunications technology. TIA uses technology as an essential tool for developing individual potential and leads the industry in promoting the application of telecommunications technology to help people with disabilities.

Association of Access Engineering Specialists
A sub-unit of the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers
AAES seeks to enable the means by which access to and negotiation of the telecommunications arena can be enhanced to better assist persons with disabilities. The AAES purpose and mission is to initiate, foster and promote an on-going dialogue between the disability community and industry. This dialogue involves accessibility issues in informational technology, telecommunications and other related disciplines.

Articles on SMET from Information Technology and Disabilities E-journal
Following are links to all of the articles published over the years on the topics of science and math in EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)'s e-journal.

Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is not a job placement service, but an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. JAN also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The President's Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities
Our mission is to create a coordinated and aggressive national policy to bring adults with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general adult population. Through our website, we will try to keep the American people informed of our activities and our progress toward fulfilling this mandate.

disAbility Employment and Initiatives Unit of the Dept. of Labor
Provides leadership in the development of national policy related to programs and services under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that impact individuals with disabilities.

National Business & Disability Council National Resume Database
"For 30 years we have been helping people with disabilities get jobs."
The National Business & Disability Council is the leading national resource on all issues related to the successful integration of persons with disabilities into the American workforce. The Fortune 100 member companies of the NBDC are committed to the hiring, accomodation, integration and promotion of people with disabilities.

National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Job Opportunities for the Blind
First, there was Newsline®, now "America's Jobline®." The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest organization of blind people in the United States, has pioneered in creating and disseminating the technology for accessing and searching computer files with a standard touch-tone telephone.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Center on Employment
A national leader in technical and career education for deaf people, offering degree programs at the Associate, Bachelor and graduate levels

Advocacy and Services for People with Disabilities

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities and their families.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHY)
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

National Federation for the Blind (NFB)
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.

National Braille Press
National Braille Press is one of the world's leading producers of braille. We make it easy for you. Everything is computerized, so we can transform your printed materials quickly and economically.

Braille Plus, Inc.
Braille Plus has been in continuous operation for the sole purpose of providing alternate format documents to print-disabled individuals since August 1992.

National Association for the Deaf (NAD)
The NAD safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications. A private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the NAD is a dynamic federation of 51 state association affiliates, sponsoring and organizational affiliates, and direct members.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization. Our purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
This site is a resource for ASHA members, persons interested in information about communication disorders, and for those wanting career and membership information.

Government Sites and Legislative Documents

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Disabilities Issues Task Force
People with disabilities must have equal access to the information age; the Federal Communications Commission has an obligation to ensure that telecommunications are accessible and usable to the 54 million Americans with disabilities. Equal telecommunications access, by breaking down barriers and accelerating progress towards full participation, is critical to our nation's success. The curb cut to the twenty-first century is technology and every American should have equal access to this tool.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and Other Assistance Documents

National ADA Consultant List
This site also links to extensive resources for learning more about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Assistive Technology Act of 1998
On Friday, November 13, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (ATA), which affirms that technology is a valuable tool that can be used to improve the lives of Americans with disabilities. An assistive technology device is defined by the ATA as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
This Act strengthens academic expectations and accountability for the nation's 5.8 million children with disabilities and bridges the gap that has too often existed between what children with disabilities learn and what is required in regular curriculum.

Center for IT Accommodation Office of Governmentwide Policy (CITA)
Established in 1984, the Center for IT Accommodation (CITA) is a nationally recognized model demonstration facility influencing accessible information environments, services, and management practices. To achieve this goal, CITA works with an expanding network of public and private sector partners.

Justice for All, a list-serve of currently pending legislation and regulations. To sign up, send an email to majordomo@mailbot.com and include SUBSCRIBE JUSTICE (your email) in the subject line or body of message.

Publications and Newsletters

Equal Opportunity Publications
Since 1968, Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP) has led the way from affirmative action to diversity recruitment by publishing career magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. "First in diversity, best in results" is the slogan that summarizes EOP's successful record of helping job-seekers from underrepresented groups find employment and in aiding companies and government agencies eager to recruit from the diversified workforce.

MAINSTREAM online
Welcome to MAINSTREAM online, the leading news, advocacy and lifestyle zine for people with disabilities.

We Media
We Media was founded on the principle of advancing the education, mobility and degree of access available to people living with disabling conditions. There is currently no single Web site where a person with a disability, their family and friends can get customized information, communicate with others in comparable circumstances, and obtain a broad spectrum of enabling and usable lifestyle products and services. In addition, We will act as a conduit to individuals, organizations and companies who never before had access to this community on a large scale.