ADAPTIVE AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Adaptive and assistive technology provides creative solutions that enable individuals
with disabilities to be more independent, productive, and integrated into the mainstream
of society and community life.
The benefits of assistive technology were first recognized
by Congress in 1988 when it passed the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with
Disabilities Act (PL 100-407), as amended in 1994 (also known as the Tech Act). Congress
reiterated its intent to enable students with disabilities to be integrated into society
through technology by incorporating the Tech Act definition of assistive technology into
Parts B and H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PL 102-119).
Any student eligible for special education services
under IDEA is, by definition, eligible to receive
Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit
"This informational Guide was developed for and about adolescents in transition
and adults with learning disabilities and
attention disorders. This Guide may be used by consumers, their families, the
professionals who work with them, and those
who write policy that include and affect all people with learning disabilities. "
The Career Center at Cal State University, Northridge
Offers a wide variety of services for students, graduates and alumni's. For more
The Career Center
Cal State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St. - USU
Northridge, CA 91330-8241
(818) 885-2878 (Voice)
(818) 885-3066 (TDD)
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers http://www.adagreatlakes.org/
"Ten regional DBTACs answer technical questions, make referrals, and disseminate
federally approved information and
materials. In addition, the DBTACs perform a wide range of activities to promote public
awareness of the ADA. The
DBTACs provide ADA training and technical assistance to covered individuals and entities
in order to facilitate
employment for individuals with disabilities and accessibility in public accommodations
and government services. "
Equal Access to Software and Information
"EASI's mission is to serve as a resource to the education community by providing
information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals
Internet World's Fair - Disability Pavilion
This pavilion was designed to provide visitors with a glimpse of what
having a disability is like, an overview of some of the tools and
techniques that people with disabilities use in daily life how the world can be designed so that it's easier for people experiencing disabilities to use it how these designs benefit all of us, whether we are currently experiencing a disability or not what you can do to contribute where to find more information
The pavilion is assembled by a consortium of people and organizations, including (in alphabetical order):
CPB/WGBH National Center on Accessible Media; InfoUse; Trace R&D Center -
University of Wisconsin, Madison; WebAble
RTA OnLine Newsletter
The quarterly newsletter of Rehabilitation Technology Associates, a group of
rehabilitation professionals who use information technology to improve services to people
with disabilities. RTA OnLine is distributed free..."
The Effective Use of High and Low Technology Tools http://www.edc.org/FSC/NCIP/Tour/O-hi-lowtech_tools.html
"High and low technology tools refers to a broad range of technology, media and
materials that teachers can use to facilitate
access to learning for children with developmental disabilities. "
Exists as a warm, speech friendly haven on the Internet that specializes in the needs of
blind computer users as well as acting as a resource for those who seek information in
accessible formats. The Outpost is here for you and designed for your browsing enjoyment
so feel free to leave any of your special requests and comments at any of the exits while
you are browsing. (* A great site if you can stand the elevator music.....The button on
the far right of the controls toggles the music player off! *)
The West Virginia Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
"A national center conducting research and training to assist persons with
disabilities into employment, the community, and
independence through information technology.
Trace Center at the University of Wisconsin
"The Trace Center is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center located at the
Waisman Center and the Department of
Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trace is one of the network
of Rehabilitation Engineering
Research Centers supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDRR) of the U.S.
Department of Education. Trace is also part of the UAP at the Waisman Center. The
University Affiliated Programs (UAPs)
are a network of disability-related programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health
Bureau, US Department of Health and
Human Services. "
Transition Research Institute http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/COE/SPED/tri/institute.html
"Headquarters of the National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
"WebABLE!, the authoritative Web directory for disability-related Internet resources,
has changed--for the better. The WebABLE! web site is now a part of the Yuri Rubinsky
Insight Foundation web site."
ZoomText Screen Magnification Software for the PC
For a free trial of ZoomText go the the website:
CAST's Three Principals of
Principals of Universal Design
Access to the Internet, Web and Windows
This site contains links to information and FTP sites that describe Internet access for
people with low vision and the blind.
You will find links to downloadable text based browsers for UNIX, Windows, DOS. You can
download LYNX here.
ATRC & SoftQuad Access Project http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/rd/panorama/panorama.html
"The overall purpose of this project is to make the World Wide
Web and electronically published information more
accessible to people with disabilities.
"It will also find HTML compatibility problems that prevent
pages from displaying correctly on different web browsers."
Web Accessibility Guidelines
It is possible to make very creative, artistic, and interesting Web
documents that are completely accessible.