National ADA Resources        Accessible Information Technology        Assistive Technology

National ADA Resources:

  • Access Board
    The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
    AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • ADA Document Portal
    The Portal hosts about 3,400 documents related to the ADA. Users can browse the document by category or do a search.
  • ADA National Network
    The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible.
  • American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC)
    The AIDTAC is a unique program sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration to improve employment opportunities and vocational rehabilitation outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives wherever they live in the United States. To achieve this goal, AIDTAC provides a range of information and referral services, training, and technical assistance to tribal governments, tribal agencies, urban Indian centers, and non-tribal agencies providing employment-related services.
  • Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
    The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Disability Access Symbols
    These symbols are intended to help you advertise your access services to customers, audiences, staff and other targeted publics.
    A comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
    A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.
  • Disability Statistics
    The Web site condenses several data sources into a single, user-friendly, accessible, Internet resource. It also provides essential background information on key issues related to disability statistics.
  • Fair Housing Accessibility First
    Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed
    to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.
  • FCC Disability Issues
    The FCC enforces telecommunications provision of the ADA along with Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act.
  • EEOC Home Page
    This is the official Web site for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which is the enforcement agency for the employment provisions of the ADA.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    This is the site for the Job Accommodation Network which provides resources on possible accommodation for persons with disabilities.  This page also has extensive links to disability related items.
  • Institute for Human Centered Design
    Promotes, facilitates, and advocates for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.
  • National Center on Accessibility
    A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation’s premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities in recreation.
  • National Center on Workforce & Disability (NCWD)
    The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD) provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.
  • Protection& Advocacy
    This site provides links to the Protection & Advocacy Centers in each state.  Protection & Advocacy Centers are Federally mandated to provide protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy.
    Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
  • Social Security – Benefits for People with Disabilities
    The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
  • The ARC
    Advocacy for children and adults with mental retardation and their families.
  • Workplace RERC
    The Workplace RERC identifies, designs, and develops devices and systems to help people with disabilities be more productive in the workplace.

Accessible Information Technology Resources:

  • Cynthia Says
    This free service will allow you to test web pages and help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guidelines, such as Section 508 and the W3C’s WCAG.
  • IBM Accessibility Center
    IBM checklists and guidelines regarding Software accessibility, Web accessibility, Java accessibility,IBM Lotus Notes® accessibility, Hardware accessibility, and Peripherals accessibility.
  • Microsoft Accessibility
    Tutorials and guidelines on how to use the accessibility features of Microsoft products such as Windows and Office.
  • National Center for Accessible Media
    The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. They are the developers of MAGpie, used to create captions and audio descriptions for rich media. They also have guidelines on making CD-ROM-based educational software accessible.
  • Trace Center
    The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Resources
    The initiative pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. Their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the most popular standard used for web accessibility.
  • WebAim
    Web Accessibility In Mind (WebAIM) ‘s goal is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to postsecondary online learning opportunities. The website includes tutorials, training, guidelines and more.
  • Web Publishing Accessibility Wizard for Microsoft Office
    The Accessibility Wizard simplifies the task of converting PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and (in the future) Excel spreadsheets to accessible HTML through an easy-to use user interface and automation of many of the details of conversion.

Assistive Technology Resources:

  • Abledata
    ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.
  • The Alliance for Technology Access
    The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.
    Helps people find assistive technology (AT) solutions that match their needs by maintaining searchable databases of thousands of products and resources.
    Purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology.