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Accessibility Links


Here are just a few of the many sites on the Web which are associated with disabilities, technology, media and education. We won't even attempt to provide a complete listing of all the sites available because others have already done so-- visit WebABLE! for a good example.

The descriptions of the Web sites on this page were taken from the sites themselves. While most of these sites have been designed with accessibility features, you may encounter some pages which aren't as accessible as they could be. If you find a site that could benefit from accessibility features, please write to the webmaster of that site and let him or her know!


Blindness Resources

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
The nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
A leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public.

Audio Description Home Page

Descriptive Video Service (DVS)
A national service that makes television programs and movies released on home video accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
The largest organization of the blind in America.

Duxbury Systems
Information on DBT and MegaDots Braille translation software.

Deafness/Hard of Hearing Resources

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
A non-profit membership organization that was established in 1890 to empower hearing-impaired persons to function independently.

The Caption Center
The Caption Center is a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation and the world's first captioning agency, established in 1971.

Closed Captioning Web
Resources and general information regarding the closed-captioning industry.

HiPMag Online
A magazine for deaf and hard-of-hearing kids and their pals.

National Association of the Deaf

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the well being of people of all ages and communication styles who do not hear well.

Tripod Captioned Films
Makes available open captioned (i.e. English subtitles) first-run films to theaters working with local non-profit deaf organizations.


General Disability Resources

Adaptive Environments Center
Information about environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people.

Empowerment Zone
Information, ideas and software related to helping individuals and communities achieve self-actualization and full citizenship.

Indie (The Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education)
Comprehensive resource for disability related information and products.

Evan Kemp Associates
Marketing information and resources for people with disabilities.

MedWEB
Resources on disabilities of all kinds.

National Assiciation of the Physically Handicapped
N.A.P.H. is a national organization of people with disabilites and non-disabled associates banded together to advance the social economic and public welfare of people with disabilities.

Untangling the Web
Comprehensive list of disability related Web sites.

WebABLE!
The World Wide Web information repository for people with disabilities and accessibility solution providers.

West Virginia Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (WVRRTC)
An information resource on vocational rehabilitation and disability issues and the federal agencies that provide support in these areas.

World Institute on Disability
WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living. Information on the book The Internet: An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students may also be found at this site. Yahoo Disabilities Links


Federal Government

Department of Defense/Electronic Accommodations Program
Serves the Federal community in Washington, DC and the global Defense community in accommodating individuals with disabilities.

FCC Disabilities Issues Task Force
Information on FCC activities that are of particular interest to people with disabilities.

General Services Administration-Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA)
A clearinghouse of information on making information systems accessible to all users.

Library of Congress - The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
NLS administers a free library program of Braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.

National Council on Disability (NCD)
An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 49 million Americans with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
OSERS supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Telecommunications Access Advisory Committee (TAAC)
TAAC is responsible for developing accessibility guidelines in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under section 255 (e) of the Act for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment.


Manufacturers and Vendors

Apple Disability Site
A one-stop resource for the latest information about Macintosh assistive technology and other disability related programs.

Alva Access Group
Makers of outSPOKEN, a Macintosh-based screen reader, and inLARGE, a screen magnifier.

Henter-Joyce
Manufacturer of JAWS, a PC-based screen reader.

IBM Special Needs Solutions
Information about assistive devices and software tools that make computers more accessible to people with vision, hearing, speech, mobility and attention/memory disabilities.

Microsoft Accessibility Support
Information about what Microsoft is doing to help remove barriers to make the world more accessible, including the implementation of SAMI (Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange).

Pacific Bell - Senior and Disabled Services
Pacific Bell can provide telephone equipment and services at no charge to customers who have difficulty using a telephone.

The Productivity Works
Manufacturer of pwWebSpeak, an Internet browser which provides both a non-visual, auditory presentation of the World Wide Web as well as a simplified visual presentation including large character display.

RealNetworks
RealNetworks manufactures the G2 Player, which implements SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) for multimedia display.

Sun Microsystem's Enabling Technologies Program
A resource for information on Java and accessibility, including the Java Developer Connection.


Research, Development and Education

Adaptive Computer Technology Centre (ACT)
ATC is devoted to increasing the accessibility of information technology.

Advanced Television Closed-Captioning (ATVCC) Home Page
ATVCC is the migration of the closed-captioning concepts and capabilities developed in the 1970's for NTSC television video signals to the high-definition television environment.

Alliance for Public Technology (APT)
A Washington, DC-based coalition of public interest groups and individuals whose goal is to foster broad access to affordable, usable information, and communication services and technology.

AZTech
Transforming inventions into products for persons with disabilities.

Benton Foundation's Communications Policy Program
The Benton Foundation works with nonprofit organizations to gain an effective voice for social change and to shape the emerging communications environment.

Center for Applied Special Technologies (CAST)
A non-profit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for people with disabilities through innovative multimedia computer technology. Developers of Bobby, a graphical web-based program designed to help web site designers and graphic artists make their web pages accessible by the largest number of people.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology
DO-IT works to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in science, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and careers.

Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI)
Research projects in many areas involving deafness and deaf people.

Idea Practices
The IDEA Practices Web site provides extensive resources to assist educators implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97).

The National Arts and Disability Center
Promotes the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual and performing arts.

National Center for Disability Dissemination Research (NCDRR)
Disseminates efforts of NIDRR-funded research projects and increases the accessibility of research outcomes for the benefit of their consumers, particularly those from minority backgrounds.

National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)
Promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities.

Project Archimedes
Seeks to promote equal access to information for individuals with disabilities by influencing the early design stages of tomorrow's computer-based technology.

Project EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
Works to make information technology accessible to persons with disabilities with the use of adaptive computer technology.

Technology Assessment Program (TAP)
Research group at Gallaudet University focusing primarily on communication technologies and services that eliminate communication barriers traditionally faced by deaf and hard of hearing people.

Trace Research & Development Center
An interdisciplinary research, development and resource center on technology and disability.

WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH takes advantage of many techniques for making a complex Web site accessible.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
An international industry consortium, the W3C was founded in 1994 to develop common protocols for the evolution of the World Wide Web. The W3C also sponsors the Web Access Initiave (WAI), which works to make Web protocols (HTML, SGML, HTTP, etc.) more accessible to people with disabilities. Check here for Page-Authoring guidelines for assistance in making your Web site more accessible.

The Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation
Dedicated to bringing together workers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to stimulate research and development of technologies to enhance access to information of all kinds. Also home to WebABLE!.

Please send additions, corrections and updates to geoff_freed@wgbh.org.

The Web Access Project was originally made possible with generous funding from the Telecommunications Funding Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Boston Foundation and the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP).

Last updated November 11, 1999.


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