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Links to external AT sites are provided for information purposes only
No endorsement of external sites by TAM or its Partners should be implied

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AbilityHub
AbilityHub is an AT-related Web site for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult. This site directs people to a wide array of adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. Computer access topics include augmentative communication, mouse alternatives, keyboard alternatives, switch access, text-to-speech software, speech recognition, and others.

Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center

The Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center is focused on making computers accessible to person with disabilities. The site illustrates how an institution of higher education can provide services to students with disabilities. While focusing primarily on the information directed at University of Missouri students and staff, the site also provides specific information that may be useful to other visitors. The products Information page provides information on adaptive equipment for those with blindness, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and learning disabilities. The Product Review page provides an in-depth review of one product from the Product Information page. The ACT Center also links to resources related to American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to people with disabilities. At the site, the user can obtain information about joining ATA. A description and links to ATA resource centers and vendors are also available. More information about ATA can be found in its FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The user may explore links to resources and web sites related to technology, disabilities, and the inclusion.

Apple Computer's Solutions for People with Special Needs

The Apple site provides information about ways that Macintosh computer systems can be used to meet the needs of people with special needs. Third party solutions and a search engine also are provided to obtain additional information. Iniformation is presented about solutions in the areas of vision, hearing, physical/motor, literacy and learning, and language and communication.

Assistive Technology Product Listing

This is a segment of Jim Lubin's disABILITY Information and Resources site that provides links to companies that provide products and services for persons with disabilities. Visit the Main Page of this site for a comprehensive array of information on a variety of topics related to disabilities.

Disabilities Resources, Inc.

Disabilities Resources, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides information about resources for independent living. The Disabilities Resource Monthly (DRM) WebWatcher is a listing of disability-related resources on a national or international level. The DRM's Regional Resource Directory provides links to services on a state or local level. The site also presents information on making libraries more accessible at the Librarians' Connection page. Publications and services from Disabilities Resources can be accessed including a separate section on inclusion.

DREAMMS for Kids, Inc.

DREAMMS for Kids, Inc. is a non-profit parent and professional service agency that specializes in AT related research, development, and information dissemination. The user may order tech paks or subscribe to DIRECTIONS: Technology in Special Education. The site includes AT product information from vendors for adaptive devices and educational software. Links to government sites, companies, organizations, and universities for additional information related to AT are available. The user may also link to The Assistive Technology Funding and Systems Change Project (ATFSCP) which provides training, technical assistance, and information on AT funding and systems change issues nationwide or to the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) which provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues to families, educators, and other professionals.

IBM Special Needs Solutions

The IBM Special Needs Solutions site provides product information on assistive devices and software tools that make the computer more accessible and friendly to people with disabilities. The site also links to Internet resources related to disabilities and assistive technology (AT). Web accessibility information and a FTP site for downloading information are available through the IBM site.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

NARIC collects and disseminates information about a variety of topics, including assistive technology. The results of federally-funded research projects on physical disabilities, mental retardation, emotional-behavioral disabilities, independent living, medical rehabilitation, special education, employment, assistive technology, and law alsoo are included. One option at the NARIC Home Page is ABLEDATA which is an information system that enables persons with disabilities to identify and locate assistive devices. The site also provides resource guides on disabilities and related topics. NARIC's Instant Disability Information Center is a database of research, literature, and sources related to disabilities. Information on how to contact REHABDATA is presented at the NARIC site. REHABDATA is a database that contains bibliographic records with abstracts of the materials in the NARIC library.

RESNA

The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is an interdisciplinary association for the advancement of rehabilitation and AT. The RESNA site provides access to the AT JobBank for career opportunities in AT as well as a resource on accessible educational technology. It also has information about the AT Practitioner certification that it awards. The RESNA page also contains links to other Web and Gopher resources related to AT.

Trace Center

The Trace Center is an interdisciplinary research, development, and resource center located at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. It provides a publications and software catalog on-line about the use of technology to make the environment more accessible to people with disabilities. The site also includes a Cooperative Electronic Library with disability documents and resources. Another page presents information on designing an accessible world.

Virtual Assistive Technology Center (VATC)

The Virtual Assistive Technology Center (VATC) site from the University of Kansas provides the user with access to free and cheap Mac and Windows software for persons with disabilities. Links to other web sites related to general assistive technology (AT) information, commercial vendors, and AT projects are also provided at the VATC site. The user may view abstracts on books related to AT on the VATC's AT bookshelf.

WebABLE!

WebABLE!, a project of the Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation, is a Web directory of Internet resources related to the disability field especially focusing on the areas of accessibility and assistive technology (AT). The accessibility database is searchable by topic, type of maintainer, and geography. WebABLE! also provides information about workshops and conferences related to AT and accessibility. The WebABLE! library allows the user to view a variety of publications that are disability related.

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Contributors to this site include TAM Technology Instructional Initiative Partner, the National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI).
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Posted March 14, 2002