Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Accessible Instructional Materials


ABLEDATA - The National Database of Assistive Technology Information:

ABLEDATA is a national assistive technology information exchange designed to serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. ABLEDATA provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.

Accommodation Ideas for Mental Health Impairments:

This site includes information on: Accommodation Ideas for Psychiatric Impairments Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities Searchable Online Accommodation Resource: Psychiatric Impairments Fact Sheet: Depression Fact Sheet: Mental Illness Organizations

Accommodations for College Students:

Accommodations for College Students provides suggestions for parents whose kids are having difficulty getting colleges and universities to waive course requirements for students with disabilities.

ADD Consults Store: The World's Largest One StopADD Shop:

This web site hosts a large and most comprehensive ADHD store offering a wide catory list of prodcts from clothes for sensitive skin to fidget toys. just click on the categories to the left. Are you looking for unique organizing tools?

Apple - Special Needs:

Apple computers resource for assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.

Assistive Technology State Contact List:

A 56 state and territory assistive technology programs' contact information and addresses are listed.

Braille Conversion for Free:

A free document conversion service that produces Braille or audio files is proving an instant web hit. RoboBraille was started by a Danish organization and now has partners from Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus. Anyone wanting to use the service, which is partly funded by the European Union, can send plain text, rich text, html or Word documents by e-mail. Within a few minutes they receive their document either as an MP3 audio file or as electronic Braille. Electronic Braille can be read by a tactile display - a device connected to the computer with a series of pins that are raised or lowered to represent the Braille characters - or sent to a Braille printer. It is hoped that the service will be fully implemented next year, and that it will remain free to individual users and non-profit organizations. The RoboBraille service is currently processing about 400 requests a day but the system has the capacity to deal with up to 14,000 a day. Exchange professionals could use this service to send alternative formats to blind participants. (Excerpts from

Described and Captioned Media Program:

The DCMP works with educational media producers/distributors, captioning agencies, and description agencies by offering information concerning media accessibility issues. Some examples of these resources are captioning and description research, requirements of federal and state laws, history of description and captioning, learning benefits of accessible media, and guidelines for creating description and captioning.

EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information-Webinars:

EASI produces Interactive Webinars on specific accessibility-related topics.

Ensuring Appropriate Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

These materials are designed for staff involved in assisting students with needed accommodations. The materials describe the process of interviewing the student and determining the areas of functional needs and then matching those needs with accommodations.

Etext, Audio Books, and Alternative Formats:

Over 100 books are produced in alternative formats and listed inthe Alternate Media Exchange database. Alternative formats ranges from simple MP3's or text files to tagged PDF's and DAISY books.

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning:

The Family Center on Technology and Disability developed a “Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning” that provides information on how to have a successful transition with assistive technology. Also, the guide highlights the laws on accommodations and transition in both settings: secondary and postsecondary.

The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN is one of several ODEP programs. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.

Next Generation Learning Challenges:

The Next Generation Learning Challenges is tasked with using technology to help students to complete high school to become college ready. They will collect and disseminate research evidence that will enable schools to improve the quality of experience for all students. They currently have provides two waves of grant opportunities and are currently accepting applications for a third wave focusing on the secondary and postsecondary levels.

The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities:

The National Council on Disability published, “The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities” to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the use of technology.

Work, Assistive Technology, and Transition-Aged Youth:

The National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project published a manual on how a 17-year-old student can navigate the funding system (Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, Medicare, and SSI’s PASS) in obtaining for his/her assistive technology needs in high school, college, and employment.