Getting Help in Making One-Stops Accessible
The following resources can help One-Stop Centers identify equipment, modifications, accommodations, and assistive technology to ensure full access for people with disabilities.
Local and Regional Resources
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs)
There are 10 federally funded regional DBTACs which provide information to businesses, people with disabilities, and others on accommodation and accessibility issues, as well as other ADA information. A full listing of all DBTACs is contained in the resource section (Section 14) under "Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Legal Information."
Web site: www.adata.org/index-dbtac.html
State Assistive Technology Projects
Each state has a federally funded assistive technology program. Although their information and services vary, they are a good starting point in identifying local assistive technology ideas and resources. Contact information for each state is available by contacting RESNA (see its separate listing below for details):
ABLEDATA: The National Database of Assistive Technology Information
8401 Colesville Road, Suite 200
A federally funded project whose mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment. This projects web site has a database of 25,000 products and devices; ABLEDATA information specialists also provide in-depth telephone help.
1131 F Street N.W.
The U.S. Access Board (or Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) is the federal agency that develops minimum standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal regulations. The Board offers technical assistance on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and has a number of publications available, as well as a listing of state contacts who can give information on state codes.
Alliance for Technology Access
ATA is dedicated to increasing the use of standard, assistive, and information technologies for people with disabilities. Has a variety of resources, including a resource library, to assist in identifying appropriate technology. Publisher of "Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities," a comprehensive guide.
Apple Computer Inc., Worldwide Disability Solutions Group (WDSG)
The Worldwide Disability Solutions Group works with key education, rehabilitation, and advocacy organizations nationwide to identify the computer-related needs of individuals with disabilities and to help develop responsive programs. WDSG is involved with Apples research and development to ensure that Apple computers have built-in accessibility features. The web site contains information on making Apple computers fully accessible for people with disabilities, including shareware and freeware that can be downloaded.
Center for Rehabilitation Technology
An online information resource providing up-to-date information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources. Has a comprehensive listing of assistive technology, and also information specialists available to assist with questions about assistive technology.
IBM Accessibility Center
Finds products and solutions so that people with disabilities can fully access and utilize information technology. Web site contains extensive checklists, product listings and technical assistance information.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
West Virginia University
Federally-funded free information and consultation service on job accommodations and related information. JANs web site has a searchable online database (SOAR) which can be used to research accommodation options. JAN also has consultants available by phone, who can assist in identifying possible accommodations. These consultants have instant access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about accommodation methods, devices, and strategies. While intended to focus on job accommodations, JAN consultants can also be helpful to One-Stop Centers in ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities.
RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)
A membership organization of people who are interested in how technology can help people with disabilities achieve their goals. RESNA has a variety of publications and resources. Web site includes a list of assistive technology professionals by state.
Tech Connections is a national dissemination project designed to increase the utilization of existing and emerging assistive technology. Web site contains variety of information and resources. Information and referral specialists are available to answer questions at no charge. Also has a monthly newsletter.
Trace Research & Development Center
S-151 Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave.
Engineers technological access solutions, and has a variety of information and resources on assistive technology.
Virtual Assistive Technology Center
Web site: www.at-center.com
The purpose of the VATC is to put computers within reach of individuals with disabilities. The web site contains a variety of freeware and shareware that can be downloaded to help people with disabilities use computers. The web site also contains information, publications, a message board, and links to related web sites. VATC also publishes a newsletter on assistive technology.
Additional resources on accommodations are in the resource section of this manual under "Accommodations & Assistive Technology."