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The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
http://www.ataccess.org/
A network of community-based resource centers, developers and vendors dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. Site includes information on each state's center.

Association of Tech Act Projects (ATA)
http://www.ataporg.org/highlights.htm
Tech Act Projects receive funding through grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education to advance the use of assistive technology by persons with disabilities.

CAST (Center for Special Technology)
http://www.cast.org
CAST focuses its efforts on universal design in education - creating software-based curricular materials that are customizable to meet the needs of children with widely different abilities.

Children With Disabilities
http://www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org/aboutsite.html
The Children With Disabilities online guide is a new initiative by the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with input from nine participating Federal agencies and offices. This site presents families, service providers, and other interested individuals with information & resources about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation.

Closing the Gap
http://www.closingthegap.com
Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.

Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
http://www.fed-icc.org
This serves as an information clearinghouse for parents of infants and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. The site began 6/2000.

ITTE
http://www.nsba.org/itte/index.html
ITTE is a program of the National School Boards Association designed to advance the use of technology in public education. Several publications are available through the site.

National Center for Accessible Media
http://ncam.wgbh.org/
A research and development facility that works to make media accessible to under served populations such as disabled persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy skills. Emphasis is on access for the deaf and hard of hearing population.

National Center for Technology Planning (NCTP)
http://www.nctp.com/
This site includes relevant information related to technology planning, including school technology plans available for downloading; technology planning aids (checklists, brochures, sample planning forms, PR announcement forms); and/or electronic monographs on timely, selected topics.

National Information Center For Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHY)
http://www.nichcy.org/
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Materials are also available in Spanish, on disk, and as camera-ready originals. AT Publications include:

  • Assistive Technology: Becoming an Informed Consumer #ND13
  • Technical Assistance Guide: Helping Students Develop Their IEPs

Regional Technology in Education Consortia (RTEC)
http://rtec.org/
This program of six regional centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, assists in solving the problems encountered by education entities to successfully integrate technologies into kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) classrooms.

Tech Connections
http://www.techconnections.org/
TECH CONNECTIONS is a national dissemination project designed to increase the utilization of existing and emerging assistive technology by State Vocational Rehabilitation programs. Much of the information is useful to users of any age.

 

 

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