Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
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
of Tech Act Projects (ATA)
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.
(Center for Special Technology)
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.
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, 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.
Interagency Coordinating Council
This serves as an information clearinghouse for parents of infants and
preschoolers with disabilities and their families. The site began 6/2000.
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.
Center for Accessible Media
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.
Center for Technology Planning (NCTP)
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.
Information Center For Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHY)
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
Technology in Education Consortia (RTEC)
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 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.