Information Technology Resources

What are some resources about accessible information technology?

Access-SC:

Access-SC is owned and operated by the South Carolina Web Accessibility Workgroup and offers a number of state and national resources on accessibility standards and practices.

Technical Assistance:

Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC): The Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) is a resource center on the Americans with Disabilities Act and access to information technology (IT) in educational settings, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The Southeast DBTAC is part of a network of ten regional centers, and serves the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Free technical assistance is available through the national toll-free number at (800) 949-4232 or via the website at: http://www.sedbtac.org/ed/index.cfm

Standards:

Access Board’s Guide to the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/index.htm

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines
http://www.w3.org/WAI/

Publications:

AccessIT: The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) at the University of Washington serves to increase the access of individuals with disabilities to information technology in educational institutions at all academic levels nationwide. Questions and Answers on the web include a wide variety of topics. http://www.washington.edu/accessit/faqs.php

DO-IT Publications: Electronic and Information Technology (University of Washington). This site offers many publications, including an online tutorial entitled “Accessible Electronic and Information Technology." http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/

Resources:

access.adobe.com: Adobe Systems Incorporated’s website on making Portable Document Format (PDF) files accessible to all users.
http://access.adobe.com/

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, especially those with disabilities. Many articles on universal design for learning are included in their web site. http://www.cast.org/ The book “Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning,” by David H. Rose & Anne Meyer can be found at http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/

EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information. Provides Online Training on Accessible Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities. Offers a certificate in Accessible Information Technology.
http://www.rit.edu/~easi

IBM Accessibility Center offers resources on Web Accessibility, Integration of Accessibility into Business Enterprise Transformation, Integration of Accessibility into Infrastructure.
http://www-3.ibm.com/able/

SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SIER- TEC): “Resources for Electronic Accessibility & Assistive Technology.” http://www.seirtec.org/access.html

University of Texas - Making Web-based Instructional Resources Accessible to Students and Colleagues with Disabilities. Basic principles and solutions, explaining how non-accessible web sites affect students with special needs. http://currents.cwrl.utexas.edu/spring02/slatin.html

Veteran’s Administration: “Serving Veterans and Employees with Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (EIT)” Great links to government implementation of 508. http://www.va.gov/accessible/

WebAIM at the University of Utah is a federal grant that provides trainings and resources for web accessibility across many disciplines. Their site has a wealth of resources, publications, simulations and online tutorials. http://www.webaim.org/

Tools:

Lynx Viewer: http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html

WAVE: http://www.wave.webaim.org/index.jsp

Resources for Libraries and Distance Education:

Access E-Learning: A ten-module online tutorial regarding common accessibility questions in distance education.
http://www.accesselearning.net/

Colorado Department of Education: Common Questions about AT in Libraries
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/technology/ada.htm

The American Distance Education Consortium: Accessibility Issues
http://www.adec.edu/access-issues.html

California Community Colleges: “Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities.” http://www.htctu.net/publications/guidelines/distance_ed/disted.htm


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