The World Wide Web has revolutionized the dissemination of information about Accessibility
issues and resources. The following are just a few of the many excellent sites focused on the
Adaptive Environments Center
Adaptive Environments is a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting access and universal design, locally, nationally and internationally through education programs, technical assistance, training, consultation, publications, and design advocacy. Work is project-based and varies in scope ranging from urban planning, culture, housing to and Access to the Design Professions.
ADA Technical Assistance Program
ADA Technical Assistance Program is a network of ten regional Disability Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) that provide public awareness, technical assistance, training, materials and referrals related to ADA regulations. These Centers are located throughout the country and can be reached toll-free at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY).
Beyond The Ramp
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ paper on accessibility and the performing arts - Beyond the Ramp: Accessibility as an Organizational Asset, by Johanna Misey Boyer. The publication, funded by MetLife Foundation, furthers the national dialogue on increasing cultural opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults. This population of audience-goers and artists is a growing area of importance for performing arts organizations.
DO-IT/University of Washington
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
Freedom Scientific provides assistive and adaptive technology for individuals who are blind, or have low vision or learning disabilities.
Gallaudet Research Institute
The Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) is internationally recognized for its leadership in research related to hearing loss. GRI researchers gather and analyze data concerning the social, academic, and perceptual characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing populations, primarily to provide information needed by educators in the field.
GoHear.org is a resource and informational website for families of infants and children diagnosed with hearing loss and for the professionals who work with these individuals. Resources include technology information, publications, medical centers, and programming.
Independent Living Centers
Independent Living Centers are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities. The Independent Living USA site contains a database of some of the nearly 500 ILC’s in the USA as well as other links and resources.
Learning Independence Through Computers, Inc.
Learning Independence Through Computers (LINC) is a non-profit computer resource center that provides opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, professionals, and members of the business community to explore adaptive technology, computer systems, software, and the Internet.
National Arts and Disability Center
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is a resource, information, and training center that provides information on the arts and disabilities. The NADC is dedicated to the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into media, literary, visual, and performing arts communities. They respond to individual requests for information and technical assistance and in order to assist the arts communities. The website includes a calendar of events and a California artists directory.
National Center for Accessible Media/WGBH
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
National Center on Accessibility
A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation’s premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities in recreation. Through the comprehensive services of Research, Technical Assistance, and Education, NCA focuses on universal design and practical accessibility solutions creating inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. NCA links the preferences and needs of people with disabilities to those of practitioners designing facilities, including museums, and planning programs.
National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped (NLS)
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of a disability.
Self Help for Hard of Hearing
The Self-Help-for-Hard-of-Hearing (SHHH), also known as Hearing Loss Association of America, works to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. SHHH holds annual conventions, provides information through its online hearing loss library, maintains an online store offering books, videos, and special materials, as well as facilitating networking and publishing the Hearing Loss Journal.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc (RID) is a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. RID advocates for the increased quality, qualifications, and quantity of interpreters through their three main triad of services: professional certification, professional development, and promoting a code of ethics for interpreters.
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
A useful tool developed by the Smithsonian to assist in making exhibitions fully accessible. Exhibition designers, curators, registrars, conservators, collections managers, designers, editors, developers, educators, and other exhibition team members find it useful in opening their exhibits to diverse audiences.
The Non-Traditional Casting Project
The Non-Traditional Casting Project (NTCP) is a not-for-profit advocacy organization established in 1986 to address and seek solutions to the problems of racism and exclusion in theater, film and television.
Trace Research & Development Center
The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Trace Center works on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
UnumProvident is a leader in disability income protection and a provider of supplemental benefits. The company offers comprehensive insurance solutions to help protect against the financial effects of accident, illness or death. UnumProvident's product lines include disability income protection insurance, supplemental benefits, life, and long term care.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy website includes resources for the workforce, youth, and employers. Publications include “Building a Competitive Edge”, ”Preparing the Workplace for Everyone” and “Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning”.
VSA arts State Organization List
VSA arts works with affiliated organizations nationwide and in over 60 countries worldwide. Within the United States, VSA arts programs are conducted by a network of VSA arts state organizations (within their own 501 c-3 status) or in collaboration with an affiliated organization. Organizations within the VSA arts network maintain strong connections to the home office in Washington, DC, a relationship that includes funding, participation in conferences, networking, the use of resources, technical assistance and programming, as well as sharing best practices and strategies among peers.
Web Accessibility Initiative
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to assist in making the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
National Captioning Institute, Inc
The National Captioning Institute (NCI) was established in 1979 as a nonprofit corporation with the mission of ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as people with vision loss, have access to television programming through the technology of closed or open captioning and audio description .