Telecommunication & Electronic Information Organizations & Media Resources
- Access Board
The Access Board provides the standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. The Board also provides a Market Monitoring Report on Telecommunications.
AccessIT, based at the University of Washington, helps educational institutions make information technology accessible to all students and education-based employees. AccessIT facilitates the implementation of policies, procedures, and practices that promote the procurement and use by educational entities of accessible information technology that applies universal design principles and meets recognized standards.
- American Council of the Blind
The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
The AFB is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.
- American Library Association's Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy Passes
The ALA Council, the governing body of the American Library Association, unanimously approved the ALA policy of people with disabilities. The policy was written by the Americans with Disabilities Act Assembly, a representational group administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association. It includes how libraries should address electronic and information technologies for their patrons with disabilities.
- FCC's Disability Issues
The FCC supports the Disability Rights Office in its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. This site contains a wealth of information on wireless, telecommunications relay services (TRS), Section 255, video description, and more.
- Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD)
ITD is an electronic journal devoted to the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the development and effective use of new and emerging technologies by computer users with disabilities. Founded by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) [http://easi.cc/], ITD will feature articles on issues affecting educators (K through college), librarians, adaptive technology trainers, rehabilitation counselors, human resources professionals, and developers of adaptive computer hardware and software products.
- Information Technology Technical Assistance & Training Center (ITTATC)
ITTATC promotes the development of accessible electronic and information technology by providing technical assistance, training and information.
- National Center for Accessible Media
NCAM is a research and development facility, based at the Center for Public Broadcasting/WGBH-Boston, dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. NCAM's mission is to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Information Technology Access
This RERC covers access by individuals with all types, degrees, and combinations of disabilities to a wide range of new and emerging information technologies, including:
computers, information transaction machines (e.g., ATMs, kiosks, fare machines, point-of-sale devices and smartcards), home and pocket information appliances (e.g., PDA's);
internet technologies (XML, XSL, DHTML, CSS, SMIL, etc.); intranets; 3-D and immersive environments.
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telecommunications Access
The focus of this RERC is to identify telecommunication access barriers in current and future technologies, work with others in the field to identify solution strategies, test them, implement any necessary standards, and assist industry in transferring the ideas into commercial products. The RERC's primary mission is to find ways to make standard systems directly usable by people with all types and degrees of disability, and to work with industry and government to put access strategies into place.
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities
To promote universal access to mobile wireless technologies and explore their innovative applications in addressing the needs of people with disabilities
- Speech-to-Speech Relay Numbers in the United States
STS is a form of Relay Services that provides Communications Assistants (CAs) for people with speech disabilities who have difficulty being understood on the phone. STS CAs are trained individuals familiar with many different speech patterns and language recognition skills. The CA makes the call and repeats the words exactly. Individuals using STS include those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, a laryngectomy, ALS, stuttering, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and other conditions affecting clarity of speech.
- Trace Research & Development Center
The Trace Center conducts research aimed at improving technology that can benefit individuals with disabilities by making it more accessible in four main areas: communication; control; computer access; and next generation communication information and transaction systems.
- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The W3C, an international industry consortium, was founded in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its operability. The W3C also includes the World Accessibility Initiative that provides guidelines on website accessibility.
- United States Internet Council (USIC)
The USIC was formed in 1996 as a nonpartisan-educational resource for state and federal policy makers. Their mission is to promote their Statement of Principles and to provide reliable information and analysis on Internet policy issues. While their primary audience is state legislators, they also cooperate with the Congressional Internet Caucus by creating venues to exchange ideas between industry leaders and lawmakers who advance policies that are essential for the information economy. In addition, the USIC meets frequently with political leaders and technologists from overseas who are shaping Internet policy in their respective countries.
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