ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, especially those with disabilities. CAST believes that the most effective strategy for expanding educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities is through Universal Design for Learning, a new approach to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment that uses technology to respond to individual learner differences. CAST focuses on the development of learning models, approaches, and tools that are usable by a wide range of learners.
Through its newspaper, annual conference, and Web site, Closing The Gap provides practical up-to-date information on assistive technology products, procedures, and best practices. The Closing The Gap Resource Directory is a guide to computer-related products and services available to assist children and adults with disabilities. It contains prices, descriptions and manufacturer contact information for nearly 2,000 products determined appropriate for use in special education and rehabilitation, as well as an extensive list of organizations that serve individuals with special needs. An online version of the directory is also available this Web site.
The goals of TAM include:
The National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI) conducts assistive technology (AT) research, translates theory and research into AT practice, and provides resources for improving the delivery of AT services. NATRI is operated by the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky.
The National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities. The NCIP Web Site includes a section entitled: NCIP Guided Tours: Early Childhood, which explores two exemplary early childhood classrooms, both of which employ a broad range of technology tools to optimize access to learning for students with disabilities.
The Pass It On Center acts as a national coordination center to promote the reuse of assistive technology (AT) devices. It maintains a map for locating reuse sites in each state and provides technical assistance to entities engaged in or planning to engage in AT device reutilization.
The QIAT Consortium is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology.
Under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 all states and territories can receive discretionary grants to assist in developing assistive technology programs for individuals with disabilities of all ages, including young children. Currently RESNA provides technical assistance to all 56 states and territories that have assistive technology projects funded by this act. To see a complete list of these projects with links to their state Web sites, go to the State Contact List.
The TEC Center at the Erikson Institute uses innovative approaches to professional development and proven distance education methods to empower early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8.
The Trace Research & Development Center works on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. This work is primarily funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.
WAI, in coordination with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.