ALTERNATIVE AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION
The AbleData project helps people who have disabilities, including communication disorders, by providing information about assistive devices, rehabilitation equipment, and other products for people with disabilities. Resources include a database of more than 40,000 products. A database of citations of books, articles, and other resources related to assistive technology also is available, along with fact sheets, brochures, and online publications. AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) provides resources to help educational entities purchase, develop and use information technology that is welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities.
The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations. ATA encourages and facilitates the empowerment of people with disabilities to participate fully in their communities. Through public education, information and referral, capacity building in community organizations, and advocacy/policy efforts, the ATA enables millions of people to live, learn, work, define their futures, and achieve their dreams.
American Sign Language Fingerspelling
Fingerspelling signs are displayed as video clips of a human hand. This site includes an ASL fingerspelling dictionary, fingerspelling converter (type in a word to see how it is fingerspelled), fingerspelling quiz, and links to printable charts, an ASL sign dictionary, and a downloadable fingerspelling font.
Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to enhancing the lives of people with all levels of ability. Rather than focusing on disability, seeing people as "disabled," we believe that the limitations of current technologies and the design of the built environment account for an individual’s inability to perform activities and participate in society. We seek to minimize those limitations through applied research and the development of assistive and universally designed technologies.
International Society of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC)
ISAAC works to improve the life of every child and adult with speech difficulties. ISAAC members want everyone in the world to know about AAC. ISAAC also does projects and makes information packs for people anywhere in the world who cannot speak.
NATRI's mission is threefold: to conduct research related to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology (AT) services in schools, to identify promising practices in the delivery of AT services, and to disseminate research findings and information about promising practices in ways that will assist school personnel to develop or improve AT policies and practices for students with disabilities.
The National Center to Improve Practice was federally funded from 1992-1998 to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities by promoting the effective use of assistive and instructional technologies among educators and related personnel serving these students.
Our mission at rehabtool.com is to help children and adults with disabilities enhance their lives, increase their independence and productivity, and gain greater social inclusion through the use of leading-edge assistive technology.
Spell Better for iPad
Spell Better is an affordable assistive iPad app that offers word prediction, a very powerful spell checker, text-to-speech and other useful features for students who have difficulties with writing and spelling, particularly dyslexia. It's also being used as an AAC app by students with TBI, Autism, etc., and has turned out to be quite popular with OTs and Special Education teachers.
United States Society of Altrnative and Augmentative Communication (USSAAC)
USSAAC is dedicated to providing information on the technology, tools and therapies within the world of AAC, serving everyone from therapists to families to educators. Our primary mission is to celebrate the individuals who rely on nonverbal communication.
We collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to make UA Little Rock accessible to everyone. Our expertise is at the intersection of disability and design, and so we work with the campus community to ensure that physical, curricular and web environments are designed to be barrier-free to the extent possible. Some barriers to access can’t be removed in a timely manner, and so that’s when we work one-on-one with students to determine accommodations. This is a collaborative process between the DRC and the student, and when needed, with faculty.
The CSD collaborates with students, faculty, family members and the greater UConn community to ensure a comprehensively accessible environment. We engage in an interactive process with each student and review requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis.