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Keyword: Assistive Technology (Section 508) (47 results)

A Good Place To Begin…When the Mouse is Difficult or Impossible to Use
The mouse, which comes standard with many desktop and laptop computers, can be difficult or impossible for some people to use. Gripping, pressing, dragging, and other required physical movements can make a standard mouse impractical. This article offers a range of mouse options to consider, from changing mouse settings, to performing mouse functions without fingers, hands, and arms.

A Guide to Disability Rights Law
Describes the Rehabilitation Act, sections 501, 503, 504, and 508, along with contact information for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Accessibility Clearinghouse
The Federal Communications Commission is dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have full access to our nation’s communications’ revolution. Accessibility Clearinghouse provides many factsheets and resources on how to achieve this goal.

Accessibility Guides for Businesses and Government Organizations
This Microsoft resource provides information on the value to organizations of integrating accessible technology into their technology plans and guidance on effective implementation processes.

Accessible Tech
The technology accessibility website of the ADA National Network / Disability Business Technical Assistance Centers, providing trainings, resources and assistance regarding accessible and assistive technology and the ADA.

Accommodations for Employees with Specific Disabilities
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free, confidential consultation to assist employers in making accommodations for employees with disabilities. They also provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and resources for specific types of disabilities. Find JAN materials by disability or topic under A - Z of disabilities.

Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The Tech Perspective
Policy Works Technology would like to share with you the report, Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics, that summarizes the dialogue’s results and includes the most popular ideas, ranked by the number of votes.

Assistive Technology Coaltion (ATC)
Provides people with disabilities, and those who work with them, answers to questions about assistive technology (AT) so they can identify the solutions that work best for them. AT is any device, hardware, software or handheld equipment that enables a person to participate in life's activities. ATC also has a searchable collection of easy-to-understand articles on many different types of technologies and online webinars and trainings.

Assistive Technology Experiment: High Contrast
High contrast settings benefit users with low vision or other visual disabilities. The "High Contrast Themes" present in Windows change or invert web page background and text colors. This resource can help employers accommodate workers with visual disabilities by providing information on how to enable High Contrast in Windows 7.

Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses
The Assistive Technology for Employers and Businesses Web Portal features information on AT solutions in the workplace, finding help to access AT through the AT Act Entities, a consultant data base directory of RESNA Professionals and the services and expertise each offers to employers, publications on AT and Employment, various resources for employers to explore, and the partners who have worked with the RESNA Catalyst Project to create the Portal including the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE, and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Assistive Technology Industry Association
The mission of ATIA is to serve as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities.

AT Works Events
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, hosts a series of free webcasts, webinars and podcasts to explore the connection between accessible technology and the employment of people with disabilities. From panel discussions to educational presentations, these AT Works events feature prominent thought leaders and insightful dialogues on accessible technology issues.
Section 508 was established to eliminate barriers to the electronic and information technology environment for people with disabilities. The responsibility to maintain compliance with Section 508 falls on each federal employee and their agency. BuyAccessible is a resource from the General Services Administration that provides information to buyers and sellers regarding the purchase and sale of equipment and technology for government agencies. Buyers can determine if a purchase is subject to Section 508 and conduct market research to purchase Electronic and Information Technology products. The BuyAccessible Wizard allows you to clearly document all market research ensuring consistency and proof of due diligence.

Captioning with Maccaw
This High Tech Center Training Unit instructional manual provides guidance on the use of Macaw, a lightweight captioning tool for the synchronization of text and multimedia for the QuickTime media player only. It is Mac and PC compatible and is available at no cost.

Civil Rights Center (CRC) - Reasonable Accommodation Resources Center (RARC)
The Reasonable Accommodation Resources Center (RARC) serves as a one-stop-shop providing and coordinating accommodations and assistive services for people with disabilities. Managers, employees and applicants of the Department of Labor (DOL) can obtain guidance, counsel and information on reasonable accommodations, related services, issues and organizations for and about people with disabilities. In addition, the Center's Section 508 Evaluation Lab provides resources to ensure a computer/electronic environment that is accessible to everyone regardless of disability status. This website delineates specific services available through RARC and provide phone and TTY contact information for the RARC office.

Computer Electronic Accommodations Program
Established by the Federal government, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is a centrally funded program that provides assistive technology (AT) and reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. CAP's mission is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to information and employment opportunities in the DoD and throughout the Federal government.

Create Section 508-Compliant Videos on Your Government Websites
This guide covers captioning, audio-description, and accessible multimedia players and provides practical information for creating accessible videos.

Designing & Implementing Workplace Plans for Accessible Information Communication & Technology
ODEP’s Accessible Technology in the Workplace Initiative has drafted a paper to help employers develop a corporate-wide, comprehensive strategic plan for adopting and implementing accessible ICT corporate policies, practices and procedures in their own workplace. Technological advances will leave people with disabilities behind if employers do not buy and use accessible information and communication technologies.

Digital Captioning with HI-Caption
This High Tech Center Training Unit instructional manual provides guidance on using HI-Caption for creating synchronized captions for video content.

Digital Captioning with MAGpie
This High Tech Center Training Unit instructional manual provides guidance on creating captions for multimedia content using MAGpie.

EyeTech: assistive technology that sees you!6B9D2F61-C8FE-41F8-BA10-4F2DFB85355D
Ever wanted to see a mouse controlled by your eyeballs? Andy Jordan of Wall Street Journal shows how a 20-year-old engineering student with cerebral palsy has had his work and life transformed by a unique eye-tracking device.

Fact Sheet on Braille Writers, Printers and Software
This fact sheet describes braille writers, copiers, and printers, and the software used to run braille printers. It also includes a brief introduction to braille, a list of manufacturers and selected distributors, a selective list of articles and publications for further reading, and information on organizations that are concerned with braille literacy.

Fact Sheet on Communicators
This fact sheet describes the different types of portable electronic communicators, including single message communicators, direct selection communicators, keyboard communicators and scanning communicators, as well as the features that are available. It discusses how communicators can be useful for individuals with specific disabilities and presents considerations in choosing a communicator.

Fact Sheet on Computer Access
This fact sheet is a brief introduction to the different types of computer technology available for persons with disabilities to help with the selecting and purchasing the appropriate hardware and software to meet their individual needs.

Fact Sheet on Manual Braille Writing Aids and Labelers
This fact sheet describes commercially available equipment, tools, and supplies for writing braille and creating braille labels in recognition of braille as an important independent living tool for visually impaired persons.

FCC Updates Standards on Mobile Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility (Word Doc)
This resource provides the new technical standard for testing phones for hearing aid compatibility (HAC), approved by the Federal Communications Commission on April 9, 2012. After this new standard is adopted and a 2-year transition period is completed, the Commission's rules requiring phones to be hearing aid- compatible will apply to handset operations over additional air interfaces and frequency bands. The Commission’s HAC rules will now apply to a range of new technologies and will allow for more accurate measurements of hearing aid interference – i.e, the new standard will improve the measurement criteria for determining if a mobile phone is hearing aid compatible or not.
The site provides straightforward technology solutions and flexible design strategies that address everyday human resources issues, especially as they relate to current or future employees with disabilities. This site is a part of The Institute for Community Inclusion program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design
This book provides information to help organizations improve their products, websites, software, hardware, and consumer products to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers.

Just-In-Time Module Series: Assistive Technology in the Workplace
The Job Accommodation Network has published its fourth installment of the Just-In-Time Module Series: AT in the Workplace.

New Mobile Applications for People with Disabilities, by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology
New technology is making it possible to manage various illnesses from the privacy and ease of an Apple or Droid-based mobile device.
The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology aims to advance the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through accessible technology. Its new Web portal,, will feature many tools and opportunities for employers, technology providers and users to engage with us and each other on employment-related technology issues. You can visit now to sign up for updates, and follow PEAT on Facebook and Twitter.

Screen Magnification/Reader Software: How do they work?
Watch this video from CAP to learn how screen magnification software can assist individuals with low vision.

Section 508 Report Based on Survey of All Federal Departments and Agencies
This report, authorized under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), provides findings based on a survey of federal agencies on the accessibility of their electronic and information technology and the procedures used to implement the requirements of Section 508.
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

Speech Recognition
Speech recognition software assists people with more severe dexterity disabilities (cerebral palsy, prosthesis, polio, quadriplegia, severe carpal tunnel, etc.), by allowing users to speak words rather than type. The user can also use voice commands in place of a mouse or other pointing device

Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
The attached strategic plan, which was developed based on extensive community feedback and stakeholder input, provides a more comprehensive and structured approach to further improve agencies’ management of the requirements of Section 508. This approach includes actions agencies need to take to (1) increase transparency, (2) strengthen accountability, and (3) improve collaboration regarding accessible EIT.

Technology Is Featured as an Employment Practice on ODEP's Website
Accessible and usable workplace technologies, and various types of assistive technology, are paramount to helping people with disabilities succeed on the job and deliver for their employers.

Technology's Impact on Employment and Opportunities for People with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability (NCD) explored the utility and accessibility of six key digital technologies that can enhance social engagement, increase opportunities for workplace participation, and heighten employment prospects or create new employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program YouTube Channel
CAP provides free assistive technology and services to federal employees with disabilities and Wounded Services Members.

The Device That Refreshes: How to Buy a Braille Display
This resource explains how to effectively purchase braille displays, which are an important form of assistive technology for the blind. It includes advantages of braille displays and the best ways to use them.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Section 508
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

USDA: TARGET Demonstration Center
The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®)
The VPAT is a tool designed to assist federal employers in documenting a product's conformance with the accessibility standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Web Accessibility for Section 508
This resource provides background information on Section 508 and design techniques to help organizations make their Web presence accessible according to Section 508 standards.

WebAIM provides comprehensive web accessibility solutions and is one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally.They provide knowledge, technical skills, tools, and organizational leadership strategies to assist organization in making their content accessible for people with disabilities.

Webcast: “AT Works: Accessible Technology’s Role in Today’s Workplace.”
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, this event is part of an online educational series designed to explore the connection between emerging technologies and the employment of people with disabilities. This is the first webcast in the series.

What is Assistive Technology?
This link provides a brief but comprehensive definition for "assistive technology."

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