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Title:The Boulevard
Link: http://www.blvd.com/
Description: The Boulevard is a disability resource directory of products and services for the physically challenged, elderly, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
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Title:Disability Products and Assistive Devices
Link: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/cat_index_19.shtml
Description: The Disabled World Web site offers submitted reviews and articles on disability products and assistive devices for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, or those with medical conditions and/or injuries. This Web site also contains reviews of distributors of products and aids for persons with disabilities.
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Title:Digital Books Online
Link: http://www.bookshare.org
Description: Bookshare.org dramatically increases the accessibility of books for people with visual or other print disabilities. Book scans are now shared through a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for persons with print disabilities. The Bookshare.org Web site allows individuals to access books that are stored online as well as add books to the collection. Students of U.S. schools can ask their school for a free membership through the new federal funding for student access to Bookshare.org.
The new Bookshare University Partnership Program is uniting universities throughout the U.S. to increase the collection of accessible post-secondary textbooks available to students with print disabilities that prevent easily reading a traditional printed book. These disabilities include blindness, low vision, physical disabilities and severe learning disabilities.
Source: EST
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Title:Adobe PDF Conversion
Link: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html
Description: This free conversion service will convert to text Adobe PDF files that are in English and most West European languages.
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Title:PDA Assistive Technology for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury
Link: http://www.vcu.edu/partnership/pda/Jobcoach/index.html
Description: This step-by-step guide explores the many ways that handheld computers can be used as cognitive aids. The guide provides a history of computer use in cognitive rehabilitation, followed by tutorials on basic PDAs, the use of handheld devices as cognitive aids, and the use of disability-specific add-on software to provide additional support. A catalog of currently-available PDAs and software is included, along with resources and links for further reading.
Source: EST
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Title:SA to Go Screen Reader
Link: http://www.accessibilityisaright.org/
Description: Through an Internet connection, users can access, free of charge, the System Access (SA) To Go screen reader, powered by Serotek’s award-winning System Access. With SA To Go, users can browse the web, read web pages, fill out forms, and use applications that reside on the host computer. When the connection is terminated, there is no trace of the software remaining, thus delivering an efficient, nonintrusive way for people who are blind or have low vision to use computers in libraries, Internet caf├ęs, and other public settings.
SA To Go is available in English. The first priority of the AIR Foundation is to develop a version in Mandarin Chinese, with other languages soon to follow.
Source: EST
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Title:The Family Center on Technology and Disability
Link: http://www.fctd.info/
Description: The Family Center on Technology and Disability is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies, including a monthly newsletter and factsheets in English and Spanish. The Family Center on Technology and Disability operates entirely through program support from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Information provided by Monday Morning in Washington, D.C. (The Arc of the United States, 2007).
Source: EST
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Title:Telecommunications Relay Service Fact Sheet
Link: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/trs.html
Description: Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) is a telephone service that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls. This fact sheet, published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), answers questions regarding TRS – how TRS works, the different forms of TRS, and how to access TRS.
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Title:Equal Access to Software and Information
Link: http://easi.cc/
Description: Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) maintains an extensive Web site with information about information technology, education and disabilities with special topics on science and math; online training courses; EASI’s consulting service; EASI’s publications; Internet captioning; ITD e-journal; disability legislation; hardware and software; libraries; distance learning; and more.
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Title:ABLEDATA Informed Consumer’s Guide to Funding Assistive Technology
Link: http://www.abledata.com/abledata_docs/funding.htm
Description: A tremendous variety of assistive technology (AT) is now available to enable people with disabilities to live independently, to achieve higher levels of education, to participate in activities of the workplace, and to engage in hobbies and recreational activities. This Informed Consumer Guide discusses a broad range of potential sources of funding and funding information for assistive technology and provides lists of specific organizations and programs from which funding and funding information are available. The guide also discusses other sources of information on funding issues and organizations that assist people to find the funds that they need. ABLEDATA is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education.
Source: EST
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Title:State Assistive Technology Act Programs
Link: http://www.resnaprojects.org/nattap/at/stateprograms.html
Description: Fifty-six state and territory programs are funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. State Assistive Technology Act programs work to improve the provision of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities of all ages through comprehensive statewide programs of technology-related assistance. Additionally, the programs support activities designed to maximize the ability of individuals with disabilities and their family members, guardians, and advocates to access and obtain assistive technology devices and services.
Click on the above link to view the list of programs, their contact information, and activities.
Source: EST
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Title:Roadmaps II for Enhancing Employment of Persons with Disabilities through Accessible Technology
Link: http://www.dol.gov/odep/categories/employment_supports/roadmaps.htm
Description: Roadmaps II provides an overview of federally funded AT programs and information on the creation of the AT Collaborative; a compilation of some of the barriers impacting the use of AT by individuals with disabilities regarding employment; and recommendations to increase and enhance the employment of individuals with disabilities though AT.
This document is available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats.
Source: EST
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Title:National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Link: http://www.loc.gov/nls/index.html
Description: Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
Free library service is available to persons who are unable to use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. Library patrons can expect to borrow audio or braille books such as they might find in print at a local public library. Books and magazines in audio form (talking books) and braille are delivered to eligible readers by postage-free mail and are returned in the same manner.
Specially designed phonographs and cassette players are also loaned free to persons who borrow talking books from their library.
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