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Special Needs Center

Here is a collection of Web-based resources for persons with disABILITIES:

Resources in the Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Area:

  • The "Disabilities & Computing Program"
          at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
                provides consultations to residents in the Los Angeles area.
  • Adapted Computer Technologies
          also known as Compuaccess,
               is a retailer of adaptive software and technology.
  • Braille Works
          transcribes print books into Braille.
  • "Superlists" of Access-Related Web sites:

  • "Access-Able Travel Source"
  • Accessible Transit/Transportation
  • "Sources of Information for Users with Disabilities"
          is a list of hyperlinks provided by Opera Software.
  • "Blind Links"
  • "disABILITY Information and Resources"
  • Apple Computer's Disabilities Connection site
         contains extensive on-line resources pertaining to the Macintosh platform.
  • "disABILITIES INFOrmation" page
          at the Tallahassee Freenet
  • "WebABLE!"
  • Publications

  • My Handi-Capable Reporter
  • Support and Advocacy Organizations:

  • VSA Arts
       is an international organization that sponsors art exhibits.
  • Center for Information Technology Accommodation
  • United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • National Organization on Disability
  • President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
  • ADA Technical Assistance Program
  • Learning Disabilities OnLine
  • The Center For Accessible Technology
          is located in Berkeley, California.
  • The Center for Applied Special Technology
         sponsors the development of assistive technology and software.
  • The Center on Information Technology Accommodation
          publishes a handbook which describes assistive software and technology.
  • Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
  • Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers ( DBTACs)
  • The  National Rehabilitation Information Center
          maintains an on-line library.
  • The  Jim Mullens Foundation
          is located in the state of Illinois.
  • Special Web Browsers:

  • Special Needs Systems by IBM
  • "Conversa Web"
         a browser that can be operated by voice input.
              by Conversational Computing Corporation
                    You speak plain English commands into a microphone
                          in order to "surf" the Web.
  • "pwWebSpeak"
         a browser that translates Web pages into speech
              by The Productivity Works
    Opera Software's "Opera" browser has many user-friendly features.
  • Other Assistive Software:

  • Sun Microsystems' Enabling Technologies Program
  • "Windows 3.1 Tips for Users With Low Vision"
          by Elizabeth Hamilton
  • Microsoft's Accessibility and Disabilities Web Site
  • The Virtual Assistive Technology Center
          by Denise Lance
  • Software Toolkits" page
          of the "Computer Access Program"
  • Speech Recognition Software Products
  • "Kaitlin's Guide to Alternative Input/Output Software"
  • Assistive Technology:

  • Worklink ADA Solutions
  • The Magic Wand Keyboard
  • The "UCLA Adaptive Information Technology" page
          contains comprehensive information.
  • "Opening Doors and Lives"
          describes the application of assistive technology.
  • "Technical Aids for the Disabled"
  • The "Center for Computer Assistance to the Disabled"
         has an extensive listing of information on assistive technology.
  • "Technology Opens New World to Blind"
          by Larry Spears
  • Vent User's Support Page
          by Jim Lubin
  • "Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice"
          is a rigorous, scholarly paper.
  • "Emery's Hand-Peddled Bikes"
  • FAQs:

  • Typing Injury FAQ
  • Web Page Design and the disABLED:

  • Web Accessibility Guidelines: Page Authoring
  • Web Accessibility Initiative
  • "Adapting Web Browsers for Accessibility"
          by the Center For Accessible Technology
  • "UCLA-DCP World Wide Web Accessibility Page"
  • "Accessible Web Page Design"
          by Jim Lubin
  • "Is Your Web Site Accessible?"
          by Bruce McComb
  • "Accomodating Imperfection"
  • "Could Helen Keller Read Your Page?"
  • "Designing Universal/Accessible Web Sites"
  • "Issues of Web Design: Multiple Browser Compatibility"
         by Kathy E. Gill
  • Additional Resources:

  • Laura Remson Mitchell's Home Page"
         contains a wealth of information on all aspects of disabilities.
               Ms. Remson is a public policy analyst, consultant, and writer
               specializing in disability and health-case issues.
  • Amtrak Services for Travelers with Disabilities"
  • The "Disabilities Task Force"
         of the Federal Communications Commission
               focuses on regulations which benefit the disABLED.
  • A page dedicated to ham radio training and activities for the disABLED.
  • The "Courage Handi-Ham System"
          provides enabling ham radio activities.
  • The "Minnesota Broken Wing Connection"
         contains a page of California-based resources.
  • "Caregiving"
          by the
               American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
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    (Updated on July 9, 2001.--F.C.)
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