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Accessibility Basics


Also see Computer Accessibility, Accessible Web Design, Assistive Technology, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

General Information
Accessibility of Information & Technology
-- Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)
Accessibility at Home and in the Community
-- Accessible Buildings
-- Recreation
-- Travel and Transportation
-- Accessible Books and Magazines

GENERAL INFORMATION


Planning an Accessible Event
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/ocr/access/event.html

Unites States (Accessibility) Laws
http://www.webaim.org/articles/laws/usa/

Introduction to (Accessibility) Laws Throughout the World
http://www.webaim.org/articles/laws/world/

Accessible Documents and Web Pages
http://accessibledocs.wikispaces.com/

A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
http://www.acb.org/accessible-formats.html
"This document contains a comprehensive discussion about how to make print and electronic information available to people with visual impairments in a variety of accessible formats. ... To make a text accessible, it is usually necessary to provide it in several formats. Alternate formats include large print, braille, audio tape, and electronic file."

LexDis
http://www.lexdis.org.uk/
This is for people "who are using or developing on-line learning materials. All the strategies have been provided by students who have first hand experience of e-learning. We have pulled together handy hints and tips on technologies you can use to make e-learning easier. Any technology that achieves this has been called an Assistive Technology."

ECS Accessibility Projects
http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk
This group is developing and distributing free tools for accessibility – for the developer and for the end user.

Accessible Classroom Technology
https://carmenwiki.osu.edu/display/10292/Home

ACCESSIBILITY OF INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY


-- GLOBAL PUBLIC INCLUSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE (GPII)

"The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety."
"GPII is a project of Raising the Floor, a consortium of academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals."

Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)
http://gpii.net/

Building a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)
http://raisingthefloor.org/gpii

(video) GPII
http://connect.ala.org/node/128775
This is a "YouTube link to an animation that describes GPII, with some content on how it would work in libraries. It's got open captions and description."

ACCESSIBILITY AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY


- ACCESSIBLE BUILDINGS


Accessible Living
http://www.concretechange.org The site dedicated to making all home “visitable.”

Easy Living Home
http://www.easylivinghome.org The site that offers information on a certification program to bring builders and home buyers together for homes that are easy to build, easy to live in and easy to sell.

Forever Young Treehouses
www.treehouses.org
This group “promotes the construction of universally accessible treehouses across the country” for children and young adults with disabilities. Their goal is to have “A Treehouse in Every State by 2008.”

MOVIE:
A House for All Children: Planning a Supporting Home Environment for Children with Disabilities
By Olsen, Hutchings, Ehrenkrantz
Center for Architecture and Building Science Research
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ

- RECREATION

Also see Adaptive Physical Education/Recreation in Health & Physical Education

Special Olympics
http://www.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/default.htm

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
http://www.ncpad.org'

Disabled Sports USA
http://www.dsusa.org
This is a “national nonprofit organization offering nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical disability.”

Wilderness Inquiry
http://www.wildernessinquiry.org/
This is a :non-profit organization that organizes trips to “wild” places. These trips are designed to include individuals with and without disabilities.”

Adaptive Sports and Recreation http://www.disaboom.com/adaptive-sports-and-rec

- TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION


United We Ride (UWR)
http://www.unitedweride.gov/
This website is by the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM).

Project Action
http://www.projectaction.easter-seals.org/
This is a “U.S. DOT & FTA funded program to address accessible transportation in the community.”

Access-Able Travel Source'
http://www.access-able.com/

Travelin’ Talk Network
http://www.travelintalk.net/

Travelers with Disabilities
http://www.vacationstogo.com/special_needs_cruises.cfm?source=googleAcc

New Directions Travel for people with developmental disabilities
http://www.newdirectionstravel.org/

Gimp on the Go
http://www.gimponthego.com/
They say they are “The Internet’s Premier Disabilities Travel Publication”

ACCESSIBLE BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

Also see E-Books

Bookshare.org
http://www.bookshare.org

Kurzweil
http://www.kurzweiledu.com

Audible.com
http://www.audible.com
“What is NIMAS? A New File Format for Developing Textbooks and Instructional Materials for Students K-12 with Visual or Print Disabilities that guide the production and electronic distribution of digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials so they can be more easily converted to accessible formats, including Braille +”

TNAUK - Talking Newspaper Association of the United Kingdom
http://www.tnauk.org.uk