Information Technology & Communication

Technology has enormous potential to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and yet information technology can be a terrible barrier if it is not designed to be accessible. Here are some resources dedicated to helping web developers—and the average person—make sure their communication can be received by all.

Web accessibility resources

WebAIM, like UATP, is located in Utah State Unviersity’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. It offers training, technical assistance, accessible site certification and evaluation. It also offers free resources, a blog and a newsletter.

To check the accessibility of any given webpage, use WebAIM's WAVE tool.

CommonLook Office Global Access makes it possible to create accessible pdf documents from Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Tips for creating accessible materials

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials  provides resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others.

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education offers cheat sheets for creating accessible materials, from text documents to YouTube videos.

College preparation for people with developmental disabilities

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology offers links for supporting the development and provision of quality assistive technology services in school settings.

 QIAT also offers campus and student self-evaluation to determine what AT services and skills are needed.

 


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