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Assistive Technologies

The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center lists free assistive technology software resources by category of disability and access to computer content.

The Maryland Technology Access Program (MDTAP) works to increase access to assistive technology for people with disabilities, offering short-term device loans and demonstration referrals.

Blogs and Blog Articles

May 24, 2011 � EDUCAUSE blog article by Jarret Cummings, Developments to Watch: Federal Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission.

Compliance Testing

How to Meet WCAG 2.0 � This is a customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques.

The California State University System Section 508 manual evaluation procedure.

The California State University System Section 508 manual website evaluation tools .

Michigan State University�s Usability / Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) department provides numerous resources for evaluation tools .


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) produced a series of videos showing accessibility issues encountered when using Google apps and Gmail: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/googleaccessibilityvideos.asp

Google Accessibility provides information for how to use accessible features when using Google products: http://www.google.com/accessibility/

Distance Learning and Instructional Materials

The Center on Accessible Distance Learning (AccessDL) at the University of Washington shares guidance and resources on making distance learning courses accessible to students and instructors with disabilities: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/accessdl.html

CANnect offers up-to-date advice for authoring usable content in the How-To Guide for Creating Accessible Online Learning Content: http://projectone.cannect.org/

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities, http://aim.cast.org/collaborate/p-s_commission

FAQ Pages

California State University Professional Development for Accessible Technology: http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/faqs/WebFAQ.shtml

Michigan State University Web Accessibility: http://webaccess.msu.edu/faqs/index.html

Purdue University Webb Accessibility: http://www.purdue.edu/webaccessibility/FAQs/index.html

University of Washington, The Faculty Room, Web Pages: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/Academic/Webpages/webpages_faq.html.

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Accessible Web Pages: http://www.uwec.edu/Webdev/standards/accessfaq.htm.


US Access Board Section 508 homepage includes updates and current standards, and other resources: http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm.

Professional Organizations

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM)

The University of Washington Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) helps K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, and employers make classroom and employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics accessible to individuals with disabilities, and provides a place to share promising practices: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/.

Social Media

The Facebook Help Center answers frequently asked questions about accessibility and assistive technology.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for New Media has drafted a guide for the use of Facebook as an official communication channel: http://newmedia.hhs.gov/resources/facebook_guidance.pdf.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Social Web Incubator Group’s wiki liaison page lists multiple Twitter API clients (or third party applications) used by persons with disabilities: http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/wiki/Social_Web#Twitter_API_Clients_Used_by_Persons_With_Disabilities.

Accessible Twitter is an alternative to the Twitter.com website, designed to be easier to use and optimized for users with disabilities.


Adobe Acrobat accessibility training resources: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/training.html.

Learn how to tag PDFs and create accessible PDF files with Adobe Acrobat X: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/acrobat-x-accessibility-beyond-obvious.

Google Developer Accessibility

The Microsoft (MS) Accessibility – Technology for Everyone site features product demos, tutorials, guides, and files.

Windows XP Accessibility Tips and How-to Articles: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/default.mspx.

The Windows Developer Center – Accessibility Overview site offers articles, videos, blogs, and other resources for web developers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb735024.aspx.

US Section 508 Universe offers web based user trainings including 508 awareness, designing accessible websites, building and buying accessible software, buying accessible computers, opening closed products, and others: http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?fuseAction=Training.

The Accessible Technology Webinar Series by ADA Online Learning provides professional development opportunities and promotes full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all: http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/.