U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative May 17, 2018 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, firstname.lastname@example.org WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Through webinars, OCR will provide information technology professionals with vital information on website accessibility, including tips for making their online programs accessible. The initiative announced today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, builds on OCR’s history of providing technical assistance on this issue to hundreds of stakeholders. “As more educational opportunities are delivered online, we need to ensure those programs, services and activities are accessible to everyone,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, “OCR’s technical assistance will help us continue to forge important partnerships with schools for the benefit of students and parents with disabilities.”… Read More > U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative
ADA in Focus: Winter 2018 Volume 22, Number 1 ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us. ADA In Focus is intended for use by individuals, state and local governments, businesses, legal entities, and others interested in developments in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication is intended solely as an informal guidance and should not be construed as legally binding. ADA In Focus does not serve as determination of the legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA for any individual, business or entity. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1 (suitable for printing) Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1, in large print (suitable for printing) In this issue: Vertical Tabs Center Update(active tab) Focal Point Zoom in on Training Close-Ups: What’s New Zoom in on Court Decisions and Settlements Center… Read More > ADA in Focus: Winter 2018
Accessible Technology in the Workplace Feb 22, 2018 By Josh Christianson February is Low Vision Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness about vision rehabilitation services among people with low vision. It’s also a good time to consider the technology needs of employees and job seekers with visual impairments. After all, technology is essential to applying for and doing many jobs. And, as long as the technology is accessible, it can help you succeed in employment long-term. Getting What You Need Individuals with disabilities — including those with low vision — who understand how accessible and assistive technology (AT) can help them in their career choices are most likely to be successful. Being proactive is the key. Here are 7 steps you can take: Consider the technology you’re using now. Begin by taking a look at the technology you use in your daily life — for example, mobile devices, email software, and social networking apps. By reviewing everything you already… Read More > Accessible Technology in the Workplace
From: https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/11/3-ways-assistive-technology-supports-students-disabilities 3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities Thanks to tools from tech giants such as Microsoft, students with disabilities are flourishing. by Meghan Bogardus Cortez Twitter Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on K–12. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. For K–12 schools, the hallmark of success lies in their devotion to educating all students — no matter their background or ability. For students with a learning disability, even the simplest of classroom tasks can be a challenge without the proper scaffolding. The latest data, from the 2014-15 school year, indicated that 6.6 million K-12 students received some kind of special education services. That was 13 percent of public school enrollment. These students — and their peers — have benefited from the proliferation of technology into the classroom to make learning a personalized experience. From continually emerging assistive technology to updates to existing classroom technology, today’s classroom is now much more accessible.… Read More > 3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities
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Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs by Debbie Carlson, Chicago Tribune/TNS | October 24, 2017 https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/10/24/smart-home-products-useful/24335/ _________________________________________________________________ Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs by Debbie Carlson, Chicago Tribune/TNS | October 24, 2017 Smart home products are often marketed for their convenience, but the technology also can help people with disabilities become more independent. Connected via Wi-Fi or a different technology to other things in the home, smart home products can be controlled remotely by a touch panel or an app on a device. The technology remains a nascent category, but some consumer products include functions that previously were found in assistive devices. Smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi-connected homes made the overlap possible, said Stephen Ewell, executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. Apps use smartphone accessibility features, like voice commands or touchscreens, opening interaction with various home technologies. The consumer market’s economies of scale can make smart home products cheaper and with… Read More > Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs
The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources For people with disabilities, assistive products and technologies hold promise for supporting entry or return to the workforce. But what products exist? And what funding sources and accommodations are available to help people acquire the appropriate products and use them in the workplace? Based on a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this guide provides a broad overview of selected products and technologies in four categories—(1) wheeled and seated mobility devices; (2) upper extremity prostheses; (3) selected hearing technologies; (4) and communication and speech technologies—as well as available funding options. To explore the interactive guide, click the link below http://resources.nationalacademies.org/infographics/assistivedevices/assistivedevices.html
Buy IT!—Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place. This free online resource helps employers and their purchasing team build accessibility and usability into their information technology procurement processes. Featuring background and sample language, Buy IT! offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices. As such, it addresses a crucial step in reducing the technology-related barriers facing many employees, job seekers, and customers with disabilities by helping businesses buy and implement technology that works for everyone. Click the link to learn more-http://www.peatworks.org/Buy-IT