AbleData.com is one of the largest resources for assistive technology on the Internet. AbleData does NOT sell products. Instead, they connect people with the vendors who sell theese products. Over 40,000 different products organized fantastically. Everything from wheelchair accessories, grooming/hygiene, computers, devices for feeding and drinking, prosthetics, alarms and security systems, respiratory aids, vehicle accessories, office equipment, tools, clothing and so much more!
Lifeline Services provides free cellphone service to people who qualify for food stamps and/or Medicaid. There are three different plans to choose from so you and your family can receive the right plan for your usage. This plan guarantee that if you are eligible for the program than you will never receive a bill for service. Click Here for more information or visit www.safelinkwireless.com
“A limited budget doesn’t have to stop you or your child from getting some of the best assistive technology available to help people with LD. These free resources will help you stretch your dollar while getting geared up for the new school year. Better yet, some of them may already be in your pocket—we’ve included features built into common devices like the iPhone and iPad that can be helpful for people who struggle with reading, math, organization and more. Looking for more free and low-cost technology solutions? Check out our suggested apps for students with dyslexia and reading difficulties, dysgraphia and writing difficulties, dyscalculia and math difficulties, and for help with organization and study skills.” -From the website. Click Here to visit this website or go to http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/assistive-technology-education/free-assistive-technology-resources
“ReadHowYouWant has successfully developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats quickly, easily, and at price points comparable to standard format books.” – from the website, to read more click here or visit www.readhowyouwant.com
EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America is an online museum containing images of artifacts and various pieces of assistive technology as it progressed from the early 1800s to modern day. It also catalogs the paradox of technology and disability: “…Historically, technology has played a distinctive role in the lives of people with disabilities. New forms of technology that benefited mainstream society often initially excluded people with disabilities because of inadequate design or planning. The lag time between the introduction of a technology, whether movies, telephones, trains, planes, automobiles, or ATMs, and its accessibility created discrimination, exclusion, and new barriers.” For more information click here
This is an article about former Center for Human Development employee, Melissa Mitchell and her dog Bastien. Melissa trained her dog personally and gives tips and resources on how any people disabilities can train their own service dog to match their specific needs! Read the entire article here.
A simplified summary of the federal laws and regulations, directly from the U.S. Department of Justice, regarding service animals. Very important information for anyone who has, or plans to have, a service animal. Read laws here.
South Lane Wheels provides door to door transportation services, specializing in the Cottage Grove area, for people who are blind, physically disabled, and the elderly. Their rates are very reasonable compared to a standard taxi service, with prices as low as $1.00 for short trips. The service area covers Culp Creek to Loraine, London, Cottage Grove, Creswell and the Eugene/Springfield Metro area. Hours of operation are from 8am – 5pm, for more information call 541-942-0456 or click here to visit their website
DeafTechNews is a site dedicated to informing consumers of the latest in communication technology for those with hearing disabilities. The site contains videos, broadcast in American Sign Language, and text instructions on how to operate most of these new technologies, as well as up and coming innovations that will be released in the near future.
AAC on smartphones and tablets
Articles and reviews about Apple’s portable technologies (iPad/iPhones) and AAC.
- Article: iPads as Assistive Technology: More Than 30 Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- ACC SNApps for Kids.Com – Special Needs Apps for Kids AAC Section by Easter Seals Houston
- 20 Life-Changing Android Apps for People with Brain Injury (slideshow) – useful apps for many different disabilities many of which are free.
- 27 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury (slideshow) – useful apps for many different disabilities many of which are free.
- iPad/iPhone/iTouch AAC Apps Sorted by Age Appropriateness -Some augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch have been designed for children, others will be best for adults, and still others are age-neutral. This article provides guidance on which apps to start with for each age range.
A collection of resources focused on augmented/alternative communication communication.
We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
The two most important values expressed by people who rely on AAC are:
- saying exactly what they want to say, and
- saying it as fast as they can.
AAC services must honor these values of people who use AAC and their families. Achieving the goal of AAC (optimal communication & maximum potential) is best accomplished when the principles of evidence-based practice and performance measurement are used.
AAC Institute Self-Study Program (SSP) offers the opportunity to learn about various aspects of AAC that support the goal of the most effective communication possible for the individual. The courses allow individuals to work at their own pace. No fee is charged. There are no prerequisites. All AAC stakeholder groups can find value. All that is required is Internet access.
SSP courses are divided into modules. In general, each module is the prerequisite for the next module. Most modules are followed by a quiz. Each quiz must be passed (80% correct answers) before the following module can be accessed.
Augmentative Communication Inc. (ACI) publishes resources that help keep busy professionals and individuals with complex communication needs up-to-date on important developments in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles including interpersonal interaction, learning, education, community activities, employment, volunteerism, care management, and so on. This AAC website is designed to provide access to a wide range of information and resources related to the AAC effort. It is maintained by the Barkley AAC Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska.
The Speechville Express web site is dedicated to those who struggle with communicating, as well as the parents and professionals that care for them. If your child has difficulty with speech, language, communication, or is a late talker, we hope you will find the website helpful. Our aim is to provide you with knowledge about available resources to help your child, or a child you care about who has a communication impairment or disorder.
Communication impairments are estimated to affect as many as one out every six people, and language disorders are often early predictors of learning disabilities. This is the first web site to comprehensively address language disorders, providing information for families so that they may minimize the effects on their children.
The Cherab Foundation is a world-wide nonprofit organization working to improve the communication skills and education of all children with speech and language delays and disorders. Our area of emphasis is verbal and oral apraxia, severe neurologically-based speech and language disorders that hinder children’s ability to speak.
The Cherab Foundation is committed to assisting with the development of new therapeutic approaches, preventions and cures to neurologically-based speech disorders. We bring together parents and medical, research, and educational professionals.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK) is a website that covers issues related to AAC and young children. Its purpose is to provide information and guidance to families, teachers, speech/language pathologists and anyone else who is involved with a child with special communication needs. It is intended to be easy to understand and practical, and to cover a wide range of topics dealing with AAC and AAC-related issues of children at various ages and stages of communication ability, and with different strengths, disabilities and learning characteristics.
This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs including:
The website provides guidelines for early intervention specifically designed for children with complex communication needs, including children with:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
- Multiple disabilities
AAC-RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another.
ConnSENSE Bulletin is dedicated to becoming your essential resource for the latest assistive technology news and information.
- Advance your assistive technology knowledge & training.
- Enhance your curriculum and support your students & clients.
- Learn about, compare and find AT products.
- See AT product reviews.
- Find AT support services.
- Hear from the experts & see devices being used.
- Find local, national & international resources.
ConnSENSE is an acronym for Connecticut Special Education Network for Software Evaluation and was originally established in 1984 as a printed newsletter dedicated to reviewing and evaluating software for students with disabilities. The Bulletin was established as a dedicated website in 1999. Through the years the ConnSENSE website expanded its focus to include all types of assistive technology and has become an essential resource for professionals, individuals and families. It is currently accessed by over 23,000 individuals internationally.
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is dedicated to providing information and support on the issues, technology, tools and advancements within the world of AAC.
Over three pages of links with everything from what to expect during and AAC evaluation to App reviews.
Cell phones and touch-type devices like the iPhone, the iPod touch or the iPad can be used to enhance learning, communication and entertainment for people with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders). This website collects and shares information related to the use of visual and tactile technology such as the iPhone, the iPod touch and the iPad for people with ASD.
Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon’s children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
AbilityHub.com’s purpose is to help you find information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. Searching the Internet for accurate information on Assistive Technology is much like “looking for a needle in a haystack”. This website attempts to reduced the size of the haystack and bring you the information in an organized fashion.
Join The Flying Karamazov Brothers as they introduce you to people with disabilities and the technology they use.
Design to Learn develops instructional tools, assessments and teaching strategies for children and adults with severe disabilities. Our products are especially helpful for individuals who are nonspeaking and for those who have severe intellectual impairment. Many of our materials were developed especially for children with autism spectrum disorders or for children who are deaf-blind. Free Resources for Parents and Teachers.
BluePath promotes businesses that welcome people with disabilities as valuable customers. BluePath provides information for people with disabilities about where to shop, dine or go for fun. Through the directory of business profiles, customers with disabilities can find detailed descriptions of accessible features for locations in their community or travel destination, making it easier for them to travel through their world. Reviews and ratings from previous customers provide further information about their experience at the business. Visitors can nominate their favorite, most accessible places.
Access Technologies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization specializing in Ergonomic Risk Assessments, Assistive Technology Evaluations, and Technology Training Services. We work with government, business, education, health service organizations, and individuals to provide accessible and cost-effective ergonomic and technology solutions. Find out how ATI can help you!