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Resources List For Accessible Libraries

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CREATING ACCESSIBLE WEB PAGES: RESOURCES

 
Accessibility Resource Center from Adobe
"This site is a jumping-off point for information on the features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. There are also links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software and aid authors in optimizing content for accessibility." 
CAST -- Universal Design for Learning
"Founded in 1984, CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities." CAST is known for its support for accessible design issues and for promoting and maintaining the single most popular site for checking on the accessibility of web pages:
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology)
Located at the University of Washington DO-IT provides information on accessible Web design and other topics focused on increasing the participation of people with disabilities in higher education and careers.
EASI-- Equal Access to Software and Information
"EASI's mission is to serve as a resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace. EASI is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants to disseminate information on access for disabled persons to science, engineering and math."
IBM Accessibility: Human Ability and Accessibility Center
"Successful access to information and use of information technology by people who have disabilities is known as "accessibility." Following these guidelines will ensure developers and content providers understand why and what they need to do to make all of their technology and information accessible to people who have disabilities."
ICDRI
"The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community."
Oracle's Accessibility Program
"Oracle is committed to creating accessible technologies and products that enhance the overall workplace environment and contribute to the productivity of our employees, our customers, and our customers' customers."
Trace Center: Designing a More Usable World
Trace is a research center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison which focuses on making off the shelf technologies and systems like computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible design.
W3C -- Web Accessibililty Initiative
"The World Wide Web offers the promise of transforming many traditional barriers to information and interaction among different peoples. The W3C's commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with other organizations, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education & outreach, and research & development Accessibility features - Some users rely on speech synthesizers or Braille readers when browsing the Web. HTML 4 includes features which makes the Web more accessible to those who are visually impaired or have other disabilities."
W3C -- Web content accessibility guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities.
WebAIM -- Web Accessibility in Mind
Provides a checklist for Section 508 compliance and tutorials for accessible web design. "Our goal is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to post secondary online learning opportunities."
 
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:
Anthro Corporation.
Source for adjustable height workstation keyboard surfaces. Mobility issues are usually addressed by a variety of table heights. Many newer libraries have a fixed number, usually 10% of surfaces at 31" which will accommodate the arms of a traditional wheelchair. A more flexible option is to have adjustable height surfaces. The AdjustaCart from the Anthro corporation is a particularly well designed product which is manual but very easy to adjust.
Apple Corporation: Accessibility
Accessibility technologies in Mac OS X
Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software at http://www.nuance.com
A variety of products for voice activated control of a computer
HotBraille
A Web-based braille transcribing service. Send free braille in the regular mail in 19 different languages. Learn about this alphabet for the blind and its inventor, Louis Braille. There is also a bulletin board to share information with other members. Registration is free and related resources are available.
JAWS software
"The most popular screen reader worldwide, JAWS® for Windows® works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays, providing unmatched Braille support of any screen reader on the market. A training tutorial is included."
Kurzweil Educational Systems
"Produce and market two exemplary products. Kurzweil 1000 for people who are blind or severely visually impaired and Kurzweil 3000 for people with Dyslexia or other reading difficulties. These products are PC-based software programs that utilize speech, language, and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to scan, digitize and then read aloud the printed word."
Large Print Keytops and Low Vision Products:
Information on purchasing Large Print Keytops can be obtained from:
1) Hooleon at: http://www.hooleon.com
2) Maxi-Aids at: http://www.maxiaids.com
3) LS & S at: http://www.lssgroup.com
Microsoft Accessibility. Guides by Impairment.
These guides organize information from this site into helpful resources for various types of difficulties and impairments.Each guide provides a list of assistive technology products and links to tutorials for accessibility features that are helpful for specific types of difficulties and impairments.
Microsoft Accessibility. Documentation in Accessible Formats.
Links and online documentation for many Microsoft products. Also, find keyboard shortcuts for many Microsoft products.
National Center for Accessible Media
NCAM's mission is: to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
Optelec
ClearView onscreen CCTV video magnifier is one of the easiest viewing stations to set up and use for low vision people. Text and photographs can be viewed at a variety of magnifications (black and white or color) as they are placed under the attached video camera.
P. I. Engineering
Y-mouse adapters provide a fast, easy means to connect two keyboards, two mice, or two monitors to a single port. They install without opening your computer, using software already on your system -- just plug them in and go.
ZoomText from aisquared
Integrated magnification and screen reading for vision impaired computer users.

U.S. GOVERNMENT WEB SITES:

ADA Home Page; U.S. Department of Justice. Americans with Disabilities Act.
"The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, programs and services provided by state and local governments, goods and services provided by private companies, and in commercial facilities."
The Access Board: United State Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
"Created in 1973, the Board has served the nation as the only independent federal agency whose primary mission is accessibility for people with disabilities." 
Department of Justice. Section 508 Homepage.
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/508/508home.html
Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
 

CALIFORNIA RESOURCES:
Guidelines for Producing Instructional and Other Printed Materials in Alternate Media for Persons with Disabilities:" California Community Colleges

Developed By: The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office In Collaboration with the Alternate Media Workgroup, Spring 2000.
 
Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities,
August 1999. Guidelines written to ensure that distance learning programs are accessible to students with disabilities, especially students with visual impairments.
Johanna Bowen, Cabrillo College Library Director, retired jobowen@cabrillo.edu
Updated May 19, 2012

This resources list was originally created for a presentation at CAPED98, October 31, 1998 in San Jose CA
Expanded and updated regularly from a version published with the article "Assistive Technology at Cabrillo College Library" in Community & Junior College Libraries, Vol. 9 (1) 1999 p.47-56 [all quoted descriptions are from the homepages of the sites mentioned]