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These are links to various websites dealing with adaptive technology available to assist those who have disabilities.  They are divided into two broad categories, those for the general population of individuals who have disabilities, and those for special populations or geographic locations.


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For the General Population

A Directory of Sources for Input Technologies My purpose of placing the document on the web is, first, to make it accessible to a larger community, and second, to take advantage of the ability to add links to the increasing number of relevant sources that now have a presence on the web. One of the most interesting aspects of this process has been the recognition of the extent to which this document is better suited to the hypertext format than linear text.

Abledata ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, we can help you locate the companies that do.AbilityNet AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Adapted Computer Technologies The mission of Adapted Computer Technologies is to be an industry leader and partner in the field of Assistive Technologies by meeting the educational and work-related needs of persons with disABILITIES. Since 1989, ACT has specialized in consulting, products, systems integration and the instruction in the use of computer assisted devices. These services are provided to all individuals with disabilities, vocational counselors, educators/specialists and employers of persons with disABILITIES.

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Assistive Technology Center We are a self sustaining, non-profit program supported through fee for service training and assessments, creative partnerships, corporate support, design and delivery of accredited courses in A.T. with universities, colleges and school boards, primary and secondary user training packages (individualized for program needs) and research.

Assistive Technology Industry Association The mission of ATIA is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities.

Assistive Technology, Inc Assistive Technology, Inc. (ATI) is a premier developer of innovative hardware and software solutions for people with disabilities. The company is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Its close proximity to many of the nation's top teaching hospitals and education institutions helps foster close research and testing relationships with several of these facilities.

Aurora Systems Inc. - Software for Special Needs

Center for Applied Special Technology CAST's Mission To expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

Centre for Inclusive Education The goal of the Centre is to encourage collaborative investigations of theories and practices in an effort to enhance the educational opportunities of all students with exceptionalities. The Centre is committed to sharing research findings and resources with academics, educators, and families.

Closing the Gap Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.

Community Rehabilitation and Disability Program Note: For being a website about rehabilitation it relies heavily on graphics and doesn't use alt-tags therefore, this site will be hard for the visually challenged to access.

COMPUCARE, Inc. COMPUCARE, INC. is a leader in providing speech recognition software, and assistive technology to a diverse group of clients. We provide training onsite and live online e-training, work site evaluations and Work Loss Prevention solutions for voice activated products. We sell and repair computers, provide technical support and service, install networks, e-mail systems, Internet solutions and PC-based small business phone systems.

Eyegaze Communication System The Eyegaze Communication System is an FDA - approved communication and control system for people with complex physical disabilities. The system is operated entirely with the eyes. By looking at control keys displayed on a screen, a person can synthesize speech, control his environment (lights, call bells, etc.), type, run computer software, operate a computer mouse, and access the Internet and e-mail. Eyegaze Systems are being used to write books, attend school and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities all over the world.

HumanWare HumanWare products are designed to last, to grow (and in many cases, to go) with the user. Giving them the independence to compete effectively with peers, to feel connected – to be a vital part of the global information age in which we live.

Innovation Management Group, Inc On-screen Virtual Keyboards and Pointing Device Utilities

NanoPac Inc NanoPac supplies products and services for individuals with disabilities (low vision, blindness, reading disabilities, quadriplegia, reading machines, environmental controls, voice activation, augmentative communications, hearing impairments, voice recognition, speech synthesis, text to speech, switches and switch mounts, magnifiers, and door openers).

Nuance Nuance is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Our technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses, experience Nuance by calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. Making each of those experiences productive and compelling is what Nuance is all about. Home of Dragon software

OrbiTouch® Keyless Ergonomic Keyboard The orbiTouch® is a revolutionary keyless ergonomic keyboard solution that removes the barrier posed by the traditional keyboard/mouse combination. Persons who benefit include those with repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, other hand and finger injuries, limited fine motor skills, reduced finger function and other cognitive and physical challenges.

PenFriend Helps dyslexic and physically disabled people to write faster by predicting the next word they want to type.

ProductWorks ProductWorks is a directory of consumer medical information, reviews and advice for the able and disabled.

SET-BC: Special Education Technology The SET-BC Learning Centre provides a wealth of classroom resources and training modules on assistive technology. Visit the Main Library to view our complete collection, or look for resources that are organized by technology topics: alternate access; augmentative communication; vision; and general implementation.

SimTech Publications We specialize in one and two switch training software for people who are unable to access the computer using conventional means. Our goal is to provide switch training in an enjoyable and entertaining context.

Tack-Tiles Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems are a sophisticated teaching tool for all ages based on LEGO®-type blocks. These Braille blocks provide a unique bridge, a smoother, shorter, more interesting path to Braille literacy. Now in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian literary Braille Code as well as Nemeth Braille Code for mathematics, Braille code for music notation, and computer Braille code. True to their nature, TACK-TILES® have shown themselves to be valuable tactile aids in several settings wherein of sensory stimulation, not vision, is the central issue to be addressed.

T-Base T-Base Communications provides alternative format solutions, assisting government and Fortune 500 companies to communicate with their customers who cannot access information in conventional print. Specializing in website accessibility, braille, large print, e-Text and audio formats

Technical Resource Center Environmental controls, simple technology and switch activated toys created more program options to train cause and effect, turn-taking, play and early communication needs. We have come along way since adapting toys and building switches. Our knowledge and experiences encouraged us to continue developing technology resources in the field of assistive technology. It has provided more ideas, options and opportunities to accommodate individuals with special needs in the home, school, workplace and community.

Texthelp Systems Inc Texthelp Systems Inc. is an educational software company with offices in Antrim, Northern Ireland and Woburn, Massachusetts. Specializing in the design of assistive technology to help individuals to improve their reading and writing abilities, the company has developed a range of awarding winning software products which are marketed worldwide

TNET Services TNET Services Inc is a software development company that specializes in development of accessible technologies for the use by both the general public and the disABLED community. The aim is to provide interfaces that permit the use by all to access the same information and data using modified interfaces that can accommodate various needs.

University of Toronto AccessAbility Resource Center

Widgit Software Software to enable learning, communication and access for the disabled.

For the Special Populations (special groups, or geographic locations)

While these websites are primarily for specific populations, or those residing in particular geographic locations, they may be sources of information for anyone, anywhere.

Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services Mission: To improve the quality of life for persons in San Diego County who are low income and disabled or seniors (65+) by empowering them with computer technology. Specifically, our outcomes focus on civic involvement and self-sufficiency with an emphasis on quality of life enhancement.

Adaptive Technology For Information And Computing at MIT The ATIC lab is part of MIT Information Services and Technology and provides IT services to MIT students, staff, and affiliates who have disabilities. These users may require alternative access to computers, information, and other technologies to succeed in their careers here at MIT. We work closely with the Disabilities Services Office and other MIT departments to ensure our customers achieve equal access.

Frontier Computing Over the past twenty years, Frontier Computing has become the leading distributor in Canada of access technology to thousands of visually impaired and blind Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.

Microcomputer Science Center Inc. Serving the Canadian Special Needs Community providing Adaptive technology, Consulting, Training, Service and Support. We hold a nationwide network of contacts in the Special Needs field. Staff complements include individuals with Special Needs such as Low Vision, Learning Disabilities and Blindness. These individuals specialize in servicing needs through first hand knowledge of their particular community. We carry extensive product offerings for Special Needs individuals including those with multiple disabilities and undergoing rehabilitation.

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