Links: General Information

211Maine
2-1-1 Maine is part of a national movement to centralize and streamline access to health and human service information and resources.

711 State Relay
Hamilton Relay makes it possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to make and receive telephone calls. Relay calls are simple — just dial 711 and you will be connected with a highly trained Communication Assistant (CA) that will facilitate your call. There are no restrictions or time limits on any call and Hamilton Relay is available 24/7/365.

Abilities.com
Abilities.com enlightens and entertains with articles, videos, contests and information on disability products, adaptive sports, assistive technology, community heroes, inclusive recreation and more.

Ability Maine
Ability Maine is an interactive website providing information about disabilities and the people who live with them.

Accessible Meetings
A resource page developed by Maine CITE which provides guidance for setting up accessible meetings.

AccessMaine
This website was developed to assist Mainers with disabilities, their families, and providers. There is also lots of information here that is useful to employers, educators, researchers, and the general public.

Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)
The Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC) is designed to make access to AT easy and available to everyone. You can browse the categories on this page to get information – and if you don’t find what you need, you can “Ask an Expert” for assistance. Webinars and in person trainings on various AT topics are also offered.

Adaptive Action Sports
The first adaptive snowboard and skateboard specific non-profit organization. Adaptive Action Sports creates skateboard, snowboard and other action sport camps, events and programs for youth, young adults and wounded veterans living with permanent physical disabilities, TBI and PTSD.

Adaptive Outdoor Education Center
A non profit organization providing outdoor recreational and educational opportunities to all people with disabilities.

Adobe® Acrobat® Accessibility Site
This site provides information about upgrades to the Adobe Acrobat Reader to make it accessible as well as an on-line conversion script for converting PDF files into HTML files.

ALDA-Maine for Deafened & Hard of Hearing People with Hearing Loss
ALDA-Maine, is the official Chapter of an established national Association called ALDA. ALDA stands for “association for late deafened adults.” Late deafened is a confusing term for many. ALDA-Maine, the first Chapter in Maine, is the only volunteer association of its kind providing information, support, friendship, advocacy, and role models for people with acquired hearing needs. Contact Person: Lauren Storck, Email:aldamaine@gmail.com

Advanced Modifications
A Maine-based company that sells and installs equipment to modify vehicles to make them accessible to disabled people. They also sell adaptive equipment for the home.

Alliance for Technology Access
Provides location information for the Alliance for Technology Access regional centers. The Alliance assists individuals with disabilities access technology, mainly through computer resources.

Spurwink ALLTECH
Spurwink ALLTECH is a nationally recognized center that provides training, consultation, and technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, specialized software, Web accessibility, and universal design in education.

Apple Accessibility
Information on computer access solutions for individuals with disabilities.

Apps as Assistive Technology
Resources on “apps” for mobile devices that can be used as Assistive Technology (AT). Developed by Maine CITE

Assistivetech.net
The primary mission of assistivetech.net is to provide information that will increase access to assistive technology devices, services and other disability-related resources for people with disabilities and the general public. This site has been created by Georgia Tech’s Center for Rehabilitation Technology and its partners and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) .

Association of Assisitve Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a national, member-based organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act).

AT3 Center
The AT3 Center is responsible for providing training and technical assistance for all AT Act Section 4 grantees, known as State AT Programs, including supporting all authorized state level and state leadership activities.

Brain Injury Information Network of Maine
The Brain Injury Information Network of Maine is a partnership of organizations working together to share information, provide education, and promote promising practices that will benefit individuals with brain injuries and their families. This organization also may be reached through their Facebook page…

Captioning Key Guidelines
These guidelines, based on decades of experience by The Described and Captioned Media Program – DCMP (previously called Captioned Films and Videos Program), provide a review of captioning research, and examination of standards developed by various captioning vendors. The guidelines are also useful to media producers/distributors and others who are considering captioning their products or learning about captioning. Some background information and rationale are included for the novice.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.

Center for Assistive Technology – University of Buffalo
The Center for Assistive Technology conducts research, education and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices for persons with disabilities. The Center works in four related areas: research and development of assistive devices for education, employment, leisure, and daily living; education for students, professionals, and consumers; assistive device service provision, and; dissemination of information about Assistive Technology.

Center for Community Inclusion and Disabilities Studies (CCI-DS)
The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. CCIDS was established at UMaine in 1992 to bring together the resources of the community and the university to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families in Maine and beyond.

Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)
CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through identification of best practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice.

Center for Universal Design
A national research, information and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.

Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) have developed a financial education book, Cents and Sensibility, to respond to a need in the disability community. We’ve since learned from our pilot programs that everyone can benefit from this information. It’s important to understand how to manage your money so that your money doesn’t manage you!

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a working coalition of more than 100 national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 54 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. The CCD has several task forces on various disability issues, such as Employment and Training, Developmental Disabilities,Health, Social Security, Long-Term Services and Supports, Telecommunications and Technology, and Rights, etc.

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
A wealth of information relating to disabilities including topics such as: aging; statistics; computing; Centers for Independent Living; and universal design. This site is based at the State University of New York/Buffalo.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
The DCMP’s mission is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community, including students, educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers, businesses, and agencies.

Disability.gov
The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.

disABILITY Resources on the Internet
This site was created and is maintained by Jim Lubin, a person with quadriplegia. “Makoa” is Hawaiian for the word “courageous.”

Do-It Internet Resources
Resources are listed in many categories including general resources, education, technology, legal, social, and political issues. Particularly valuable are the college, career prep, K-12 resources.

EmpTech
EmpTech aims to provide information resources on assistive technologies that are designed to help those with specific difficulties or disabilities work and study more effectively. The database includes product descriptions, links to manufacturers, suppliers with addresses as well as other related resources including advice and training guides where available. News items linked to the use of assistive technologies are regularly posted and updates occur on a weekly basis.

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
EASI is part of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group, an affiliate of the American Association of Higher Education. EASI’s  mission is to promote the same access to information and resources for people with disabilities as everyone else.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Contains the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and links to FCC’s Disabilities Issues Task Force that contains press releases and reports that affect telecommunications and technology issues for people with disabilities.

Expertise: Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities
Resource that provides information about how home modifications can be made to help people with disabilities.

Full Circle America
A Maine-based business whose mission is to help older individuals stay in their own homes as long as they want through the use of assistive technologies and virtual assistive living technologies.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network
Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

Get AT Stuff
A service co-sponsored by the AT programs in New York and the New England states, GetATStuff is an on-line exchange program where you can buy, sell or trade AT equipment.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Founded in 1979, the HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Institute for Human Centered Design
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design.

International Center for Disability Information
Information resources on vocational rehabilitation, including links to the Job Accommodation Network and Project Safe EV-AC and Disability Data Tables.

International Center for Disability Resources – ICDRI
ICDRI’s overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, 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. ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources. ICDRI makes this information available in an accessible format through our web site at whenever possible.

IMS Accessibility Working Group
This organization has developed guidelines for accessible learning applications. It provides a description of common accessibility problems and then offers practices that developers and content creators can implement to enhance accessibility for all users.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, JAN provides information about job accommodation and the employability of people with functional limitations. Publishes quarterly reports on number of cases handled by state, types of businesses and organizations requesting information, and ADA-related concerns, among many other outcome data statistics.

Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
LDA of Maine is a statewide, nonprofit, volunteer organization including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, to alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and to supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Online
Interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.

Maine Accessibility
A Maine-based company that sells assistive and adaptive equipment. This includes products such as ramps, elevators, stair lifts, chair lifts, platform lifts, dumbwaiters and other related products.

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation
After 30 years of being known as Maine Handicapped Skiing, we are now Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation. Under our new name, we are proud to continue offering year-round adaptive recreational programs that teach adaptive sports activities to people with physical disabilities, ages four and up.

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
This site is the source of information about the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and public vocational rehabilitation in Maine.

Maine Center on Deafness
The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is a nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine who are D/deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate Deaf culture and effective ways of communication. We are members of the Deaf community, friends and supporters that people who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing can depend on.

Maine Department of Education 
Site of the Maine Department of Education.

Maine Health: Learning Resource Center
The Community Education Program is a program of MaineHealth that helps health professionals, patients, and community members find the health information and support they need to be true partners in care.

Maine Keeping Seniors Home
Maine Keeping Seniors Home is a program designed to assist Maine’s low-income elder homeowners age 60+ remain in their own homes as long as they choose to, and are able to do so.

Maine Senior Guide
Maine Senior Guide is a comprehensive web resource about all things senior. Maine Senior Guide covers any topic of interest to Maine’s older residents or their families. From reverse mortgages to transportation, from independent living to volunteer opportunities, Maine Senior Guide includes information on everything from assisted living to Meals on Wheels, from community events to senior products and services. We’re always looking for senior information and resources.

Maine State Government Accessibility Standards for Information Technology
This site is an informational resource for application developers, software contractors and web page designer working with Maine State Government. Includes the Maine State Government – Web Accessibility Policy website which details the accessibility policies established by the Maine State Government Office of the CIO.

Maine State Legislature
Website of the Maine State Legislature. Includes Session Information, listings of members of the House of Representatives, listing of members of the State Senate, and the State Constitution, Statues and Laws.

Mobility Auction
Auction site for assistive technology

My Child Without Limits
MyChildWithoutLimits.org is an authoritative early intervention resource from United Cerebral Palsy for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single, trusted, aggregate source of information that relates to their needs and interests. All medical information is reviewed by the My Child Without Limits Medical Advisory Board, a panel composed of doctors in the fields of developmental disability and delay.

National AT Technical Assistance Project
The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP) provides technical assistance to the 56 state and territory assistive technology programs as authorized under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). Our technical assistance is designed to enhance the efforts of the State AT grantees and addresses issues raised by States and other entities through a variety of mechanisms. Formerly called the RESNA Technical Assistance Project.

National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI)
NATRI conducts assistive technology (AT) research, translates theory and research into AT practice, and provides resources for improving the delivery of AT services.

National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT)
AccessIT promotes the use of electronic and information technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. This Web site features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.

National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE)
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) monitors and promotes electronically-mediated distance education policies and practices that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
NARIC is a library and information center on disability and rehabilitation. More than 50,000 National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded, other federal agencies, and private disability-related publications are held and abstracted by NARIC in their REHABDATA database, searchable online.

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. Promoting the use and adoption of new disability and rehabilitation knowledge by various stakeholders helps people with disabilities

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
The mission of the NCPAD is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.

Neighborhood Legal Services – National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project
Neighborhood Legal Services maintains the National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project which supports the advocacy efforts of attorneys, advocates, service agencies, persons with disabilities and their families as they seek funding for AT services and devices..

New England ADA & Accessible IT Center
The New England ADA & Accessible IT Center provides information and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508, and accessible information technology to individuals living in New England.

Office of Disability Integration & Coordination – FEMA
The Office of Disability Integration & Coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) integrating and coordinating emergency preparedness, response and recovery for children and adults with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster.

Options for Independent Living
Options for Independent Living is a non-profit organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services. This page links to a site showcasing a universally designed home.

Pass It On Center
The Pass It On Center creates national and state resources to foster the appropriate reuse of AT so that persons with disabilities can get the affordable AT they need in order to live, learn, work and play more independently.

PEAT – Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
PEAT is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT is the only entity of its kind that brings together employers, technology providers, thought leaders, and technology users around the intersecting topics of accessible technology and employment.

PEPNet
PEPNet’s national network of regional centers provides resources, information, in-service training, and expertise to enhance educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

Ramps.org
Ramps.org is an online resource designed to help individuals decide what type of wheelchair ramp is right for their specific situation. Links also provided to suppliers and installers.

RESNA ATP Certification
ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and providing training in the use of the selected device(s).

Refinance & Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide provides the reader with the relevant and essential resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases.

Sentegration
A Maine-based commerical site sells assisitve technology products. This company specializes in Assistive Technologies and Independent Living Aids for seniors.

SNOW – Special Needs Opportunities Windows
This site is a project aimed at supporting educators of students with special needs. The web site serves as a clearinghouse of practical resources and curriculum materials, as a place for educators to meet and share ideas, and as a place for educators to develop their professional skills.

Special Education Technology Practice (SETP)
Journal published by Knowledge By Design, Inc. which includes news, information and research developments in assistive and instructional technology.

Stanford Online Accessibility Program (SOAP)
The Online Accessibility ATS program has been established to provide guidance and insight to the Stanford Community as they use various online means to share information to their respective constituents.

TechSoup
TechSoup is a website that supports non-profit organizations with technology issues including accessibility.

Tots ‘n Tech
The Tots ‘n Tech Research Institute (TnT) provides technical assistance to states to help them enhance the use of adaptations with infants and toddlers and conducts a national research program about use of adaptations and assistive technology (AT).

Trace Research and Development Center
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.

Universal Design Education Online
This site supports educators and students in their teaching and study of universal design. Universal design is an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation.

U.S. Department of Justice – Guide to Disability Rights Laws
Government website listing laws related to the rights of disabled Americans.

Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST)
The goal of the Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST) program is to promote lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through regular participation in a VAST array of physical activities and sports.

Video Caption Corporation
Video Caption Corporation provides closed captioning and subtitling solutions for all types of video programming. Closed captioning and subtitling are done in-house from start to finish – from transcription to encoding – allowing clients fast turnarounds, strict quality control.

WebAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind
A news and information site devoted to assisting web developers in creating universally designed websites. WebAIM is an initiative of the Center for Personal with Disabilities at Utah State University.

WGBH – Boston
National Center for Accessible Media
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility that works to make media accessible to underserved populations such as disabled persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy skills.

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is a statewide project funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help all school districts develop or improve their assistive technology services. WATI also works with Birth to 3, early childhood, Child Care Centers, Head Start programs and struggling students through additional grants.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The W3C was founded in 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative International Program Office is separately funded from W3C Member activities and focuses on Web accessibility issues and Universal Design.

Reviewed and revised: 09/03/2015  jeb

Updated: 8/8/2016