Links: Technical Assistance

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

Accessify.com
Website dedicated to helping designers with accessibility issues. “Accessify” is the verb to “make accessible.”

ADA Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provide local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible.

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, consultations, and technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, specialized software, Web accessibility, and universal design in education.

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 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.

Federal IT Accessibility Initiative
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative is a Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508.

Inclusive Technologies
Inclusive Technologies provides a full range of consulting services to companies, consumers, researchers, purchasers, and policy makers on how products can better meet the needs of all users, including users with disabilities and elders.

Institute for Human Centered Design
A non-profit organization founded in 1978 to address the environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people. Adaptive Environments promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.

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.

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.

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.

Pass It On Center
The the national Pass It On Center provides technical assistance to RSA funded Reuse programs as well as to State AT Act Programs.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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Reviewed and revised: 08/14/2015 jeb