Links: General Information

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711 Maine Relay Service
Maine Relay Service is a free statewide service that connects voice telephone users with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, have a speech disability, or are late-deafened. The service allows consumers to use special equipment (such as captioned telephone, TTY, VCO or HCO) to communicate with standard voice telephone users through specially trained relay operators (RO). 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.

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,

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.

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
The primary mission of 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.

Association of Assistive 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.

Blue Sky Mobility Solutions
Blue Sky Mobility provides product installations and renovations throughout the state of Maine for independent living seniors, and physically challenged individuals. They help individuals live and age at home safely, independently, and with peace of mind. Home modifications include accessible custom bathrooms, stair lifts and ramps.

Brain Injury Association of America – Maine
The Brain Injury Association of America 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 Accessible Technology
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.

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 (CCIDS)
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.

Client Assistance Program
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a federally funded program that provides information, assistance, and advocacy to people with disabilities who are applying for or receiving services under the Rehabilitation Act.

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.

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

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT)
Resources are listed in many categories including general resources, education, technology, legal, social, and political issues. Particularly valuable are the career prep and K-12 resources.

Empowering Technologies: AI and Inclusion
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.

Explore AT
Explore AT (Assistive Technology) is a clearinghouse for information and resources on many different assistive technologies. It will help you identify AT devices and services in the environments of education, employment, and community living for all ages and functional abilities.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Keller Services (HKS)
HKS is comprised of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, a regional division serving the New York City/Long Island area, and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, a national division headquartered in Sands Point, New York, with a network of regional offices that extends HKS’ reach across the United States.

iCanConnect serves people from a wide range of backgrounds, including older people who have lost vision and hearing later in life, and people with Usher and CHARGE Syndromes. They provide free equipment including smartphones, tablets, computers, screen readers, braille displays, and more to people who meet federal disability and income guidelines.

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 Resources on the Internet (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 Global Learning Consortium – Accessibility
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.

Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Programs
Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program is also known as the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP).

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 Corporation (MAC)
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 Department of Education 
Site of the Maine Department of Education.

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.

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 Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC)
The National Deaf Center’s mission is to close the substantial gaps in education and employment that exist for deaf people in the United States and its territories. We are a technical assistance and dissemination center federally funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide evidence-based strategies at the local, state, and national levels. The National Deaf Center is located at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

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 Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Sprint WebCapTel
Sprint WebCapTel service works with any telephone (landline, office phone, cordless phone, mobile phone) and a computer. It’s secure and accurate, with no special equipment required.

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.

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

Trace Research and Development Center
The Trace Center has been a leader in research and development in the field of technology and disability since 1971. It currently focuses on the use of everyday information and communication technologies to prevent barriers and to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible, for as many people as possible.

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. NOTE: Published in 2009.

Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST)
The goal of the Maine-based 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.

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 8/4/20 sl