- AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
- Adaptech Research Network In partnership with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), the Adaptech Research Project conducts research on the use of computer technologies by Canadian college and university students with disabilities. [Canada]
- Adaptive Technologies Hardware, Software, and Other Tools, Alternative Keyboards, Alternative Pointing Devices list provided by the Boston-IA Association
- "Adaptive Technologies for the Visually Impaired: The Role of Technical Communicators," by Deborah S. Ray and Eric J. Ray, Technical Communication, Volume 45, No.4, pp. 573-579, November 1998.
- Adaptive Technology for Vision Impairments
- Adaptive Technology Resources
- Dining with Dignity
- Adaptive Technologies links to hardware, software, and other tools, alternative keyboards, alternative pointing devices list provided by the Boston-IA Association
- Foot Mouse lets you click the computer mouse with your feet.
- Build a Foot controlled Mouse Using a plastic spoon
- Wooden FootMouse box YouTube demonstration. Homemade foot mouse, details (use Google browser to translate the page from Dutch into English) [Netherlands]
- Infogrip assistive keyboards, switches, joysticks, etc.
- Physical Impairment, AccessAbility SIG list of resources
- One-Handed and Two-Handed Keyboard a standard desktop keyboard that has been enhanced to allow both one-handed and two-handed touch-typing
- Perkins Access Assistive technology, daily living products, etc.
Reprinted with permission from the American Automobile Association, AAA World Magazine, May/June issue, 2000.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first consumer brochure to help persons with disabilities select and purchase a car with adaptive equipment or modify an existing vehicle.
Adapting Motor Vehicles for Disabled People provides a step-by-step process to help consumers in the market for adaptive equipment evaluate their needs, select the right vehicle and find a qualified dealer to make the necessary vehicle modifications. General information is also included on cost-saving, licensing requirements and organizations to contact for assistance. A new vehicle modified with adaptive equipment can cost from $20,000-$80,000, so it pays to research any public or private organizations that can offer financial help.
According to NHTSA, there are more than 380,000 vehicles on the road today that have been adapted with new equipment such as mechanical and powered hand controls for gas and brakes, joystick steering, wheelchair lifts and low-effort braking systems. While the brochure focuses on drivers of modified vehicles, it also includes suggestions for drivers who transport passengers with disabilities.
The brochure is available on NHTSA's Web site at https://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/adaptive/brochure/. And as a PDF file. (629 K .pdf) Or call the Department of Transportation Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
- Adaptive Automotive Equipment (.pdf). [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about adapting automobiles for disabled drivers. Significant improvements have been made in the technology of adaptive automotive equipment, giving individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) more options than ever for getting back behind the wheel of a car. Take a look at how adaptive controls can make a big difference in the quality of someone's life.
- NHTSA's Automotive Safety Issues for Persons with Disabilities