We present to you a menu of tidbits collected in recent days that are too short for blog posts and sometimes too long for a tweet (when we want to add clarifying comments). Headings provide a light grouping to help you skim the offerings. Bon appétit!
Technology, Tools, and Devices
The year in captions for 2009.
Usability and Design
- What are the essential points of usability? Watch this recording of Steve Krug and "The Least You Can Do About (TM) Usability" from the Business of Software conference in Boston, September 3-4, 2008 (includes pet peeve – audience asks questions with no microphone and speaker doesn't repeat questions. Grrr!)
- The election design gallery at AIGA is an impressive collection of the hard work put into repairing voting ballots.
- A Guide to Ensuring Your E-Learning Materials Are Accessible and Inclusive (.pdf). JISC Regional Support Centre, Scotland North & East, Edinburgh’s Telford College. [Scotland] Updated
- Disability Information Scotland is a national project that provides reliable, accurate, and accessible information for people living with disability in Scotland. They offer several free online certificate courses designed to improve your general knowledge and understanding of accessible Information. They also provide excellent Training Resources & Publications [Scotland] New
- What do you think will happen in 2010? In the January 2010 article "Predictions for 2010" by the staff of eLearn magazine, Roger Schank predicted that e-learning on mobile phones (m-learning) would go away. (At the start of each year, eLearn Magazine's contributors predict what changes are afoot for the coming 12 months.) His prediction was attacked by many in a lively debate about Roger Schank's Prediction for 2010 in eLearn Magazine's blog (no longer available). Read his followup post about this in "Learning Hasn’t Changed (guest post by Roger Schank)", December 13, 2012.
Interviews with Accessibility Movers and Shakers
- From India comes a great article published in the STC Intercom, "
Accessibility in India: An Interview with Shilpi Kapoor", by By Makarand Pandit, Intercom, August 2013. Updated
- In other news from India, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched "the first website of a Ministry of the Government of India that fulfills accessibility norms for Persons with Disabilities." Updated
- From China comes an interview with Frances West, Director, IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center (HA&AC). The article's title is "Advancing Technological and Societal Inclusion in China". (no longer available as of May 11, 2014)
- Visionaware had an interview with Pratik Patel "Pratik Patel's Passion for Knowledge". Mr. Patel is the Director of Information Technology Access for the City University of New York and member of the Governor's Advisory Council to the New York State Department of Education. His passion for knowledge is what makes him an interesting person to follow on Twitter and elsewhere. You know you'll learn something from him!
- Disaboom recently interviewed Dr. Alan Brightman, Senior Policy Director for Special Communities at Yahoo!, Inc., and the Founder of Apple Computer's Worldwide Disability Solutions Group, in a two-part article. The first interview with Dr. Brightman discusses his roles as "Assistive Technology Pioneer, Advocate for People with Disabilities". The second interview with Dr. Brightman discusses how his workplace, Yahoo!, "gets" disability, accessibility, and assistive technology. This goes in the category of "must-read". (unfortunately, the disaboom website is no longer on line as of May 11, 2014.)
The Irish Times article "Wheelchair access to concerts" highlights the issues facing concertgoers with wheelchairs, as well as the (lack of) understanding at concert venues. (PDF of the article: "Irish wheelchair users fight lines to get concert tickets".
"Nil by mouth" is a post by movie critic, Roger Ebert, about not being able to eat or drink after his throat surgeries, posted 6 Jan 2010. Read it. [Note: this has nothing to do with the bleak Gary Oldman 1998 movie “Nil by Mouth”.]
This post was glued together with links or inspiration from many people. They are listed with their Twitter names.
Thanks to all of you!
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- The 9 Most Unusual College Scholarships such as tall people, fire sprinkler knowledge, duct tape prom dress, and more. College is expensive but you don't need to be a genius to get a scholarship.
- AbleNet products and solutions for teaching children with disabilities
- Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access CATEA) is a multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real-world environments, products, and devices.The CATEA is affiliated with the Georgia Tech College of Design. The flagship research currently focusses on helping labs identify barriers to people with and without learning challenges.
- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research, and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk, and thrive. Financial aid programs are available for families at every stage of raising their hearing-disabled child.
- All Kinds of Minds understanding differences in learning
- American Council on Education (ACE) is the nation's most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.
- American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS)The purpose of this program is to assist tribal governments to develop or to increase their capacity to provide a program of vocational rehabilitation services, in a culturally relevant manner, to American Indians with disabilities residing on or near federal or state reservations. The program's goal is to enable these individuals, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment and may include native healing services.
- Association on Higher Education and Disability® (AHEAD) is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
- A Summary of Research on Youth with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System (277 kb .pdf) from the National Center for Special Education Research FY 2006 – FY 2016, Summarized by Katherine Taylor. Published by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
- Bentley University User Experience Center (UXC) Services and Labs designs for and conducts research with persons who have cognitive or physical disabilities, use assistive technologies, are aged, or who have low literacy skills.
- Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR) at the Northern Arizona University. The definition of "resilience" in general is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change (Merriam-Webster, 2016). However, there are multiple definitions that can range in their vision of resilience. For instance, CAIR has developed their definition with holistic view and the ultimate goal being reducing health disparities among the American Indian population.
According to CAIR: The ability to move forward like a willow with renewed energy, with a positive outlook with attainable goals to achieve one's dreams, and overcome negative life experiences from current and past political and historical events, with the goal to reduce health disparities among American Indians (Sanderson, 2012).
- Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is a University of Hawaìi Board of Regents recognized Center focused upon development and conduct of interdisciplinary education / training, research / demonstration and evaluation, and university and community service. CDS consists of several focused Centers and Programs that reflect the mission and vision of the Center on Disability Studies [University of Hawaìi at Manoa]
- Canadian Education: TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities
- Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is one of a number of projects within the American Institutes for Research's (AIR) Disability and Rehabilitation practice area. Knowledge translation (KT) refers to strategies that move research into practice by improving the relevance, reporting, accessibility, interpretation, and application of research results. The Center on KTDRR focuses on KT activities to support researchers in the disability and rehabilitation field.
- College Scholarships for Blind Students.
- College Scholarships for Dwarfism from the Little People of America (LPA)
- Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention, Institute on Community Integration, U of MN provides information about current field studies to reduce dropout rates and increase school completion for youth with and without disabilities in grades K-12 in urban and suburban communities. It is a model to engage students in school and prevent dropout.
- Closing the Gap computer technology in education and rehabilitation
- Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for the U.S. and Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities
- Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) a program to assist university students, staff, and faculty with disabilities in accessing computers and information through the use of adaptive technology. [University of Minnesota]
- Computer / Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) CAP provides assistive technology and services to people with disabilities; Federal managers; supervisors; IT professionals; and support to returning wounded service members in their recovery, rehabilitation, transition and employment phases.
- "Creating Accessible Materials" Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Ensuring that your course materials are accessible is a key aspect to reaching all of your students and incorporating Universal Design in your teaching.
- CSUN Center On Disabilities [California State University Northridge]
- Special Education (EDSP) Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) in the College of Education [University of Maryland College Park]
- Disability & Psychoeducational Studies [University of Arizona, College of Education]
- Disability History Museum fosters a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time.
- DO-IT Faculty Room DO-IT video presentations from the [University of Washington]
- College: You Can DO IT! (video) College students with disabilities and staff share advice for success in college. "Moving On: The Two-Four Step" discusses tips for making a successful transition from two- to four-year postsecondary institutions, with special guidelines for students with disabilities. [University of Washington]
- DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) TV Series (video) People with disabilities suggest how educators, adapted environments, and technology can ensure equal access to education and employment for individuals with disabilities. [University of Washington]
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC also contains a growing collection of materials in Adobe PDF format. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public. Activities that fulfill the ERIC mission are broadly categorized as collection development, content authorizations and agreements, acquisitions and processing, database and website operations, and communications.
- Getting started with accessibility and inclusion [UK]
- JISC TechDis is a leading UK higher education advisory service on digital technologies for inclusion and accessibility.
- Government Documents Library [Library of Congress]
- Gallaudet University Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.
- Guide for Ensuring Inclusion and Equity in Education UNESCO available in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
- Helen Hamlyn Research Centre Centre for inclusive design. Royal College of Art postgraduate art and design. [UK]
- IMS Accessibility Learner Information Package (LIP) advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment.
- Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
- International Webmasters Association online Web training programs
- Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) The Institute on Community Integration is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) whose mission is to improve the quality and community orientation of professional services and social supports available to individuals with disabilities and their families. [University of Minnesota]
- Institute on Disabilities, Philadelphia, PA 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. [Temple University]
- The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university's mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world. Today, CTY is the Center where young talent thrives. A former CTY student started Facebook. Another co-founded Google. CTY supports and encourages academic talent and achievement; to help in locating and nurturing talent from all neighborhoods and nations; and to engage in, and communicate, meaningful research to advance the understanding of teaching the world's most capable young people. An academic center at Johns Hopkins University, CTY is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. [Baltimore, Maryland]
- CTYOnline CTYOnline connects gifted students to challenging courses, engaging faculty, and other gifted students around the world. Each year, thousands of students in Pre-K to 12, from more than 60 countries, enroll in CTYOnline, CTY's unique distance learning program that offers challenging courses throughout the year. Students can work from home or school at times convenient for them, and many earn credit or placement for their CTYOnline courses.
- "Learning Differently" Archive of an article published in The Arizona Republic, Jan. 13, 2005, about a group to support parents of gifted kids in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sets high quality standards, recognizes excellence, provides training and support through the lens of child development, and convenes important stakeholders to further research-to-practice and public policy on behalf of children birth through age eight.
- National Association of Private Special Education Centers provide educational therapeutic services to both publically and privately placed individuals that are not able to be successfully educated in the regular education environment. These services also include infants and toddlers that are served by our early intervention service members and our postsecondary college experience and adult living programs that serve individuals who have graduated or who are over 21 and are no longer eligible for services under IDEA.
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) provides support to all states and territories in the delivery of quality education to children and youth with disabilities.
- 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 Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) "Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures"
- NCSET Technical Assistance Communities of Practice TA providers who share their expertise, issues, and solutions to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families
- National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) researches, provides technical assistance, and engages in extensive dissemination activities on the participation of youth with disabilities in national, state, and district assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements
- National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Scholarships. The NCLD offers four scholarships for students, teachers, and schools:
- Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, is a $5,000 scholarship awarded over two years ($2,500 each year) to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will enroll in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
- Anne Ford Scholarship. The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program in the fall.
- National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ)
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students has had the mandate to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada (in English and French) [Canada]
- National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) the NIDRR is a component of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is the main federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. U.S. Department of Education (ED)
- National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute (NRLI) [San Diego State University]
- Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. U.S. Department of Education
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) OSERS is committed to the broad values of Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities. U.S. Department of Education (ED)
- Open University Services for Disabled Students resources for students, including good guidance on thinking about their needs, legal advice, course materials in alternate formats, and more. [UK]
- PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is a nonprofit statewide parenting center located in Minnesota. The majority of PACER's staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities.
- Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) assists the families of children with disabilities through education, information and training
- Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Rehabilitation Penn State Rehabilitation is committed to providing the region with accessible, high quality and efficient care in a professional and compassionate environment.
- School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) [University of Pittsburg]
- Teacher's Guide: How to Make Learning Materials Accessible
- Universal Design Education Online supports the teaching and study of universal design. It also provides a place where educators can interact with each other. Our goal is to develop a community of learners who exchange information for the benefit of all.
- University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies [UK]
- University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics undergraduate and graduate studies
- University of Maryland School of Medicine Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science develops physical therapist practitioners and scholars to restore physical function and performance, prevent physical injury and disease and promote physical wellness.
- Unlocking Futures Youth with Learning Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System (7 MB .pdf) A December 2022 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
- U.S. Government Information at the University of Maryland Libraries [University of Maryland College Park]
- Vignettes Learning / Situation Expert Vignettes Learning company is an elearning and technology services company. Vignettes Learning assists clients to develop and convert content to online learning, implement Learning Management Systems and learning platforms, and hosts the programs through Vignettes Learning's secure web servers.
- Widgit, software for special needs, including symbols for literacy