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AT_-_Pixmac000055022041Assistive Technology (AT) offers people with disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Specialized computer keyboards, screen magnification systems and specially-designed software offer people with physical, visual or cognitive impairments the adaptations they need to allow them to benefit from the 21st century technology that we take for granted.  NDRN believes people with disabilities should have equal access to assistive technology and emerging technologies so that they may fully participate in all aspects of daily life.  

What We Do

To achieve these goals, the Network's efforts at the state and local level include individual casework and community training programs and at the national level NDRN advocates for public policies that support access to assisitive technology.

Taking Action

pdfThe National Disability Rights Network, under funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability and Employment Policy, produced a report discussing the work of the Protection and Advocacy and Client Assistance Programs (P&A/CAP), around assistive technology and the employment of individuals with disabilities. The report entitled Enhancing Options: A Report and Suggestions for the P&A/CAP Network on AT and Employment, addresses the overall work of the P&A/CAP network around AT and employment issues, and offers suggestions about how the network could enhance advocacy and outreach efforts around the intersection of AT and employment.

pdf"The Public School's Special Education System as an Assistive Technology  Funding Source: The Cutting Edge" - By Ron Hager of the National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project and Diane Smith, NAPAS, Co-authors. In addition to addressing funding for assistive technology, this booklet is also a comprehensive treatise on the rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA and section 504.  All of the core special education issues are addressed in great detail, referencing the federal law and regulations, case law, and federal policy letters as relevant. In each section, the implications of the sp.ed concepts for AT advocacy are analyzed in detail, referencing nearly every policy letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education that specifically relates to AT. This 468 footnoted booklet replaces the booklet published in 1999.


International Center for Disability Information - Information resources on vocational rehabilitation, including links to the Job Accommodation Network and Project Enable.

On a Roll -- Talk Radio - Talk Radio focusing on life and disability news, updated daily. While at the site, check out the RealAudio archives of this award-winning radio talk show.

One-Hand Typing - Information on free downloads, how-to manuals, therapists, and more.

RESNA - RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. An interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability, whose purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. RESNA serves that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and the provision of technology and by supporting the people engaged in these activities. RESNA's membership ranges from rehabilitation professionals to consumers. All members are dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas and information for the advancement of assistive technology.

TeamRehab Report - A monthly magazine for professionals in rehabilitation technology and services

Trace Research & Development Center - The Trace Center conducts research aimed at improving technology that can benefit individuals with disabilities by making it more accessible in four main areas: communication; control; computer access; and next generation communication information and transaction systems.

WheelchairNet - WheelchairNet is a continuously developing resource for a broad community of people who are interested in wheelchairs: consumers, clinicians, manufacturers, researchers, funders. It contains resources for lifestyle, wheelchair technology and research developments, discussions, products, industry product standards, funding, services, etc.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The W3C, an international industry consortium, was founded in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its operability. The W3C also includes the World Accessibility Initiative that provides guidelines on website accessibility.

AT Laws

There are many federal laws and regulations related to Assistive Technology.  Learn what they are here.
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