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Accessible IT Resources

  1. A-Prompt, developed by the University of Toronto and The Trace Research and Development Center, is a tool for Web authors that works with existing HTML editors.
  2. Access at Adobe

  3. AWARE Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education Center

  4. AccessIT - National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education at the University of Washington serves to increase the access of individuals with disabilities to information technology in educational institutions at all academic levels nationwide. It is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education and is located at the University of Washington in Seattle.

  5. AccVerify Cynthia Says Edition through HiSoftware Company is releasing a special edition of it's AccVerify software available at no cost to all K-12 schools. It will also be available at a nominal cost to others. This software will be available to K-12 schools both for use on their own Web sites, and for use in their computer courses and classes on Web design. Contact www.hisoftware.com for more information.
  6. Bobby WorldWide, new version, Bobby from CAST and WatchFire is a Web-based tool that analyzes Web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities using both the Section 508 guidelines and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Access Initiative. HTML validation program designed to test accessibility and highlight nonstandard and incorrect HTML.  Type the URL of your page, and a program checks it and gives you feedback on accessibility problems. Bobby WorldWide comes in two versions - the online server version and the downloadable version. Bobby WorldWide lets you try its new features and WatchFire will continue to offer a free version. The downloadable version of Bobby WorldWide is now available for a fee.  

  7. Building your Business Case for Web Accessibility
  8. The Center on Information Technology Accommodation - how to make technology, including Web resources, accessible.
  9. Color contrast analyzer - test what colors work for different types of color blindness http://www.nils.org.au/ais/web/resources/contrast_analyser/
  10. Consortium for School Networking - Accessible Technologies for All Students
  11. Criterion 508 Solution, Inc. Newsletter
  12. Cynthia Says Portal through HiSoftware Co. has a downloadable version of the software.
  13. Deque Systems, Make Universal Accessibility a Reality, www.deque.com
  14. Disability Law Resource Project IT Toolbox on Universal Design http://www.dlrp.org/html/IT/toolbox.html
  15. Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities August 1999
  16. Distance Learning and Accessibility Free Online Tutorial - The Georgia Research in Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project online tutorial that provides information about making distance learning accessible to all students.http://www.accesselearning.net/
  17. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) hosts a rich collection of resources, including links to Internet resources for accessible Web design.
  18. DO-IT Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. It includes six primary areas that address issues faced by postsecondary educators: Accommodation Strategies, Rights and Responsibilities, Faculty Resources, Interactive Faculty Presentations, DO-IT Prof, Resources for Staff and Administrators.
  19. EASI's (Equal Access to Software and Information) offers online courses on web accessibility and certificate programs in IT accessibility. Certificate program for librarians to meet recent ALA policy making libraries accessible to people with disabilities.
  20. Effective Color Contrast and Partial Sight
  21. Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative, "508 Universe"
  22. HiSoftware and Microsoft- FREE Webcast on Achieving and Maintaining an Accessible Web. Dates: August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, September 25 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST 10:00 to 11:00 am PST and Location: On the Web. Register online E-mail confirmations will be sent to you or by mail: HiSoftware, 6 Chenell Drive, Concord, NH 03301 By fax: 603-223-9741 Information about Registration is available at: http://www.hisoftware.com/access/msaccessdays.html
  23. HTML Writer's Guild - offers online course, Accessible Web Design
  24. Illinois Accessible Web Publishing Wizard http://cita.disability.uiuc.edu/software/office/
  25. The Information Technology Technical and Training Center (ITTATC), Technical Assistance and Web Accessibility Course
  26. Jakob Nielsen's useit.com web site with some articles on usability and design.
  27. Java accessibility resources are discussed at Sun Microsystems' Enabling Technologies Program.
  28. JAVA Accessibility Program Trace R&D Center
  29. Java Accessibility Helper by Sun -reports on any of a fairly large list of known and potential problems, but does not guarentee that the application is fully accessible, let alone fully compliant with Section 508. Nontheless, this tool helps identify a great many accessibility problems as well as a host of problems that likely impact 508 compliance, and Sun recommends that all Java application and applet developers use this tool to help them write accessible graphical user interfaces using the Java platform. You can download an Early Access edition of this tool (it is not yet final) from the Sun Java developer web site.
  30. Microsoft Introduction to Accessible Web Pages
  31. MIT Accessibility Checklists - how to purchase accessible software, web based products, developer checklists
  32. The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) promotes the use of a Web Access symbol and provides examples of accessible pages. NCAM also contains valuable resources on providing captions to streamed video resources. http://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/webaccess/index.html
  33. National Center on Disability and Access to Education http://ncdae.org
  34. NCSA Mosaic Access Page
  36. PDF Reading Made Easy with Premier Assistive Technology www.readingmadeez.com/
  37. Section 508 Federal Agency Coordinators
  38. The Trace Research and Development Center provides resources for the design of accessible Web pages including applet and plug-in features. Designing More Usable Web Sites
  39. UCLA's Disabilities and Computing Program; Web AccessibilityProgram.
  40. University of Washington, Making UW Websites Accessible for Everyone
  41. The WAVE free web-based tool to help users check accessibility
  42. WebABLE a general source of information on disability issues with many links.
  43. Web Accessibility Resource Planner (WARP)
  44. WebAIM -Web Accessibility In Mind goal is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to postsecondary online learning opportunities.
  45. WebAIM Section 508 Web Accessibility Checklist for HTML and Scripts, Plug-ins, Java with Helpful guidelines to comply with Section 508
  46. WebAIM, Section 508 excerpts pertaining to internet only - software and web based . This also contains a chart that compares 508 with WCAG guidelines.
  47. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative outlines the strategies and tools for creating web sites that are highly usable.
  48. W3C, WAI - Getting Started: Making a Web Site Accessible
  49. W3C, WAI - Evaluation, Repair, and Transformation Tools for Web Content Accessibility
  50. W3C, WCAG Checklist of Checkpoints

    Web Video Captioning

Plug-in for Adobe Acrobat is available from textHELP!, that will read aloud PDF files from inside of Adobe Acrobat. The program is $85 for one license (multi-license pricing is available), and a demo version is available on the website, www.pdfaloud.com. A news item is available from the PlanetPDF group, located here. The program, of course, requires Adobe Acrobat 5.1, and Internet Explorer or Netscape to read PDF files directly from web through the web plug-in that comes with Acrobat reader.

From the National Center for Accessible Media, the group that produces MAGpie, the free video captioning utility, they have created a set of guidelines regarding educational software and web sites accessible. Looks to be a good resource/repository of information. The link is http://ncam.wgbh.org/cdrom/guideline

Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility - A new beta version of the Mozilla/Firefox accessibility
extension is now available: http://cita.disability.uiuc.edu/software/mozilla/download.html

New Featues in Beta 0.97.5

  • Added text zoom options to toolbar
  • Added table navigation feature under navigation menu
  • Moved Accessibility and Navigation menu feature to main
    toolbar. Two step keyboard shorts cuts to all navigation
  • Relabeled many toolbar items to make function names more
  • Implemented experimental Table of Contents feature to
    navigate document struture through use of the LINK element.
    Sample site that includes link information: