Office of Accessibility Resources & Services

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Resources for Faculty

Event Planning – Publicizing Events

The following are examples of statements that can be used in announcements for your event to ensure a contact is identified for individuals seeking accommodations or access to the event. Please refer to the UNCG policy, http://policy.uncg.edu/university-policies/accommodations_university_events/ for further guidelines regarding event accessibility.

Examples:

Event organizers will place an accessibility notice statement in all materials announcing the event. This includes electronic communications such as e-mail, as well as print materials (e.g., banners, posters, flyers, brochures, “clings,” postcards, etc.) The text must include the name and contact information for the responsible individual, school, department, or other unit or group to contact for accommodations. Suggested text is set forth below.

1. Suggested accessibility notice statement (long version)

“Please contact __________________ (event organizer) at ___________________ (phone and e-mail) at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.”

2. Suggested accessibility notice statement (short version)

“For disability accommodations, please contact (event organizer) at __________________ (phone and e-mail).”

Government Agencies and Services

Access Board
http://www.access-board.gov
An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility requirements for the built environment, provides technical assistance and training, and enforces standards. Home of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines and Standards.

DisabilityInfo.gov
https://www.disability.gov
A comprehensive online resource designed to provide access to disability-related information and programs available across the U.S. government on subjects such as civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.

Office for Civil Rights
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/
OCR ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

United States Department of Justice
http://www.justice.gov
A Federal government website that provides information on disability rights.

Higher Education

AHEAD – Association of Higher Education and Disability
http://www.ahead.org
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.

DO-IT Center
http://www.washington.edu/doit/
A project of the University of Washington which promotes success in academics and careers for individuals with disabilities, sponsors programs on assistive technology and provides professional development for educators and administrators.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
http://www.naspa.org

 

Housing

Housing Rights of Disabled Tenants
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/disabled-renters-housing-rights-30121.html

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/disabled-renters-housing-rights-30121.html

TAP – Making Homes Accessible: AT & Home Modifications
http://www.payingforseniorcare.com/home-modifications/how-to-pay-for-home-mods.html
A resource guide produced by the RESNA Technical Assistance Project that provides information about assistive technology and home modifications.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/information_for_disabled_persons
A one-stop compilation of information on housing and people with disabilities.

 

Legal

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers
http://adata.org
Information on accessible information technology is particularly relevant for K-12 schools and higher education. Provides technical assistance on ADA, including links to 10 federally-funded regional centers.

Internet Legal Resource Guide
http://www.ilrg.com
A comprehensive general-interest resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
http://www.architectmagazine.com/associations/americans-with-disabilities-act-document-center.aspx

Listservs/Discussion Groups

Disabled Student Services in Higher Education (DSSHE-L)
http://listserv.buffalo.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DSSHE-L
Archives and subscription information for this active discussion group.

 

Organizations: Professional

American College Professionals Association
http://www.myacpa.org

Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (A.H.E.A.D.)
http://www.ahead.org
A.H.E.A.D. is an independent voluntary organization working to promote improved access for persons with disabilities to Third Level Education in Ireland, North and South.

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)
http://www.adcet.edu.au
ADCET provides information to instructors, student services personnel, researchers and policy makers about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities in postsecondary education.

Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-secondary Education (CADSPPE) – CACUSS
http://www.adaptech.org/en/team/cadsppe
CADSPPE, a national group of professionals who assist university and college students who have disabilities, works towards the removal of institutional barriers to ensure that students receive academic and other accommodations which permit them to pursue their studies in an environment of equality.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
http://www.cec.sped.org
CEC works to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
https://www.naspa.org

National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD)
http://www.ldonline.org/about/partners/njcld
The NJCLD is a national committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. Reports and information about learning disabilities are developed and disseminated to target audiences.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
http://rid.org

References: Library Services

American Library Association, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, Libraries Serving Special Populations Section
http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclasections/lssps/lssps
LSSPS is charged to improve the quality of library service for people with special needs including those with disabilities.

ALA – Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy
http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaissues/libraryservices

Reference: Statistical Information /Research

National Center for Education Statistics
http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/
Federally funded entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting data related to education in the US and other countries.

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports
http://www.rrtc.hawaii.edu
A Rehabilitation and Research Training Center at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa; recently published the National Survey of Educational Support Provision to Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Educarion Settings.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
http://www.naric.com
NARIC is a library and information and referral, document delivery, and customized database searches for a wide range of disability and rehabilitation issues.

Technology: Accessible Computing and Communicating

The Caption Center WGBH
http://main.wgbh.org
The Caption Center is the world’s first captioning agency and a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation which captions nearly 250 hours per week of programming from all segments of the television industry.

The Captioned Media Program, National Association of the Deaf
http://www.cfv.org
Provides captioned films (educational and popular) free of charge to individuals and institutions. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

Dolphin
https://yourdolphin.com
Provides accessibility solutions for computer access. Producer of Ease Publisher (Word doc, 1MB).

Learning Ally (Formally RFB&D)
http://www.learningally.org
A national non-profit organization with a comprehensive volunteer-recorded library of textbooks on CD and cassette for people who can’t effectively read standard print.

Technology: Assistive Technology

Axistive Assistive Technology
http://www.axistive.com
The AAT News Portal offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devises.

Closing the Gap
http://www.closingthegap.com
An organization that promotes computer technology in special education and rehabilitation, and sponsors a popular annual conference in Minnesota.

Freedom Scientific online training
http://www.freedomscientific.com
The Training Department at Freedom Scientific offers free online training for JAWS and other assistive software.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
http://www.resna.org
An interdisciplinary association of people with a common purpose to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals via technology.

Technology: Web Accessibility
http://www.section508.gov
Information on the Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508.