Office of Accessibility Resources & Services

provide. coordinate. advocate.

Resources for Students

Academic Resources

Study Skills Improvement – Videos and resources

Additional  Supportive Services

Mobility International, USA
http://www.miusa.org/
Empowering people with disabilities around the world by ensuring their inclusion in international exchange and international development programs.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program
http://www.ncatp.org /
The North Carolina Assistive Technology is a state and federally funded program that provides services to people of all ages and abilities to promote awareness of various types of assistive technology.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
http://www.chadd.org/

Division TEACCH at UNC-Chapel Hill
http://www.teacch.com /

CAST
http://www.cast.org/udl/index.cfm?i=7/
Accessibility makes resources and products that are well designed and implemented usable for individuals with disabilities.

Curriculum Transformation and Disability, University of Minnesota
http://www.cehd.umn.edu/crdeul/books-ctad.html

Web Accessibility for All, University of Wisconsin
http://www.doit.wisc.edu/accessibility/

Bookshare
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/

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.

NC AgrAbility
http://www.ncagrability.org/
The vision of AgrAbility is to educate and assist farmers, ranchers, farm workers and their family members farming with disabilities to enable them to stay actively engaged in production agriculture.

NC Assistive Technology Program
http://www.ncatp.org/
The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) leads North Carolina’s efforts to carry out the federal Assistive Technology Act of 2004. We promote independence for people with disabilities through access to technology.

NC Divisions of Services for the Blind
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dsb
The Division of Services for the Blind provides services to people who visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment.

NC Vocational Rehabilitation
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs
Vocational Rehabilitation provides assistive technology, client assistance programs, community rehabilitation services, disability determination services, employment services, and independent living rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.

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.

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.

Independent Living

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
http://dvr.dhhs.state.nc.us
Independent Living assists eligible individuals with significant disabilities in obtaining services that would “Provide an alternative to institutionalization, when possible; Improve functioning in one’s family, home and community; and Assist in preparing a person for a vocational rehabilitation program.”

Berkeley Center for Independent Living
http://thecil.org/
One of the founding organizations and national leaders in helping people with disabilities live independently and become full members of society.

ILUSA
http://www.ilusa.com
Posts news of interest to people with disabilities, links to various government and other resources, and hosts an online directory of Independent Living Centers in the United States.

Independent Living Research Utilization
http://www.ilru.org/
A program of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Baylor College, the ILRU is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.

Independent Living for People with Disabilities
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/disability-services/independent-living-for-people-with-disabilities
Independent Living helps consumers live a more independent life. IL provides an alternative to living in a nursing home or other facility for eligible individuals. Services are person-centered and may be provided directly, purchased or coordinated through other community resources. If the Independent Living program is unable to meet a person’s needs, that individual may be referred to other partners for services as appropriate.

Institute on Independent Living
http://www.independentliving.org
An international organization whose purpose is to promote the personal and political power, self-getermination, full participation and equality of persons with disabilities.

Lift, Inc.
http://www.liftincorporated.com
A national organization that works with major corporations to recruit, train, and place people who have physical disabilities in information management positions.

National Council on Independent Living
http://www.ncil.org
A membership organization promoting the independent living philosophy and advocating for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities.

Safe Living Solutions

http://www.safelivingsolutionsllc.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Safe Living Solutions, LLC is dedicated to providing products and services to assist people with accessibility issues due to age, illness, or injury. Vern Martell has always had a strong passion for assisting senior citizens and those with injuries and illnesses.

Senior Resources of Guilford
http://www.senior-resources-guilford.org/
Senior Resources of Guilford is a non-profit organization which promotes the independent living of older adults in Guilford County. We are a United Way member agency. We serve adults age 60 and over and their families with a wide-range of community-based activities and supportive services from home delivered meals to volunteer opportunities.

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.adata.org.

Organizations: Consumer

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
http://www.adapt.org
ADAPT works via activism to enable people with disabilities to live in the community with supports rather than being in nursing homes and other institutions.

American Association of People with Disabilities
http://www.aapd-dc.org/

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
http://dredf.org
A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
http://www.miusa.org/ncde
AHEAD is an active member of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange’s (NCDE) Rountable Consortium. Established in 1995, NCDE is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and managed by Mobility International USA.

National Organization on Disability
http://nod.org

Hearing Loss Association of America
http://www.shhh.org
The nation’s foremost association representing 26 million consumers who are hard of hearing.

Organizations: International

Action Without Borders
http://www.idealist.org
A gateway to an international network of individuals and organizations with the goal of improving health, education and other opportunities for all people. Hosts the Idealist directory of 22,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150 countries.

The European Disability Forum (EDF)
http://www.edf-feph.org
A European umbrella organization representing the interests of 37 million disabled citizens in the EU and the EEA.

The European Union Disability Strategy
http://ec.europa.eu/social/home.jsp
The European Commission’s strategy for a renewed approach focusing upon the identification and removal of the various barriers preventing disabled people from achieving equality of opportunity and full participation in all aspects of social life.

Disability Net
http://www.disabilitynet.co.uk
Internet portal to resources for Disabled people in the United Kingdom.

The Disabled People’s Association Singapore
http://www.dpa.org.sg
The DPA carries out the first and third objectives of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional assembly, namely: “To influence decision makers to implement policies and programs aiming at promoting social integration of persons with disability,” and “To share experiences concerning disability in order to co-operate in search of betters solutions.”

Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD)
http://www.jsrpd.jp/static/index_e.html
(JSRPD) was founded to promote the activities of persons with disabilities in every way possible both within and outside Japan.

Mobility International USA
http://www.miusa.org/

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
http://www.miusa.org/ncde
The NCDE works to educate people with disabilities and disability-related organizations about international educational exchange opportunities, promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all types of exchange, community and volunteer service programs.

Organizations: Student

National Disabled Student Union
http://www.disabledstudents.org
Established in response to the Garrett v. University of Alabama decision, NDSU is a national, cross-disability, activist student organization.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (Canada)
http://www.neads.ca/en/
NEADS advocates for full access to postsecondary education and employment opportunities by disabled students in Canada.

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

Disability Research Institute
http://www.dri.uiuc.edu/research/
This research partnership between the US Social Security Administration and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign plans and conducts research to promote disability policy information.

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.

HandyCapable Network
http://www.handycapable.org/
To enrich the lives of people with special needs by teaching them technology skills in an inclusive environment. Through our efforts, HandyCapable Network provides greater access to technology to economically challenged people and nonprofits. We excel in supporting the growth and development of individuals with special needs by providing technology to those in need.

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.