Harris Family Center for Disability & Health Policy (CDHP)

Disabilities Resources

Links to Multimedia

The 10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities The 10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities is a twenty-two (22) minute interactive video which can be used in diversity training, new employee orientation or customer service training. This video provides the audience a brief glance of communicating with people with disabilities in all walks of life.WesternU staff, faculty and students can share this video to stimulate discussion, promote sensitive, respectful treatment of people with disabilities and promote better communication with people with disabilities.  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Information Line Provides information and free publications about the requirements of the ADA including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY)  

Assistive Technology

The term Assistive Technology (AT) encompasses all products and services able to compensate for functional limitations, facilitating independence, and improving the quality of life of elderly people and people with disabilities.

ABLEDATA Provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Its database contains:

  • information on more than 25,000 assistive technology products (17,000 of which are currently available), from white canes to voice output programs.
  • detailed descriptions of each product including price and company information.
  • information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs.

AbilityNet a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Improves technologies that furthers the development of communication, language, natural speech, discourse skills, and literacy of people with significant communication disorders.

California Assistive Technology Systems (CATS) A statewide project which promotes access to assistive technologies, related services, and information that enable people with disabilities to be successful, independent and productive.

Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) Addresses the technology needs of people with disabilities from a team approach.

Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet) A network of more than 300 community technology centers where people get access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet.

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) A resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities.

EUSTAT Empowering Users Through Assistive Technology. EUSTAT, a study carried out in the period 1997-99 within the Telematics Application Programme of the European Commission, addressed the educational needs of end-users of AT. It produced educational material for people with disabilities, members of their family and personal assistants, as well as guidelines for those who organize or carry out educational initiatives that facilitate empowerment of end-users, helping them to make informed, appropriate and responsible AT choices. All the material produced within EUSTAT is contained in the set of four manuals available at this site.

High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges A state-of-the-art training and support facility for community college faculty wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive and Instructional Computer Technology. The Center supports Assistive Computer Technology programs at 114 California community colleges. More than 7,000 students with disabilities are currently enrolled in High Tech Center programs statewide. This training unit carries out extensive research, testing and evaluation of new and emerging technologies of potential benefit to persons with disabilities.

RESNA An interdisciplinary association for the advancement of rehabilitation and assistive technologies.

Trace Research & Development Center A research, development and resource center on technology and disability.

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