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Welcome to the resource page of the Southwest ADA Center.
A variety of organizations in the public and private sectors provide
information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability
related laws and on making information technology accessible.
The links are provided for informational purposes only. The Southwest ADA Center makes no warranty, expressed or implied, that
the information obtained from these sources is accurate or correct.
National ADA and Disability Rights Related Resources
- Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to
accessibility for people with disabilities.
Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
in coalition with other disability organizations for the full
implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination
laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- ADA Document Portal
The Portal hosts about 3,400 documents related to the ADA.
Users can browse the document by category or do a search.
- ADA National Network
The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National
Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides
personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented
Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC)
The AIDTAC is a unique program sponsored by the Rehabilitation
Services Administration to improve employment opportunities and
vocational rehabilitation outcomes for American Indians and Alaska
Natives wherever they live in the United States. To achieve this
goal, AIDTAC provides a range of information and referral services,
training, and technical assistance to tribal governments, tribal
agencies, urban Indian centers, and non-tribal agencies providing
- Center for
the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
(CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and
training, technical assistance and information dissemination,
and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues
affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
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access services to customers, audiences, staff and other targeted
comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government
- Disability Rights
Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing
the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation,
litigation, advocacy, technical assistance and education
and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities
and parents of children with disabilities.
The DisabilityStatistics.org Web site condenses several data
sources into a single, user-friendly, accessible, Internet resource.
It also provides essential background information on key issues
related to disability statistics.
- Fair Housing Accessibility
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative sponsored by
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed
to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction
- FCC Disability Issues
The FCC enforces telecommunications provision of the ADA along
with Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act.
- EEOC Home Page
This is the official Web site for the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission which is the enforcement agency for
the employment provisions of the ADA.
- Job Accommodation Network
This is the site for the Job Accommodation Network which
provides resources on possible accommodation for persons with
This page also has extensive links to disability related items.
- Institute for Human Centered
Promotes, facilitates, and advocates for international adoption
of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless
of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of
Directory of Centers for Independent Living
A national list of nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated
local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an
array of independent living services.
- National Center on Accessibility
A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National
Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation’s
premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities
Center on Workforce & Disability (NCWD)
The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD)
provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and
information to improve access for all in the workforce development
This site provides links to the Protection & Advocacy Centers
in each state. Protection & Advocacy Centers are Federally
mandated to provide protection of the rights of persons with disabilities
through legally based advocacy.
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information
technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Using this
web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources
for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section
- Small Business Administration
Outreach to individuals with disabilities interested
in starting their own business.
- Social Security
- Benefits for People with Disabilities
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability
programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. While
these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered
by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who
have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits
under either program.
- The ARC
Advocacy for children and adults with mental retardation
and their families.
Department of Education- Office for Civil Rights
This is the official web site for the US Department of
Education enforcing the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
- U.S. Department of Justice's
The US DOJ enforces Title II and Title III of the ADA.
Department of Transportation
The DOT enforces the transportation accessibility provisions
of the ADA.
- Workplace RERC
The Workplace RERC identifies, designs, and develops
devices and systems to help people with disabilities be more
productive in the workplace.
State Disability Resources in Region 6
DHS - Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) offers
a wide range of services and supports to Arkansans with developmental
disabilities and their families.
- Arkansas DHS
- Division of Services for the Blind
The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides an array
of services to visually impaired Arkansans statewide affording
the opportunity to live full and productive lives, with dignity
and self respect
- Arkansas Governor's
Developmental Disabilities Council
The Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council supports
developmental disabilities in achieving independence, productivity,
integration, and inclusion into the community through advocating
and promoting service systems that enhance their lives
Governor's Office of Disability Affairs
The Governor's Office of Disability Affairs promotes the rights
and opportunities for persons with disabilities in the State
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services assists persons
with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment
and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing
rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business
and other community resources.
- Louisiana Developmental
The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
is made up of people from every region of the state who are
appointed by the governor to develop and implement a three
year plan to address the needs of persons with disabilities.
- Louisiana Disability Legal Resources
This website is a joint effort of The Arc of Louisiana and the
Southwest ADA Center to connect
legal professionals, human service professionals, advocates,
Louisianans with disabilities and their families.
- New Mexico Governor's
Committee on Concerns of the Handicapped
The committee's mission is to remove architectural and attitudinal
barriers to the full and equal participation and integration
of persons with disabilities into society through education,
training, building code development, advocacy and legislation.
Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The purpose of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
(DVR) is to help people with disabilities to achieve a suitable
- Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Assistive Technology Project of Oklahoma
Provides technical assistance and training on making information
technology accessible in educational settings and promotes systems
change to enhance the provision of, access to and funding for
- Oklahoma Department
of Rehabilitation Services
DRS helps employers recruit qualified employees
who really want to work. It assists students, parents and educational
staff in public schools, as well as those attending our residential
schools. DRS also determines medical eligibility for Social Security
disability benefits and operates dozens of programs that help
Oklahomans lead more independent, productive lives.
The mission of the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project is
to provide education, assistance, and support to farmers,
ranchers, and their families who have a disability or debilitating
injury that limits their ability to perform essential farm
Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities
This website provides resources and information on disabilities
including committee members and law, publications, ADA, key laws,
disability history, disability policy, parking, and statistics.
- Texas Department
of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Comprises the programs and functions of the following legacy
agencies: Texas Rehabilitation Commission Texas Commission for
the Blind, Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,
and the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention.
- Texas Council
for Developmental Disabilities
The Council works to ensure that the service delivery
system provides comprehensive services and supports that meet
people's needs, are easy to access and are cost effective.
We also work to improve people's understanding of disability
Department of Licensing & Registration Architectural Barriers
The provisions of the Texas Architectural Barriers
Act (TABA) are intended to encourage and promote the rehabilitation
of persons with disabilities and eliminate, insofar as possible,
unnecessary barriers encountered by persons with disabilities,
whose ability to engage in gainful occupations or to achieve
maximum personal independence is needlessly restricted.
- Texas Technology
The Texas Technology Access Project provides
information, conducts training and technical assistance
and works with policy makers to support children and adults
with disabilities in their efforts to acquire and use technology
as a routine part of day-to-day living.
Workforce Commission: Civil Rights
The Commission's goal is to reduce discrimination (including
on the basis of disability) in employment and housing through
education and outreach programs and the enforce of the Texas
Commission on Human Rights Act and Texas Fair Housing Act.
Accessible Information Technology Resources:
- Center for Applied Special
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses
technology to expand opportunities for all people, especially
those with disabilities.
- Cynthia Says
This free service will allow you to test web pages and help expose
and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance
with existing accessibility guidelines, such as Section 508
and the W3C's WCAG.
- IBM Accessibility
IBM checklists and guidelines regarding Software accessibility,
Web accessibility, Java accessibility,IBM Lotus Notes® accessibility,
Hardware accessibility, and Peripherals accessibility.
- Microsoft Accessibility
Tutorials and guidelines on how to use the accessibility features
of Microsoft products such as Windows and Office.
- National Center for Accessible
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a
research and development facility dedicated to the issues of
media and information technology for people with disabilities
in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. They are
the developers of MAGpie, used to create captions and audio descriptions
for rich media. They also have guidelines on making CD-ROM-based
educational software accessible.
- Section 508: The
Road to Accessibility
A federal government website devoted to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation
- Trace Center
The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard
information technologies and telecommunications systems more
accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
- W3C Web
Accessibility Initiative Resources
The initiative pursues accessibility of the Web through five
primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education
and outreach, and research and development. Their Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the most popular standard
used for web accessibility.
Web Accessibility In Mind (WebAIM) 's 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. The website includes tutorials,
training, guidelines and more.
- Web Publishing Accessibility
Wizard for Microsoft Office
The Accessibility Wizard simplifies the task of converting PowerPoint
presentations, Word documents, and (in the future) Excel spreadsheets
to accessible HTML through an easy-to-use user interface and
automation of many of the details of conversion.
Assistive Technology Resources:
ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission
is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation
equipment available from domestic and international sources
to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers
within the United States.
- The Alliance for
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network
of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors
and Associates dedicated to providing information and support
services to children and adults with disabilities, and
increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information
Helps people find assistive technology (AT) solutions that match
their needs by maintaining searchable databases of thousands
of products and resources.
- National Center to
Improve Practice in Special Education through Technology
Promotes technology to enhance educational outcomes for students
with sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities.
Large section on technology for early childhood.
Purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities
to achieve their goals through the use of technology.