Section 508 Resources

Government/Policy

  1. http://www.section508.gov/ - Home of the Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative (FITAI), an interagency effort coordinated by the General Services Administration to offer technical assistance and to provide an informal means of cooperation and sharing of information on implementation of Section 508. Offers information on the laws and regulations, current hot topics, policy and guidance, training and the FITAI membership directory.
  2. http://www.access-board.gov - Home page for the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities, it operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President. As defined by section 508, the Access Board was responsible for developing the section 508 standards.

General Disabilities

  1. http://trace.wisc.edu/ - the Trace Center, part of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is involved in numerous research and development activities concerning the disabled and alternative solutions
  2. http://www.wemedia.com - On-line connection to WeMedia Magazine, a publication that offers information such as news, sports, accessible and assistive technologies, politics and advocacy, shopping, employment, education, finance, and real estate from a disability perspective.
  3. http://www.disability.gov/ - As part of a couple presidential initiatives, this site provides a “one-stop online access to resources, services, and information available throughout the Federal government (check out the well-designed links in the upper-right for a “text only” version and to send the page to access.adobe.com for conversion!)
  4. http://www.acm.org - The Association for Computing Machinery has a Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically Handicapped that promotes the professional interests of computing personnel with physical disabilities and the application of computing and information technology in solving relevant disability problems. The SIG also strives to educate the public to support careers for the disabled.
  5. http://128.218.183.95/UCSF/spl.taf?_from=default - the Disability Statistics Center provides statistical information on disability and the status of people with disabilities in American Society.
  6. http://closingthegap.com/ - Closing the Gap addresses computer technology in special education and rehabilitation.
  7. http://www.icanonline.net - This portal site is an on-line disability “community” containing articles and links for all types of disabilities.
  8. http://www.handspeak.com/ - an on-line repository of American Sign Language (ASL) motions.
  9. http://www.assistivetech.net - Created by Georgia Tech's Center for Rehabilitation Technology, the site provides access to information on assistive technology devices, services and other disability-related resources for people with disabilities and the general public.

Web Development and Accessibility

  1. Design and Testing
    1. http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/ - A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) was developed by a joint effort between the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Tornonto ( http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/ ) and the TRACE Center at the University of Wisconsin. It assists Web authors in improving the accessibility and usability of HTML documents by checking Web pages for barriers to accessibility and making repairs to correct any problems.
    2. http://www.websavvy-access.org - Also part of The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto, this site provides resources and services to design accessible Web sites.
    3. http://www.webaim.org - The Web “Accessibility In Mind” site offers articles, resources ( http://www.webaim.org/resources ), and tutorials ( http://www.webaim.org/tutorials/simulations/screenreader ) concerning web accessibility.
    4. http://www.cast.org - Creators of Bobby, the Center for Applied Special Technology is a non-for-profit organization that provides tools and services to expand opportunities for people with disabilities.
    5. http://www.usability.gov - Maintained by the National Cancer Institute, this site provides resources on creating usable and accessible Web sites and user interfaces.
    6. http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html - allows you to view your Web pages similarly to the text-based Lynx Web browser.
    7. http://www.508Compliant.com - Site for a NetConversions company committed to increasing awareness of online accessibility issues and making web content accessible to everyone. The offer a set of tools, services, and lists to help meet these goals.
  2. http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/java/java.htm and http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/java/jscript.htm - Offers Java and JavaScript techniques from the TRACE Center.
  3. http://www.microsoft.com/enable/dev/web/ - Describes Microsoft’s accessibility initiatives and how to use Microsoft tools to achieve accessibility.
  4. http://www.sun.com/tech/access - Describes Sun Microsystem’s accessibility initiatives.
  5. http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/webaccess/index.html - The National Center for Accessible Media runs two major projects, Access to PIVOT (Physics Interactive Video Tutor) and Access to Rich Media ( http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/richmedia/index.html ). Both projects deal with issues of access associated with online multimedia.
  6. http://www.vischeck.com/showme.shtml - Vischeck's color vision simulator allows you to experience how the world looks to people with various sorts of color deficiency; their tool can check individual images or an entire web site.
  7. http://aware.hwg.org/ - the AWARE (Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education) Center is a resource for web authors to learn about web accessibility.
  8. W3C and Related
    1. http://www.w3.org/WAI/ - this is main site for the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. It contains guidelines for accessibility (web content, authoring, etc.), checklists to see if your site meets their guidelines, and other resources (http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/#tr ).
    2. http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag-curric/ - this the curriculum put out by WAI to help you become familiar with the application of their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v. 1.0
    3. http://rdf.pair.com/checker.htm - this “Checkpoint Checker” gives you criteria by which you can see if you meet the WAI accessibility checkpoints.
    4. http://www.webable.com/index.html - Created by Mike Paciello, co-founder of the WAI and author of “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities,” the site provides web accessibility information and resources (including the links page:http://www.webable.com/library/linkspage.html ).
  9. Web Site usability
    1. http://usableweb.com/ - a collection of links about information architecture, human factors, user interface issues, and usable design specific to the WWW.
    2. http://www.humanfactors.com/library/default.asp - contains articles and utilities regarding general usability.

Products and Services

  1. http://www.usablenet.com/ - LIFT Online checks website to determine accessibility requirements based on various guidelines they have compiled.
  2. http://www-3.ibm.com/able/overview.html - IBM’s accessibility page.
  3. http://www.bartsite.com/ - Bartimaeus Group provides on-site adaptive technology training, support, and products for people who are blind/visually impaired.
  4. http://www.ssbtechnologies.com/ - SSB Technologies has created three applications (Insight, Infocus, Clarity) to validate if a web site is 508 compliant and correct what is not accessible.

Federal Government Accessibility Centers

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture - Technology Accessible Resources Gives Employment Today (TARGET) 
    202-720-2600
  2. U.S. Department of Defense - Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) 
    Dinah Cohen 703-681-3976 (Voice/TTY) email: Dinah.Cohen@tma.osd.mil
  3. U.S. Department of Education - Assitive Technology Program 
    Joe Tozzi 202-708-7298
  4. U.S. General Services Admin. - Center for IT Accommodation (CITA) 
    Terry Weaver 202-501-1136
  5. U.S. Department of the Interior - Assistive Technology Center (ATC) 
    Christine Louton 202-208-5481
  6. U.S. Department of Transportation - Disability Resource Center (DRC) 
    202-493-0625
  7. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs PC Adaptive Training Program 
    Patrick Sheehan, Program Coordinator, 202-273-6543 email: pat.sheehan@mail.va.gov

Accessible Conferences

  1. http://www.resna.org/tap/tapbull/tapaug.htm - The TAP Bulletin, a monthly publication of the RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Technical Assistance Project. This publication outlines some basic considerations when arranging Accessible Meetings.

  2. http://www.eenet.org.uk - "Access for All, Helping to make participatory processes accessible for everyone," Assembled by Ingrid Lewis, Save the Children. Adobe Acrobat file available for download or reading online.
  3. http://www.jik.com/gpam.html - "A Guide To Planning Accessible Meetings," this resource has been compiled by June Isaacson Kailes and Darrell Jones for the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).
  4. http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories.html - Resource Directories from The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). This site provide plain text document listings of libraries and other resources for the visually-impaired.
  5. http://www.large-print.net/ - Large Print and Low Vision Resource Network.
  6. http://www.duxburysystems.com/resource.asp - Duxbury Systems 2000 offers an extensive listing of Braille resources.
  7. http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf2001 - CSUN'S Sixteenth Annual International Conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" Conference Proceedings. Conference proceedings on many different assistive technologies including:
    1. http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf2001/proceedings/0095gunderson.html - "Publishing Accessible WWW Presentations from PowerPoint slide Presentations"
  8. http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/captioncenter/ - WGBH Caption Center Online - Resources and information on captioning.