Southwest ADA Center

Publications:Technology

Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities (DOJ) 5 pgs. 2003. - Document describing the obligation for public entities to provide accessible websites to people with disabilities.

Accessible Information Technology in Education

Assistive Technology for Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities
This article lists  the types of assistive technology appropriate for use with persons with learning disabilities at the postsecondary level and discusses ways in which assistive technology enhances learning. Additionally, an overview of legislation that has had an impact on assistive technology at the postsecondary level is presented.

AccessIT Knowledge Base
This Knowledge Base includes answers to common questions regarding accessible information technology in education.

Accessible Electronic and Information Technology. This interactive guide provides post-secondary educational entities the information and technical assistance needed to create accessible Web sites. It was developed by the Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology Project.

EASI Online Courses and the Certificate in Accessible Information Technology
EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) has created 3 separate but interconnected programs specifically designed to support institutions making their computer and information technology systems accessible to students, staff and faculty with disabilities. Besides the Certificate program, EASI provides monthly 60-minute live Web conferences on current technology and an annual institutional membership with special networking and support features.

Information Technology in Education Accessibility Checklist
This checklist was developed to provide educational entities with a means by which they can track their progress on goals related to improving the accessibility of their information technology for students, instructors, and staff with disabilities; provide an interactive tool with which users can learn about the process of creating an accessible technology environment.

IT Toolbox on Universal Design
The toolbox is intended to provide online informational resources in the area of universal design applied to educational environments. The resources in the toolbox have been selected based upon the following characteristics:

  • addresses a range of applications and approaches that lessen physical and teaching/learning barriers for all learners;
  • benefits all learners by expanding the options and avenues through which instruction occurs;
  • minimizes the disadvantage that inaccessible technology and electronic communication systems can present for some learners; and
  • maximizes the abilities and skills of all learners to become marketable in the commercial environment and successful in higher education learning environments.

Section 508 Guidelines

Section 508 - Electronic And Information Technology
Requires that federal agencies, when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology, access to employees with disabilities that is comparable to that provided to others.

Frequently Asked Questions
This document is a consolidation of acquisition-related questions that have been posed by agencies, contractors, and members of the disability community regarding section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The responses to these questions are intended to promote a better understanding of the requirements of section 508 and its implementing regulations, including the collaboration that is anticipated within agencies in the acquisition of EIT.

Guide to the Section 508 Standards
The purpose of this technical assistance document is to ensure successful implementation of section 508.

Section 508 Facts
Understanding Section 508 and the Access Board's Standards

E-Learning: Conforming to Section 508
Both e-learning and the amended Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act are at the beginning stages of implementation. This can make the implementation of either difficult to understand for both the program office responsible for e-learning and the contracting office. This paper is written to aid them in their understanding of the issues and processes in purchasing the best e-learning solution while being in compliance with the provisions of Section 508 as amended.

Section 508 Tutorial: Developing Accessible Software
This tutorial illustrates the application of the Section 508, 36 CFR 1194.21, requirements for Software Applications and Operating Systems, Technical Provisions (a)-(l). A program for a six-function calculator is developed, named SFCalculator. The accessibility requirements of 1194.21 are illustrated during the development of SFCalculator.