This page provides links to resources, initiatives and organisations working with ICTs to support people with disabilities, grouped by type of disability (see also Practical Advice sub-page):
- AbilityNet – UK focus – a wide range of free expert resources about the many ways that technology can help people with disabilities.
- ADD International – fights for independence, equality and opportunity for people with disabilities living in poverty in Africa and Asia.
- Apple – Accessibility – Apple has been a long-standing champion of universal accessibility.
- Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology
- CAST – Universal Design for Learning – a nonprofit research and development organisation.
- Closing the Gap – helping link children with disabilities with the right technologies
- Community Inclusion Through Technology International – The CITTI Project builds capacity of communities in developing countries to use assistive technology for people with disabilities.
- David Banes Access – access and inclusion through technology
- European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education
- G3ICT – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
- IBM Accessibility creating an accessible workplace, including hardware checklist
- Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University.
- ITU Persons with Disabilities pages on digital inclusion
- Microsoft’s guides and resources: Microsoft’s Accessibility in Education – guides and resources for education for those using Microsoft software; Microsoft’s Accessibility in the Classroom – guides and resources on accessibility in the classroom.
- MyAccessible.eu – Collective awareness platform. Developing tools for collectively gathering and sharing information on the accessibility of public places in Europe.
- Shambles ICT and Special Needs listing.
- Telecentre for Disabilities – a group working to promote and improve telecentres’ knowledge on ICTs for people with disabilities.
- UNESCO feature on people with disabilities and ICT
- University of Buffalo Assistive Technology Training Online Project
- University of Toronto Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
- W3C World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Autism-PDD Resources Network
- Autism Society of America‘s web-site
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) – Autism Spectrum Disorder links
- Hao2 – social firm promoting inclusive innovation, especially for autism
- National Autistic Society (UK)
- National Autism Center (USA) – resources for families
- University of Washington, Seattle (USA) DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center – Accommodation Resources: Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger Syndrome
Blind and Visually impaired
- Adaptive Technology Centre for the Blind Ethiopia
- Be My Eyes – connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.
- DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) consortium.
- European Blind Union – works towards an accessible and inclusive society with equal opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to fully participate in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and political life.
- Inable – Empowering blind and visually impaired students in Africa through assistive computer technology.
- JAWS (Job Access With Speech)
- Natural Reader – Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices.
- NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers.
- Sightsavers International seeking to eliminate avoidable blindness and equality for people with disabilities.
- Special Books by Special Kids (and Facebook page) – mission is to show the beauty of our differences while promoting unity.
- TapTapSee – a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users.
- World Blind Union
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
- American Sign Language browser showing clips of signing
- British Sign Language site showing clips of signing
- Royal National Institute for Deaf People (UK)
Learning disabilities (including reading)
- Lucid Research‘s SPOT online dyslexia screening and positive strengths profiler
- Tawasol – bilingual Arabic / English symbol dictionary of the most frequently used words in spoken and written communication (Tawasol in Arabic) represented by images and pictograms
- Teachers with Apps: 50 best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities
Physical (including chemical)
- C-Leg prosthetics – The C-Leg is the original, most popular computerized prosthetic leg
- Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign – focusing on the importance of cleaner indoor air, especially for those with chemical sensitivities
- Airfilters – useful page on home solutions for those with sensory processing issues and sensitivities
Especial thanks to Sarah Brian for suggestions of material that has been added to this page.