Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

Online Disability Resources

Updated 5/2/12

Assistive Technology | Blindness and Visual Disabilities | Disability Rights | General Disability Resources | Learning Disabilities

Assistive Technology

Ability Hub: Assistive Technology Resources
This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

JAWS Screen Reading Software
JAWS for Windows works with your PC to provide access to software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer's sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays.

Screen Magnifiers Home Page
This site offers many downloads that can enhance your screen viewing capabilities. It gives updates and news about screen reading products, and links to the most popular screen magnifiers or readers.

Utah Assistive Technology Program
The Utah Assistive Technology Program was created to help individuals access the technology they need to gain independence and pursue opportunities to the fullest extent of their abilities.

Zoom Text Screen Magnifying Software
ZoomText is a screen magnification and screen reading product. There are two levels: level 1 is a screen magnifier; level 2 is a fully integrated magnifier and screen reader that speaks all on-screen text, echoes typing and automatically reads multi-page documents.You can download a 30-day trial version from this site.

Blindness and Visual Disabilities

American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind is a national organization for blind and visually impaired people. It strives to elevate the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people.

American Foundation for the Blind
AFB is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the most critical issues facing this growing population: independent living, literacy, employment, and technology.

American Printing House for the Blind
APH promotes the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. It manufactures Braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products.

Blinded Veterans Association
An organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans; to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.

Blindness Resource Center
This site has links to many websites that deal with blindness, Braille, disabilities, eye conditions, research, etc. Sponsored by the New York Institute for Special Education.

Blind Net: Information About Blindness
This site will provide you with information about blindness; links to blindness organizations, companies that provide equipment for people who are blind, and other resources.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a mission to provide Guide Dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people throughout the United States and Canada.

Hadley School for the Blind
The Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois offers more than 90 distance education courses to eligible students, completely free of charge. Hadley has a course for you if you are: a blind adult (14+ years of age); a relative of a blind or visually impaired child; a family member of a blind or visually impaired adult; or a professional in the blindness field.

National Federation of the Blind
The purposes of the National Federation of the Blind are to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect, and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. They provide public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families.

Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)
Provides recorded textbooks in cassette tape and CD formats. The library contains more than 93,000 titles in a broad variety of subjects, from literature and history to math and the sciences, at all academic levels, from kindergarten through postgraduate and professional.

The Seeing Eye: North America's pioneer Guide Dog School
Trains seeing eye dogs to guide blind people; breeds and raises the dogs; teaches instructors the science and technique of training dogs as guides for blind people; instructs blind people in the proper use and care of the dogs; and educates the public about the role of dog guides and the capability of blind people for independent living.

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Disability Rights

ADA Home Page
Provides information and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Includes general ADA information, answers to specific technical questions, regulations for businesses and State and local governments, and information about filing a complaint.

Council for Disability Rights (www.disabilityrights.org)
On national, state, and local levels, the Council for Disability Rights advances the rights of people with disabilities. The Council promotes public policy and legislation, public awareness through education, and provides information and referral services.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
A national 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.

Wrightslaw Advocacy for Children With Disabilities
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities. You will find hundreds of articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about special education law and advocacy.

General Disability Resources

Disability Information and Resources
Provides links to many disability resources including products and services, government information, newsgroups, mailing lists, disability organizations, and more.

The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources. Offers information of interest to individuals, employers, and service providers on civil rights, education, employment, housing and transportation, and more. Get information from many government agencies, all in one convenient place.

Disabled Peoples International
A network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

Do-It Program: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology
Offers information for people with disabilities who wish to successfully pursue college and careers; programs to promote the use of information technology; resources for students, educators, librarians, and mentors; and publications and videotapes.

Social Security Administration Office of Disability
Information about Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Includes information about how to apply, forms, and publications needed to apply.

UCB Credit Union for Utah's Visually Impaired
The UCB Credit Union was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of blind and visually impaired individuals in Utah. Services are tailored to meet the special needs of blind and visually impaired people.

Women with DisAbilities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health, has created this website to help women overcome disabilities and other barriers. It puts a wealth of useful information together into one place for women with disabilities, and their caretakers, health professionals, and researchers.

Learning Disabilities and Related Topics

CHADD: Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
A nonprofit organization serving individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that provides leadership, advocacy, research, education, and support to parents, educators, professionals, the media, and the general population.

Council for Exceptional Children
An international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Dyslexia: the Gift
This website explores positive aspects of dyslexia, and provides information, referrals, training, and a forum for networking and sharing information. Sponsored by Davis Dyslexia Association International.

International Dyslexia Association
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. Their goal has been to provide a comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (NADDA)
NADDA's mission is to help people with AD/HD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Their site includes articles, personal stories, interviews with AD/HD professionals, book reviews, and links to other AD/HD-related sites.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD strives to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conduct educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and provide national leadership in shaping public policy. They provide solutions that help people with LD participate fully in society.

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