Assistive Technology Centers and Web Resources
Alliance for Technology Access
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 technologies.
California's AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility
of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence,
improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for
Closing The Gap
Through its newspaper, annual conference and Web site, Closing The
Gap provides practical up-to-date information on assistive technology
products, procedures and best practices.
CSUN Center On Disabilities
California State University Northridge has long taken a leadership
role toward promoting the development and use of assistive technologies
for persons with disabilities. CSUN hosts an annual international
conference, which is the longest running and largest annual university
sponsored conference of technology and persons with disabilities.
The conference serves as a major training venue for professionals
around the world involved in the field of disability and technology.
Computer Access Center
The mission of the Computer Access Center is to assist children
and adults with disabilities in leading independent and productive
lives by providing them with access to enabling technology. The
Computer Access Center is a local resource in Los Angeles close
National Center to Improve Practice
The National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education
Development Center, Inc., was funded by the U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Special Education Programs to promote the effective use
of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with
sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities.
Trace Research & Development Center
The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College
of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1971,
Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability.
The Trace Center mission is to prevent the barriers and capitalize
on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information
and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that
is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative is a project funded
by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help all school
districts develop or improve their assistive technology services.
This site is an excellent source of information, resources and referrals.
NICHCY is the national information center that provides information
on disabilities and disability-related issues. This is another excellent
web resource with a special focus on children and youth (birth to