Technicity Times
    Issue 1 • November 2002


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.

AT Network
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 all Californians.

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 to LAX.

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 age 22).