Sources of information considered for the Survey of Accessibility solutions

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Original Authors

  • Kostas Votis
  • Dimitrios Tzovaras
  • Kaklanis Nikolaos
  • Giannoutakis Konstantinos
  • Pavlipoulos Visarion
  • Valerio Gower

Additional Contributors


Name of the resource



Brief description of the service provided


General AT

The Wiki concept applied to Assistive Technology. Definitions, descriptions, photo’s video’s. Community services


General A

 Product and associated information databases

Access for all. Swiss foundation for accessible technologies 

E-accessibility Guidelines

Checklist for accessible web design, PAC (PDF Accessibility Checker), development of barrier-free PDF files


EU research project


AEGIS Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG)

 AT software repository; resources for development

Repository of open source AT and resources for development; information on accessibility standards; blog aggregator

AIAS bologna

General AT

Website providing a wide variety of information on AT, including fact sheets, projects, news and regulations.

Aim research group washington

 Access apps

 Accessibility projects


AAC applications

A listing of iOS apps in the area of AAC – with short descriptions, and links to more detailed information, reviews and ratings. Supports comments from site visitors etc.


AT general

Public searchable database of products and related documentation

Assistive Technology Data - Denmark

General A

Public searchable databases of products, suppliers, literature references, principal rulings, news, links and forum.

Assistive Technology Data - Norway


Public searchable databases of products, suppliers and literature references.

AT dementia - information on AT for people with dementia

AT for people with dementia




AT wikipedia

an encyclopedia on assistive technology that anyone can edit (wiki). Articles contributed to this site will be viewable from the  website.

Biene Award



Organising the annual contest of accessible web sites



Advice for e-accessibility

BIK@work supports organisations in implementing barrier-free ICT.


Accessibility of web contents

Provides information on how to design accessible websites and a test tool for accessibility evaluation of web contents.

Cardiac project. Advancing research and development in the area of accessible and assistive ICT

EU project

information about current and past research and development projects in the area of accessible and assistive ICT; Guidelines for the design of accessible and assistive ICT systems; Information about standards relevant for accessible ICT

Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge - The Inference Group

ICT assistive software

downloadable open source assistive software (e.g. dasher)

Computers for disabled persons

ICT AT products

Product database with detailed descriptions and price lists

Catalogo de Ayudas Tecnicas


AT general

Public searchable database of products, companies, online advice; forum

Cordis marketplace




 AT general

Product database

Vilans hulpmiddelenwijzer 

 AT general

Product database


 AT general

Public searchable database of products, companies, centres, ideas, case studies, fact sheets; online advice; forum

Kenniskring domotica, domotica wonen en zorg

 Smart homes

Database on domotica living and care

E-Inclusion Unit of the European Commission

AT R&D projects, and opportunities

Information on EU policies in the field of ICT and AT

Elefant Software

free software apps

Free download and exchange of AT software applications.


ICT AT and related equipment

product database; Company database; “Hints and Tips” (idea of how to solve daily life problems); Case studies.

Educational freeware – Ivana sacchi

Educational free software

Repository of freeware educational software for the primary school.

Essediquadro /Sd2 educational software documentation service

educational technologies

Database containing full descriptions of software products together with detailed infos about their usage and functionalities, repository of free downloadable resources

Facilitoffice project

EU research project

download of freeware add-on for MS office and OpenOffice that facilitate the use for people with disability

FAST - Foundation for Assistive Technology

AT R&D projects, and opportunities

database of AT research and development projects; AT events including workshops, conferences and courses both in the UK and abroad; an index of current job vacancies in the AT sector, including jobs in the statutory and voluntary services, industry and research and development; A guide to AT training and courses including degrees, diplomas, certificates and short courses in the UK

Federal professional association on electronic assistive devices for people with disabilities (incorporated society)



Search for assistive device groups and manufacturers

Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired


Public searchable databases of products and companies. They also lend Daisy-players and computers to blind or partially visually impaired people. They teach the use of computers and produce publications for their blind clients to be read with computers with speech synthetics or Braille.

German hard of hearing network

visual impairment

Hard of hearing portal that provides a wide range of relevant themes, such as hearing aids, technical and job topics, cultural information, planning and constructing, education et cetera. Furthermore an online advisory service is provided.

Handitecno – Tecnologie per la disabilità a scuola

educational technologies

The resources include: database of good practices; database of teaching proposals; database of assessment centers; database on laws and regulations; news; bibliography; fact sheets on the adaptation of the personal computer



The assistive devices market is a marketplace for rehabilitation aids.


AT general

AT database


AT general

AT database


EU research project

Network on person-centred technologies

IBM alphaWorks

resources for development

freeware software download

IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center


Development of barrier-free websites

Incobs - Information pool computer aids for the blind and visually impaired

visual impairment

• evaluates the accessibility of software applications
• informs about workplace technologies
• offers  seminars for facilitators and advisors
• provides market surveys of products and services
• performs tests of assistive devices and workplace technologies
• publishes checklists for the selection of suitable tools

International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Encyclopedia

Terminology, definitions, references to scientific literature

iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC

AAC applications

Comprehensive list of apps with concise information and links to further information, maintained in three categories:  Apps with Symbols/Pictures only, Apps with Symbols and Text-to-Speech, Text based  apps only.  Comments and ratings based on a defined list of criteria.

Italian Association of people with low-vision

AT for visual impairment

Public repository of software products, resources for development, mainstream products with built-in accessibility features

LD Online


ADHD & learning disabilities

LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Low Vision online-shop

AT on-line shop

Online-shop that provides a wide range of products for visually impaired and blind persons.

MyHandicap - Information and Community for People with Disabilities

avice for life improvement

Providing comprehensive information and advice about all areas of everyday life with the aim to enable affected people to live a largely independent life. Contains an information pool about assistive devices - website for accessible planning,  constructing and living

products for barrier-free housing

The main focus is on information about relevant DIN-norms, presentation of interesting projects and initiatives, providers and products. The portal provides information about financing options and literature as well as downloads of different planning aids.

OASIS - Open architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardization

EU research project


One Switch 

switch games

 Swithc accessibile games

Online-accommodation advice

barrier-free housing

• Assistance in finding assistive aids for the home
• Proposals for housing renovation and housing adjustment
• Examination of plans (to build barrier-free housing for the elderly)

Online-database accessible communication

ICT AT and related equipment

Product and supplier database

Open directory



Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS)

 AT software repository; resources for development

online repository of open source AT software; platform for open source AT developers

Opencast Community project




Open SAGA?

Download of OpenSAGA and Eclipse-Plugin, discussion forums on OpenSAGA related topics.


education for all

Repository of free software for French speaking pupils

Pigeonry (double meaning of “Taube”, der Taube: deaf person, die Taube: pigeon)

hearing impairment

Provides a wide range of information for hard of hearing an deaf persons

Registration office for digital barriers

solutions for e- accessibility

Provides a service for reporting digital barriers on education or profession. Not only barriers on the internet can be reported but also barriers in software products or barriers in connection with service terminals such as ATMs and ticket machines. The staff checks the reported barriers contacts the provider and tries, together with the provider, to develop a solution.

REHADAT - Information System on Vocational Rehabilitation

AT general

REHADAT provides information in several databases:Technical Aids; Case Studies; Literature; Research; Addresses; Law; Workshops; Seminars

Research Institute Technology and Disability


R&D and advice


Resources for communication and education

educational technologies

a repository of free downloadable “grids” for AAC and education, to be used with the commercial software Clicker 4, Clicker 5 and MindExpress, and with the IntelliTools keyboard; examples of set of symbols for creating communication boards;

Simple for everybody - initiative for an accessible internet

Accessibility of web contents

Provides a blog, articles and podcasts all linked to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), accessible internet and accessible pdf documents.

SIVA Portal on assistive technologies

AT general

Public searchable databases of products, companies, centres, ideas, case studies, fact sheets; online advice; forum

Smart homes foundation: National centre of knowledge on domotica and smart living


Centre of knowledge on domotica and smart living

SNAPI project

National research project

information on ICT devices for blind and partially sighted people


general purpose open source software; resources for development

Repository of general purpose open source software (also including Assistive software); online tools for development (SVN, Forum, Wikis,…)

Speech bubble

AAC products

Public searchable databases of AAC products

Spinalistips. Tips and Tricks for People with Spinal Cord Injuries


Public searchable database of tips related to assistive products from and for people with spinal cord injuries.

Studying with a handicap: planning your route 


Website for students with a handicap at Zuyd university

TECHMATRIX - [Full Product List]

educational &at

Assistive technology tools and resources for learning.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability - Resources database

assistive &instructional technologies

he Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD). Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki;

Cognitive disability

Extensive information on intellectual and developmental disabilities and services. Knowledge centre on communication disabilities. Papunet is a website with information on speech disability and different means of communication: plain language and AAC methods (pictures, signs and bliss symbolics).
The website is aimed at people who communicate differently as well as their families and close ones, social welfare and health care professionals, students and anyone interested in the topic

The largest Disability Digital Community in Greece


Discussion forums divided into the following sections: Market & Consumers, Independent Living, Relationships & Sex, Social Insurance systems & Allowances, Internet & Computers, Accessible Travelling, Automobility, Health & Rehabilitation, Sports, Culture & Arts, Children &  Parenthood

The News Portal of Disabled.GR


Public searchable database of news coming from all the daily & periodically publications regarding disability-related news on legislation, disability allowances, assistive technologies, disability-related products, companies, centres, special education, consumerism, employment, entrepreneurship, social security, etc.

VERITAS - Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS

EU research project


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

web content accessibility guidelines


web without barriers

general advice

Provides information about laws and guide lines in connection with accessible information technology. Helps with hints and answers to design accesible websites.


accessibility tools


 Trace Center

web accessibility


 Raising the floor

e-accessibility Accessibility Projec

accessible OpenOffice





 Assistive Technology industry association