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

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Name of the resource

URL

TOPIC

Brief description of the service provided

Abilitynet

http://abilitynet.wetpaint.com

General AT

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

Abledata

http://www.abledata.com/

General A

 Product and associated information databases

Access for all. Swiss foundation for accessible technologies

 http://www.access-for-all.ch/ 

E-accessibility Guidelines

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

ACCESSIBLE

http://www.accessible-project.eu/

EU research project

e-service

AEGIS Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG)

http://www.oaeg.eu/

 AT software repository; resources for development

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

AIAS bologna

www.aiasbo.it/

General AT

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

Aim research group washington

http://depts.washington.edu/aimgroup/

 Access apps

 Accessibility projects

AppsForAAC

http://www.appsforaac.net/

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.

AssistIreland

www.assistireland.ie

AT general

Public searchable database of products and related documentation

Assistive Technology Data - Denmark

www.hmi-basen.dk

General A

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

Assistive Technology Data - Norway

www.hjelpemiddeldatabasen.no

 

Public searchable databases of products, suppliers and literature references.

AT dementia - information on AT for people with dementia

http://www.atdementia.org.uk/

AT for people with dementia

 

ATWiki

URL http://atwiki.assistivetech.net/index.php/ATWiki_Home

AT wikipedia

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

Biene Award

URL http://www.biene-award.de

 

Organising the annual contest of accessible web sites

BIK@work

URL http://www.bik-work.de

Advice for e-accessibility

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

BIK-BITV-Test

 http://www.bitvtest.de/

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

www.cardiac-eu.org/

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

http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/is/

ICT assistive software

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

Computers for disabled persons

http://www.computer-fuer-behinderte.de/index.htm

ICT AT products

Product database with detailed descriptions and price lists

Catalogo de Ayudas Tecnicas

http://www.catalogo-ceapat.org/

 

AT general

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

Cordis marketplace

http://cordis.europa.eu/marketplace/home.html

 

 

Handywijzer

www.handy-wijzer.nl 

 AT general

Product database

Vilans hulpmiddelenwijzer

www.vindeenhulpmiddel.nl 

 AT general

Product database

DLF-DATA

http://www.dlf-data.org.uk/

 AT general

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

Kenniskring domotica, domotica wonen en zorg

www.vindeenhulpmiddel.nl

 Smart homes

Database on domotica living and care

E-Inclusion Unit of the European Commission

 http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/index_en.htm

AT R&D projects, and opportunities

Information on EU policies in the field of ICT and AT

Elefant Software

http://elefantsoftware.weebly.com

free software apps

Free download and exchange of AT software applications.

EmpTech

www.emptech.info

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

www.ivana.it

Educational free software

Repository of freeware educational software for the primary school.

Essediquadro /Sd2 educational software documentation service

http://sd2.itd.ge.cnr.it/BSDindex.php

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

http://www.facilitoffice.org/j/

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

www.fastuk.org

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)

URL http://www.beta-hilfen.de/beh/ 

 

Search for assistive device groups and manufacturers

Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired

www.nkl.fi

 

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

 http://www.schwerhoerigen-netz.de/MAIN/home.asp

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

http://handitecno.indire.it/

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

Hilfsmittelbörse

http://www.hilfsmittelboerse.de

marketplace

The assistive devices market is a marketplace for rehabilitation aids.

HANDICAT

www.handicat.com 

AT general

AT database

Hjelpemiddeldatabasen

http://www.hjelpemiddeldatabasen.no/

AT general

AT database

ACCESSIBLE

 http://www.accessible-project.eu/

EU research project

Network on person-centred technologies

IBM alphaWorks

http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech

resources for development

freeware software download

IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center

http://www-05.ibm.com/de/accessibility

 

Development of barrier-free websites

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

www.incobs.de/

visual impairment

Incobs
• 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

http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/en/

Rehabilitation Encyclopedia

Terminology, definitions, references to scientific literature

iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC

www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/iphoneipad-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

www.subvedenti.it

AT for visual impairment

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

LD Online

URL http://www.ldonline.org

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

 http://www.lowvision-shop.de/

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

http://www.myhandicap.de/

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

nullbarriere.de - website for accessible planning,  constructing and living

http://www.nullbarriere.de/

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

http://www.oasis-project.eu/

EU research project

e-service

One Switch

http://www.oneswitch.org.uk 

switch games

 Swithc accessibile games

Online-accommodation advice

http://www.online-wohn-beratung.de/

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

http://www.barrierefrei-kommunizieren.de/datenbank/

ICT AT and related equipment

Product and supplier database

Open directory

http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Disabled/Assistive_Technology/

 

 

Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS)

http://www.oatsoft.org/

 AT software repository; resources for development

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

Opencast Community project

http://www.opencastproject.org/project/matterhorn_introduction_0

 

 

OpenSAGA

http://www.opensaga.org/

Open SAGA?

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

PEPIT

http://www.pepit.be

education for all

Repository of free software for French speaking pupils

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

www.taubenschlag.de/

hearing impairment

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

Registration office for digital barriers

 http://meldestelle.di-ji.de/

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

http://www.rehadat.de/rehadat/

AT general

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

Research Institute Technology and Disability

URL http://www.ftb-net.com/

R&D and advice

Consulting

Resources for communication and education

http://www.iocomunico.it/

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

 http://www.einfach-fuer-alle.de/

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

www.portale.siva.it

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

www.smart-homes.nl

 

Centre of knowledge on domotica and smart living

SNAPI project

www.snapi.org.uk

National research project

information on ICT devices for blind and partially sighted people

sourceforge

http://sourceforge.net/ 

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

http://www.speechbubble.org.uk/

AAC products

Public searchable databases of AAC products

Spinalistips. Tips and Tricks for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

www.spinalistips.se

 

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

Studying with a handicap: planning your route

http://functiebeperking.hszuyd.nl 

 

Website for students with a handicap at Zuyd university

TECHMATRIX - [Full Product List]

http://www.techmatrix.org/FullProductList

educational &at

Assistive technology tools and resources for learning.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability - Resources database

http://www.fctd.info/resources

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

http://kehitysvammaliitto.fi/en/; http://papunet.net/tikoteekki/in-english.html

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

http://www.disabled.gr/forum

 

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

http://news.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

http://veritas-project.eu

EU research project

e-service

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

web content accessibility guidelines

 

web without barriers

 http://www.wob11.de/

general advice

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

 WebAim

http://webaim.org/articles/framework/

accessibility tools

 

 Trace Center

http://trace.wisc.edu/

web accessibility

 

 Raising the floor

http://raisingthefloor.org/

e-accessibility

 

OpenOffice.org Accessibility Projec

http://ui.openoffice.org/accessibility/

accessible OpenOffice

 

 ATNetwork

http://www.atnet.org/

products

 

 Assistive Technology industry association

http://www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

general