AT & Disability Resources

Do you need more information? If you want to dig deeper into the world of Assistive Technology, the following links can assist you in understanding AT and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

General Information

 

Arkansas Disability Rights

Disability Rights Arkansas has a vision that people with disabilities are equal members in their communities and dictate the course of their own lives through self-determination.

Advocacy services provided by DRA are client-focused. The person with a disability is DRA’s client; DRA provides services to, and takes direction from, this individual. People with disabilities are treated with dignity, respect and compassion regardless of their disability.

DRA’s Board of Directors, PAIMI Advisory Council and staff members are held accountable for ensuring the agency mission and vision are adhered to and all services are provided with integrity and equality.

Arkansas Transition Services

Arkansas Transition Services serves all 75 counties in Arkansas in an effort to improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities. Our mission is to effectively assist students with disabilities, educators, parents, agency personnel and community members in preparing students to transition from school to adult life and reach positive post-school outcomes. We provide technical assistance, trainings and consultations to special education teachers and other relevant staff, as well as to various agency personnel. Our services are provided at no cost.

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is critical in providing an accessible digital format for individuals with disabilities. Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) offers recorded training videos; Basics of Accessibility in Adobe PDF, ICT Accessibility in the Organization, Website Accessibility Testing, Common Accessibility Barriers, Accessible PowerPoint Presentations, Introduction to IT Accessibility, Document Accessibility in Microsoft Word and much more.

Local School Districts IEP/504

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that public schools create an IEP for every child receiving special education services. Kids from age 3 through high school graduation or a maximum age of 22 (whichever comes first) may be eligible for an IEP.

The IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. It is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP.

A 504 plan can help students with learning and attention issues learn and participate in the general education curriculum. A 504 plan outlines how a child’s specific needs are met with accommodations, modifications and other services. These measures “remove barriers” to learning.

Be Extraordinary

Be Extraordinary™ (Be X for short) helps people with severe disabilities achieve goals through a partnership with caring organizations and friends. Our clients then use their talents and abilities to contribute to their community (we call this “giving forward”). We are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Telecommunications Access Program

The Telecommunications Access Program(TAP) provides free telecommunication equipment to eligible Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or who have a speech, visual, mobility, or intellectual impairment. TAP removes the barriers to telecommunication access through the provision of accessible communication technology. Eligibility Anyone who meets the following criteria can apply:

  • Is an Arkansas resident.
  • Has personal telecommunication service.
  • Disability certified by a qualified professional verifying the need for specialized telecommunication equipment.
  • Income Eligibility: If your income is $50,000 a year or below, the equipment is free. If you make more than $50,000 a year, a shared cost option is available.

AbleData – “Your Source for Assistive Technology Information”

AbleData maintains a comprehensive, annotated AT library of over 36,000 product listings in 20 categories with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The site also features a good listing of resources and links to national and international sites on the web.

 

Expertise – “Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs”

Expertise researched and developed a pretty comprehensive resource for people living with disabilities. The guide aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and disabled people much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility.

TREAT – “Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology”

TREAT is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative consortium between corporate, educational and non-profit entities providing infrastructure support and expert consultation to researchers and innovators interested in the translation and commercialization of rehabilitation research applications.

Digital Accessibility: An Overview

This 20-minute video offers an introduction to Digital Access, providing information about the principles that guide digital access, the common barriers encountered, the people who can be excluded by poor design, and some suggestions for getting started with creating more accessible digital environments.

WordPress Accessibility

The purpose of this video is to provide basic accessibility guidance for those who are in the roles of editor and author and are contributing content to a WordPress site.