Web Based Resources for Assistive Technology
The following resources provide a wealth of information on assistive technology and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities. The list is divided into two sections. The first section lists general resources, many of which are supported by advocacy groups. Section two contains sites that are federally funded. All of the State Tech Act Projects, with web sites are listed along with other federally funded programs.
AAC-RERC: http://aac-rerc.com AAC-RERC is the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement. This is one of a network of RERCs funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the United States Department of Education.
AbilityHub: http://www.abilityhub.com/ AbilityHub is an assistive technology related web site for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. AbilityHub is a starting point for finding information concerning assistive technology and will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
Able Generation: http://www.epvatech.org/index.php designs and manufactures therapeutic furniture for children with special needs.
AbleData: http://www.abledata.com AbleData is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.
AC Access: http://www.acaccess.com/ was established to meet the needs of individuals who have accessibility problems.
Access Ingenuity: http://www.accessingenuity.com/ Universal Access specialists, including solutions for all disabilities. Great resource material.
Accessible Website Design Resources: http://www.library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/accessible/pub_resources.htm, connects to a Government Services Administration (GSA) site with links to several organizations with "how-to's" on designing websites for accessibility for people with disabilities, including a link to "Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design."
AccessStore.com: http://www.accessstore.com This site contains many excellent products to help people with disabilities.
ACOLUG: http://disabilities.temple.edu/acolug ACOLUG is a LISTSERV created to exchange ideas, information and experiences on augmentative communication by people from all over the world. By using e-mail, people who use augmentative communication and their friends and families discuss issues related to augmentative communication, such as equipment, funding, learning techniques and supports. Anyone can join and there is no cost.
Adaptive Technology: http://www.rehabtool.com Adaptive Technology helps people with communication, access or learning disabilities regain independence and productivity with assistive and adaptive computer technology. AT develops augmentative and alternative communication software as well as cognitive rehabilitation tools adapted to the special needs of people with physical disabilities. AT offers multilingual text-to-speech and voice recognition software, screen readers, ergonomic on-screen keyboards with word prediction capability.
AdaptZ.com: http://www.adaptz.com/index.html A meta site with much news and other information about disabilities. Chat, bulletin boards, employment information and many other resources are included here.
Alabama Client Assistance Program: http://www.icdri.org/legal/AlabamaCAP.htm The State of Alabama Client Assistance Program (SACAP) helps people who have questions about vocational rehabilitation services. This includes getting answers if you are having problems related to your rehabilitation program as well as getting assistance in resolving those problems.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: http://www.agbell.org/ Established to empower people who are deaf or hard of hearing to function independently.
Alliance For Technology Access (ATA): http://www.ataccess.org/ ATA is a network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. Centers can be found all across the country.
ALS Links: http://www.alslinks.com/ Internet Portal for the ALS Community. This site also provides access to ALS Digest.
Apraxia-Kids: http://www.apraxia-kids.org The Apraxia-Kids Internet Resources provides comprehensive information regarding Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The site, which is appropriate for both families and professionals, includes: expert articles on diagnosis, treatment, AAC, related disabilities, an email discussion list, a monthly newsletter, message boards, and resource listings. Additionally, there is a research section with the latest news on apraxia research.
Arkansas Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN): http://www.arkansas-ican.org/txt/index2.htm The ICAN Project is committed to the idea that persons with disabilities can reach their full potential, participate and be productive members of their communities if they have the "tools" or assistive technology available. ICAN is a program of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
ASHA: http://www.asha.org ASHA is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHA is the professional organization of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists. SLPs are the primary service providers for people who rely on AAC and are generally the best resource on an AAC team for addressing language issues. ASHA has a Special Interest Division, SID-12, that addresses AAC.
Assistive Dining Device: http://mealtimepartners.com/ Information about a device that allows severely disabled people, who are unable to feed themselves, to eat independently.
Assistive Technology Funding and Systems Change Project (ATFSCP): http://www.ucpa.org/html/innovative/atfsc/index.html Provides training, technical assistance, and information on assistive technology funding and systems change issues nationwide in the USA. The goal of the project is to provide advocates with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve access to assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities.
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA): http://www.atia.org/members.html ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers or distributors selling technology-based assistive devices for people with disabilities or providing services associated with or required by people with disabilitities. An annual conference is held in Orlando, Florida, in January.
Assistive Technology Strategies, Tools, Accomodations, and Resources (ATSTAR): http://www.atstar.org Collaborative effort between AISD and the following 6 agencies: The Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Harvard School, Sylvan Learning Center, Far South Community Schools, and Region XIII Education Service Center.
Assistive Technology Training Online (ATTO): http://atto.buffalo.edu/ Provides internet-based training in both general and specific areas of adapted computer use. We focus on AT applications that address the needs of students with disabilities in elementary classrooms.
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE): http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/FTB/aaate.htm#resources The goal of AAATE is to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of persons with disabilities, including the elderly. With membership from countries throughout Europe, AAATE focuses on creating awareness of assistive technology, promoting research and development of assistive technologies, contributing to knowledge exchange within the field of assistive technology, and promoting information and development of assistive technologies, contributing to knowledge exchange within the field of assistive technology, and promoting information dissemination.
AT Outcomes: http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/reference/atoutcomes/ The AT Outcomes listserv and this website are dedicated to the development, evaluation and application of valid, reliable and sensitive outcome measure tools.
ATIA: http://www.atia.org ATIA is the Assistive Technology Industry Association. ATIA organizes an annual conference on assistive technology.
ATOMS: http://www.uwm.edu/CHS/atoms/ The ATOMS project explores, pilots, and tests assistive technology (AT) outcome measurement ideas in order to recommend the next generation outcome system for AT.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Centers: http://aac.unl.edu (AAC) strategies assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles including interpersonal interaction, learning, education, community activities, employment, volunteerism, care management, and so on. This AAC website is designed to provide access to a wide range of information and resources related to the AAC effort. It is maintained by the Barkley AAC Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska.
Augmentative Communication, Inc.: Augmentative Communication News and Alternatively Speaking provide the latest information on hot topics in the field, discussion of vital issues for AAC stakeholders and news from the AAC community.
Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA): http://e-bility.com/arata ARATA is an association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for information sharing and liason among people who are involved with assistive technology. The focus of ARATA is on providing opportunities for sharing ideas to ensure the advancement of rehabilitation and assistive technology in Australia through activities as diverse as conferences, special interest groups, a Web site, listserv, membership directory, and a quarterly newsletter.
Braille Research & Literacy, Inc. (BRllnc.): http://www.wyfiwyg.com/ Improves the lives of blind people via innovative computer technology and training. We offer computer products and services to individuals and organizations that assist the disabled. We also write tutorials and keyboard guides to assist disabled people who are new to the personal computer.
Breaking New Ground: http://abe.www.ecn.purdue.edu/ABE/Extension/BNG/resources.html This site is internationally recognized as the main source for information and resources on rehabilitation technology for persons working in agriculture.
California AT Network: http://www.atnet.org/ 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.
CAMA: The Communication Aid Manufacturers Association (CAMA) is a not-for-profit organization of the world’s leading manufacturers of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) software and hardware products. CAMA conducts more than 30, 1-day workshops throughout the United States each year.
The Center for the Partially Sighted: http://www.low-vision.org/index.html Helps visually impaired people of all ages enhance remaining sight in order to function independently.
The Center for Universal Design: http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/ The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in buildings and related products. We make every effort to provide information in a variety of ways to ensure access to all.
Challenge Alaska: http://www.challenge.ak.org/ A non-profit organization that provides sports and therapeutic recreation opportunities for those with disabilities. Challenge Alaska believes that everyone, regardless of physical ability, should have an equal chance at recreational opportunities.
The CK Trust Fund: http://www.thecktrustfund.co.uk/ Provides information and helps for goods are for sale, chatroom, pen pals and lots more.
C.H.E.R.A.B.: The Communication Help, Education, Research, Apraxia Base Foundation websites are for anyone who cares for a child that has delayed speech, a speech disorder, or is a late talker, etc., as well as for those who care for a child that has received a diagnosis of “apraxia”.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA): The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech.
Closing the Gap: Computers are tools that can provide solutions to many problems facing people with disabilities today. Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.
Communication Aid Manufacturers Association (CAMA): http://www.aacproducts.org CAMA is a not-for-profit organization of the manufacturers of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) software and hardware products. CAMA conducts 1-day workshops on AAC throughout the United States.
Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR): CATOR conducts research dedicated to improving measurement science for assistive technology (AT), reducing barriers to the use of AT outcome measures, and understanding the processes for AT adoption and abandonment.
Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI): http://codi.buffalo.edu/ A wealth of information relating to disabilities including topics such as: aging; statistics; computing; Centers for Independent Living; and universal design.
CSUN Conference: http://www.csun.edu/cod/center This conference is a major international exhibit and scientific program covering a broad spectrum of assistive technology applications for sensory impairment, AAC, and computer access. The conference is held in March in Los Angeles. The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge, sponsors the conference. The Web site contains other links and information regarding assistive technology applications.
Dining Designs: http://members.aol.com/diningbibs/ Dining Vests (bibs) are delightfully fashionable and practical. They are easy to wipe/rinse off, have crumb catchers and Velcro attachments that make them easy to put on and take off.
disABILITY Resources on the Internet: http://www.makoa.org/ Provides information and links to a variety of programs involved with AT for individuals with disabilities.
Do-It Internet Resources: http://www.washington.edu/doit/ Resources are listed in many categories including general resources, education, technology, legal, social, and political issues.
Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD): http://www.fctd.info The Center offers organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. The Center offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technology (AT). 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 Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalitions: Facilitated and managed by United Cerebral Palsy of Chicago, permits members to share, collaborate, problem solve and create valuable and necessary assistive
technology resources to increase access to a quality education for all learners.
Innovative Products: http://www.cforat.org/ Dedicated to manufacturing mobility devices that assist children with severe physical disabilities so they may interact on the same level as their able-bodied peers.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet: http://www.icdri.org/ The Center will collect and present best practices in areas related to disability and accessibility issues.
International Seating Symposium: http://www.rst.pitt.edu/iss/ISS2001HnT.html This annual conference features presentations covering evaluation, provision, research, and quality assurance issues in seating and mobility for persons with disabilities. Scientific and clinical papers, in-depth workshops, panel sessions, and an extensive exhibit hall are featured. Attendees include assistive technology practitioners, assistive technology suppliers, educators, manufacturers, consumers, physicians, rehabilitation engineers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors.
ISAAC: ISAAC is the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Membership is open to anyone interested in AAC. ISAAC activities include a biennial conference and sponsorship of AAC Journal. Many ISAAC national chapters address more local interests.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN): http://www.jan.wvu.edu/ A service of the U.S. Department of Labor's President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, JAN provides information about job accommodation and the employability of people with functional limitations.
Learning Disabilities OnLine: http://www.ldonline.org/ Interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.
MDA: The Muscular Dystrophy Association is THE source for news and information about neuromuscular diseases, MDA research and services for adults and children with neuromuscular diseases and their families.
Missouri Technology Center for Special Education: http://techctr.educ.umkc.edu/welcomepage Provides information, training and technical assistance to Missouri's educators interested in effectively integrating computer technology into their curriculum. New advances in computer technology can improve the educational opportunities for students with special needs. Housed in the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Center is funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Special Education.
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM): http://ncam.wgbh.org/ The CPB/WGBH is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD): http://www.ncaonline.org/index.htm The National Center on Accessibility is a dynamic and innovative leader in the movement to include people with disabilities in recreation, parks, and tourism. The NCA provides technical assistance to organizations of all sizes who are designing and retrofitting their leisure areas and programs for accessibility. The NCA conducts, promotes, and facilitates research on issues essential to accessibility. This research shapes instruction for the nationally renowned NCA education programs conducted at the Center and throughout the United States.
National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/Default.htm Focuses on special education and technology, assistive technology, augmentative & alternate communication.
National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCHRTM): http://www.nchrtm.okstate.edu Promotes the exchange of information and enhance the outcome of the public rehabilitation program by collecting, archiving, and disseminating the rehabilitation training materials developed by Rehabilitation Service Administration Grantees. For over 40 years, the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials has been providing educational materials to the rehabilitation community.
National Information Center for Children and Youth (NICCY): http://nichcy.org/index.html The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities is a clearinghouse of information on children with disabilities.
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC): http://www.naric.com/ A library and information center on disability and rehabilitation. More than 50,000 disability-related publications are held and abstracted by NARIC in their REHABDATA database, searchable online.
New England Assistive Technology Marketplace: http://www.neatmarketplace.org/index.html This is the place to come for equipment that makes life more accessible. At NEAT, you can try it, buy it, or donate it. Membership is free for individuals who have disabilities and for their family members. People over the age of 65 who have limitations resulting from aging are also eligible for membership. As members, all are entitled to use of the Information & Resource Library and Computer Lab by appointment at no charge.
PEC: The Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators is the largest gathering in the world of people who rely on AAC. Topics of interest to employment-age individuals are addressed at the annual conference.
Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology: http://www.qiat.org Provides information to improve use of AT within education.
QIAT: A nationwide collegial endeavor dedicated to the Development and Implementation of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in School Settings.
RehabCentral.com: http://www.rehabcentral.com/index.cfm RehabCentral.com includes a variety of resources on rehabilitation products and assistive devices, as well as applications notes written by clinicians.
RESNA: http://www.resna.org/ The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, an interdisciplinary association with a purpose to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. We promote research, development, education, advocacy and the provision of technology.
Speak Up: Speak Up is about ending the silences that prevent people who use alternative ways to communicate from protecting themselves from sexual abuse. It is about giving people with complex communication needs the information, education and means to communicate about healthy sexuality and sexual abuse.
Special Needs Opportunity Windows (SNOW): http://snow.utoronto.ca The SNOW Project at the University of Toronto is a provider of online resources and professional development opportunities for educators and parents of students with special needs. SNOW’s tools and information, online workshops, curriculum materials, discussion forums, and other resources are available to assist assistive technology professionals in using new technologies.
TechConnections: http://www.techconnections.net/ A resource providing quick reference guides for work-related accommodations, such as Voice Input Systems, accessible calculators, mouse alternatives, one-handed keyboards, etc.
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers (The Alliance):http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/alliance.cfm Provides technical assistance for establishing, developing, and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Technology Integration: http://www.lburkhart.com This site offers resources on internet and computer use for elementary and middle school students, as well as those with special needs.
Telework and people with disabilities – UK: http://www.eto.org.uk/twork/dis93a.htm A discussion on the conclusions and recommendations of a study of telework and people with disabilities.
Tools for Life: http://www.toolsforlife.cc/ Tools for Life is a wellness company working with fitness and nutrition programs for individuals with rehabilitative needs.
Trace Center: http://www.trace.wisc.edu/ 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.
USSAAC: USSAAC (United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) is the United States chapter of ISAAC.
Warm Springs Resource Center for People with Disabilities:http://www.warmsprings.org/RCenter/recntera.htm Promotes and facilitates quality of life for people with disabilities. It coordinates or provides social, educational, vocational & recreational services for people with disabilities.
We Media: http://www.wemedia.com/ We Media provides increased access to information, products and services to people with disabilities, their families and friends. It develops a variety of media properties encompassing print, interactive, broadcast, and wireless communications.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): http://www.w3.org/WAI/WAI In coordination with organizations around the world, WAI pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.
West Virginia Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (WVRRTC): http://www.icdi.wvu.edu/homepage.htm Information resources on vocational rehabilitation, including links to the Job Accommodation Network and Project Enable.
Wheel Me On: http://www.wheelmeon.com/ Page links include materials for wheelchair users to assist in everyday living and travel.
WheelchairNet: http://www.wheelchairnet.org/index2.html A resource for those interested in wheelchairs: consumers, clinicians, researchers, funders. It contains resources for lifestyle, wheelchair technology and research developments, discussions, products, industry product standards, funding, services, etc.
World Institute on Disability: http://www.wid.org/ WID is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting independence and societal inclusion of people with disabilities. WID brings a diverse disability perspective to the policy arena.
Funded by the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1998. The following programs assists individuals with disabilities obtain appropriate assistive technology and assistive technology services.
ABLEDATA: http://www.abledata.com ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.
Alabama Statewide Technology Access and Response Project: http://www.rehab.state.al.us/star/
Arizona Technology Access Program (AZTAP): http://www.nau.edu/~ihd/aztap/
Assistive Technologies Of Alaska: http://www.corecom.net/ATA/
Hawaii Assistive Technology Training And Services (Hatts): http://www.hatts.org/
Idaho Assistive Technology Project: http://www.educ.uidaho.edu/idatech/index.asp
lllinois Assistive Technology Project: http://www.iltech.org/
Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT): http://www.uiowa.edu/infotech/ Kentucky Assistive
Technology Services Network: http://www.katsnet.org/
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LA TAN): http://www.latan.org/
Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange (CITE): http://www.mecite.doe.k12.me.us/
Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP): http://www.mdtap.org/
Massachusetts Assistive Technology Partnership (MATP): http://www.matp.org/index.html
Michigan Tech 2000: http://www.discoalition.org/
Missouri Assistive Technology Project: http://www.dolir.state.mo.us/matp/
Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership: http://www.nde.state.ne.us/ATP/
New Jersey Technology Assistive Resource Program: http://www.njpanda.org/
New Mexico Technology Assistance Program: http://www.nmtap.com/
North Carolina Assistive Technology Project: http://www.ncatp.org/ncatpcontacts.html
North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology: http://www.ndipat.org/
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology: http://www.temple.edu/inst_disabilities/
Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership: http://www.ors.state.ri.us/assistiv.htm
The following are other federally funded programs providing general information about assistive technology and assistive technology services.
Access Board: http://www.access-board.gov/ An independent federal agency. Contains information on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, requiring that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
Access Board Market Monitoring Report: http://www.access-board.gov/MMR/ The Market Monitoring Report is the Access Board's snapshot of the state of the art of telecommunications access -- what are the current barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what products and features are available to overcome those access barriers.
Assistive Technology Educational Network (ATEN): http://www.aten.ocps.k12.fl.us/ Assists in the enhancement of student outcomes through the provision of information, training, and technical support in the area of assistive technology. ATEN provides services to students with disabilities (ages 3-21), family members, teachers, and other professionals throughout Florida's public school system. ATEN's professional staff includes educators, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists.
Association of Tech Act Projects: http://www.ataporg.org/ Provides links to 56 Assistive Technology Act Projects funded through Federal grants under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1998. The programs provide information, referrals and many other services to children and adults with disabilities.
Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA): http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/cita/index.htm Services and activities include: facilitate an interagency network of accessibility specialists. It supports activities of the Council on Accessible Technology and the Federal World Wide Web Consortium. It provides technical consultations and demonstrations on assistive technology devices used for visual, auditory, mobility impairments and repetitive strain injuries. It is a resource for current ergonomic literature for accessible office furniture and computer workstation accessories such as keyboards, Braille readers, pointing devices, screen readers and speech recognition.
New England Assistive Technology Marketplace: http://www.neatmarketplace.org/index.html Membership is free for individuals who have disabilities and family members. People over the age of 65 who have limitations resulting from aging are also eligible for membership. As members, all are entitled to use of the Information & Resource Library and Computer Lab by appointment at no charge.
National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP): http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/ Located at Education Development Center, Inc., funded by the U.S. Department of Education, OSEP to promote use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR): http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/NIDRR Part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is the major U.S. funder of assistive technology research, (development of new devices, clinical studies of application, and outcome measures). The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) conduct research and development in specific areas of assistive technology application. The RRTCs conduct research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of individuals with disabilities.
The Consortium for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs brings together researchers, clinicians, policy analysts, and families of persons with disabilities from The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the Heller School at Brandeis University, the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida, and Family Voices, a national organization of families and friends of children with special health care needs. Funding for the Consortium as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (NRRTC) is through a five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).
The mission of the Consortium is to improve rehabilitation outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and/or special health care needs through focused and applied research, targeted training for professionals and others involved in care, and active dissemination of our work. All our activities are fueled by a conviction to make a positive difference in the lives of children with special health care needs, their families, and the legions of service providers who support them.
Our work focuses on five critical areas: how children and their families access needed rehabilitation services; how managed care practices affect the quality and quantity of services received; the special problems experienced as children become adolescents and transition into the adult health care system; the promise of assistive technology to increase personal independence and autonomy; and the power of telerehabilitation practices to bring state of the art care to all segments of our society.
Linking our different organizations and the projects we pursue is a shared understanding that children with special health care needs require and deserve a range of services and supports that are best delivered within their families and local communities. We also recognize that as children with special needs mature, their needs change and our service systems must be responsive.