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Office of Disability Rights (ODR) Monthly Newsletter
(202) 724 - 5055 (voice)

The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) strives to ensure that DC residents with disabilities have full access to community-based facilities, services, programs, benefits, and activities funded and operated by the City. As part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, the ODR publishes a monthly newsletter called "ADA Today". The newsletter features information about:

  • Disability Awareness
  • Health
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Recreational Activities
  • Federal News

DC Board of Elections & Ethnics' iVotronic Voting Machine
441 4th Street NW Suite 250 North , Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-2525 (voice) | (202) 347-2648 (fax) | (202) 639-8916 (TTY)
director@dcboee.org

The DC Board of Elections & Ethnics' iVotronic voting machine allows voters to cast their ballots using touch screen or audio controls. Click here to learn more .

CentroNía Youth Leadership Program
1420 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington , DC 20009
202.332.4200 (voice) | 202.745.2562 (fax)
info@centronia.org

Youth Leadership engages middle and high school students to gain cultural sensitivity through social advocacy. Youth gain competency in multi-media technology, professional development and the fine arts, through hands-on experience in both traditional and new media.

To learn more about CentroNía's Community Education Programs, click here .

ADA & IT Information Center of the Mid-Atlantic Region
401 North Washington Street, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
1-800-949-4232 (voice) | 301-217-0754 (fax) | 800-949-4232 (TTY)

The ADA and Information Technology Information Center of the Mid-Atlantic Region provides training and information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology (IT) to businesses, individuals with disabilities, schools and government agencies within the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, and DC)

Adaptech Research Network Library

The Adaptech Research Network has developed a number of resources over the years that may be helpful to members of the community, including an extensive database of free and inexpensive adaptive technology and a set of demonstration videos highlighting the capabilities of some of these tools.

ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude Magazine provides readers with information about:

  • Adult ADHD
  • Parenting ADHD children
  • ADHD treatment
  • School & learning disabilities
  • ADHD symptoms & diagnosis
  • Finding resources

American Association of People with Disabilities
2013 H Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20006
202-457-0046 (voice) | 866-536-4461(fax)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.

American Health and Medical Supply Services
2004 Rhode Island Ave, NE Suite #200, Washington, DC, DC 20018
202-465-4844 (voice) | 202-558-6421 (fax)
ahmss11c@gmail.com

American Health and Medical Supply Services LLC is a nationally accredited company. We are a one stop shop for all your durable medical equipment and supply needs. All products are Medicare and Medicate Approved.

Assistive Technology Basics

This webpage, created by Understood.org, provides general information and resources relating to the following topics:

  • Assistive Technology: Tools That Help With Learning
  • 8 Examples of Assistive Technology and Adaptive Tools
  • At a Glance: How the IEP Team Decides on Assistive Technology
  • Who Pays for Assistive Technology? Parents or Schools?
  • Universal Design for Learning: What It Is and How It Works
  • Text-to-Speech Software: What It Is and How It Works
  • Checklist: What to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology
  • How Does Optical Character Recognition Help Kids With Reading Issues?
  • How Can I Get My Child a Free Laptop or E-Reader?
  • What Happens to My Child’s Assistive Technology If We Change Schools?
  • Assistive Technology That’s Built into Mobile Devices

Assistive Technology Program and Resource Center
220 I St, NE, Suite 130 , Washington, DC 20002
202-547-0198 (voice) | 202-547-2662 (fax) | 202-547-2657 (TTY)
democenter@uls-dc.org

Welcome to the web site for the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC). ATPDC is committed to improving the District of Columbia's capacity to provide appropriate assistive technology devices and services for all Washingtonians with disabilities. The Assistive Technology Program is one of several programs managed by University Legal Services (ULS). ULS is a private, non-profit organization which serves as the District of Columbia's federally mandated protection and advocacy system for human, legal, and service rights of people with disabilities. All services are free of charge to eligible individuals. For more information on ULS services call 202.547.0918 (Voice) or 202.547.2657 (TTY).

Assistive Technology: What is it? What do you need to know?

This webpage is designed to help you get started learning about assistive technology and the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). It addresses the following frequently asked questions:

  • What is Assistive Technology?
  • How do you choose the right Assistive Technology?
  • Who pays for Assistive Technology?
  • What is the Assistive Technology Industry Association, and how can it help you find out about Assistive Technology?
  • Can you attend an ATIA conference and what will you learn?
  • Can you attend an online Assistive Technology webinar?

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K St, NW, Suite 1103, Washington, DC 20006
202-454-6400 (voice) | 202-454-6401 (fax)

Helps the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to remain independent, active, and productive. Programs and services include training and consultation in assistive technology, employment marketing skills training, career placement services, comprehensive low-vision care, and a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation services.

DC Public Library Adaptive Services Division
Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-727-2142 (voice) | 202-559-5368 (video)
lbph.dcpl@dc.gov

The DC Public Library's Adaptive Services Division assists individuals with limited mobility, visual or hearing impairments. Some of the adaptive services provided by the library include:

  • Narrated DVDs and videos
  • Downloadable books and magazines
  • Instructional sign language materials and information on community resources for the hearing impaired
  • Free assistive technology training

DC Shares
1301 Belmont St, NW, Suite 1D, Washington, DC 20009
202-332-2595 (voice) | 202-332-2597 (fax) | (202) 332-2596 (TTY)
dcshares@verizon.net

DC Shares the place where you can donate gently used durable medical equipment. DC Shares cannot provide services without donations. If you have medical equipment going unused please consider donating it to DC Shares. DC Shares serves low income District residents with disabilities who are unable to get the durable medical equipment they need. Since 2007 DC Shares has been a place where those with disabilities can come to get the Durable Medical Equipment and Assistive Technology Devices that will enable them to live independently. DC Shares provides electric wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower benches and other durable medical equipment free of charge to those who are uninsured, underinsured, or have no other means of obtaining these devices.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov connects people with disabilities, their families, and the organizations that support them to important information about:
  • Disability benefits (guides, programs, applications, etc.)
  • Civil rights (ADA information, accessibility guidelines, employment rights, complaint procedures, etc.)
  • Community life (history of the independent living movement, personal care assistance services, sports and leisure activities, etc.)
  • Education (IDEA and IEP information, teaching materials and strategies, classroom supports, college prep, etc.)
  • Emergency preparedness (inclusive emergency planning, disaster recovery assistance, emergency service accessibility, etc.)
  • Employment (career planning, workforce development, internship programs, hiring and recruiting information, etc.)
  • Health care (disability and condition information, services and providers, caregiving options, financial assistance, etc.)
  • Housing (housing laws, home buying guides, supportive housing options, home modification, etc.)
  • Technology (accessible technology guidelines and standards, assistive information technology, assistive educational technology, financial assistance, etc.)
  • Transportation (laws, travel guides, providers, vehicle modification, safety and complaint procedures, etc.)

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)
(202) 737-0522 (voice)
info@dvnf.org

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Fix the Web Project

Web accessibility is not improving very quickly despite the efforts of many experts. The scale of the problem is huge and there is a need for culture change amongst web developers and website owners. Our solution is to make it super easy for people facing accessibility issues (such as many disabled and older people) to report problems with websites. Volunteers do the work of contacting the website owners and signposting them to support. In doing this work, volunteers will understand more about e-accessibility for themselves, as well as giving crucial information to website owners.

Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
1-800-444-4443 (voice) | 1-727-803-8001 (fax)

Freedom Scientific makes and sells a variety of adaptive devices designed to help individuals with visual impairments or learning disabilities achieve or maintain their independence. The company's line of assistive technology products includes:

  • Reading and Magnification Software
  • Large Print Computer Keyboards
  • Electronic Notecards and Writing Templates

Funding for Assistive Technology: Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work

This brief describes how technology may follow students with disabilities as they transition to college, VR, or the workplace.

Latin American Youth Center
1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington , DC 20009
202.319.2225 (voice) | 202.462.5696 (fax)

LAYC provides multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs in the following areas:

Educational Enhancement
  • Standards-based culturally competent year-round tutoring and homework assistance
  • Healthy recreation and fitness
  • Computer literacy classes
  • College preparation
Social Services
  • Counseling
  • Prevention
  • Child placement
  • Residential housing
Workforce Investment
  • Job readiness and life skills training
  • Job placement services
  • Computer instruction
  • Preparation to pass the General Education Development (GED) examination
Community Wellness
  • Promoting health and wellness
  • Building cultural peace
  • Addressing issues of homelessness
Art + Media
  • Fine arts
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Radio
  • Media production
  • Music
  • Creative writing
Advocacy
  • Influencing public policy, practices and social systems that affect low-income and minority youth

Martin Luther King Memorial Library Center for Accessibility (formerly Adaptive Services)
901 G St, NW, Room 215, Washington, DC 20001
202-727-2142 (voice) | 202-727-1129
lbph.dcpl@dc.gov

The Adaptive Services Division offers services to children, youth and adults of all abilities. DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped serves eligible blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, reading-disabled, and those with physical disabilities which prevent them from reading or holding normal printed materials. Service is by mail, free of cost to the library customer. Materials include Braille, print/Braille, downloadable WebBraille and human-voice audio formats. Through the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service, Talking Books and magazines are available. Programs include monthly Talking Book Club for adults, Braille Book Club for Kids grades 1-6, and other programs. Library Services for the Deaf Community offers free public American Sign Language classes and deaf culture programs and book talks. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library has public videophone service for the deaf.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: 14 Innovative Apps for Learning
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401, New York, NY 10016
212.545.7510 (voice) | 212.545.9665 (fax)

This NCLD article provides information about 14 different educationally focused assistive technology tools designed to:

  • Enhance or aid memory
  • Improve literacy
  • Build math skills
  • And more

National Veterans Center (NVC)
2013 H Street NW, Suite 200, Washington , DC 20006
202-652-4742 (voice)
info@nationalveteranscenter.org

Powered by Student Veterans of America and in conjunction with The HSC Foundation, the National Veterans Center’s (NVC) mission is to empower military veterans to reach their full potential. This partnership between non-profit organizations accomplishes its mission by acting as a central conduit that pairs service providers from the public and private sector with veterans and military families seeking resources. The NVC serves as America’s laboratory for developing, testing, and digitally delivering new solutions to veterans in order to assist them with overcoming disability, completing their education, finding meaningful employment, and thriving in their communities.

New Futures Career Navigator
careernavigator@newfuturesdc.org

Users of the online, interactive Career Navigator tool can take a career assessment to determine career paths that best fit them. They learn about each career including job outlook, pay potential, and the amount of education or training required. The Career Navigator connects students to local educational institutions where they can obtain the related post-secondary education. Additional resources are provided to further empower youth and young adults to make informed decisions about their careers. Real-life success stories of New Futures Alumni are also shared.

NICHD Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology Overview

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)'s Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology Overview:

  • Defines rehabilitative and assistive technology and identifies its common names
  • Addresses frequently asked questions about rehabilitative and assistive technology
  • Identifies the priorities of NICHD rehabilitative and assistive technology research
  • Provides links to NICHD Clinical Trials on rehabilitative and assistive technology
  • Provides links to rehabilitative and assistive technology resources and publications

PEATworks.org

PEATworks.org is the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology's central hub for accessible technology-related resources and collaborative activities. Our content focuses primarily on tools and information to help employers and the technology industry adopt and promote accessible technology as part of everyday business practices, for the benefit of all businesses and workers.

Smithsonian Accessibility Program
Information Center: 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2921 (voice)
access@si.edu

The Accessibility Program supports the Smithsonian in making all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections and facilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising on and implementing policy, practices, and procedures related to access for people with disabilities;
  • Reviewing facility and exhibition designs;
  • Providing technical assistance;
  • Conducting outreach to the disability community and other cultural arts organizations;
  • Providing staff education on disability topics; and
  • Working with Smithsonian museums and offices to provide direct visitor services, including sign language interpretation, real time captioning, and alternate formats of publications.

Programs include:

  • All Access Camp A two-week, multi-media summer camp for twenty Washington, D.C.-area High School students with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
  • Access to Opportunities Smithsonian Internship for People with Disabilities
  • Art Signs: Gallery Talks in American Sign Language
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival Morning at the Museum A project of the Smithsonian Institution's Accessibility Program and the Smithsonian Museums. Guided by a Community Advisory Committee comprised of museum educators, exhibit designers, professionals who work with children on the Autism Spectrum, parents, and self-advocates, the Smithsonian has developed a series of pre-visit materials designed to help children on the spectrum and their families enjoy a visit to the Smithsonian Museums.
  • Access American Stories Mobile App
  • Access American Stories is a bilingual (Spanish/English) “crowdsourced” audio experience and companion to the American Stories exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Designed to increase accessibility for visitors with low vision, the app offers everyone new ways of seeing 100 of America’s most evocative historical objects through the eyes of both visitors and museum staff.
  • Introductory Training: Children on the Autism Spectrum and Museums This training covers the basics of autism spectrum disorders and how museums can better engage families with children on the Autism spectrum.

  • Technical Learning Centers
    1720 I ST NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006
    202-223-3500 (voice)

    TLC offers its services by utilizing professional staff who are experienced in their field of expertise. We work with our clients to help them achieve their objectives with the application of new and proven technologies. Our philosophy is to offer our customers the best service possible with highest quality and lowest cost of ownership, on time and on budget.

    Telecommunicating and Accessibility Issues for the Deaf

    This webpage offers a series of educative articles, compiled by Five 9 Call Center Software, on hearing impairment and accessibility issues. These articles provide specific information about:

    • The history of telecommunications devices
    • Telephone relay services
    • Using a TTY system
    • Accessing 9-1-1 emergency services
    • Ongoing efforts to improve telecommunication
    • Overcoming isolation through social media
    • Making distance learning courses more inclusive
    • The challenges of communicating in the workplace
    • Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act

    This webpage also offers informative resources related to hearing impairment. These resources include:

    • Webpages devoted to deaf culture
    • Reviews of assistive technology products
    • A database of closed-captioned, educational DVDs

    Vicap's Guide to Closed Captioning Technology
    88 Hunns Lake Road , Stanfordville, NY 12581
    (818) 736-5446 (voice) | (800) 705-1207
    mail@vicaps.com

    This Video Caption Corporation (Vicap) webpage explains:

    • How closed captioning works
    • The benefits of closed-captioning
    • Federal captioning laws, regulations, and exemptions
    • New innovations in captioning and hearing assistance technology

    W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

    The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.

    WebAIM WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

    This free toolbar is designed to help web designers and developers test the accessibility of their pages.


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