Accessible Information Technology Initiative

Accessible IT Project: Technology for All

Group of elementary school children working on laptop computersThe Pacific ADA Center is part of a nationwide initiative to promote the use of Information Technology that is accessible to the widest range of end users as possible. We provide technical assistance, education and training, referrals and materials to individuals and entities on best practices and legal requirements for creating and supporting accessible information technology.

The Pacific ADA Centers goals are to:

Accessible IT & Assistive Technology Resources

Accessible Technology

Accessible information technology is technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Accessible technology is either directly accessible -in other words, it is usable without assistive technology - or it is compatible with standard assistive technology. Each user is able to interact with the technology in ways that work best for him or her.

Information Technology (IT) is essential and ubiquitous in today's business environment. However, Information Technology at times also create barriers for individuals with disabilities, especially for people unable to operate a standard keyboard or mouse. People may experience access issues using technology ranging from computers and web sites to the telephone and photocopiers. Articles on Accessible Technology

Below is a complete list of accessibility articles in the Resource Library, arranged by topic covered. Select any of the topic groups to the right to jump quickly to a particular topic list. Select any article title to view the article.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform or improve functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. Through the use of assistive technology people can keep working or regain employment. Assistive technology in the work place can range from a simple pointing device to a sophisticated screen reading program.

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Further resources on Accessible IT & Assistive Technology can be found on our Online resource page.

Accessible IT: Education & Training

Whether you are an educator, student, parent or advocate, you can make a difference by becoming aware of the challenges that students with disabilities face when using educational technology. Armed with this knowledge, you can take practical steps to promote accessible technology in your system.

More information about Accessible IT, Education & Training.

Technical Assistance & Training

Education Seminar.The Pacific ADA Center operates a regional toll-free information line for answering questions about accessible information technology and the legal implications which apply to federal, state, local and private entities. Call us toll-free at 1-800-949-4232 or contact us by e-mail.

The Pacific ADA Center offers education and training in a number of ways, including onsite seminars and training, hands-on participation and public presentations. Training programs are customized to meet the specific learning objectives of the audience. For more information visit our training page.

Referrals and Materials

The Center maintains a comprehensive list of additional Accessible I.T. & Assistance Technology resources regarding the ADA and accessible information technology, which may be accessed directly from the web site or via the Technical Assistance hotline.

Our extensive list of materials is also available online or via the hotline.

Accessibility Tips

A computer keyboard, featuring a blue key with a wheelchair logo on itTechnology offers unprecedented opportunities for all learners including students with disabilities, but can also create unintended barriers. The Pacific ADA Center offers an Accessibility Tips series for enhancing the learning experience of students. We provide a few helpful tips and points to get you started onto the path of accessibility.

Specific tips on accessibility can be found by following the links below: