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Dragon Individual Professional for PCs and Macs: The Tech Just Keeps Getting Better and Better, By Ben Mattlin, November 01, 2016

For the disability community, tech is the great equalizer, By Roger Cheng, October 24, 2016

Facebook taps artificial intelligence for users with disabilities, By Jessica Guynn, USA Today, March 26, 2016

Smart Homes Get Smarter, By Richard Holicky, New Mobility, November 01, 2015

Smart cane may help visually impaired navigate more terrain, By PBS NewsHour, August 26, 2015

WHILL It or Whon't It?, By Ian Ruder and Tim Gilmer, with Bob Vogel, New Mobility, August 01, 2015

Apple vs. Google: The Real Winners Are Students with Dyslexia, By Jamie Martin, Forbes' Noodle Blog, June 08, 2015

Chair that Blue Valley students helped create for kids with autism may be headed to market, By Dugan Arnett, Kansas City Star, May 07, 2015

Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements, From the U.S. Access Board, February 18, 2015

FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Advancement in Accessibility Awards Beginning January 5, 2015; From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), December 22, 2014

Building literacy among the blind with a teen inventor’s low-cost Lego printer, By PBS NewsHour, December 22, 2014

FCC Seeks More Input On Responsibility For Closed Captioning, By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, December 16, 2015

Fantastic Voyage: Tiny Sensors May Soon Monitor Seniors’ Medicines From Inside, By Frank Browning, Kaiser Health News, December 15, 2014

Samsung Takes Eye-Scrolling Technology to Disabled Community, By Jonathan Cheng, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2014

S'up rethinks the spoon for shaky hands, By Darren Quick, Gizmag, September 02, 2014

BVA Members Receive Currency Readers from BEP at Convention, From the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), August 18, 2014

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules, By Anne L. Kim, The Roll Call Technocrat Blog, August 08, 2014

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time,By Rodrique Ngowi, The AP Big Story, July 08, 2014

Walgreens Launches Nationwide Program Offering Talking Prescription Devices for Customers with Visual Impairments, From Walgreens, June 03, 2014

People Can Now Text 911 for Help in Some Areas, By Keith Wagstaff, NBC News, May 15, 2014

FCC's new closed captioning rules had long journey, By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2014

Four of the Best Apps for People with Disabilities, By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.comDisability Blog, February 12, 2014

FCC seeking nominations for the third annual Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility, From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), February 12, 2013

Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy, By Mará Rose Williams, Kansas City Star, January 31, 2014

A new vision: How one entrepreneur changed his thinking about the blind, By J.D. Harrison, Washington Post, Janaury 13, 2013

Wheelblades: Helping People In Wheelchairs Stay Active In The Snow, By CBS Minnesota, January 02, 2014

FCC and National Institute on Aging to partner on research advancing accessibility to communications for Americans with hearing disabilities,From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), December 12, 2013

How a blind person ‘sees’ the Internet, By Caleb Garling, San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), December 10, 2013

Exchange matches durable medical equipment with Kansans in need, By Jan Biles, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 24, 2013

iPads Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Speak, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, November 19, 2013

FCC adopts new rules to make video devices accessible to people with disabilities, From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), October 29, 2013

Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only If Firms Bite, By Steve Henn, National Public Radio (NPR), September 24, 2013

Check out the latest in Assistive Tech at the Kansas AT Expo!, September, 12, 2013

Sprint delivering industry first for visually impaired customers, By Brad Underwood, WDAF Fox 4 TV, September 10, 2013

Walking Wheelchair with 12 Legs, From New Mobility Magazine Spin 2.0 Blog, July 31, 2013

Disability rights advocates press for accessible technology, By Kimberly Railey, USA TODAY, July 14, 2013

FCC Launches Speaker Series on Innovation in Accessible Technologies, From the Federal Communications Commission, July 02, 2013

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth, By John Ydstie, National Public Radio (NPR), July 02, 2013

High-Tech Gains Get Disabled People Into Workforce, By Martha Mendoza, ABC News, June 23, 2013

A Swiveling Proxy That Will Even Wear a Tutu, By Robbie Brown, New York Times, June 07, 2013

Regal to let deaf moviegoers see what they've been missing, By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times, May 07, 2013

Wheeling Beyond Limits: Add-ons For Your Chair, By Bob Vogel, New Mobility Magazine, May 2013

Accessible Information & Communications Technology and Social Media: Why They Matter, By Guest Blogger Mario Damiani, Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, Disability Blog, March 25, 2013

Harkin introduces legislation to expand captioning and improve access to movies, From the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee), March 13, 2013

Assistive Technology Promotes Independence for People in Nursing Facilities, By Guest Blogger Chava Kintisch, Staff Attorney and Assistive Technology Project Director, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Disability Blog, March 13, 2013

TapTapSee Camera App for Visually Impaired, By Thomas C. Weiss, Disabled World, March 09, 2013

NPR Labs Lays Groundwork for Alerts for Deaf, By Leslie Stimson, Radio World, January 25, 2013

No buttons, no problem: Here’s how touchscreens work when you can’t see, By Geoff Duncan, Digital Trends, January 24, 2013

Deaf woman's eBay complaint highlights dispute over Web access for disabled, By Doug Gross, CNN, Jaunuary 10, 2013

Amputee scales 103 floors with mind-controlled 'bionic leg', By Greg Botelho, CNN, November 05, 2012

Don’t Leave Us Out!, By Guest Blogger Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC), Disability Blog, June 13, 2012

Apple Lineup To Become More Disability Friendly, By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, June 12, 2012

Closed-Captions on the Web: An Unfinished Battle, By Josh Bejamin, AAPD Power Grid Blog, June 05, 2012

Clamp-On Power; Easier Pushing, By Mark E. Smith, New Mobility Magazine, June 2012

New Technologies in the Works to Detect Brain Injuries, By Lena Groeger, ProPublica, January 05, 2012

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.

The Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC) is a project of the Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) that provides information, training, and support to solve complex AT issues for the disability community.

Assistive Technology for Kansans connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

The disABILITY Information and Resources website offers hundreds of links to information on all kinds of assistive technology and much more.

Disability.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. The Technology Section offers a wide range of information on accessibility, assistive and adaptive technology and laws and regulations related to technology.

EnableMart is the worldwide leader in assistive technology distribution. With customers in all 50 states and over 45 foreign countries, EnableMart provides over 3,000 assistive technology and assistive living devices from over 200 manufacturers. EnableMart's market leadership is the direct result of the goal to become an all inclusive source for assistive technology and assistive living devices.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) web site is a source full of assistive/instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to monthly newsletters, online discussions moderated by nationally recognized experts, a database of FCTD members which is comprised of more than 3,500 disability organizations, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of AT resources and more.

Freedom Scientific is the world’s leader in assistive and adaptive technology for individuals who are blind, or have low vision or learning disabilities. Their products include screen reading software for the blind, magnification software for those with low-vision, and other products for accessible scanning and reading, as well as braille displays, notetakers, and the world’s leading accessible PDA for the blind.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired. APH manufactures textbooks and other educational publications for students who are visually impaired. APH also provides publications useful to adults, such as cookbooks and dictionaries. In addition, APH creates recorded books on a contract basis.

Guide to the Best Apps for People Living with Paralysis - The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has compiled a list of apps for SmartPhones that benefit people living with paralysis of any kind. The list is constructed from a wide range of apps and includes those that were specifically created for wheelchair users as well as apps that might just improve the quality of life for anyone including people living with paralysis.

Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition - The ITEM Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions.

Infogrip, Inc. specializes in providing people with assistive technology, ergonomic products and training for a healthier and more productive way to interact with computers. The Infogrip website offers a wide variety of assistive technology devices and ergonomic products.

K-Loan is a Alternative Finance Program offered through Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). It is designed to provide persons with disabilities and their families with access to financial resources toward acquiring assistive technology through education, saving and borrowing.

The National Public Website on Assistive Technology was created by Georgia Tech's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA to provide access to information on Assistive technology (AT) devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.

Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) seeks to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. They serve that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.

The Section508.gov - Opening Doors to IT web site is a comprehensive source of resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508 for both Federal employees and the public.

The Simon Technology Center (STC) is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for your family, as well as resources and informative answers to your questions.

USA TechGuide is a webguide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices. You can read and submit wheelchair reviews, mobility scooter reviews, wheelchair cushion reviews, standing device reviews, and search The TechGuide for all types of assistive equipment.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies researches, evaluates and developes innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs and improve the quality of life and community participation of individuals with disabilities.

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Publications

Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity - As a home medical device user, it is important that your device works during a power outage and that you have a plan in place to ensure you know what to do. This completed booklet will help you have an established plan to obtain and organize your medical device information, take necessary actions so that you can continue to use your device, have the necessary supplies for the operation of your device, and know where to go or what to do during a power outage.

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act: Highlights of a New Landmark Communications Law - This law contains groundbreaking protections to enable people with disabilities to access broadband, digital and mobile innovations, including video programming on television and the Internet.

ABLEDATA Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology - This guide discusses a broad range of potential sources of funding and funding information for assistive technology and provides lists of specific organizations and programs from which funding and funding information are available. The guide also discusses other sources of information on funding issues and organizations that assist people to find the funds that they need.


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